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Roke Telkom, Facebook announce partnership to bring high-speed internet to Uganda

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Roke Telkom, a Ugandan public service provider for voice and data communications services and Facebook Inc, a global social networking service provider, have today launched a new internet service program dubbed Roke Express Wi-Fi to take high-speed internet connections to millions of Ugandans at a lower cost. 

Facebook first began testing its Express Wi-Fi service network five years ago, and has since expanded across many African countries including; Tanzania, Kenya and most recently Uganda. The program is intended to offer local entrepreneurs and the grass root communities affordable internet services. The partnership between Facebook and Roke Telkom is the first of its kind to be launched in Uganda. 

According to a Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) 2019 report, only 23% of a population of more than 44 million Ugandans were internet users. A Forbes 2020 report also indicated that there was a 70% increase in internet usage due to the COVID-19 pandemic therefore this initiative will go a long way in enabling a number of Ugandans access the internet.

“The Roke Express Wi-Fi is a more scalable service network that will enable us to increase the number of access points to the internet, improve our deployment scale and enhance the efficiency to over 600 Rokespots. This partnership represents a great deal to our company and also Uganda at large, seeing that now more Ugandans will be able to access better internet services even in the most remote regions of the country at affordable prices”

Mr. Roger Sekaziga, the Chief Executive Officer of Roke Telkom

Uganda becomes the 8th country in Africa to partner with Facebook to build more internet access points that will enable developing countries easily set up and manage their hotspots, in turn providing high-speed connectivity to more communities.

“Roke Telkom is a 100% Ugandan enterprise and our key tenet is inclusion, therefore we are proud to be making strategic strides and impactful partnerships towards not only our business growth but also continuously shaping the internet service space and technological needs of Ugandans in an ever-evolving digital era.”

Mr. Michael Mukasa, the Chief Commercial Officer at Roke Telkom

Roke Telkom expects the program to enhance its ability to understand the market better and tailor products best fit for its customers.

This is a Press Release from Roke Telkom

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