Warid Telecom, Uganda’s newest wireless licensee, has transmitted its first call, paving the way for the commercial launch of services in the near future. The calls were made between the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Dr Ham Mulira, his permanent secretary Jimmy Pat Samanya and Warid Telecom Country Manager Mr Zul Javaid. Without giving the specific date, Mr Javaid said the Warid would be launched ‘very soon.’ He said the company was still finalising interconnection negotiations with the other wireless network operators. ‘Some of the things we would like to do before launch is to increase our coverage to cover 70% of the population. We do not feel it is appropriate to launch until we can provide that coverage,’ he said.