Roke Telkom wins UGX 100,000,000 NIISP award for COVID-19 Tracker Application.
Kampala, 25th February, 2021 – Roke Telkom, a fully licensed Ugandan-based telecommunications company has been awarded a grant worth Ushs. 100 million under Phase 3 of the National Support Initiatives Program.
The grant from the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance will enable Roke Telkom to adapt and localize the Cogniware Insights system software and the entire analytics process cycle for the Ugandan market.
“Our team is honored to qualify as a beneficiary with a grant award amount of One Hundred Million Uganda Shillings (UGX100,000,000). We are looking forward to expanding on our innovation initiatives with further localization for deployment and use in Uganda and the region as a whole,” Michael Mukasa, the Chief Commercial Officer at Roke Telkom said.
He added that “In the fight against dangerous rapidly spreading infections such as Covid-19, Ebola, MERS, or SARS, the best strategy is to suppress the spread of the infection as quickly as possible,” explaining that, “We will develop a prototype with circumscribed data to promote and demonstrate the innovation to key Ministries and stakeholders. Through ingestion of sample data, the prototype will demonstrate how to digitally manage, monitor, track, and trace infected people.”
“The endorsement and recognition of the Cogniware Insights systems software by the Ministry of ICT conveys the important work that is happening behind the scenes with home-grown firms and their partners within the telecommunications sector,” said Michael Mukasa.
Roke Telkom will partner with FSJ Solutions, a Danish company whose key focus is to bring data science and analytics and solutions from around the world to areas where they are in short supply.
Mauricia Kayizzi, the Head of Product and Business Intelligence at Roke Telkom stated that, “We are appreciative for the support and the opportunity to advance ourselves through the lens of Uganda’s health sector.”
“For this project, we will be working hand-in-hand with FSJ Solutions to advance learning of local teams and promote data analytics skill transfer as a way to build capacity and knowledge on how to use the software that will play a huge role in reducing further spread of Infections both now and in the future of our country,” remarked Kayizzi.
Of the 918 applications that were submitted, only, 45 applications including Roke Telkom were selected to receive the grant award. Roke, through this grant, will help in fulfilling National Development Plan (NDP) III ICT initiatives which are a part of Uganda’s Vision 2040.
According to the NDP III Report, under the Digital transformation section, one of the objectives is to enhance the usage of ICT research, innovation, and development through promoting supporting local manufacturing and assembly of ICT devices and software.
Over the next 5 years, Uganda will focus on promoting the use of ICT across all sectors of the economy through; deployment of secure, integrated, and cross-sector infrastructure, developing and promoting the usage of e-services, ensuring standardization and interoperability of systems, supporting innovation, and commercialization of ICT products, support development and uptake of emerging technologies including; Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies, and automation of end-to-end government business and service delivery processes.
About Roke Telkom:
Roke Telkom Ltd is a Uganda based telecommunications company in operation since 2006 licensed by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) under a Public Service Provider (PSP) license. In addition to this, Roke obtained its telecommunications services license in the same year. In 2010, this license was upgraded to a Public Infrastructure Provider (PIP) license to expand the range of products and solutions offered to Home & Business customers. https://www.roketelkom.co.ug/
About FSJ Solutions
FSJ Solutions is a Danish company created in 2016, with the intent to bring critical skills and solutions from around the world to areas where they are in short supply. Our preferred delivery platform is cloud based solutions, but we also provide managed solutions on premise and consulting services as needed by our customers. FSJ Solution’s main objective is to bring innovative solutions and thought leadership to the market, leveraging the latest technologies Analytics, Content and Process Management. www.fsjsolutions.dk
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Michelle Baine
Brand Manager I Roke Telkom.
Mobile: 075-9839 283