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MTN launches LTE network in Uganda

On Friday, Uganda’s telecom operator MTN has launched 4G LTE network in country making it the first mobile operator in that country to do so.

Popularly known as 4G, LTE provides mobile ultra-broadband internet access at the fastest internet speeds, giving customers the most seamless experience in data services.

MTN’s LTE service will initially be available in greater Kampala, with other towns to follow in the very near future.

This follows MTN and Vodacom launch of LTE networks in South Africa late last year.

The commercial launch of LTE is part of a bigger network transformation plan that MTN has been undertaking over the past few years. Over the last two years, MTN has made major investments to its data infrastructure in Uganda, expanded the mobile distribution foot print, and greatly enhanced the mobile core, radio capacity and Network infrastructure. In 2012, its CAPEX investments exceeded USD 80 million.

“We are happy to claim another first in Uganda with this momentous announcement as MTN Uganda successfully launches its 4G LTE network offering world-class internet services to our customers,” Ernst Fonternel, the chief marketing officer said.

“What is even more pleasing is that we’ve done this ahead of many other advanced economies around the world.”

LTE is increasingly considered the best network option for telecom companies in Africa, as it helps to conserve radio spectrum. The LTE network infrastructure upgrade will enable users to access speeds up to 100Mbps.

For the customer this means you can download large files in no time, stream music videos and high definition movies without buffering and upload pictures without delay.

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