Nine months into 2018 and it is safe to say that this has been a great year for tech around the world and it is not about to stop. There have been been many new technologies and devices that have been unveiled and previously budding technologies have gone main stream. The Ugandan tech scene has not been left out of the awesomeness and we have seen some new trends such as block-chain technologies and the strides made in social media marketing among others. As we get into the last quarter of the year I have started to look at the tech trends that I believe will be making headlines and creating trending news in Uganda in 2019.
From the time Equity bank announced that they were going to start using an agent banking system, there has been an incredible growth in the practice. After Equity’s launch of agent banking, Stanbic bank and Centenary bank soon followed and are cementing their position to make banking easier in the face of mobile money that is eating banks’ business. In 2019 I speculate that other major banks will pick up on agent banking to bring banking services closer to clients.
This is one term that pauses more questions than answers yet the experts say that it is the answer to many of the economy’s issues. Block chain technology hit the world by storm this year but hit Uganda even harder. Before many people could understand what it was about there was Black Chain association and a conference about it. Today, many still get block chain but I believe that in 2019 the mystery of Block chain will made clearer and maybe we mere mortals might find a way to apply it in our daily lives.
Streaming like the other things on this list have been around for a while, this one has been around for much longer than the rest but despite its appeal across borders, it has not really taken root in Uganda until this year when more and more people started to stream their media content. Netflix, Youtube, Spotify, Deezer and Tidal have all acquired a new dedicated niche of users in Uganda, the latter after getting a huge partnership with MTN. It can be seen that with the coming of the new year, there will be more people streaming music and movies in Uganda thanks to the telecom and internet companies that are making access to the internet cheaper and easier not to mention the increase in internet speeds.
The ride hailing industry in Uganda has prospered this year. The industry leaders Uber faced stiff competition from the likes of Safe Boda and Taxify. So much that they had to introduce a new segment of their service called Uber boda to stay relevant in a market that had a larger appeal for motorcycle than the automobile kind . The boda boda hailing business has grown more in popularity than the car hailing service and it can only go up from this point. With more drivers joining the business under one of the three main brands and the brands coming up with more incentives to get riders opening their apps.
Do you think there are other trends that will be headlining tech news in the last three months of 2018 and at the start of 2019? Let me know
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