MTN Uganda is today commissioning its fibre network at Katuna Border in Kabale.
“The launch of the new fibre system at Katuna is a major development which we are confident will have a positive impact on the future of Uganda’s ICT Roadmap, and will substantially improve connectivity with neighboring countries,” said CEO Mazen Mroue in a press statement.
Since its launch in Uganda in 1998, MTN Uganda has made major investments in Uganda. In 2012 alone, its CAPEX investments exceeded USD 80 million by December. This investment was mainly towards the expansion of network infrastructure, establishment of ultra-modern Switching and Data Centre, as well as rollout of fibre infrastructure to boost the quality of voice and data services
In terms of Network infrastructure, last year MTN Uganda rolled out an additional 600km of fibre backbone closing the year with over 2,800km of fibre system 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.
MTN Uganda has over the last 6 months completed the installation of another 81 new Network Coverage Sites and also added another batch of capacity sites to enhance the quality of network services across Uganda. MTN has a total of 1,100 sites at the end of 2012 providing Network Coverage and communication services to millions of Ugandans across the country.
In 2009 MTN Uganda launched the first mobile money service with tremendous success. MTN Uganda Mobile Money ranks 2nd in the world in terms of absolute number of active customer accounts added during 2012 as per GSMA research completed recently.
Over the past couple of years MTN has also installed backhaul systems providing connectivity to the submarine cables landed at Mombasa. This has enabled secured and reliable connectivity with the rest of the world while providing quality voice and data services and high level redundancy.
MTN has an extensive list of new innovations that will be gradually announced during the year. MTN Uganda announced recently about the plan to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Uganda during the coming months, which will enable MTN Customers to access world class internet with bandwidth speed up to 100Mbps. Today, more than 7.5 Million Ugandan enjoys country wide the Yellow revolution providing best network, fastest growing Mobile Money services, widest coverage and world class internet.