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Wi-Fi / Internet Access for Uganda Visitors and Tourist

Internet Access in Uganda

Uganda Internet Access is readily available for the visitor, tourist, business person in Uganda.  Up-Market hotels often offer free connection of one type or another.  For others there are the countless of internet cafes in Kampala and larger towns in Uganda that will allow you to connect to the Global Village at large via Internet.  In most instances you will see slow speeds that might take you back in time to early dial up speeds but changes are coming to Uganda.  I can upload this website via a 3G modem at 13 you that might not seem a lot but to me it is lightning speed compared to 2 kbps. 

Laptop: If you want to connect your laptop while here and you are not in a hotel with wireless connections or a cable of some type, there are other ways you can connect.  You can bring a phone that allows for GPRS, buy a local sim card and purchase so many gigs  for it, one gig presently costs about 22 usd, 3 gigs 40 usd and 10 gigs 70 usd.  The purchase is good for 30 days. 
3G does not everywhere in Uganda and depends on the provider.  MTN, Orange and UTL are the three main competitors in Uganda and their coverage varies and so does the speed depending on where you are in the Pearl of Africa. 

If you want a faster system three local providers give you the option of a 3G system using your USB and buying a unit that will connect you for around 65 usd and then add the amount the gigs you would like This will get you on the internet at Ugandan fast might still grumble...I am reasonably happy with MTN though I have written to them initially regarding some of the hang-ups of the system, things have improved. 

There are lots of internet cafes/hot spots anywhere in Kampala but a not many of the offer Wi-Fi access services. Apricot guest house in Muyenda off of Tank Hill road 15-20 minutes from downtown Kampala offers great speeds unlimited free Wi-Fi/wireless internet access..You can contact them for more information.

You can also bring a 3G unlocked phone, purchase a local sim card and appropriate amount of gigs for your usage and you are set   both to call, send text messages and surf the Net in Uganda.
Benefits of having your own/Wi-Fi connection:

  • Skype, computer to computer calls
  • Update your blog or website from Uganda
  • Check on your bank account
  • Internet access 24/7
  • More secure than Internet Cafe
  • Book a safari on line with Lifetime Experience Safaris
The two local providers that give the easiest and most low cost systems are UTL and Orange.  They both have good coverage but it varies in towns outside of Kampala.

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