Vodafone launches data services
|[L-R] Mr Godfrey Mutabazi (UCC boss), |
Tage Rasmussen (Vodafone Uganda acting CEO) and Richard Byarugaba
(Vodafone Board Member)
Vodafone Uganda has commercially launched voice and 4G LTE high-speed data services.
The company said the 4G high-speed data services will initially be available in Kampala and Entebbe, with plans to rapidly expand to other cities soon. The customers outside Kampala will initially have access to 2G and in some areas 3G services.
Tage Rasmussen, the acting chief executive officer for Vodafone Uganda, said: “Vodafone services are designed for individual users, small-to-medium businesses, as well as large organisations that desire reliable and fast connections that are well priced.”
“Our offers are in line with the Vodafone promise of delivering worry-free solutions to our customers,” Rasmussen said. The company has promised to offer reliable internet connection.
Vodafone Uganda is part of the global telecoms group Vodafone, which has mobile operations in 26 countries and partners with mobile networks in 54 more, including the largest footprint of 4G network across Europe.
As part of the launch, Vodafone announced the launch of unlimited data plans. Prices for unlimited data start from Shs 149,000 per month or Shs 5,000 per day. This offer is, however, available for a limited period. According to Jackie Namara, the head of marketing at Vodafone, the low data plans follow a demand from customers who are tired of high charges.
“Customers say the entry price for mobile devices is too high and we have decided to lower it,” Namara said.
Uganda Communications Commission boss Godfrey Mutabazi commended Vodafone for joining the Ugandan market.
“We welcome Vodafone to this competitive market of ours. We didn't think such a prestigious company would join [Uganda] where we already have a few players already on the ground,” Mutabazi said, adding that the company has promised to offer “a unique service.”
Mutabazi urged government to cut down on taxes so that more investors could join the market.
“We have the highest taxation rate in East Africa when it comes to telecoms. I think the taxation should come down so that we could allow these telecoms to invest,” he said.