18 February 2013

Uganda: Satelite Internet Operator Joins Kampala Market

Kampala — With the continuous infrastructure developments rapidly taking place in the country, fibre optic based internet has often suffered as frequent cable cuts lead to temporary internet outages.

This often slows down the operations of various businesses which rely on the internet.

This is where satellite would come in handy as a replacement because it is not susceptible to such outages.

Mr. Kevin Viret, the Regional Director Africa for Al Yah Satelite Communications while launching YahClick services in Uganda recently said that much as there were fibre optic cables landing at many ports, the challenge was that it needed to get inland which comes with disruptions.

"For a country like Uganda that has no coastline, the cable has to be brought inland. So by the time it reaches the rural user, the cost could be up by as much as 18% or more," he said.

However, the challenge that satellite operators will encounter is that with the latest innovations in mobile internet devices, people are increasingly looking for internet that they can go with to any place.

For satellite internet users however, the hardware is fixed and does not support mobility unless one is a large media house that has a mobile van that can be driven to any destination.

Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda's Minister for ICT while officiating at the launch of YahClick said that sateliet technology has an expansive geographic reach that can instantly provide connectivity to underserved and un served remote areas.

The function took place at the Serena Kampala Hotel with a number of dignataries attending.

This is the first kind of technology to be used.

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