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June 13, 2017

Facebook to inject money in Uganda’s telecom infrastructure following Airtel Uganda and BCS partnership.

Telecommunications giant Airtel Uganda has announced an investment partnership with BCS, with support from Facebook to improve the telecom infrastructure in Uganda.

The investment will see a total of nearly 800 KM of optical fiber laid in North West Uganda – covering Gulu, Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Nebbi and Kamdini areas – which will be funded jointly by Airtel, BCS and Facebook.

Airtel Uganda Managing Director, Anwar Soussa, gives a speech during the event to announce the investment partnership with Facebook and BCS to improve the telecom infrastructure in Ugand

Talking about BCS and its involvement in the Project, Mr. Yonas Maru – Managing Director BCS commended Facebook and Airtel for realizing that coming together to build reliable communication infrastructure can only work to make sure that in the long run the customer, the country and the people win. Reliable and dependable communication infrastructure helps to demolish all manner of boundaries and put local people firmly on the path to becoming global citizens. We at BCS are very happy to be part of this partnership and like in the past where we have been at the forefront of making sure that Internet in Uganda is accessible, reliable and affordable, we will forge ahead and keep opening new frontiers”.

“This investment supports our mission to bring internet access to the remaining 50% of the world’s population who are not yet connected. We’re excited to partner with Airtel and BCS in Uganda on this open access fiber backhaul project – bringing expanded data capacity to a region where it’s currently limited. We hope to continue to expand this model to partner with more operators and connect more people around the world,” said Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s African Public Policy manager.

“This investment is in line with our promise to provide the Latest Technology, Fastest Network and Widest Coverage at the most affordable cost. We at Airtel believe that internet is the future and as such have invested heavily to ensure that our customers are part of the future now. This partnership with Facebook & BCS will see faster speeds and better internet experience on the smartphone network,” commented Mr. Anwar Soussa – Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director.

ICT is the fastest-growing economic element in Uganda and with appropriate partnerships like the one we are witnessing this morning, we the regulator are pleased that the underserved rural communities of Uganda are getting access to ICT, noted Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi – Executive Director UCC

Mr. Bagiire Vincent Waiswa – Permanent Secretary of the ICT Ministry, commended Airtel, Facebook & BCS for the strategic partnership that will foster growth in the North West region. “We need more investment in data, because that is where the global community is heading,” he added.

Over the years, Airtel Uganda has signed strategic partnership with the leading technology partners like IBM, Facebook, Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE in order to ensure that subscribers have the best data & telecom service experience across the entire country. With this partnership, Ugandans countrywide, starting with those in the North West, will be able to stand at par with any subscriber in Kampala or any other developed country for their ICT needs whether for business, NGOs, education, medical, social integration  or administration improvement.

Emirates is offering Ugandans a Special Fare and Free Visa to Dubai.

Emirates is offering Ugandan travellers the opportunity to visit Dubai with a special Economy and Business Class return airfare that includes a free Visa, a free third piece of luggage of up to 23 kg and a “My Emirates Pass”.

Under the special offer, an Economy Class ticket from Entebbe to Dubai costs USD406 and Business Class USD1499. The fare offer is for a limited time only and tickets must be booked between 8 and 24 June 2017, while travel must take place between 8 June and 30 September 2017. The cost of the ticket includes airport taxes.

Voted by travellers as the Best Airline in the World in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards, Emirates is also offering a free 30-day visa for the United Arab Emirates (subject to approval by immigration authorities), a 3rd piece of luggage of up to 23kg for Economy Class and up to 32kg for Business Class, as well as a My Emirates Pass, which can be used for exclusive offers and discounts across Dubai.

The My Emirates Pass gives customers special discounts at over 120 world class restaurants and hotel dining outlets in Dubai. Exclusive offers are also available on a range of leisure activities including visits to championship golf courses, thrilling theme parks or luxury spas across the city. To see all My Emirates Pass offers, visit

www.emirates.com/english/offers/4221290/my-emirates-pass.

With year-round sunshine, world-class shopping and restaurants, stunning beaches and iconic buildings, Dubai offers something for the whole family. Visitors to Dubai can use My Emirates Pass to enjoy some of the city’s newest attractions including must-see places like Dubai Parks and Resorts featuring three theme parks: Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and LEGOLAND® Water Park.

The city also offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

On all Emirates’ flights, customers can look forward to hours of entertainment on the airline’s ice system, which offers over 2500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment, from the latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family friendly products and services for children, including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport.

In addition to the on-board comforts and products, customers will experience the world famous hospitality from Emirates’ multinational cabin crew while enjoying chef prepared regional and international cuisine, using the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines and beverages.

Emirates flies once a day from Entebbe International Airport to Dubai. To book, or for more information on fares, terms and conditions, please visit www.emirates.com/ug or visit the local Emirates office or your travel agent.

Airtel Uganda embarks on campaign to encourage blood donation.

Leading telecommunications provider Airtel Uganda has announced a week long blood drive in a bid to reduce on the blood shortage in Ugandan hospitals and health centers. This announcement was made at an early morning press conference at the Airtel Uganda head offices where staff members, members of the media and passers-by were encouraged to come and donate blood.

With a goal of 4,000 pints of blood, this blood donation drive will also see Airtel Uganda highlight recipients’ stories across their various media platforms in order to encourage more Ugandans to get into the habit of donating blood.

The Director, Uganda Blood Transfusion Service, Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, addressing the media during the launch of Blood Donation Drive at Airtel Offices.

According to Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, the Director, Uganda Blood Transfusion Service, 80% of blood donated in Uganda is collected at secondary schools and yet it is those Ugandans outside of these schools who use the Blood Transfusion Services most.

“Now that we are in holidays, we are experiencing a significant drop in blood collected and this in turn means more lives lost. I would like to thank Airtel Uganda for allowing to partner with us on this cause and I encourage Ugandans to come and save lives by donating blood,” Byabazaire commented.

Speaking on behalf of Airtel Uganda, Mr. Anwar Soussa, the Managing Director commended Uganda Blood Transfusion Service for the good work they do all year round.

“The only way we are going to be able to solve the blood shortage in Uganda – more than 80,000 units per year – is if we come together as one. Despite your age, occupation, culture or religion, I encourage you to come and donate blood this week,” Soussa said, adding that the target is 4,000 units of blood.

“At Airtel Uganda, we commit to continue providing the most reliable and affordable telecommunications products and services while carrying out initiatives that are geared towards improving the lives of Ugandans,” he concluded.

As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, Airtel Uganda has made it an annual endeavor to do blood donation drives. In 2014, they launched ‘BE RED’ – an acronym for Be Responsible, Empathetic and Do it – with an aim of educating the public about the blood shortage in the country and encouraging people to donate and save lives. Since then, blood donation has been a major activity at the different Airtel Uganda health camps across the country.

This time, the telecommunications company hopes to create a wave of loyal blood donors who donate up to 3 times a year.

The blood donation drive will start on the 12th June and end on 16th of June 2017 at Airtel Towers on Clement Hill Road, City Square Kampala, Mukwano Arcade, Queens Way on Entebbe Road, Kalerwe round about and the Kyebando round about.

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