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ICTs Critical in Stimulating Growth, Says SES Official
[October 16, 2014]

ICTs Critical in Stimulating Growth, Says SES Official

(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Uganda has a big chance in stimulating socio-economic transformation using the current information and communication technologies, Christelle Agossou, the sales manager for the Luxembourg based SES Broadband Services for Africa has said. Speaking to teachers, government officials and students in Luzira, a Kampala suburb on Oct. 13, Agossou said SES is committed to partner with local institutions, companies to provide satellite broadband [internet] services in Uganda to facilitate access to information and e-learning sessions. Uganda currently has about 7.3 million internet users, according to data from the ICT ministry.

This is one of the lowest in the EAC region if compared to its neighbor Kenya. Agossou said that the company is ready to support [at affordable cost] any institution wanting to purchase their full kit at a cost of about 400 euros. Agossou called upon teachers to utilize the opportunity provided by the online platforms to impart knowledge to learners. "We have a strong background as a company and are ready to serve our customers with quality services," she said. Indeed available information on the group's website says the latter's satellite broadband service gives customers an immediate, reliable and high speed internet access wherever they need it.

Agossou said they have the necessary experience to bring internet connectivity to an entire community via one single satellite antenna. She said the company has unique solutions that can facilitate online lecturers, which she said, helps in cutting costs involved in teaching students in cases where experts have to travel from one country to another to teach. "This is an opportunity for us and for our customers," Agossou said, before describing Uganda as a potential market for SES within the East African region.

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