It’s said that the biggest fear one has it that of public peaking. For me, my biggest fear is not having cellular service, and not being able to connect while on the go.
So, how does one connect while in Uganda
Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
Mobile phone network coverage is available in most parts of the country (over 70%), but geography can make trouble in the mountainous regions. SIM cards are cheaply available everywhere in ‘starter packs’. Internet cafes can be readily found in Kampala and Jinja. In all towns with more than about 20,000 you’ll find internet cafes running off of either VSATs or mobile phones.
The Internet connection bandwidth is very low and can be frustrating for one who is used to a high speed internet connection. VSAT services are provided by Onlime (http://www.onlime.ug) Mobile broadband (3G, HSDPA) is available several places. Airtel has mobile broadband available in larger places along Jinja Road. In the more rural area, a slower (EDGE) connection might be available.
Orange also offer mobile broadband. If a mobile broadband connection is desirable on a computer, a good option could be to bring a phone able to set up a wifi network providing internet access, or that allows USB tethering. USB broadband modems are also available, at least for Orange, but might be more expensive. Example of price for mobile broadband on a phone through Airtel is 25,000 Ush for 1GB traffic in one week.
Other tips on staying connected while in Uganda? Please add your comments and tips.