VENTURES AFRICA – UAE-based satellite operator, Al-yah Satellite Communications company PrJSC (Yahsat) has collaborated with truIT Uganda to launch its new broadband internet service, YahClick, in the East African nation.
Yahsat is joining other internet service provider to increase internet penetration and affordability in the country. In January, telecommunication company MTN introduced wireless hotspots accessible to mobile subscribers while Airtel launched its 3.75GB at Shs500 ($0.19) for 60 megabytes (MBs) in answer to data consumer needs of an affordable and reliable network.
Commenting on the launching of the product; Kevin Viret, the regional director of Yahsat (the parent company for YahClick) said the company is ready to provide reliable and affordable services that will suit the country’s IT competitive market.
He explained that, “Unlike fibre cables, Satellite internet does not suffer from damages and cuts. The cost involved between when a cable lands at the port and when it’s laid to its inland destination is 18 times higher than when it has just landed on the Port.”
“We have data packages of 12 gigabytes (GBs) per month at $60 (about Shs 155000) for home/personal use and 40 GBs per month at $185 (about Shs 490,000) for businesses with both fast download and upload speeds,” Viret said.
Meanwhile, Uganda ICT Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, commended YahClick entry into the Ugandan ICT market, saying, the company’s entry into the market is timely and gives more life to the possibility of having internet services available and spanning the entire country, particularly remote areas. He posits that this would inevitably improve commerce, education, health care and financial services to boost the economy.
“The IT sector has been vital in its role as an enabler, ensuring equitable access to information in both urban and rural areas…because of that the government regards the ICT sector as critical to develop the country,” he said.
Also speaking on YahClick’s new venture is the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) boss, Godfrey Mutabazi.
“This is an essential service since we are a landlocked country. When fibre optic was introduced, the price of internet dropped by 30 percent. I expect that prices will drop further as competition increases to attract more people,” he said.