Celtel is to advance connectivity in the region to another level, writes Emmy Olaki.
This follows the introduction of a new regulatory regime, Mwaghazi Mwachof, Celtel international vice-president for operations, said.
He said the regulatory environment in the world is changing in favour of open licenses to provide best services and products.
â€œUganda is moving in that direction and we are happy to see this forward-looking policy,â€ he said.
Mwachof said when Celtel first came to Uganda, it was licensed to provide mobile services but with advancement in technology, it is ready to move with the new regulatory environment.
â€œOur plan is to ensure that Uganda has the same technology like countries in Europe and Asia. Itâ€™s important that we have the same technology to compete globally.
We have to facilitate development and give people the means by which they can compete,â€ he said.
Uganda was the first African country to get Celtel services.
â€œSo we have an emotional attachment to Uganda. As we move into the new regime, itâ€™s our hope that it will create a level playing field which will attract investment in the sector,â€ he said.