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Airtel TV app review: Stream live television on the go!

Airtel TV app review: Stream live television on the go!

For those that saw the transition from on-the-desk land lines and street pay phones to the now widely spread network of mobile handsets, you can relate the journey that television has moved. From the analog big-bodied monitors that we used to view limited programming on, to the versatile pay TV channels, and now mobile TV – like the Airtel TV app. The journey has been remarkable.

Airtel Uganda recently unveiled its live TV and video-on-demand app, Airtel TV, for customers to watch local television on the go, as well as enjoy entertainment from the available list of shows and movies.

Getting started

You can download the Airtel TV App from Play store for Android or iOS for iPhone, enter your Airtel number through which you will receive an OTP SMS that you enter for confirmation.

Ensure that you have an active Airtel data bundle that will let you stream and watch all channels available on the App.

First Impressions

Having the Airtel TV app on your mobile does save you a lot of money you could have spent on renewing your decoder subscription – to watch local channels – and lets you watch it all from wherever you are; no restrictions.

The key content available on the app is Shows, movies, and TV.

The Good about Airtel TV:

With a good internet connection, you can have it all. The TV section has all the programming set in line, with the time of airing perfectly set. You can ably switch between the HD channels, your preferred language or category of choice.

There a good number of movies available, especially the local (Ugandan) productions. For those that love sitting back and watching every minute of the native action, it suits you well. The app is a good library from which to pick from.

If you want to continue watching as you browse for any other content, the app offers a picture-in-picture mode that can keep you going.

You can also add your favourite channels to a watch you keep tabs on when it is airing or even play on if already in the library.

The Bad about Airtel TV:

  • No screenshots. You can’t tell a friend about any interesting part you enjoyed in a show or on TV.
  • The Hollywood section “content is not available”.
  • No premium content – though one would not expect premium content on a free app.

Conclusion

You want TV everywhere you go? The Airtel TV app is just for you. Recharge your data bundle, download the app, and stream.

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Airtel Uganda unveils Live TV and Video on Demand (VOD) service app

Airtel Uganda unveils Live TV and Video on Demand (VOD) service app

Airtel Uganda has launched its Live TV and Video on Demand (VOD) service offering a premium mix of local and international content sourced from some of the largest studios across the globe.

Named Airtel TV, the service is yet another initiative in the telco’s digitization journey that has seen Airtel introduce 100% countrywide 3G and 4G technologies, launch the most affordable 4G smartphone on the market, affordable bundles and also introduce a broadband solution for homes, Small and Medium Enterprises that offers uninterrupted internet at affordable rates.

Available only to Airtel Uganda subscribers, the new innovation is designed to add value to the high quality streaming while promoting local content and talent in one convenient and easy to access package free of charge only requiring the users to have an active data bundle.

Speaking during the launch, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G Somasekhar noted that Airtel TV is the embodiment of convenient and affordable entertainment.

The platform will deliver the very best of entertainment experience directly to all Airtel customers across the country. With our 4G network, subscribers to Airtel Tv will enjoy a seamless viewing experience without and interruptions. We are confident that the platform will delight, entertain and inspire Airtel customers as it offers first-class entertainment.”

Somasekhar also noted that the App is Airtel’s contribution to the development and promotion of local content in Uganda. The app will have different local news, music, Ugandan comedy and movies, in addition to streaming of sports, video-on-demand and many other offerings. The telco is encouraging Uganda’s local content producers to utilize this platform for revenue.

What’s on the Airtel TV app?

Users on Airtel TV can watch movies — Ugawood, Nollywood and Bollywood among others, Bloomberg, Trace (Urban, Africa, Mziki, Tropical, Gospel, and Sports Stars), Gametoon, Fashion Box, Nautical, God TV, Inspiration TV, and Al Jazeera, among others.

How to access the Airtel TV app in Uganda

Airtel Uganda subscribers can download the Airtel TV App from Play store for Android or iOS for iPhone, enter their Airtel number and the OTP SMS received. Subscribers will then be able to stream and watch all channels available on the App as long they have an active data bundle.

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How to pay URA taxes and KCCA fees using MTN MoMo

How to pay URA taxes and KCCA fees using MTN MoMo

It is an obligation for you to pay taxes to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and fees to the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) – if at all you have a running business or enterprise in the city. This post basically details to you how you can fulfil these obligations with much ease.

Pay URA taxes and fees using MTN Mobile Money

The authority has a partnership with MTN to facilitate payment of taxes using MTN Mobile Money. MTN customers can pay their URA fees and taxes using MTN Mobile Money by dialling *165#, selecting ‘Fees and Taxes’ and then choosing URA.

There are two payment options: with a Payment Reference Number (PRN) or without PRN.

Pay KCCA fees using MTN Mobile Money

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is responsible for the assessment, collection and accountability of revenues collected from revenue sources such as trading license, fees, ground rent, property tax, penalties/fines, rentals, hotel tax and other fees collected from various City operators.

MTN customers can pay their KCCA licenses, fees and taxes using MTN Mobile Money. All you have to do is dial *165#, select ‘Fees and Taxes’ and then choose KCCA.

Thereafter, you will have to enter the payment reference number, the amount and then confirm payment by entering your MTN Mobile Money PIN.

How much are you charged?

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Which is the best mobile data deal in Uganda this 2020?

Which is the best mobile data deal in Uganda this 2020?

In the world today, data is the way to go and internet connectivity is the key driver. The world revolves around it and demand for fast and reliable internet is increasing by the day. Of course, as the demand gets higher, the next point of consideration becomes quality and affordability. The price of data bundles in prices has been, on average, fair to go with.

We have at least gotten used to getting an internet bundle for as low as UGX 250, but the questions that come up as you purchase are: how much data can you get out of it and how much use can you make of this? A number of innovations such as the MTN Freedom bundles, Airtel’s My Pakalast data bundles, as well as Africell’s revised data bundles are all in place to make a choice from.

During the launch of their New Chapter, Neeraj Gala – the Africell Chief Commercial Officer, affirmed the company’s commitment to offer customers consistent delivery of quality data at an affordable price.

“The New Chapter strategy is hinged on ensuring our customers enjoy the best value in terms of service and affordability. These bundles were designed with that mind-set and we remain committed on giving our customers the best value for their money.”

2020 Daily Data bundles prices in Uganda

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Something new on the scene is the unlimited daily bundle introduced by Africell. We have been used to daily packages that have a limit to them, with much of the usage being reserved to how much of the bundle you have left to use.

At UGX 20,000 you get to surf your self out the entire day. Africell has also boosted its bundles to be above the other competition offers when it comes to how much you get for the price paid.

2020 Weekly Data bundles prices in Uganda

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If your choice is the weekly data marathons, you have the best to choose from. MTN Uganda has the fewest options, with only three offers, while Airtel and Africell have a broader package with 6 and 5 offers respectively.

2020 Monthly Data bundles prices in Uganda

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Lycamobile officially launches in Uganda

Lycamobile officially launches in Uganda

Over a year ago, rumour around town was that a new telco – Lycamobile – was to make its way into the Ugandan market. At the time, without any much change witnessed since then, the industry was umbrella-d by the existence of MTN Uganda, Airtel and Africell as the top telecom companies in the respective order.

It is now official, Lycamobile is now in Uganda! The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which has been in and about the global telecommunications scene for more than a decade, will run on the 072 prefix code.

Just so you know: An MVNO is a wireless communications services provider that does not own the wireless network infrastructure over which it provides services to its customers.

The new telco boasts of existence in over 20 countries, including Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium and Switzerland. In Africa, Uganda is the third market after South Africa and Tunisia.

As an MVNO, how will Lycamobile operate?

We are likely to see Lycamobile forming a partnership with Tangerine, an internet service provider, to offer voice and data services in Uganda. With existence in Kampala, Wakiso , and Mukono, Tangerine is a good partner for the new telco in its bid to grasp an early market lead.

It is likely that the telecom company will focus only on 2G (for voice calls) and 4G (for internet users).

To date, Ugandans have found a darling in MTN Uganda and Airtel Uganda, given their reliable network coverage and mobile money platforms that make it easy to communicate and send funds countrywide easy.

To these you add Africell Uganda – that offers good internet rates, as well as the recovering Uganda Telecom. We can only wait to see what Lycamobile will have to offer in the industry, and how much success it will garner given that MVNOs have not had a success story registered yet in the country.

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This is why the Africell new voice bundles are unbeatable

This is why the Africell new voice bundles are unbeatable

When you opt to get yourself a new Africell SIM card, which will cost you UGX 2,000, it comes pre-loaded with UGX 1,000 airtime valid of seven days as well as free minutes, SMS and data available upon your first recharge of the activated card.

It is with the new card that you get to enjoy Africell’s revised voice bundles that extensively offer a whole new set of affordable package. You can also enjoy the new voice combo bundles that get you on-net and off-net minutes, SMS, as well as data in the package.

All you have to do is dial *134# and get the package that suits you!

Let’s take a look at each and make a comparison with the competition.

Africell Unbeatables voice bundles

Africell daily voice bundles:

  • UGX 100 gets you 3 minutes to call Africell customers
  • UGX 250 gets you 10 minutes to call Africell customers
  • UGX 500 gets you 25 minutes to call Africell customers
  • UGX 1,000 gets you 75 minutes to call Africell customers
  • UGX 1,250 gets you unlimited call bundles and an extra 25 MB data

Africell weekly voice bundles:

  • UGX 5,000 gets you 350 minutes to call Africell customers
  • UGX 7,000 gets you unlimited call bundles and an extra 50 MB data

What does the competition offer?

There are a number of options that the competition offers but you will find it hard to refuse the Africell offer – probably the reason for the unbeatables name.

MTN Uganda already had a set of existing MyPakaPaka voice bundles where one can dial *160*1# to enjoy making calls and sending SMS messages to fellow MTN customers at a discount. Here, 60 minutes and 60 SMS cost UGX 1,100; 45 minutes and 45 SMS cost UGX 900; while 30 minutes and 30 SMS cost UGX 700.

Also, there are the normal daily bundles that customers find at *160*2#: including 6 minutes at UGX 500, 10 minutes at UGX 700, 20 minutes at UGX 1000, and 60 minutes at UGX 2000. These are the ones that the company is manipulating into all-network voice bundles.

Airtel, on the other hand, has a My Pakalast offering that lets you get on-net mintes, SMS and data customized based on your spending habits.

Africell new voice combo bundles

Africell daily voice combo bundles:

  • UGX 500 gets you 20 minutes to call Africell customers, 2 minutes to call other networks, 20 SMS, and 20 MB
  • UGX 750 gets you 30 minutes to call Africell customers, 3 minutes to call other networks, 30 SMS, and 50 MB
  • UGX 1,000 gets you 50 minutes to call Africell customers, 5 minutes to call other networks, 50 SMS, and 100 MB
  • UGX 2,000 gets you 150 minutes to call Africell customers, 15 minutes to call other networks, 150 SMS, and 300 MB

Africell weekly voice combo bundles:

  • UGX 5,000 gets you 200 minutes to call Africell customers, 20 minutes to call other networks, 200 SMS, and 200 MB
  • UGX 10,000 gets you 500 minutes to call Africell customers, 50 minutes to call other networks, 500 SMS, and 500 MB

What does the competition offer?

MTN Uganda has an equivalent offer called the Go Bundles. The daily offer goes for UGX 2,500 and gets you 25 minutes to call MTN customers, 5 minutes to call other networks, 30 SMS, and 30 MB. The weekly offer goes for UGX UGX 20,000 and gets you 200 minutes to call MTN customers, 50 minutes to call other networks, 250 SMS, and 250 MB.

Airtel Uganda has an equivalent offer called Kyabise Combo Bundles. The daily package includes three offers. UGX 2,500 gets you 75 minutes, 75 SMS and 75 MBs; UGX 1,500 gets you 20 minutes, 20 SMS and 20 MBs; while UGX 750 gets you 10 of each of minutes, SMS and MB. The weekly offer goes for UGX UGX 10,000 and gets you 300 minutes, 300 SMS, and 300 MB.

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Here’s how to keep your SIM card safe and secure in 2020

Here’s how to keep your SIM card safe and secure in 2020

About a year ago, there was talk about what could have been SIM card swap fraud going on in Uganda. This would be beefed by a statement that was circulating on social media, indicating that someone can hack your SIM card through a mere phone call.

The entire process involves fraudsters replacing the SIM for a mobile number that does not belong to them, allowing them illegitimate access to personal information and accounts of the original user.

The scammers use SIM swap frauds to cancel and re-activate new SIM cards to their names to target bank accounts or any other money transfer services. They can also access your call logs, text messages, online accounts, including email and all social media accounts.

The Uganda Communications Commission issued a statement, explaining how SIM card hacking occurs while also calming down the minds of citizens that for someone to hack into your SIM card they have to first access it.

How to keep your SIM card safe and secure in 2020

As the year begins, the commission has listed some measures to ensure that you have your card kept safe and secure.

  1. Establish how many SIM cards are registered using your National Identification Number (NIN) by pressing *197#, and after that demanding that any number(s) you are not associated with is blocked immediately.
  2. The Uganda Communications Commission also issued guidelines on the issuance, sale, swap and registration of SIM cards in Uganda, and a directive for operators to implement a verification mechanism using Short Code 197.
  3. Street vendors and agents are not allowed to swap SIM cards in case of loss or damage. Do not buy a card from them.
  4. It is important to note that SIM cards are ONLY issued upon the production of a valid original National Identity Card for Ugandan nationals. That means duplication only arises where a National ID holder is present, and part of the process as fingerprint biometrics MUST be matched.
  5. The telecoms are required to ensure that all particulars of the applicant, upon revalidation and issuance of SIM cards, match the information on the National Identity Card.
  6. Foreigners can ONLY be allowed to purchase a SIM card upon presentation of their original passport with a valid entry visa. For foreigners from the East African Community, where no visa is required, the applicant MUST provide information about the duration of their stay as indicated in the passport or travel document.
  7. Applicants who lost or misplaced their SIM cards must submit, together with their National ID or NIRA letter, an original Police document stating their case.

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Ruth Sebatindira: The big task ahead for the new UTL Administrator

Ruth Sebatindira: The big task ahead for the new UTL Administrator

Following months of uncertainty on the future of Uganda Telecom  (UTL), amidst wars between the telco’s administration and government officials, a new administrator has been named. Former Uganda Law Society President Ruth Sebatindira has been announced as the new UTL administrator, replacing Nelson Bemanya Twebaze – whose contract expired in November last year.

Mr Bemanya, a registrar general of Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), was appointed administrator of UTL following the exit of Ucom Limited, a Libyan firm that owned 69 per cent shares of the telecom. He entered into an Administration Deed and the shareholders ceded to him all their powers to run the company.

In an application in which the Uganda Contribution Employees’ Contributory Pension Scheme (UCECPS) were seeking to vary the deed of administration of UTL to replace him with another person, Justice Lydia Mugambe of the Civil Division of the High Court made the ruling that Ms Sebatindira should take charge.

The UTL creditors were accusing Mr Bemanya of failing to perform his roles in regard to collecting the outstanding amounts due to UTL from government departments.

He was also accused of failing to find an investor who can recapitalize and operate the company as well as paying in full all claims against UTL within the administration time.

The Big task ahead

Since March 2017, when UTL was placed under receivership, operations have not been in their right place. There have been several efforts by the Ugandan Government to revamp the telco.

A strategy that included sourcing for competent investors, an extension of UTL’s license for 20 more years, expansion of the telecom’s spectrum as well as giving it unlimited access to the National Backbone Infrastructure has not yielded any results.

Even the sourcing of an investor from bidders like Afrinet Communications, Mauritius Telecom, Hamilton Telecom, Telecel Global, Baylis Consortium and Teleology could not offer any solutions for the company’s sinking.

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In June 2019, Investment Minister Hon. Evelyn Anite informed members of Parliament that government no longer had any control of UTL Operations, with no more access to the company premises for any audits to be done.

The company administrators, led by outgoing Administrator Nelson Bemanya denied all the accusations posed by the minister insisting that neither refused government from accessing UTL premises nor that they denied the right to audit the company.

This would set a series of events that ran over 6 months in which Ms Anite, the Administrator, the Attorney General, among others exchanged letters on who has the higher authority on the telecom company.

Ms Anite wrote to the attorney general to apply to the court for orders replacing Bemanya as the administrator of UTL. Anite said that government had encountered considerable difficulty dealing with the administrator and completely lost confidence in his ability to continue serving the role of UTL administrator.

But the deputy attorney general Mwesigwa Rukutana disregarded the request saying that the government did not have supervisory powers over the administrator. He explained that the removal of an administrator from office required an application by the creditor.

He stated that the grounds to remove an administrator must relate to failure to comply with the duties imposed on the administrator under the Administration Deed, the Insolvency Act or any other law or any orders and directions of court.

At the time of its placement under receivership, UTL had reported heavy losses despite massive borrowings. These were listed to be UGX 16.21bn in 2008, UGX 11.86bn in 2009, UGX 69.26bn in 2010, UGX 145.63bn in 2011, UGX 27.67bn in 2012, UGX 59.91bn in 2013 and UGX 229.51bn in 2014.

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