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Airtel has recognized and awarded three mobile Application innovators for upholding standards and transforming lives of Ugandans with information and communication technology (ICT).

The innovations include Matibabu, a platform that collects, organizes and visualizes data to better understand and identify malaria trends and how to diagnose it.

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Akellobanker, a mobile and cloud based digital finance platform used by farmers and small-scale traders to access instant credit from anywhere using their mobile phones and SafeBoda, a community of entrepreneurs and boda cyclists working together to improve professional standards across the urban transportation industry in Africa and each received Shs5 million.

According to Mr. V. G. Somasekhar the Airtel Uganda Managing Director, Airtel is committed to the development of Uganda by giving SMEs, large corporations and individuals the necessary tools to innovate, employ and empower themselves and the communities in which they exist.

“This year, we are happy to recognize and award different entities that have excelled in the ICT sector. At Airtel Uganda, we have always spearheaded the notion of development through ICT and this is why we have made significant investment in our network to ensure countrywide 4G, affordable internet connectivity and an all-inclusive Airtel money platform,” he said at Bugolobi.

In his remarks, the Commissioner Telecoms Mr. Charles Awuk applauded Airtel Uganda for always exhibiting patriotism and leading technological advancement in the country.

‘‘Allow me to congratulate all the award recipients here today. I applaud you for championing the cause of ICT as an enabling factor for development. With ICT, there is almost nothing that cannot be accomplished. From simple communication to satellite maps, digital currencies and health solutions, ICT is already playing a key role in the prosperity of countries across the world,” he commented.

He also applauded Airtel for their commitment to the implementation of the broadband policy as well as the 4G connection in national parks, which are a great source of revenue to Uganda.