iWay Africa, a low cost direct satellite internet access group, has launched its first ever services in northern Uganda in Lira. Lira mayor, Peter Owiny while officiating at the launch recently, said the company came at the time when northern Uganda was in need of easy internet communication services. Owiny promised that his council would give all the support to iway Africa which is targeting different institutions like schools, NGOs, parastatals and business groups, to improve on the communication system. "On behalf of my council and the entire district we shall give you the support for the services you have brought nearer to the people of north," Owiny said.

iway general manager, Margaret Ochanda, said the rural folk would benefit greatly through their services. "You don’t need to put any telecommunication infrastructure to install the system. iway terminals can be deployed in areas without electricity, using the optional DC power supply," she said. Several international NGOs have shown an interest in helping to develop basic, but inexpensive communication services in rural areas. The Uganda Communications Commission also has a multi-billion plan, subsidies by local telecoms companies to expand rural capacity.

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