Briefing: Airtel cuts calling rates; new tech eases HIV viral load tests; AppsAfrica Awards nominations

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Nominations of AppsAfrica Awards open

You can now nominate a startup or apply to participate in the fifth annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards which are organized to celebrate the best innovations in the mobile and tech space in Africa.

There 14 categories to pick from and the best startups will get a chance to attend the Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2020, on top of networking and publicity opportunities.

Applications are open until September 11. And you can apply here.

New tech eases HIV viral load testing

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has prequalified a new technology dubbed ‘m-PIMA’ which scientists say will reduce the time it takes for a lab technician to determine the HIV viral load results.

Viral load tests measure the amount of HIV copies in the blood of a patient, thereby determining the type of Anti-Retroviral Treatment that will be effective, reported  The NewTimes, a Rwandan news publisher.

Read the full report here

Airtel Uganda lowers calling rates across all networks

Press release – In a bid to remain customer-centric and provide affordable products, Airtel Uganda has today announced a tariff reduction in its calling rates across all networks.

The rates have been reduced from a flat rate of Ush4 per second to Ush3 per second for clients calling to other networks or Airtel to Airtel. The new Tariff is for prepaid customers as postpaid customers already enjoy Ush3 per second across all networks.

According to Mr. V.G Somasekhar, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director, Airtel is committed to serving customers with quality network at the most affordable rates.

“We always commit to affordability and simplicity in our operations. When you make any call, from anywhere at any time you are guaranteed to spend only Ush3 per second. A minute is as low as Ush180 across all networks,” he said.

Airtel is the fastest growing telecom brand in Uganda resultantly from the extensive network rollout that has happened in the last one year to build Uganda’s only 100% 4G network.

Airtel currently boasts of 1,632 sites and over 3,900 kilometers of fiber across Uganda covering 95.9% population, making it possible for subscribers around the country to enjoy an improved experience in Internet-based activities.

This encompasses video conferencing, video calling, video streaming, gaming services, and mobile internet access.


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