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MTN Uganda Launches New Digital Home of sports

MTN Uganda Launches New Digital Home of sports

Business, DIGITAL, EAST AFRICA, Football, MTN, South Africa, Sports, UGANDA
The “MTN Sports” Website This follows MTN’s active engagement in Ugandan sports over the years. The MTN Sports Website is an online hub to showcase the best and most promising and prolific talent that Ugandan sport s has to offer. Visit sports.mtn.co.ug ug to catch the latest from your Ugandan sports heroes and discover the most up-to-date information including the Upcoming Olympics. Somdev Sen the MTN Chief Marketing Officer Friday 23rd July 2021: Kampala- Uganda; MTN Uganda has launched a dedicated online home of UG sports dubbed “MTN Sports” to give Ugandan sports enthusiasts a one-stop point for all sports related news, analysis and updates. This innovation is hinged on MTN’s vision of delivering the benefits of a digital world to its customers. Since it opened shop ...
Press Release – MTN Uganda to Award the Best SUPL Football Club, Players, Coaches as chosen by the fans.

Press Release – MTN Uganda to Award the Best SUPL Football Club, Players, Coaches as chosen by the fans.

Business, EAST AFRICA, FIFA, FIFA, Football, FUFA, MTN, South Africa, Sports, UGANDA
Dubbed the MTN SUPL Fans Awards, the initiative follows the completion of the 2020-2021 SUPL season that involved fans voting for their best performing players, coaches, and clubs, The awards follow the successful five-months online engagement spearheaded by MTN to keep the football passion alive amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. The awards are in favour of the club and personalities solely chosen by the SUPL football fans. Up to three fans with the highest online engagements shall also win cash. Fans can vote (from the monthly winners’ shortlist) for their favourite footballer, coach, and club on the MTN website sports.mtn.co.ug/fansawards and via the Sanyuka TV Facebook page. Thursday, 21st July 2021: Kampala- Uganda; MTN Uganda, the number one supporter of football in Uganda an...
MTN Uganda Recognizes the Power of The Youth

MTN Uganda Recognizes the Power of The Youth

Business, EAST AFRICA, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA, Youth
It is often said that the Youths are the Vanguards of the Future. This inevitably presupposes that there is an immense need to guide, empower and prepare them for the imminent future. As a company that envisions delivering the benefits of a modern connected world, MTN has taken a strong position on harnessing the infinite power held by the youth to make this vision a reality not only for the leaders of today, but also for the leaders of Tomorrow. Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, tells us how the company is engaging the youth. What does Uganda having such a young population mean to MTN? A young population presents massive opportunities for both the youth and the MTN brand. At MTN, we believe that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected world, so for ...
MTN bed donations increase safe deliveries in govt health centres

MTN bed donations increase safe deliveries in govt health centres

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Health Workers, Ministry Of Health, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Mbale,Uganda:Before 2018, Busiu Health Centre IV in Mbale district received about 60 women delivering at the facility every month.  The health centre which at the time had very limited beds tried to house the mothers for at least 24 hours for purposes of medical review in vain.    “Initially we would tell the mother to stay around for 24 hours but when there was no room for the mother to sleep, she would go away,” Dr Maumbe Bernard the in-charge Busiu Health Centre IV narrates.  MTN Foundation led by MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte handed over 10 beds, mattresses, bedsheets and mosquito nets to the district health officer Dr Jonathan Wangisi. The early departure of the mothers from the health centre was one of the reasons why some of the newly born babies died ...
Prioritize emotional well-being of staff during lockdown – MTN GM HR Michael Kawesa Sekadde

Prioritize emotional well-being of staff during lockdown – MTN GM HR Michael Kawesa Sekadde

Business, MTN, South Africa, Telecom, UGANDA
Kampala,Uganda: It is overwhelming how much sad news is flying over different social media platforms, once a home of laughter and comedic memes. The second wave of the virus has taken a toll on everyone forcing the country back to lockdown in a bid to mitigate spread of the virus. HR Michael Sekadde Whereas lockdown might block out the virus, it has affected people mentally. A report by Uganda Bureau of Statistics indicates that 5 per cent of the respondents were clinically depressed. The incidence was found majorly in elderly respondents around 65 years of age and above. A significant number of respondents between the age of 44 and 54 years were also found to be clinically depressed on account of their employment status and negative changes in business incomes. Centers for di...
Africa CDC and MTN accelerate fight against COVID-19

Africa CDC and MTN accelerate fight against COVID-19

COVID-19, DISEASE, HEALTH, MTN, UGANDA
with “One More Push” Campaign The ‘One More Push’ Campaign is aimed at complementing the ‘Adapted Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 Pandemic’ of the African Union The campaign is a motivational call across the region to inspire the masses to keep up the fight against covid 19 through strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs as well as vaccination to foster herd immunity Tuesday,13th July 2021: Kampala- Uganda; MTN Uganda has today rolled out yet another campaign dubbed ‘One More Push” with the aim of strengthening masses in the fight against the deadly COVID-19. The “One More Push” campaign is spearheaded by The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, (Africa CDC) and pan-African operator MTN Group. The joint campaign is meant to encourage people across the c...
Use Social Media and Digital Channels to enhance Customer Experience this lockdown-

Use Social Media and Digital Channels to enhance Customer Experience this lockdown-

Business, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNET, MTN, Social Media, South Africa, UGANDA
– Dorcas Muhwezi, MTN General Manager Customer Experience We are back to lockdown and just like we saw in the first wave, businesses are now operating online.  One thing covid has taught us, is that the internet is no longer a nice to have or a luxury. The Internet is a necessity. The internet is the place where customers window shop, purchase and air out views on products and services offered by companies. Make sure you have online presence. Dorcas Muhwezi, MTN General Manager Customer Experience  Unlike the earlier days where customers sneakily wrote their views on paper and dropped them into suggestion boxes hoping that no one would recognize their handwriting, today, customers take to social media to publicly appreciate and also vent their frustration. Emergence of t...
Uganda’s Prime Minister Nabanja launches Covid Relief Fund

Uganda’s Prime Minister Nabanja launches Covid Relief Fund

Airtel Uganda, Ministry Of Finance,planning and Economic Development, MTN, Office Of the Prime Minister, UGANDA
Gulu resident and a boda boda cyclist, Oloya Geofrey became the first vulnerable Ugandan to receive Nabbanja’s Ka Money. Robina Nabanja  yesterday launched  the exercise of sending Covid relief fund to those Ugandans who were affected by the lockdown impact and also called the first people to receive this money to confirm whether they have got it. Prime Minister Robina Nabanja (R) and Aggrey Kibenge,the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Gender,Labour and Social Development in action..Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The project will see at least over 500000 households  receive this 100000 shillings from Government as Covid relief. At the same launch, the ministry of health says the announcing of the 42 days lockdown by government to curb the increasing cases of Covid...
Absa Uganda introduces MTN MoMoPay payments on point of sale terminals

Absa Uganda introduces MTN MoMoPay payments on point of sale terminals

Absa Uganda, AFRICA, Bank Of Uganda, Banking World, Business, EAST AFRICA, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA
Kampala, Uganda 8th.July. 2021 | (Above Caption) Mr. Mumba Kalifungwa, the Chief Executive Officer of Absa Bank Uganda Limited welcomed the innovation between Absa Bank and MTN Uganda. Absa Bank Uganda and MTN Mobile Money Uganda Limited have today announced the introduction of mobile money payment functionality, also known as MTN MoMoPay on Absa Point of Sale (POS) machines/terminals. The service is open to all MTN Uganda mobile money account holders, who can now make payments on any Absa POS machine, regardless of whether they hold an account with the bank. MTN Uganda Mobile Money General Manager Stephen Mutana noted that the innovation between ABSA Bank and MTN MoMo would bolster the digitalisation of Uganda's economy Announcing the partnership, Absa’s Managing Director, M...
MTN Uganda Revives the MTN CallerTunez Awards to reward Artistes and Customers.

MTN Uganda Revives the MTN CallerTunez Awards to reward Artistes and Customers.

Entertainment, MTN, UGANDA
The MTN CallerTunez Awards shall be held every month to reward customers who use the call ring back tunes and artistes with the highest CallerTunez downloads. The winning artiste every month, will get UGX 2 million while up to 20 customers who download and use the tunes on their phones, will win Mobile Money and other assorted prizes. Artistes or authors of the content that has the most improved monthly downloads will UGX 1 million in that month. The MTN CallerTunez are MTN’s effort to among others digitize Ugandan music, local content and create additional income streams for the owners of the content e.g., music artistes. Kampala, Uganda: MTN Uganda has revived the MTN CallerTunez Awards that will see artistes earn from their music and other content, every month for the d...
CUSTOMER NOTICE – CESSATION OF OVER-THE-TOP (OTT) TAX

CUSTOMER NOTICE – CESSATION OF OVER-THE-TOP (OTT) TAX

AFRICA, Business, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA
Thursday, 1st July 2021 - Kampala, Uganda MTN Uganda informs its esteemed customers that following the coming in force of the Excise Duty (Amendment) Act 2021, on July 1, 2021, Over the Top (OTT) tax of UGX 200 per day has been repealed. Accordingly, all customers can now access the internet and all social media platforms without paying the said tax. All OTT tax-inclusive data bundles have been discontinued. All other standardised and customised voice and data bundles remain unchanged and are accessible on all our platforms by dialling *150#. We believe that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern, connected life. For any queries, please reach out to our customer care support teams on 100 (Toll Free), email customerservice.ug@mtn.com or WhatsApp 077 212 3100. MTN Uganda Man...
MTN Youth Skilling program: Haruna’s disability ignited his entrepreneurship

MTN Youth Skilling program: Haruna’s disability ignited his entrepreneurship

Business, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA
Harunah Damba lived an ordinary life until the fateful year of 2015.  Falling ill for about three years, the young man slowly started to lose his hearing ability. Ear by ear, the sound disappeared. The silence was so loud. At only 22 years, Damba became deaf. “In 2015, I suffered an illness and developed difficulty in hearing. The problem started with my left ear and later shifted to my right ear, and soon silence etched in both my ears,” he narrates. After several failed attempts by medical doctors to treat his illness, an old lady convinced Damba’s parents to take him home. She advised that they use herbal medicine which they also later learnt was useless. Faced with the new reality that he would be deaf, Damba did not take it so well. It was no easy feat. “I didn’t know any...
MTN recently announced a partnership with several members of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) which will see the telecom advance network automation using TIP’s Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG).

MTN recently announced a partnership with several members of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) which will see the telecom advance network automation using TIP’s Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG).

Business, East African Business Council, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA
We had an Interview with Ali Monzer, MTN Uganda chief technical information officer to explain what the new technology means for customers MTN recently announced rollout of a Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG) technology, what is that? To understand DCSG, you ought to know how telephone calls are made. Currently, we have towers across the country which house antennae. These towers emit radio frequencies in the air which are displayed on your phone as 2G, 3G and 4G. So, when making a call from Kampala to Mbarara, your phone will communicate to a tower in Kampala through the antennae which sends the session to a switch center in Kampala where it will be processed and sent to a tower in Mbarara where the phone call receiver is. We have switches in few centralized positions in th...
MTN Uganda to deploy TIP DCSG at scale to advance network automation

MTN Uganda to deploy TIP DCSG at scale to advance network automation

AFRICA, Business, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA
MTN Uganda and several members of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) have signed an agreement that will advance network automation using TIP’s Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG). This first of its kind network deployment in Africa will see MTN evolve its Transport Network and turn it into a future-proof asset that will seamlessly enable its network transition to 5G. Transport Network transmits data traffic between points within a network that enable access to the internet. Through Ambition 2025, MTN’s strategic blueprint, Network-as-a-Service (Naas) is one of five scale platforms for growth that contribute to leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress. DCSGs ultimately provide connectivity between (Mobile sites and Enterprises) and the core network, which is what users access ...
MTN solar fridges boost covid-19 vaccination in refugee communities

MTN solar fridges boost covid-19 vaccination in refugee communities

AFRICA, MTN, South Africa
MTN solar fridges boost covid-19 vaccination in refugee communities “Within an average of four hours, a non-refrigerated vaccine becomes ineffective,” Amos Asiku, the facility in charge at Bidibidi health centre III in Northern Uganda says. Bidibidi health centre iii in northern Uganda Incidences of vaccines getting destroyed due to lack of refrigeration were common at the health centre which has been operational since 2016. The health centre at the time had gas powered fridges with multiple mechanical faults causing breakdowns every so often, putting the vaccines at risk of getting destroyed. In addition, refilling of the gas in the fridge was strenuous since it was done from a distant area lasting multiple days. Solar vaccine fridge donated by MTN to Bidibidi health centr...
MTN ADDS THE 076 PREFIX TO ITS FAMILY OF NUMBER RANGES

MTN ADDS THE 076 PREFIX TO ITS FAMILY OF NUMBER RANGES

Business, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Media, MTN, South Africa, UCC
MTN Uganda has added 076 to its existing family of number ranges that include 077, 078, 031 and 039. The new number range was granted by sector regulator, Uganda Communications Commission. The new 076 prefix range will be available to prepaid customers The development will not affect existing numbers and customers can continue enjoying MTN services. Saturday 19th June 2021- Kampala Uganda: MTN Uganda has added 076 to its existing family of number ranges that include 077, 078, 031 and 039. The number range was granted by the sector regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) allowing MTN customers to now acquire numbers with 076 prefix. “We are now issuing new customers on the MTN network mobile numbers with the prefix range starting from 0760000000 to 0760999999...
MTN enabled partner YOTV breaking barriers with more than half a million subscriptions in one year.

MTN enabled partner YOTV breaking barriers with more than half a million subscriptions in one year.

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL, MTN, South Africa, Youth
Launched last year, YOTV Channels has become one of the leading one-stop centers for the best Ugandan live Television and Radio content accessible on your phone, tablet or computer anywhere.  We had a moment to catch up with   YoTV’s Chief Executive Officer, Aggrey Mugisha, the thirty-four-year-old youthful innovator talks video streaming and innovation in Uganda, YOTV and the MTN partnership.  Caption of the featured Image.Youthful Aggrey Mugisha, the Chief Executive Officer, YO TV Channels addressing a crowd during the launch of Kibanda Xpress in Kampala recently Tell us about Aggrey Mugisha? My name is Aggrey Mugisha and I am the CEO of YOTV. I hail from Mbarara and I am one of six children born to my parents. Why did you create YOTV? One day, my partners; Mathias Nyombi...
MTN water ambulance saves lives in Kiyindi

MTN water ambulance saves lives in Kiyindi

AFRICA, MTN, UGANDA, WOMEN
“An expectant mother in Buvuma hoped for a normal and safe delivery just like any other woman on earth. But for women in Buvuma, it was a matter of life or death. The health centre three on the island surrounded by water can only handle ordinary deliveries. In case of C-sections, the expectant mother would need to be ferried to Kiyindi town council, where she can be operated on. But the only ferry available rides on a schedule; three times a day,” former mayor kiyindi town council Dickson Kasujja Kabuye reminisces. The Kiyindi-Buvuma route currently has one ferry that carries 120 passengers and 8 cars, making three trips each day between Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe district and Kirongo landing site in Buvuma district.  Essentially, there was no emergency medical relief f...

MTN awarded brand most admired for being helpful during the pandemic

AFRICA, COVID-19, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, EAST AFRICA, Ministry Of Finance,planning and Economic Development, Ministry Of Health, MTN, UGANDA
MTN Uganda along with its parent company have been recognised as the most helpful brands during the pandemic. The parent company came second after the World Health Organisation (WHO) whose core mandate is to support health causes around the world. The survey conducted by Brand Africa 100 covered over 80% of the African continent in a bid to determine Africa’s Best brands 2021. From the survey, MTN stood out for the support rendered during these challenging times. In this unprecedented time chock-full of uncertainty, MTN did not waiver when it took the decision to immerse all its efforts in assisting governments around Africa to combat the coronavirus. At group level, MTN worked with host nations to support the Africa COVID Communications and Information Platform and lau...
Here is Why Ayoba is Today’s Instant Messaging App of Choice

Here is Why Ayoba is Today’s Instant Messaging App of Choice

Computing, DIGITAL, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, MTN, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
At the beginning of May 2021, ayoba celebrated its 2nd anniversary with an impressive customer base of 5.5million monthly users of the app and an award for Best Mobile application late last year. Named the Pan African App, thousands of people continue to choose ayoba as their Instant messaging app of choice majorly because it offers more than a chatting platform. Susan Kayemba, MTN Uganda's Senior Manager for Digital Services. Apart from offering free instant chatting to its customers on MTN, ayoba also offers a captivating entertainment collection of over 100 content channels bringing news, fashion, beauty, sports, and education. Ayoba users can also listen to music and play over 120 game and more within the app. Commenting about the app, Susan Kayemba, MTN Uganda’s Senior Manag...
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