Uganda’s ICT sector in figures: Mobile money, internet, pay TV, smartphones and more

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UCC recently released a report showing statistics of Uganda’s ICT sector, focusing mainly on the communications industry. The figures show the standing of the sector as of December 2018

We’ll outline some of the key figures below:

According to the report, there are over 24.3 million mobile subscribers in Uganda and of these, only a little over 14.4 million subscribe to the internet.

Remember, according to UBoS, there are over 39 million people in the Pearl of Africa.

It further shows that there are 8 pay TV service providers and 19 postal and courier service providers in the country.

Pay-TV subscriptions are now over 2 million.

The ICT sector now contributes over Shs394 billion in taxes to the national treasury. In December of 2018, the figure was over Shs277 billion. This is over 42% growth.

OTT tax collections increased from Shs12.69bn in the third quarter of 2018 to Shs12.95 in the fourth quarter. The payers also grew from over 19 million to 22 million.

When it comes to smartphone users, the number of registered smartphones is now at 5.2 million. This is up from 4.5 million in the first quarter of 2018.

There are now 4903 base stations in Uganda. At the start of 2018, the number was at 4425.

The number of towers has also grown from 2957 to 2986 as of the last quarter of 2018.

For mobile money subscriptions, registered mobile money subscribers are over 24 million and of these, over 13 million are active.

In the last quarter of 2018, over 625 million transactions were done and over Shs18 trillion was moved.

There are now 184529 mobile money agents in the country.

Get more details and download the report here

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