Uganda Telecom has introduced solar-powered accessory for the newly introduced TelesaverPlus landline. This will especially be useful for rural populations, which have no access to regular electricity power.

"This is in line with our goal to provide total communication solutions to everyone including those in the rural areas at rates suitable to them. Everybody has a right to communicate," Mr Hans Paulsen, UTL's Marketing Manager, said on Monday.

He was speaking at the launch of the two products (TelesaverPlus and solar charger) in Mbarara town. The solar panel, which comes with a battery, costs Shs160,000 exclusive of the landline, which costs Shs240,000. More than 8,000 people have subscribed to TelesaverPlus since its launch a month ago.

Faisal Ijaz Khan, UTL's Chief Commercial Officer, said UTL is in the process of upgrading its network to accommodate the increasing subscription. He said within six weeks Masaka, Ntungamo, Kabale, Bushenyi, Kasese, Soroti and Tororo will be connected on the TelesaverPlus.

The Monitor