MTN Uganda to launch 4G technology

Telecommunications towerMTN Uganda has said it will upgrade its network infrastructure and roll out a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the country to provide its customers with increased data access and speeds of up to 100Mbps

Popularly known as 4G, LTE is a 'standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals' and the system provides mobile ultra-broadband internet access, according to the company.

“With the upgraded data speed, an MTN data customer will enjoy faster access to internet and superior quality live streaming and video chatting among others," the company stated.

MTN Uganda has over the last two years made major investments in the country and it launched the first mobile money service, introduced 3G+, expanded its distribution footprint and greatly enhanced the core radio capacity and infrastructure technology.

"In 2013 alone, MTN Uganda plans to invest US$70mn added to another US$80mn spent in 2012. This investment has been mainly in expanding the network infrastructure to support the mobile subscribers growth as well as roll-out new innovative products and digital solutions," it noted.

The company's CEO, Mazen Mroue, stated that "the rise of MTN 3G+ has given more than one million Ugandans internet access for the first time with widest network coverage, wide range of devices and affordable tariffs".

Geoffrey Muleme

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