Uganda Telecommunication sector is set to welcome a new Telecom giant since the departure of Vodafone .
United Kingdom based mobile virtual network known as Lyca Mobile is all set to hit market.
Lyca Mobile is all set to operate as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO);with its voice services .
Lyca mobile a world class mobile services will lease wireless frequencies from established operators for its own network to ride on.
What is Lyca Mobile ?
Lyca mobile with its headquarters in London the United Kingdom is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) part of Lyca group which has presences in over 24 countries.
Being an MVNO means that Lycamobile is dependent on the infrastructure of other Tier 1 telcos to offer its services, thus, in each country they operate, Lycamobile requires a telco partner.
Lyca mobile sells prepaid mobile services to its customs waiting to make international telephone calls and its looks out connecting high speed data to Uganda.
Lycamobile is well-known for its focus on low-cost international calls with its pay-as-you-go SIM cards.
Why Lyca Mobile?
According to Telecommunications experts Lyca Mobile is set to partner with some players to provide low- cost calls text and data competition.
Its is all set to face giants enjoying the market like MTN Airtel, Africell among others. ,
According to Communications Authority of Uganda , Lycamobile has had a license to operate as an MVNO in Uganda since November , 2016
What had delayed their launch was still a mystery. but earlier today Lycamobiled opened its services today in Kampala.
Allirajah Subaskaran, Lyca Group Founder and Chairman said: “This is a historical milestone for the Group and we are delighted to be embarking on the roll out of services to the Ugandan market.
As the world’s largest MVNO with a sustained focus on Africa, it is a natural move for Lycamobile to venture into Uganda. We are currently operational in South Africa and considered Uganda in the East African region because of the market potential and ease of doing business. Now that we are here, we look forward to helping connect increasing numbers of Ugandans, both nationally and internationally.’
In Africa, Lycamobile already operates in South Africa with Cell C as their telco partner offering 2G/3G calls and data services to consumers. It is not clear whether the company will implement a similar approach in Uganda .