MTN Launches 4G LTE Network in Uganda


pilule geneva;”>“We are happy to claim another first in Uganda with this momentous announcement as MTN Uganda successfully launches its 4GLTE network offering World-class internet services to our customers” said Ernst Fonternel, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, as he launched the network on Thursday at Serena Hotel.

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“We are pleased to have done this ahead of many other advanced economies around the world,” added Fonternel.

He emphasized MTN’s commitment in transforming its network and the businesses of its Corporate and SME customers while contributing positively to the overall development of the ICT sector in Uganda.

This network will allow MTN customers to download large files, stream music videos and HD movies without buffering and upload pictures without delay.

“The higher LTE speeds will give our customers lower latency which translates into a much more stable user experience. The technology’s impressive speeds create endless possibilities for the user including instantaneous music and picture downloads,” said Fonternel.

He further noted that the launch of LTE is part of a bigger network transformation plan that MTN has been undertaking over the past few years in order to give its customers World-class services.

“MTN’s vision is to lead the delivery of a bold, new Digital World to our customers. MTN Uganda is embracing this vision through constant enhancements to our Data Network to deliver World-class Internet and make our customers’ lives a whole lot brighter,” said Fonternel.

Since MTN was launched in Uganda in 1998, it has made major investments in the country. In 2012 alone, its CAPEX investments exceeded USD 80 million. This investment was mainly in expanding the network infrastructure to support the mobile subscriber growth as well as the rollout of new innovative products and digital solutions.

MTN Uganda plans to invest an additional USD 70 million in 2013 towards further infrastructure development.

Rami Farah, MTN Uganda Chief Technical Officer noted: “In terms of Network Infrastructure, MTN Uganda has deployed 2,800km of fibre backbones achieved with multiple layers and rings to protect customer experience across all national regions and provide dedicated business solutions to SMEs and Corporate Enterprises.

Another 400km of Fibre is currently under deployment between Mutundwe in Kampala and Kyenjojo district in Western Uganda and should be completed within the coming months.”

MTN Uganda has extended the fibre network backbone and built five regional switching centres in the East, West, North and Central regions. It has also built a fibre optic cable through Tanzania into Rwanda, providing an alternative data capacity route through Katuna into Uganda.

With more than 1,100 network sites across all regions in Uganda, Farah asserted: “The continuous CAPEX investment by MTN is aimed at providing our customers with the best possible user experience across the country.

We would like to ensure consistent and reliable network quality for all existing customers and also to enable many more new customers to enjoy the best of what Mobile Technology has to offer.”


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