Mobile phone operator MTN Uganda has been preferred to its competitor Airtel for the provision of Internet access and over-the-top services (OTT) to the 460 deputies of the National Assembly. The contract is estimated at 16,560,000 shillings (US $ 4,520) per month, or 36,000 shillings (US $ 9.8) for each MP. The total duration of the contract has not been revealed.
MTN will provide each MP with a monthly Internet package of 5GB worth 30,000 Shillings (US $ 8.1887) and OTT 6,000 Shillings (US $ 1.6) for use on his iPad.
This electronic equipment was provided to each Member of Parliament in 2016 by the parliamentary administration in order to improve their working conditions. It was 1.9 billion shillings (US $ 518,616) that had been spent on this endowment.
The choice of Parliament to entrust MTN with the provision of access to the Internet and OTTs to MPs is the result of a call for tenders after which the Airtel Uganda proposal was rejected. Africell, who was also taking part in the operation, was eliminated during the preliminary stages.