Uganda Telecom deploys 3G data service

Uganda Telecom has deployed its 3G (third-generation) mobile broadband service in Kampala, the capitol, and two other towns.

This data service follows an entertainment service based on the same 3G network that offers video telephony, high-speed Internet access, video and audio streaming, and live television and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service).

"Our 3G broadband will provide more convenient Internet access to people throughout the country," said Hans Paulsen, Uganda Telecom's chief commercial officer.

The service offers unlimited Internet access for a monthly flat fee of 220,000 Uganda shillings (US$129.40). That is minus the initial cost of buying the USB (Universal Serial Bus) modem for 320,000 Uganda shillings.

"There are people out there who need to maintain mobility even when they get out of the formal office environment, and that is the market we are targeting with this service," said Farouk Kiwala, Uganda Telecom's business solutions manager.

"It offers the speeds that people yearn for, access and convenience," Kiwala said. According to Kiwala, the product will also appeal to people who cannot afford high installation costs of other types of Internet access.

Besides Kampala, the 3G service is available in Jinja and Entebbe.

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