A rundown of the top news this week in tech

A look at the top news this week in tech features a great milestone for Lycamobile as it got its NTO license, a report from the Ministry of ICT about its achievements in recent years, the latest efforts by the Ministry of Education to encourage e-learning and tips on how to delete your WhatsApp account without losing data.

Breaking news: Uganda could face a second internet shutdown this year

According to a tweet by award-winning journalist Mujuni Raymond, the joint security task force will likely vote for another shutdown of the internet.

The last internet shutdown during the election period in January was such a blow to many internet users in Uganda and lasted for almost a week which was a new record. The shutdown started with switching off Google PlayStore and the App Store limiting many from downloading apps especially VPNs in preparation for the shutdown.

Great news as Lycamobile gets National Operator License

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MTN and Airtel are only the other two telecommunication companies that have been granted this license in Uganda, Lycamobile becomes the third. Lycamobile, whose parent company Tangerine Limited has operated in Uganda since 2008, got the National Telecommunication Operator (NTO) license on March 24, 2021.

`A report of the Ministry of ICT’s achievements in Uganda in recent years

More of the Ministry of ICT’s achievements in regards to access to government e-services is that 71% of government services are offered electronically via institutional websites, email, Social media, SMS and Mobile applications. The Ministry along with other partners have worked towards the digitization of various government services to improve public service delivery.

More insight into the reduced MoMo withdraw charges from MTN’s General Manager of financial services

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MTN Uganda last week cut MoMo withdrawal charges by 5.8%. On top of that, the company is also offering customers loyalty points through MTN Senkyu for any MoMo transactions which the customers can redeem for data, voice call minutes, to pay for goods and services using MoMo pay or for SMS. Stephen Mutana,  the General Manager Mobile Financial Services at MTN explains more.

More of the top news this week in tech

Ministry of Education to encourage e-learning with brand new efforts

The top e-commerce startups in Africa that are worth looking out for

The unique opportunities for mobile money agents in Uganda

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Jumia Food Fest 2021 offers great deals on all of your meals

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WhatsApp to lose functionality for users who don’t accept terms

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How to delete your WhatsApp account and save your data

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