The Independent (Kampala)

19 November 2012

Uganda: Orange Uganda Introduces Internet Product

Orange Uganda has introduced a new service, "Internet for All", which will enable people to use the antenna to pick the 3G signal, said a top official.

Speaking at the launch of the Third Orange Expo at the Lugogo UMA grounds on Nov. 14, Orange Uganda Chief Executive Officer Philippe Luxcey said the main objective for this product is to provide the best services and promote innovations.

"We aim at changing the internet from being just a point of access but rather an experience for all Ugandans," he said.

A user will just need to acquire an antenna plus an orange router and then be in a position to get Orange internet signal from within 30 kilometres of an Orange server.

Ruhakana Rugunda, the senior minister for ICT who officially opened the expo, applauded the company for championing technological innovations in Uganda. Rugunda said once the population is connected to the internet it is able to access all the necessary information which would in the end lead to economic growth.

Figures from the Internet World Status [IWS], an international website that features up to date world internet usage, puts Uganda far behind in terms of internet penetration. Uganda is at 4.2% compared to Kenya (10.5%), Tanzania (4.9%) and Sudan at 4.2%.

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