Today, President Yoweri Museveni commissioned three assembly lines employing 100 Ugandans and assembling 500 pieces of 2G Analog Phones everyday fitted with blue tooth, Camera and a Low Emission Diode bulbs or torch and branded Made in Uganda.
Uganda’s first mobile phones and
laptops assembly plant has been commissioned this afternoon in Namanve Industrial Park, Mukono district.
The factory built by Chinese
Electronics firm, ENGO Holdings Limited was installed to produce 2,000 mobile
phones, 1,500 Smart phones and 800 mini slim laptops when it starts operating
at full capacity in 2021.
Today, President Yoweri Museveni commissioned
three assembly lines employing 100 Ugandans and assembling 500 pieces of 2G
Analog Phones everyday fitted with blue tooth, Camera and a Low Emission Diode bulbs or
torch and branded Made in Uganda.
The phone models with dual SIM
slots and a Memory card will collectively be known as S300 powered 1,400mAh
capacity battery. They are enabled with JAVA for playing MP3/MP4 Audio-Visual
files. They receive telecommunications signal using 2GSM and GPRS operating on
two bandwidths in the range of 850 -1900.
President Museveni said that the Chinese
have been Africa's development partners on the path for durable infrastructure
development which are critical in the transformation of the economy.
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Ares Chow Yu Qing, the Executive
Director of ENGO Holdings Limited says that the factory will in the future
produce 2,000 chargers, 4,000 USB cables and 4,000 ear phones in the third
phase of the development of the factory in October 2021.
The Company says it is investing USD
15 million (55.6 Billion Shillings) in phases over a period of five years to
achieve optimal output from the initial one million electronic gadgets a year. Most of the parts currently being assembled
were imported from China including mainboards, the 2.4 Inch screen, touch
panels, battery, Cameras, speaker receivers and vibrators.
Arnold Mangeni, the Director of
Information Security at the National Information Technology Authority (NITA)
says the phones meet national and international standards for radiation
emissions and safety standards.
Frank Tumwebaze, the Information,
Communication and Technology Minister says that the domestic operation of the plant
will revolutionize mobile phones connectivity in rural areas for their
affordability and efficiency on power consumption and network reception and
The other he says will provide
a unique platform for domestic software developers to showcase their innovations
to the market in order to penetrate the International markets through
exportation of some of the technologies.
Evelyn Anite, the State Minister
for Finance in charge of Privatization says Uganda has been spending 140
Billion on the importation of phones from major electronic companies, Samsun, Itel,
Huawei and Nokia among others. She says the factory will in the long run reduce
the import bill by producing cheap phones for the country.
James Ssaka, the Executive
Director of the National Information Technology Authority –NITA says that Uganda's
ICT Sector has dramatically grown over the last ten years with its annual
budget swelling from 104 Billion in 2018 to 146 Billion in 2019. According to
NITA, there are 22 Million mobile phone subscribers in Uganda. It says the
sector is growing at 27 per cent per annum.