New player joins Internet market
Posted Monday, February 4 2013 at 02:46
Competition for data subscribers across the country is set to surge further following last week’s entry of a new internet service provider (ISP) – YahClick, providing Satellite broadband internet services.
The company joined the market at a time when other ISPs are involved in ‘affordability, reliability and availability’ battles as best means to lure more data users to their networks.
Two weeks ago, MTN launched wireless hotspots accessible by any mobile subscribers while Airtel recently launched 3.75 G charging Shs500 for 60 megabytes (MBs) among others.
Speaking at the launch of YahClick, Mr Kevin Viret, the regional director of Yahsat-the mother company for YahClick, said the company will provide reliable and fast internet at market competitive rates.
“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,” Mr Viret said, adding: “We have data packages of 12 gigabytes (GBs) per month at 60 dollars (about Shs 155000) for home/personal use and 40 GBs per month at 185 dollars (about Shs 490,000) for businesses with both fast download and upload speeds.”
ICT Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, said the entry of YahClick is timely as it gives more life to the possibility of having internet services available and spanning the entire country, particularly inaccesible areas.
Uganda is served by two internet sources- Satellite and fibre cable connections while 4G is expected to be launched any time this year.