MTN Uganda accomplishes Network upgrade milestone

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News coming in from the big yellow network this week, is that company has completed its 2013 milestone of rolling out over 115 new sites as part of its plan to expand its already wide coverage in Uganda. This rollout also saw an upgrade of the existing capacity of more 406 Network sites. This is part of the 2013 Investment plan worth USD 70 million and brings the total number of MTN Network sites to 1,220.

All  Network sites in Kampala have been upgraded from 2G to 3G and all the planned new 3G locations out of Kampala have been completed, bringing the total number of 3G locations to over 400 sites. The upgraded sites in Kampala will go a long way in supporting businesses and commerce in the Central Business District.

“MTN Uganda is ahead of target on its rollout plans and nearly all of the planned 406 sites earmarked for upgrade by end of 2013 have been completed. In terms of Network Infrastructure, by the end of 2012 MTN Uganda had 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 350km of fibre is currently deployed between Mutundwe in Kampala and Kyenjojo district through Fort portal) in Western Uganda”

— Rami Farah, MTN Uganda CTO

The company further extended it’s fiber network backbone and built five regional switching centers in the East, West, North and Central regions. MTN also built a fiber optic cable through Tanzania into Rwanda, providing a substitute data capacity route through Katuna into Uganda.

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Earlier last year, MTN Uganda became the first operator in Uganda and the region, to launch an LTE network  and kept the competition on its tenatahooks as it led the 4G network revolution in the region,