MTN has announced its launch of Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Uganda and claimed to be the first mobile operator in the country to do so. LTE is the latest technology in the world with the fastest Internet speeds of up to 100Mbps, giving customers the most seamless experience in data services.
Popularly known as 4G, LTE is a ‘standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for data terminals and mobile phones.’ LTE Data Networks provide mobile ultra-broadband internet access.
“We are happy to claim another first in Uganda with this momentous announcement as MTN Uganda successfully launches its LTE network, offering world-class Internet services to our customers. What is even more pleasing is that we’ve done this ahead of many other advanced economies around the world,” says Ernst Fonternel, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer.
According to the company LTE offers almost triple the speed of any existing mobile connection available commercially in Uganda.
“This launch further emphasises MTN’s commitment in not just transforming its own network but also the businesses of its Corporate and SME customers while contributing positively to the overall development of the ICT sector in Uganda,” Fonternel adds. “For the customer this means you can download large files in no time, stream music videos and HD movies without buffering and upload pictures without delay. These services will significantly transform the way you interact with the world.”
MTN’s LTE service will initially be available in greater Kampala, with other towns to follow in the near future. There are currently 20 locations that have been fully integrated onto the LTE network. Furthermore, LTE-capable dongles will be on sale at selected MTN outlets.
MTN Uganda plans to invest an additional USD 70 million in 2013 towards further infrastructure development. “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,” says Rami Farah, MTN Uganda’s Chief Technical Officer.
MTN Uganda has over the last six months rolled out approximately 100 new Base Transmission Sites to new coverage areas while commissioning another batch of capacity sites to enhance the quality of network services. MTN Uganda currently has more than 1,100 network sites across all regions in Uganda.