In a recent report from Uganda’s communications regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), there are 22 million internet users in the country and 29 million mobile phone users by extension.
Mobile adaptation and internet usage have gathered more tension in the last 20 months as the country tries to come to terms with the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, the implementation of SOPs like social distancing and fewer congregations have called for means to enable remote access and contact – mobile and internet services.
Fixed and mobile telephone subscriptions grew by 600,000 from 28.3 million to 28.9 million, a growth rate of 2%, while internet subscriptions grew by 352,000 from 21.5 million to 21.9 million, also equivalent to 2% growth.
This growth means a national telephone penetration of almost 7 lines for every 10 Ugandans, despite Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) data showing that more than 60% of the population is less than 18 years old.
As for broadband connectivity, a year-on-year comparison shows that 3 million new broadband subscriptions were recorded between June 2020 and June 2021, a 16% year-on-year growth.
For every 2 people, one of them has broadband connectivity, translating to a figure in the region of 22 million internet users.
“It should be noted, however, that the new work-from-home and online study arrangements, especially in the urban centers, may mean that a few homes account for multiple data SIMs, skewing the general internet penetration landscape,” the report pointed out.