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Airtel Uganda, Managing Director, V.G Somasekhar under whose leadership AIrtel has made significant market progress.
Fifty (50) Uganda Shillings can hardly buy you anything, not even in the corner shop-but if you are connected to Airtel, you can actually top up airtime for that amount and make that life-changing call for three (3) shillings per second. That’s not all, Airtel today, also can deliver to you 1 GB of data for just 1,500 Uganda Shillings, just about the same price of a rolex- Uganda’s most popular street food. Did I mention, that all this can be purchased from the comfort of your home via Airtel Money anywhere in Uganda? In this interview V.G Somasekhar, Airtel Uganda’s CEO speaks about the nexus between accessibility, affordability and simplicity of voice, data and Airtel money on one hand and Airtel Uganda’s big match to market leadership on the other.
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First of all, let us start with a review of 2019. How would you summarise it in terms of the industry and for Airtel Uganda in particular?

I think 2019 has been a year of investment? In 2019, Airtel invested ahead of the curve with an outlook on the future but also to consolidate and stabilize our position in the market.

We have a huge aspiration and ambition for Uganda and that is why, at the beginning of 2019, we invested in 100 percent 4G capability at all our sites. Uganda was among the first countries where Airtel made such an investment, which to me is a huge leap of faith. Huge, considering that internet usage and penetration in this market are still improving, we just made one shot; 100 percent 4G.  There are not many countries in Africa which have achieved that milestone.

We know that the future of telecommunication networks and the future of consumer needs is about internet and that’s why we made this forward looking step and made the big investment in country-wide 4G internet.

Secondly, in 2019, we also scaled up our network dramatically from about 1,300 sites in 2017. We expect to hit the 2,000 sites milestone by March 2020. All our sites do offer 100 per cent 2G, 3G and 4G; we do not have a single site that does not serve all the three technologies. We now reach 100% of the districts and all the sub counties and between 5,500-6000 parishes, roughly 95% plus of the population. We now have highway coverage, rural coverage, parish coverage; we are every 24/7. This is phenomenal.

What we are demonstrating is that telecommunications is not only for the elite, rich and the famous especially in the urban areas, but we are saying that after food, water, clothing and shelter is telecommunications, which is why we have invested in giving access to telecommunications to everybody, everywhere. Our focus is providing…

Thought Leadership
By Muhereza Kyamutetera Published on Jan 17, 2020
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CEO East Africa

Nataliey Bitature, the Chief of Staff of Uganda’s Simba Group, a conglomerate of companies spanning the hospitality, energy, telecom, and real estate sectors will later this month be awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by United Kingdom’s Keele University, in recognition of her social entrepreneurship works.

Keele University was ranked number one (public universities) in England for overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS) done by the Office for Students, England’s independent regulator of higher education.

According to a statement on the University’s website and twitter, Ms Nataliey who is described as a “Social entrepreneur and one of Africa’s brightest young achievers”, will be awarded at the university’s winter graduation ceremony later this month.

An alumni of the University who graduated in 2013 with a degree in Business Management and Education, Bitature is recognised for initiative called ‘HER’, an online community programme where young women in business are equipped with both business and life skills that are designed to help them grow in their businesses and life.  

After graduating from Keele, Nataliey attended the Hult Business School in San Francisco where she completed an MSc in Social Entrepreneurship. During this time she co-founded the concept for Musana Carts – a business that creates solar-powered street vending carts designed for micro-entrepreneurs across Uganda. Musana Carts has since partnered with Coca-Cola, The Rockefeller Foundation, Mastercard Foundation and Ideo.org.

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Finance
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Standard Chartered Bank Uganda has today, Wednesday 08th January 2020, launched its annual Loan Repayment Holiday campaign where it is offering a repayment holiday of up to 75 days for customers taking personal loans before 29th February 2020.

Customers from other banks also transferring their loans to Standard Chartered Bank, do qualify for this reprieve.

Participating customers stand a chance to win back to school gift vouchers of UGX 200,000 with each loan of at least UGX 50m. This offer applies to both new and existing customers of the bank.

According to a media statement from the bank, the campaign is intended to “make going back to school in the New Year, smooth and easier on parents and guardians who are coming from the festive season and could be financially constrained due to competing priorities.”

“Whichever way one looks at it, taking a repayment holiday offers financial relief and enables an individual to achieve his / her objectives in a relaxed, stress-free and planned manner,” says the media statement.  

HOLIDAY AFTER HOLIDAY: One of the bank’s campaigns promoting the repayment holiday online

Mr. Moses Rutahigwa Head, Retail Banking while unveiling the campaign said the bank prided itself in being “a responsible lender and responding to the unique needs of our clients in a timely manner.”

“We are happy to once again offer this break to our clients which will give them a bit of financial flexibility when it is needed the most to relieve their financial burdens and stress,” he said.

Rutahigwa said that the bank has set down some criteria borrowers are expected to fulfil before we qualifying for the holiday and advised them to contact the bank through their  relationship managers, or calling the bank on (+256) 200524100 /  (+256) 313294100 or through  sending  an email to Ug.Service@sc.com or by  visiting any of the bank’s…

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Airtel Uganda, Managing Director, V.G Somasekhar under whose leadership AIrtel has made significant market progress.
CEO East Africa
Fifty (50) Uganda Shillings can hardly buy you anything, not even in the corner shop-but if you are connected to Airtel, you can actually top up airtime for that amount and make that life-changing call for three (3) shillings per second. That’s not all, Airtel today, also can deliver to you 1 GB of data for just 1,500 Uganda Shillings, just about the same price of a rolex- Uganda’s most popular street food. Did I mention, that all this can be purchased from the comfort of your home via Airtel Money anywhere in Uganda? In this interview V.G Somasekhar, Airtel Uganda’s CEO speaks about the nexus between accessibility, affordability and simplicity of voice, data and Airtel money on one hand and Airtel Uganda’s big match to market leadership on the other.

First of all, let us start with a review of 2019. How would you summarise it in terms of the industry and for Airtel Uganda in particular?

I think 2019 has been a year of investment? In 2019, Airtel invested ahead of the curve with an outlook on the future but also to consolidate and stabilize our position in the market.

We have a huge aspiration and ambition for Uganda and that is why, at the beginning of 2019, we invested in 100 percent 4G capability at all our sites. Uganda was among the first countries where Airtel made such an investment, which to me is a huge leap of faith. Huge, considering that internet usage and penetration in this market are still improving, we just made one shot; 100 percent 4G.  There are not many countries in Africa which have achieved that milestone.

We know that the future of telecommunication networks and the future of consumer needs is about internet and that’s why we made this forward looking step and made the big investment in country-wide 4G internet.

Secondly, in 2019, we also scaled up our network dramatically from about 1,300 sites in 2017. We expect to hit…

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Muhereza Kyamutetera 3, Jan 8 mins
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CEO East Africa
Stanbic Bank Uganda Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications Daniel Ogong speaking during the launch of the new season 20192020 and round of 64 draws

The ‘Stanbic Uganda Cup’ is back bigger and better with yet another increase in prize money for participating teams and exciting rewards for football fans.

Winning Prize money has been increased to a total of UGX 132 million up from UGX 120 million for the final sixteen teams with the winning team walking away with UGX 40 million, the Runner Up UGX 20 million, the semi- finalists UGX 12 million each, the quarter finalists UGX 6 million each and the teams that finish in the Round of 16 UGX 3 million. The prize money for the tournament has been increasing from UGX 120 million last season and UGX 90 million the previous season.

Speaking at the launch of the new season and draws for the Round of 64, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo lauded Stanbic Bank for supporting the growth of Ugandan football.

“Besides uniting people like nothing else, Football is big industry the world over with economic benefits arising from promoting the country abroad contributing to economic development through job creation for the youth, and skills development. Thanks to support from corporates like Stanbic Bank, Ugandan football is growing exponentially and is now making substantial contributions to the Ugandan economy,” Magogo said.

Moses Magogo (standing) draws Police FC in the round of 64 draws. Proline FC are the current champions of the Stanbic Uganda Cup having beaten Bright Stars in Masaka to lift the trophy.

“The Stanbic Uganda Cup was first played in 1971 by a handful of teams but has grown over the years into the biggest club football…

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