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Airtel Uganda increases Data volumes up to 150%

For the same prices, data volumes have been increased by an average of over 50% across the different tariff classes to enable users adjust to tough economic times.

In a bid to support customers adjust to the tough economic times, Airtel Uganda has today increased the Data bundles volumes at the same prices. The changes which were on Monday announced at a press conference at their clement hill Head office, are intended to support customers do more e-commerce and reduce the need to move as the impact of fuel scarcity bites.

While addressing the media, the Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Mr. Henry Njoroge noted that growing access to the internet is a socioeconomic empowerment intervention.

“We believe that the action we have taken today will support our customers to connect with their business partners in the most affordable way. With more than 50% data volumes added across the different data bundles, we are giving customers more value for money and keeping their economic fortunes alive,” said Njoroge.

“In addition, we are bringing 88% more data to our customers who purchase daily 24hour validity bundles. We recognize that most of our people earn a daily income. We are intentional in ensuring that this group of our customers are supported with affordable data to make their business communication. This is the glue that binds Uganda’s small and micro enterprises.

These efforts are complemented by our most affordable 4G  Smartphone currently in our shops across the country. At UGX250,000/= the customer gets the 4G Smartphone that comes with 12 months data worth 86500/= redeemed as 1GB per month” said  Njoroge.

In the weekly data bundle segment, it is the 5000 bundle that got the biggest boost of up to 76% increase in volume from 1.02GB to 1.8GB.

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Those who use monthly data bundles saw a 43% increase in volume across the different bundles. The biggest boost of 76% has been given to the customers who buy and use 10,000 bundle whose volume has been increased from 1.5GB to 3.5GB.

According to Njoroge, Airtel has made investments and continues to make investments in the 4G network, to make it available all the time, continues to innovate and provide affordable solutions and products for the transformation of Uganda.

  Before  After 
PriceValidityData MBData MB%growth
25024 Hrs15  30100%
50024 Hrs4080100%
1,00024 Hrs10018080%
2,00024 Hrs300750150%
5,00024 Hrs2,048  2,25310%
5,00071,024  1,80076%
10,00073,0724,09633%
15,00075,1206,75832%
22,50079,216  10,75217%
10,000301,536  3,584133%
30,000309,21612,80039%
50,0003020,48024,57620%
100,0003051,20051,2000%
150,0003066,560  82,94425%
5,000Chillax   1,536 
7,500Chillax1,5362,56067%
16,000Chillax4,6085,63222%
25,000Chillax7,1759,21628%
50,000Chillax15,36020,48033%
100,000Chillax40,960  46,08013%

Airtel’s ‘Uganda Needs of You’ Campaign reveals 3 more Inspiring Ugandans changing society.

Judges in the ongoing Uganda Needs More of You Campaign have identified the first batch of Techpreneurs who have leveraged technology to positively influence their communities.

At the start of March, Airtel Uganda called upon ordinary Ugandans to submit their stories or nominate anyone who they believe deserves to be recognized for utilizing technology to solve in their communities and changing the lives of others.

David Birungi, the Public Relations Manager at Airtel Uganda expressed his gratitude to participants who have responded to the call saying; “We are impressed by the compelling stories of various Ugandans who have championed innovative ideas to positively impact their communities. As a solution provider that connects businesses to their client and families to their loved ones through affordable internet products and services, Airtel Uganda will continue to support initiatives like UG Needs More of You so that we inspire more people to continue on this journey to transform their communities and economy as a whole.”

He added, “In the first batch, three stories have so far been identified, these will be open to the public voting process and a televised series on select media houses that will feature the nominees as they showcase how they have used technology to transform their business and the community around them.”

The stories that will feature in the first phase of the voting process include;

  • Ensibuuko, a Savings Group that enables SACCOS to access digital savings accounts, loans, and other financial services through a phone.
  • Jaguza Tech, a clod livestock management system that empowers livestock farmers, strengthens food security, and mitigates the risk of livestock disease, and,
  • Wabibi Pads, producers of reusable sanitary pads for women and girls in marginalized communities and have embraced social media to reach and train over 1,000 women and girls and also distributed over 10,000 packs since 2020.
Bernadette Ojawo,Founder and CEO of Wabibi Pads.
Gerald Otim; CEO and Founder of Ensibuuko, a Savings, Group

Over the next course of weeks, the 3 stories above will continue to be voted by the public to make it to the next stage of the campaign. The final transformative stories will receive cash rewards to boost their performance at a final gala in August 2022. The voting has been opened to the public and they will vote for their favorite story by dialing 162 or using SMS (162).

The stores are being vetted by a jury comprising of; Dr. Maggie Kigozi, the Chairperson of Africa Scout Foundation, Mr. Maurice Mugisha, Deputy Managing Director, UBC TV, Mr. David Birungi, PR Manager at Airtel Uganda and Ms. Noela Byuma, Acting Head Brand and Comms at Airtel Uganda.

 “Globally, technology continues to be a key driver of economic growth, which facilitates efficient provision of improved goods and services within society resulting into positive social changes like the creation of income-generating avenues for those employed in sectors that provide tech solutions for their customers.  As Airtel, we are proud to front such a cause that derives an agenda that influences socio-economic development,” Birungi concluded.

Airtel Uganda launches Secure Merchant Tills for Small Businesses.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Airtel Mobile Commerce Uganda Limited (AMCUL) has announced the addition of the Merchant Till Number for small businesses feature on Airtel Money. 

This service which is suitable for informal businesses like market vendors, salon operators, Boda Boda riders on the Airtel network will enable them to separate their business money collections from personal money using their existing Airtel SIM cards.

Regular Airtel Money customers and business owners across the country, will ably use their existing SIM Cards to separate their business finances from their personal Airtel money wallet by using the USSD Code *185*10*10# to create Unique Merchant Till Numbers.

They can then use this number to;

  • Receive payments for goods and services from their duuka, boda rides, saloon, etc.
  • Transfer money from the till number to their Airtel Money number and
  • View balances on both their new Merchant Till Number and personal Airtel Money wallet.

While launching the new service, on Tuesday at Nakawa Market, Japhet Aritho, the AMCUL Managing Director noted that they are committed to delivering on their promise to grow financial inclusion for all in Uganda.

“Today, we have enabled small businesses to create the Airtel Money Merchant Till Number in the comfort of their shops. This is the first tool in business basic financial management. It will help these growing businesses to focus on growing their businesses and tracking their revenues better,” said Aritho.

An Airtel representative (c) activating merchant Till number for small business owners at Nakawa market during the
announcement of the addition of the Merchant Till Number for small businesses feature on Airtel Money on Tuesday.

Aritho added that Airtel has deliberately built a telecom infrastructure of over 21,000 site masts across Uganda, and it is on the back of this infrastructure that innovative solutions like the Merchant Till Number service have been made possible. Customers can enjoy seamless boarder to boarder connectivity, get access to affordable devices, and affordable e-commerce solutions.  

Japhet concluded saying, “The new Micro Merchant Till number service will boost business as the proprietors will have proper accountability and oversight of their business. They will know the income that is resultant of the business transactions separate from their personal transactions. The users will, using their current SIM cards, be able to monitor up to 10 different branches of their small businesses.”

WWF hailed for fostering value addition on timber

By Racheal Nuwahereza

The Minister of state for youth and children affairs, Hon. Nyirabashitsi Sarah Mateke has appreciated the World Wide fund for Nature (WWF)’s efforts towards value addition on timber.

While presiding over the launch of the strategic road map for Kisoro timber dealers and carpenters cooperative society limited at Mubano hotel in Kisoro town, Mateke said that value addition should start from seedling, to planting, management up to harvesting with quality machines in cutting.

Mateke applauded WWF for assisting in developing a strategic road map that will help to add value on timber to ensure export market.

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She urged the members of the community to appreciate the importance of conserving nature including the surrounding national parks like Ichuya forest reserve which generate income and further appealed for international community to come to Kisoro district to invest in the gifted resources for tourism and economic development.

Alex Ndambajimana, the vice Chairperson Kisoro district appreciated WWF for the efforts towards helping the indigenous people, the Batwa to conserve their cultural heritage.

He noted that they are challenged by poor road network for tourism adding that it’s only Kisoro district that has the most beautiful short river in the world plus golden monkeys not seen anywhere in the world.

David Duli, the WWF Country Director said that WWF is there to bring glory of having the environmental supporting production systems and services that come naturally in having healthy environment to facilitate development activities.

He said timber and trees is one of the most common economic activities in south western Uganda and it’s when World Wide Fund for nature comes in to ensure sustainable development of natural resource management where trees are performing their functions.

Additionally, WWF offered a grant in form of revolving fund of UGX 20 million for the cooperative society for members to borrow and pay back at affordable interest rate.

Airtel Uganda launches Smart Plans Service to allow customers enjoy data, voice, SMS in one access

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Airtel Uganda has unveiled a new service dubbed Airtel Smart Plans that will enable customers enjoy data, voice and SMS services in one access.

Customers will be able to pay for the service using Airtel Money and can activate the Airtel Smart Plans in the comfort of their offices, living rooms or boardrooms by dialling *188# without the need to trek to Service Centres.

Speaking at the launch at Sheraton Kampala hotel on Wednesday afternoon, Amit Kapur, Chief Commercial Officer at Airtel Uganda said the new service will give customers the best experience.

Kapur noted that Airtel Smart Plans have been designed to enable customers’ access a one –stop solution for businesses, families and people who offer professional services.  The Airtel Smart Plans offers a data, SMS, and voice resources in a single post-paid hustle free access.

Amit Kapur, Chief Commercial Officer at Airtel Uganda giving his remarks during the launch of Airtel Smart Plans at Sheraton Hotel Kampala on Wednesday.

He added, “At Airtel Uganda we continue to innovate and adjust our affordable product and service portfolio to support businesses to thrive. We are the technology enabler, of choice, as Ugandan Businesses journey to full recovery”.

Henry Njoroge, the Airtel Uganda Marketing Manager explained that new service will allow customers to share voice, data and SMS with about four other people.

“On one package, a customer can add as much as four other people. The Airtel Smart Plans will ensure customers receive one month free Airtel TV subscription and reduced roaming rates,” said Njoroge.

Airtel Smart Plan customers will;

  • Be able to share these resources using Tugabane
  • Receive one-month free ShowMax Subscription
  • Receive one-month free Airtel TV Subscription
  • Have priority service whenever they call the Call Centre
  • Have preferential roaming rates to all travel destinations.

Njoroge noted that the Airtel Smart Plans will be categorized in Platinum and Gold.

“For Platinum, a customer will have to pay shs 250,000 to get data worth 150GB, 2000 voice minutes, 1000SMS, Free Airtel TV monthly and 30 days free ShowMax. For those who subscribe to Gold ,they will to pay shs150,000 and will enjoy data worth 75GB, 2000 voice minutes, 1000 SMS,Free Airtel TV monthly and 30 days free ShowMax,”he noted.

Additionally, Airtel Uganda’s new Airtel Smart Plans package will allow customers to access a 30-Day Free subscription to MultiChoice’s ShowMax, an online subscription video-on-demand entertainment service accessible to customers across the country.

“Airtel has consistently invested in innovative solutions that are relevant to the customers, intended to offer value for their money while maintaining superior experiences as they connect to opportunities across the world” Amit concluded.

Prizes worth over UGX 2.5b to be won in the MTN MoMoNyabo promotion.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

In a bid to celebrate the resilience of customers, MTN Mobile Money Uganda launched the 4th edition of the highly rewarding MoMoNyabo promotion with prizes worth over 2.5 billion shillings to be won by over 16,000 MTN MoMo customers and agents across the country.

The promotion which was launched on Monday 9th May 2022 in Kampala, Ugandaunder the theme MoMoNyabo Waaka, seeks to reward customers making deposits of UGX 20,000/- or more on their MTN Mobile Money accounts with a chance to win prizes including 24 brand new Toyota Succeed cars and mobile money worth UGX 1,600,000,000.

Three lucky customers will win Toyotas every week while 2,000 will each win UGX 100,000/- mobile money every week for 8 weeks. Over 5,000 MTN Mobile Money agents countrywide, who despite the two difficult years of lockdown continue to hustle to make it and excel in their business performance will get mobile money over the period of the promotion.

A caravan of cars that are up for grabs by MTN customers who take part in the MTN MoMo Nyabo Waaka promotion launched on Monday in Kampala. MTN Customers can simply deposit UGX20,000 to stand a chance to win a car.

Speaking at the launch of the MoMoNyabo Waaka promotion, Richard Yego, the MTN Mobile Money Managing Director said that they are happy to engage and excite the MTN MoMo customers again now that the economy is fully reopened.

“Through this campaign, MTN MoMo will be giving away cars and cash (through MTN MoMo) to active MoMo customers who will deposit Money on their MoMo accounts,” said Yego.

Richard Yego, the MTN Mobile Money Managing Director speaking at the MTN MoMo Nyabo Waaka promotion launch on Monday in Kampala.

Yego explained that the more deposits customers make, the higher their chances of winning. He also clarified that after depositing cash to enter the draw, customers can choose how to use their money.

“You can use it for shopping with MTN MoMoPay, paying bills like Yaka or water, buy airtime, voice and data bundles, sending money at zero fees using the MTN MoMo app or simply keep it safe on your phone,” said Yego.

Having been launched in Uganda 13 years ago, MTN MoMo remains a fast, simple, convenient, secure, and affordable way of transferring money, making payments, and performing other transactions using a mobile phone. 

The 4th edition of the MoMoNyabo promotions date back to 2018 and with the reopening of the economy, this year’s MoMoNyabo Waaka promises to be yet another exciting edition of transforming thousands of lives with over 20,000 customers and agents set to win cars and cash prizes.

The draws will be conducted live on NBS and Bukedde TV every Thursday at 8.30 pm, with daily updates at the same time.

MTN MoMo customers are urged to stay vigilant and be ware of conmen by keeping their PINs safe to avoid falling prey to fraudsters.

MTN MoMo Nyabo Waaka promotion-related information will be dispatched through mainstream media, the MTN website and social media handles including www.youtube.com/mtnug and www.twitter.com/mtnug.

All the Winners shall be contacted only by 0312120000.

Medical Workers Commended For Fight Against COVID-19

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Skin Guard brand has commended medical workers for their contribution towards the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stephen Mukisa, the Movit Products Senior Manager, Brand Management, made the remarks during the general assembly conference for the Federation of Medical Students Association (FUMSA) under the theme: “Global Heath During and after the Covid-19 Pandemic: How Healthcare Professional Students can contribute” held to mark the 50th anniversary.

The two-day conference that attracted medical students from all universities across Uganda was held at Makerere University from 15th to 18th April 2022, and on the sidelines, the conference featured a sports gala that happened on 16th and 17th April 2022 to create awareness of the Covid-19 vaccination.

The conference was among others graced by Prof, Barnabas Nawangwe, the Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Richard Todwong, the NRM Secretary General, and Geoffrey Sseremba, the Under Secretary from Office of the Prime Minister who represented Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja.

While delivering his remarks, Mukisa affirmed that Medical workers, irrespective of the high risks involved, braved the situation and continued to treat Ugandans.

He further underlined the immense contribution of anti-bacterial products such as Skin Guard towards controlling the spread of Covid-19.

“Skin guard stood with Ugandans in their bid to protect themselves against the deadly Covid-19 by providing high-quality sanitizer throughout the pandemic,” said Mukisa.

Mukisa appreciated FUMSA for the opportunity noting that the conference’s objectives speaks to the brand’s directions.

“Skin Guard is a brand that stands for good personal hygiene standards because our products contain anti-bacterial content which guarantees skin protection from germs,” Mukisa explained.

MTN Uganda, MUBS unveil youth-centered entrepreneurship TV show dubbed Nsindika Njake.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

MTN Uganda, in partnership with Makerere University Business School (MUBS) has today unveiled a youth-centered entrepreneurship TV show dubbed Nsindika Njake.

The initiative is aimed at inspiring and stimulating the entrepreneurship acumen among the youth through supporting them with business-related-skills to efficiently operate businesses.

As a way to alleviate the high youth unemployment rates prevalent in Uganda currently standing at 64% to 70%, with over 400,000 young people entering the job market every year to compete for a mere 9,000 jobs, as 78% of the country’s population below 30 years, the initiative will provide immediate employment and job creation opportunities.

It will also combat the inability of majority start-ups failing to make it through their second year for reasons including the lack of entrepreneurial skills.

While launching the Nsindika Njake program at a press conference held today at the MTN Uganda Headquarters in Kampala, Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer said that the show would go a long way in addressing the unemployment issue that the youth are currently facing.

Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer launches Nsindika Njake, a youth entrepreneurship TV program that aims at equipping youth with business-related skills

“Given the high rate of youth unemployment, many youths have taken the right path of starting small businesses but sadly, majority of them have not had the opportunity to get the skills required to effectively operate a business. We believe that this show will teach them how to navigate the day-to-day challenges that they face in their businesses and set them on a path to becoming better entrepreneurs,” said Somdev.

Nsindika Njake is a TV show that will air every Wednesday 8.30 pm on local TV stations with a repeat on Sundays featuring the educated or skilled and the unskilled entrepreneurs running small enterprises commonly referred to as ‘hustles’ with the goal of equipping them with the requisite business skills to successfully run their hustles.

The 12 participants (small business owners) of the show will be mentored and trained by the MUBS entrepreneurship and small business center and thereafter engage in solving business-related challenges based on what they will have been taught for a period of 12 weeks.

Dr Diana Nandagire Ntamu, the Director MUBS Entrepreneurship Innovation and Incubation Centre lauded MTN Uganda for the unique Nsindika Njake program adding that tackling youth unemployment is a collaborative effort since classroom and experiential learning aims at harnessing the youths’ entrepreneurial potential.

Dr Diana Nandagire Ntamu Director MUBS Entrepreneurship Innovation and Incubation Centre makes her remarks during the launch of Nsindika Njake in Kampala today.

“92% of the young people that join the workforce in Uganda go to the informal sector and a lot of them are running SMEs yet they have no experience. As MUBS, we pride in supporting those young people through capacity building and mentorship so I must say that I am very excited to have worked with MTN. While MUBS fosters entrepreneurship, MTN Uganda wants to support young people,” said Dr. Ntamu.

The top 3 winners will walk away with assorted cash prizes, while the grand winner will get a cash prize of UGX 60 million.

The prize money will be issued over a period of one year upon the achievement of key milestones and participants also stand a chance to win instant Mobile Money.

KCB Foundation in partnership with GIZ commit UGX 6 billion to skill over 2000 youth in the construction sector.

KCB Foundation and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) have joined forces to increase the employability and income generation of 2,000 Ugandan youth in the construction sector. 

The UGX 6 billion partnership slated to run from July 2021 until June 2023 will provide youth with technical and vocational skills training. The funds will also support the provision of construction toolkits to 440 youth, to enable them to start up business enterprises in the construction sector

Guest of Honor Mr. Patrick Byakatonda (2nd R), Director of the Directorate of Industrial Training together with Ms.Caroline Wanjeri (R), Head of Mortgages KCB Group touring a metal works class at Ntinda vocational institute.

The youth will be trained in masonry and brickwork, carpentry and joinery, plumbing and pipe work, electrical installation and welding and metalwork, among other trades.

This project implemented by GIZ, and KCB Bank Uganda’s Twekozese Programme will target a total of 70% male and 30% female youth under the Employment and Skills for Development in Africa (E4D) programme commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), co-funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

By Racheal Nuwahereza

MTN Uganda, M-KOPA unveil partnership to ease acquisition of 4G Smartphones with flexible payment terms.

In a bid to make it easier for customers to acquire 4G Smartphones at affordable installment payment terms, MTN Uganda unveiled a partnership with M-KOPA, where customers can choose from a wide range of up to 11 assorted Samsung and Nokia devices from M-KOPA and finance them for up to one year while enjoying free daily data from MTN, for a year as they use their smartphones.

Customers can opt for a daily, weekly, or monthly payment plan for any of the devices they choose to purchase upfront deposit of between UGX 100,000 to UGX 200,000, depending on the model of the phone.

With the MTN and M-KOPA partnership, customers can pay as little as Ugx.1400 daily for a smartphone.

Attending the official launch of the MTN and M-KOPA partnership, Ian Mugambe, the MTN Uganda High-Value Segment Marketing Manager said the partnership is aimed at enabling the public to acquire smartphones in the most financially convenient way that doesn’t affect their cash flow.

“With the current digital evolution, a smartphone is an enabler for work, business, education and access to information. However, many people fail to own smartphones due to their high cost of purchase. By availing such a flexible payment solution coupled with free daily data, we believe many more people will now find owning a smartphone much easier,” said Mugambe.

M-KOPA’s Brenda Nambalirwa (L) and MTN Uganda’s Ian Mugambe display some of the phones that people can access and pay for in installments.

Brendah Nambalirwa; the spokeswoman M-KOPA Uganda said the partnership has already proven to be a successful way to accelerate smartphone penetration and digital inclusion in Uganda.

“Customers, who would ordinarily find it difficult to access credit or save large deposits, can now instantly have a 4G smartphone in their hands and connect to the internet for countless services,” said Nambalirwa.

By partnering with M-KOPA, MTN has demonstrated its commitment towards breaking the barriers to smartphone penetration in the country, as well as helping customers access the best internet experiences in the land with the world-class devices provided by M-KOPA.

Customers will also get free daily data of 50MBs from MTN for a full year while they finance their smartphones relatedly following MTN’s repackaging of its daily data bundles to offer customers up to 80% more data at the same existing prices, thus making the internet more affordable and giving customers more value for their money.

The 2021 partnership between MTN and M-KOPA successfully enabled the sale of over 70,000 smartphones on M-KOPA’s Fintech platform, which has financed over 2 million customers across Africa.

By Racheal Nuwahereza.

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