Status of broadband internet speeds in Uganda: Is 7.24 Mbps impressive enough?

The status of both broadband and mobile internet in Uganda has generally improved and the average download speed increased a by 2.58 Mbps in Kampala over the previous year. As of March 2015, the average download speed in Uganda is 7.24 Mbps — thanks, in part, to increased infrastructure investments by ISPs especially the advent of 4G-LTE technology. Rwanda manages to beat the pants off Uganda with average download speeds 8.05 Mbps. This means the speeds in Uganda are not impressive compared to other countries in East Africa including Kenya (7.63), Tanazina (4.98 Mbps) and Burundi (4.5 Mbps). Those speeds are only enough to move Uganda from 141st from April last year up to 123rd out of 199 connected countries worldwide and Rwanda at 111st out of 199.

These figures come from Ookla’s Speedtest March 2015 survey. In April of last year, Uganda’s national average hovered at 4.66 Mbps; which is five times slower than the global average of 22.9Mbps. According to these Ookla Speedtest survey, these are the individual contributions to the average 7.24 Mbps average score per carrier: Smile Communications ranked the highest at 10.14 Mbps, Uganda Telecoms (6.31 Mbps), MTN Uganda (5.37 Mbps)  and Orange Uganda now Africell (3.12 Mbps).


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Source: Ookla

  • With all this 4G buzz that not many are benefiting from initially, If Ugandan can achieve nationwide speeds of 21Mbps, that would be far much better for us as a country and for the growth and usage of Internet

    • Roger Bambino

      The problem with national wide 3g is the spectrum used. 2g uses a lower frequency (900mhz) which has good coverage and indoor penetration, 3g uses 2100 MHz which is a higer frequency hence less coverage. Operators cannot reaffirm their 2g spectrum to 3g coz 2g is still a cash cow esp here in Africa. Where as smile and Africell use 800mhz for their 4g LTE this means they can cover better than 2g with LTE everywhere. The limitations here remain the 4g devices being expensive and on the Network side 4g requires fiber or ip microwave (high capacity) transmission which is not variable everywhere….