Sms Based Water Bill Inquiry System

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ARCHITECTURE FOR AN SMS BASED UTILITY-SERVICES MOBILE BILLING SYSTEM IN UGANDA

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KAGINGO UMAR Reg. No: 2006/HD18/6825U B.Statistics (Mak) kagingo u@yahoo.com,(+256)772347367

A Project Report Submitted to School of Graduate Studies In Partial Fulfillment for the Award of Master of Data Communication and Software Engineering Degree of Makerere University

Option: Data Communications

October, 2009

Declaration
I Kagingo Umar, do here by declare that this project report is original and has not been published and/or submitted for any other degree award to any other University before.

Signed.....................................................Date...................................... Kagingo Umar B.Statistics (Mak.) Department of Networks Faculty of Computing and Information Technology Makerere University

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Approval
This Project Report has been submitted with the appoval of the following supervisor.

Signed:....................................................Date:......................................... Prof. Fisseha Mekuria, PHD Department of Networks Faculty of Computing and Information Technology Makerere University

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Dedication
To Allah, without whom there would be no one to thank for my achievements. Thanks be to ALLAH. Then, to my dear loving Dad and Mum. This piece of work also directly goes to Imam-Din and all his dear uncles and aunties that have set an encouraging environment for everyone to reach excellence. To Kyomuhendo Rukia, Nahabwe Zainab, Mai Kayemba, Alawi Kayemba, my dearest cousin sis Hadija Kayemba, Arinaitwe.F, Farida T, Asimwe Mubarak, my understanding sis Musimenta Sharifa, the most hopeful, Elias Ashaba and Loving wife Wiiwo.

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Acknowledgment
Thanks to my supporters and most of all, my guide to everything. I Thank you Lord. I also recognise all the assistance that was extended to me by Dad, Mum, Wiiwo, Zainab, my dear loving auntie Nelly for her courage, my entire family my dearest uncles: Saidi, Kaabi, Kama, Mama Aisha and the entire family of the Kayembas. I also extend my gratitude to my caring Supervisors, Professor Fisseha Mekuria and Professor Idris Rai. You have really been so supportive to me with brilliant ideas all through my project cycle. Thanks go to Mr. Ssemaluulu Paul and Muhirwe Jackson for being such simple and understanding gentlemen. You have absolutely been so helpful and always willing to help where things have gone wrong. The entire staff of the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology who have created such a condusive environment suitable for every one to benefit from his/her hard earned tuition. Thanks so much for your support. The DCSE class was the most cooperative group I have ever joined. Most notably, I thank Margaret Gathondu, Shifra and Felix for the dedicated support through out the course. May God bless you all. Lastly to thanks go to all the IT professionals that have been so willingfully approachable during the course of the project field work, all in the following companies, MTN Uganda, National Water and Sewerage Corporation, True Africa Uganda office and Warid Telecom. May the Good God bless you all.

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Contents
Declaration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Approval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dedication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acknowledgment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . List of Figures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i ii iii iv x

Acronyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xii Abstract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii

1 Introduction 1.1 1.2 1.3 Background of the Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Statement...
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