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Uganda gets first HD network calls

July 18, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard. France Telecom owns Orange Uganda

Orange Uganda is launching its first high definition (HD) network in the country. Businesses in Uganda have been experiencing poor mobile phoning services, with users getting cut off or simply cannot hear the recipient’s voice. This has directly impacted a lot of potential ICT business in the country.

Orange Uganda says it is looking to use the country’s 3G+ network to deliver the new option, which it hopes will help customers receive better service through their phone calls.

HD calls aim to reduce noise that often interrupts phone conversations. The crackle and hisses often associated with regular mobile calls are drastically reduced with HD calls.

“This is a first in Sub-Saharan Africa, bringing a new era of telecommunications in Uganda,” says Anisha Sekatawa, Orange Uganda brand manager.

Sekatawa says mobile HD voice allows a user to have a conversation which is so natural that it sounds like you are in the same room as the person you are talking to.”  She added that the new HD voice will reduce the common background noise occurrence.

“Your conversation will be so clear even when you talk normally.  And when someone calls you from a noisy place, you’ll be able to hear them much better with HD voice,” says Sekatawa.

“Ugandans, as a whole, is looking forward to the new technology.”

Andrew Matapare

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