MTN Uganda Rolls Out Data And Switching Centre, Business Unit

ed geneva;”>about it "sans-serif";”>“Someone walked into the bank to withdraw money equivalent to 250million. As they packed the money in the bag, symptoms a guard walked to them and put the teller at gun point,” recounts an eyewitness, Bright Anthony.

“After cocking the gun, everybody took cover. The guard quickly picked the money and took off on a boda boda.”

Bright says as the guard ran out of the bank located at Margarita Street, just opposite Shell fuel station, he dropped 3 bundles of the stolen money on the streets which were picked by pedestrians.

The identities of the guard and the victim and who will pay for the loss remain unclear.

Police rushed to the scene before apprehending those suspected to have picked money that dropped from the bag as the thieving guard sped off on a boda boda.

They are detained at Kasese Police Station as investigations into the robbery continue.

ambulance geneva;”>remedy "sans-serif";”>This event goes hand in hand with the launch of the new MTN Business Unit which will be a world class provider of converged communications solutions aimed at providing MTN business customers with superior, directly managed services, fully backed by consistent service levels.

In doing so, MTN has taken a special focus on the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and the Corporate/Business section of our customer base by ensuring that, through innovation, we are able to provide the necessary products and services to satisfy their needs.

MTN business will be the arm of MTN Uganda responsible for providing business solutions that will satisfy the needs of our Corporate clientele. Our vision is to provide converged communications solutions for our customers through a dedicated team that will manage the entire product portfolio to ensure a seamless experience for our customers.

“MTN Business will offer a wide range of business solutions through an array of technology options to suit our customers’ business needs both in and out of the office, locally and internationally. Customers can focus on their core business and MTN will deliver the needed communications solutions,” said Katlego Arnone, the General Manager MTN Business.

He said as a world-class provider of converged communications solutions, MTN Business will be uniquely placed to provide our Business customers with superior, directly managed services, fully backed by consistent service levels and management of the quality of service. MTN says it believes in a holistic approach with customers, as the customer requirements are not solely infrastructure and technology related.

With businesses today trying to make sense of a fragmented industry where multiple suppliers bombard customers with individual solutions, there is a large and growing customer demand for a communications partner that can offer end-to-end solutions for global connectivity, security and reliability.

“Over the next 2 to 5 years, it will be important for players in the industry to invest in converged communications solutions in order to remain relevant. The industry will continue to be a key driver of government revenue and transformation of lives – both in the business and personal space and with no doubt the telecommunications industry will continue to be a catalyst for economic development,” said Mazen Mroué, the MTN Chief Executive Officer.

This launch comes at a time when MTN has just celebrated 14 years of operation in Uganda. MTN says over the years it has been consistent in its investment in both infrastructure as well as social development in the country.

“MTN has introduced a number of innovative services that have changed the face of the telecommunications industry. One of these noteworthy services is the launch of the revolutionary MTN Mobile Money service,” the organization said in a statement today.

“Over the last 14 years since the first mobile call was made in Uganda, we have seen number of subscribers to mobile phone services rise to over 14 million. This means that 14 million people in Uganda have access today to the mobile money service by default. Of the more than 7.5 million customers MTN Uganda has today, approximately 3.2 million are registered on MTN Mobile Money.”

Over the last two years MTN Uganda has made major investments in the Uganda.

MTN Uganda launched the first mobile money service in Uganda with tremendous success, introduced 3G+, expanded our distribution foot print, and greatly enhanced our core, radio capacity and infrastructure technology.

Furthermore, it extended the fibre network infrastructure and built regional switching centres in the East, West, North and Central regions.

In terms of infrastructure, this year MTN Uganda will have an additional 600KM of fibre infrastructure completed and MTN Uganda will have close to 2,600km of fibre by the end of 2012 providing the capacity for high speed data connectivity and wider National coverage of 3G mobile data services that extend internet access to the rural areas of Uganda.

In 2012 alone, MTN’s CAPEX investments will exceed USD 80 million by December. This investment has been mainly in expanding network infrastructure as well as rollout of new innovative products and services.

“With MTN Business, our vision is to provide converged communications solutions for our customers through a dedicated team that will ensure a seamless experience for our customers,” concluded Mroué.

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