Uganda grapples with the pros and cons of increased access to mobile phones

Title: Uganda grapples with the pros and cons of increased access to mobile phones
Author: Tabu F. Butagira
Source: BDAfrica.com
Publisher: Business Daily, Nairobi
Date (published): 26/11/2009
Date (accessed): 27/11/2009
Type of information: article
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
Many Africans consider mobile phones a lifeline rather than a luxury, yet for a large number of the rural poor they are still prohibitively expensive to buy and use.
Mobile phone companies have been lobbying governments, including Uganda’s, to cut high mobile phone taxes, which they say inflate prices.
Drive through most towns in Uganda these days and you are greeted by rows of shops and stalls freshly painted in the bright colours of the country’s competing telecoms companies.
This is just one indication of how pervasive the mobile phone has become in the life of Ugandans.
Mobile phone connections have surged in the last decade from 50,000 to 10 million, making Uganda the first African country to have more mobile phones than fixed line connections.
You do not have to look far to see the impact of the mobile on people’s lives.
They are used to send money, to check crop prices, run businesses and keep in touch.

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