In October last year, MTN Uganda secured a landmark US$100million financing facility from eleven commercial banks in Uganda, which was used for no network investments which amounted to US$ 125 million. MTN Uganda has since inception invested US$680million towards its extensive network.
“This is of supreme significance to Uganda as a nation, and specifically to our customers. This network will complement the existing network to provide enhanced data services for our customers.
Khumalo said MTN had invested heavily across the continent in underwater cables for better data connectivity to benefit its customers all over Africa. MTN is utilising capacity on the TEAMS (The East African Marine System) cable, and has invested heavily in the EASSy (The East African Submarine Cable System).
“With this level of investment, MTN is well positioned to be the leading player in the data market and make data more affordable and accessible for the common man in Uganda”, he said.
Huawei Technologies Vice President David Duan said he was proud of having accomplished the handover in only seven months.
“At Huawei globally we pride ourselves on the quality of our work, and we are always proud to work with equally reputable partners such as MTN. Part of our deliverable was capacity transfer, which we believe we have achieved in working together with MTN here in Uganda,” he said.
The improved network will support better data speeds and connectivity and provide benefits to large, small and medium enterprises in Uganda.
Khumalo said providing the best possible data network was part of MTN Uganda’s responsibility as a good corporate citizen.