There’s a brand new child on the block simply in case you missed it and he’s elevating our expectations. Lycamobile launched earlier this year within the already overcrowded telcom sector in Uganda. However there’s at all times room on the prime for somebody new particularly once they have one thing completely different to supply.
Lycamobile is a UK-based multinational cellular digital community operator with over 15 million clients throughout 23 international locations. Uganda is their newest new market. They’ve country-wide protection. Being a Mobile Virtual Network, they’re piggybacking on current countrywide infrastructure to serve their buyer base. It’s price noting that Lycamobile additionally purchased off Tangerine, one other digital cellular operator which has been operational for little greater than four years.
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The cellular operator has each voice, SMS and information plans. The pricing is admittedly eye-popping which isn’t stunning in any respect for a brand new comer. For calls as an illustration, they’re charging three UGX/Sec inside Lycamobile community in addition to to different networks. For textual content messages, they’re pricing them at 65 UGX/SMS with the community and 99 UGX/SMS to different networks. The simcard prices Ugx 10,000.
However what’s actually catching customers consideration are the cellular information charges. Their lowest tier dubbed UG Tremendous goes for Ugx 10,000 for a whooping 10GB of knowledge with a month’s validity. It’s unsurprising that there are lengthy queues at their shops in keeping with our sources with these type of deal. The present lockdown which has severely curtailed motion doesn’t assist the scenario.
Their subsequent tier is UG Mega providing 50GB of knowledge at Ugx 25,000 after which UG Scholar providing 100GB at a measly Ugx 30,000. In comparison with the competitors, these charges are merely unparalleled. All these packages are below “Particular supply”.
|Lycamobile Uganda information plans|
|UG Tremendous||20GB||Ugx 10,000|
|UG Mega||50GB||Ugx 25,000|
|UG Scholar||100GB||Ugx 30,000|
|UG Giga||100GB||Ugx 45,000|
The every day bundles consists of 250MB for less than Ugx 500 whereas the most affordable weekly bundles presents 500MB for less than Ugx 1,000. You possibly can flick thru all their plans on their website.
It’s fairly unsurprising for a brand new market entrant to supply such beneficiant plans. Normally, this loss chief technique is used to amass clients and we’ve seen it with earlier suppliers equivalent to Warid later acquired by Airtel. Given the continued pandemic-induced #StayAtHome directive, a variety of customers are desperately searching for cheaper information plans to remain related and productively work from home. It stays to be seen if Lycamobile will persist their plans post-Corona interval.
What’s additionally clearly lacking from this chart are the speeds. Lycamobile says they’ve a 4G community in supported areas. So we count on quick 4G speeds to associate with their beneficiant information volumes. We’re unable to amass a SIM card to run our personal high quality checks given the COVID-19 lockdown and excessive site visitors to Lycamobile’s retail shops.
Nonetheless, preliminary velocity checks from an Nameless supply round Najjera present obtain speeds of about 2Mbps and add of the identical. Not but what you’ll count on from 4G community in 2020. One other consumer Roger shared this velocity check. It tops off at a a lot larger velocity of 13Mbps.
You possibly can go to any of their shops at Whole Nakawa, Shell Portbell Rd Mirage Plaza, Shell De Winton Rd, Namanda Plaza, Whole Nakivubo Rd amongst a number of others.
Picture: @Lycamobile on Twitter
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