By Our Reporter
MTN Uganda has announced its plans to offer a commercial long-term evolution (LTE) network technology to its subscribers this year 2013.The company is currently upgrading its network to offer 4G speeds of up to 100Mbps,Business Day reports
MTN customers will enjoy faster access to the internet and superior quality live streaming and video chatting, company officials say.
The company plans to roll out the commercial LTE service as part of a $70m investment in Uganda during 2013, having spent $80m last year on expanding its network infrastructure and rolling out new products.
Over the past two years, MTN Uganda has launched the country’s first mobile money service, upgraded its 3G offerings, expanded its distribution footprint, and updated its core, radio capacity and infrastructure technology. The operator has also extended its fibre network by laying optical fibre and building regional switching centres in the north, east, west and central regions of the country.
MTN Uganda’s LTE deployments follow the small-scale launch of LTE services in Uganda and Tanzania during 2012 by Smile Telecommunications, a mobile operator started by former MTN executive Irene Charnley. The Kenyan government is pushing operators to deploy LTE in the next few months. Elsewhere in Africa, LTE is also steadily seeing an increasing number of rollouts.