Slow or non-existent internet connections have meant that the people of Uganda for the last three decades have not been able to harness the many advantages of the online economy. This social and economic exclusion of the poorest of the poor was further accentuated by the impossibility for a Ugandan to obtain a credit card or make paypal payments — a simple requirement to be able to pay for goods and services online. Most merchants and payment gateway providers automatically block all credit cards from Africa and it is not possible to get a verified paypal account in many African Nations.
A big ray of Hope was the arrival of the first submarine fibre-optic cable on the African coastal port of Mombasa Kenya. This revolutionary event has started a data revolution, for the first time enabling Ugandans to watch online videos and access secure sites without timing out. The final step in bridging the digital divide has now been provided by an innovative service of a Ugandan company. EasyPayUganda (http://www.easypayuganda.com) is providing the first service of its kind in the region, allowing customers to make online payments by proxy in order to pay for services and goods. EasyPayUganda is also providing a logistics solution, forwarding customers shipments to Uganda as most online merchants will not ship to Africa. By taking this revolutionary approach, recognizing that there is demand for products and services in Africa, the company is for the first time allowing Africans to purchase online and drastically improve their standard of living.