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Weekly Discussion Roundup 12th -18th August 2013 PDF Print E-mail

1. Alternative Uganda Registry Resellers. Initiated by Stephen Musoke

Request for contact to help complete registration for a .Ug domain. Failed through CFI ...



Conclusion/ Remarks

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Try NodeSix

2. Ugandan Service Websites are doing Badly Initiated By John Babirukamu

Appalled at how government websites are lagging behind especially Ministry of ICT and Tourism at Alexa.com. Are we getting value for money?


Improve website rating by :

Fresh content, keywords, interconnectivity with other popular websites, fast loading.


Emails sent to stake holders in this regard have all been ignored to date.

Sometimes there is antiquated information at the website.

Is the official tourism attraction site rated favourably?

Conclusion/ Remarks

People visit a website because it has information they need, or if they have heard of it.

Alexa is a good indicator but sorely based on visitors and so, easily manipulated. Get different website statistics to give a much better and precise indicator of quality and performance.

Site visits could be caused by other factors like the URA ratings picked after introduction of e-tax.

3. Uganda IG Online discussions 2013 Initiated by Lillian Nalwoga

What are the statistics for Internet use this year?



The current statistics on the UCC website are for the half year of 2011/2012.

Conclusion/ Remarks

Statistics for this year are not yet published, as they are being verified.

Visit UCC and pick the half year industry report ending Dec 2012, It has more information covering the communication sector as a whole.

4. Google offering grants to women to attend tech conferences Initiated by John Kibuuka

Link http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/students/proscho/scholarships/emea/travelgrants/


"As part of Google's ongoing commitment to encourage women excel in

computing and technology, we are pleased to offer Women in Tech

Conference and Travel Grants for female computer scientists"


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5. High quality maps of Kampala Initiated by Patrick Kadama

Where   can one find high   quality maps of  Kampala  or  showing  population distribution roads,  points of interest...?


Tourguide- at Fountain Publishers located on Fountain House, 55 Nkrumah road.

Directorate of physical planning KCCA

Patrick, at Earth Consult(U) Ltd provides parish population data for the whole country but Kampala in particular is up to date with roads. They also have income distribution level maps for Kampala for manufacturing companies to target their sales.


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6. CISCO IP phones Initiated by Peter Muhumuza

Request for contact of people/company that  repair cisco IP phones(hardware) in Uganda


NCR Uganda.

Call 0712253653


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7. Education 2.0 – How Sri Lankan Universities Can Best Use Technology in Education Initiated by Margaret Sevume

Interactive social tools like Go-To-Webinar to conduct training and Moodle to host self-study.



With Go-to-Webinar there is no support for Linux OS. One has to be on Ms windows or Mac to attend.

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8. Is MTN above the Regulations? Initiated by Busuulwa Gilbert

MTN does not listen to pleas to unsubscribe from SMS messages. Ready to sue on behalf of all Ugandans.


This is being handled. Anyone else with similar complaint should send mob. number to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Got MTN SIM card and threw it in the trash.

Airtel and UTL should also stop unsolicited phone calls and caller tunes respectively.

Conclusion/ Remarks

Lodge a complaint with UCC and then take steps if there is no response. They (UCC) were to have started a call centre to receive these complaints and act upon them.

Issue eventually sorted but how to protect users that are not on I-Network mail list? Forming e-consumer protection body?

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