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UCC launches free Wi-Fi hotspot project

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UCC Ag. Executive Director Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo.

By BigEyeUG Team
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) through the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) has launched a Wi-Fi hotspot project covering five border posts across the country.

The project, to be implemented by Blue Crane Communications Limited, an Internet Service Provider, will provide broadband services at the five border posts of Mutukula (Kyotera); Vurra (Arua); Malaba (Tororo); Elegu (Amuru); Bunagana (Kisoro).

Launching the project at the UCC head office on Wednesday, UCC Ag. Executive Director Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, who was flanked by the Director RCDF Nyombi Thembo, said the project aims to provide connectivity in transit areas to facilitate business and support the fight against COVID-19.

Mr George Waigumbulizi, a Director at Blue Crane, said his company would deliver a bandwidth capacity of 5Mbps per user at the selected sites.

Being in line with the RCDF Phase III Guidelines that prioritise broadband connectivity and access, the Wi-Fi hotspot project will enable the public in the beneficiary areas to access free and reliable internet connectivity.

This intervention is also informed by the National Broadband Policy, which seeks to promote broadband coverage across the country. The policy defines broadband for Uganda as robust connectivity that is affordable, reliable and delivers a minimum of 5Mbps to the user for applications, content and services.

In targeting border towns, UCC/RCDF recognised that people in transit areas have unique communication needs that can be addressed through access to public Wi-Fi hotspots as long as they own a Wi-Fi capable device. Wi-Fi in such locations is even more suitable and convenient because it doesn’t require a SIM card or existence of a subscription relationship with a service provider.

Through this project, the Commission will also be able to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 by addressing the communication needs of people transiting through the said border posts, some of which have been identified by the Ministry of Health as hotspots in the fight against the pandemic.

By providing free broadband service, it is believed that the experience will spur market demand among the local user population, and eventually drive uptake of broadband services in these areas.

The project also aims to increase the number of ICT devices such as computers and smartphones in the area, as well as encourage digital literacy, thereby reducing the digital divide.

Besides improved social services, the selected areas are expected to experience the ease of doing business through e-commerce and e-government services, thus contributing to social-economic transformation.



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City lawyer Ssemakadde summoned by CID over alleged offensive communication

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Ugandan satirical lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde has been summoned by Uganda Police over alleged offensive communication to the prejudice of Hon. Justice Ssekaana Musa.

According to a statement from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, its conducting inquiries into alleged offensive communication of Ssemakadde.

The self-proclaimed ‘Legal Rebel’ is required to report at the CID headquarters for an interview and statement recording on Monday, February 28, 2022.

The summon further instructs currently Hon. Muhammad Nsereko’s strongest tormentor to particularly show-up to the Officer in Charge of Cyber Crime D/ASP Kayiza Henry at 10AM.

It should be recalled, Ssemakadde recently requested the Chief Registrar to avail him with a record of proceedings of this year’s Judges’ Conference to enable him decide the next course of action.

This sparked-verge from the resolution by the judges as they complained of being cyber bullied by some lawyers.

The judges identified lawyers Male Hassan Mabirizi and Ssemakadde particularly whom they accused of making cyberbullying-like statements on social media against judicial officers.

This comes to life just a day after lawyer Male Mabirizi was sentenced to 18months in jail over contempt of court.

Full statement:

Invitation for an interview and statement recording vide CID headquarters GEF 136/2022. The subject matters refer; The Directorate of Criminal investigations is conducting inquiries into alleged offensive communication to the prejudice of Hon. Justice Ssekaana Musa. You are required to report to CID Headquarters on February 28, 2022 at 1000hrs and you will particularly report to Officer in Charge of Cyber Crime D/ASP Kayiza Henry on telephone number 0714401470 who will guide you on what is required.

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Photos: Eric Omondi lands in Uganda ahead of Comedy Store show

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Celebrated Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi Ongao alias Eric Omondi has arrived in Uganda for the fun-thrilling Comedy Store on Wednesday February 23,2022.

With a captivating theme “Eric Omondi Live”, Comedy Store re-bombards UMA Multipurpose Hall, Lugogo after almost 2years.

On touching down at Entebbe International Airport on Wednesday, the self-proclaimed “President of Comedy Africa”, was glamorously received by Comedy Store UG CEO Alex Muhangi and other local comedians.

The highly anticipated sizzling night-out-for-laughter will feature; Jose Chameleone, Madrat & Chiko, Ssenga Nantume, MC Mariachi, and many others.

According to the Comedy Store, the show will commence at 6PM and tickets will be available at the entrance.

HE’S HERE, In The Pearl Of Africa: Kenya’s  Eric Omondi, the President of Comedy Africa, has set foot in Uganda ahead of “Eric Omondi Live” on Comedy Store Ug at UMA Show Grounds. Tell your friends. Show starts at 6pm. Tickets are sold at the Entrance. Get Ready! UMA Multipurpose Hall, Lugogo,” stated Comedy Store.

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Geosteady ‘never to tip’ about his new love journey despite moving on

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Ugandan male vocalist George Kigozi alias Geosteady is not willing to open up about his new love life.

The “Nemala” singer whose heart proves to have been extremely damaged beyond healing by his split with baby mama Prima Kardashi, vows never to talk in detail about the experiences so far with his new lover.

Despite finding another woman to love, Geosteady says it’s better to keep his new romantic journey private like he sung in one of his latest songs.

Currently my love life is really really private, like I sung. Am seeing someone who I will never address,” Geosteady said live on a local radio station.

He also feels one ought to just appreciate his/her lover’s characters because the world is endowed with people of different characters.

No more exposing in public. Another thing is that I learnt to understand people the way they are. So, my love life is all about understanding you,” he added.

Its close to two years now ever since Geosteady and Prima Kardashi called-it-quits in their 8years-old relationship.

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