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Uganda 5th African Country on LTE Network :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Uganda 5th African Country on LTE Network

As part of a 70 million dollar investment by MTN into the Ugandan market this year, the 4G network connections will come off as one of the cheapest LTE installation investments compared to previous installations elsewhere in the world.

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Internet woes could soon be a thing of the past if a planned fourth generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) network by Mobile telecommunications Network (MTN) takes shape later this year.

 

As part of a 70 million dollar investment by MTN into the Ugandan market this year, the 4G network connections will come off as one of the cheapest LTE installation investments compared to previous installations elsewhere in the world.

 

The LTE network, a product of Chinese company ZTE, enables up to 100 megabytes per second of internet speeds for mobile phones and data terminals. It also enables high-definition voice calls.

 

Despite MTN bringing the LTE network, fourth generation internet was first tested in the country last year by Smile Telecommunications Company.

 

Though the company has not pronounced itself on the costs Ugandans have to part with to access the service, in Angola, the first African country where the LTE service was launched late last year, a megabyte goes for not less than 431 Uganda shillings which will come as an expensive run for Ugandan internet users on the 3G network of the company who access a megabyte for as low as 25 Ugandan shillings.

 

MTN’s Chief Technical Officer Rami Farah says the major aim in bringing the LTE network is to guarantee MTN customers the best possible user experience with consistently reliable network, price aside.

 

The investment into internet and data communication into the country comes amidst stiff competition by mobile telecommunication companies in Uganda to provide low internet costs to the over 3 million internet customers on the Ugandan market.

 

According to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), two companies have so far been licensed to provide 4G mobile technology, Smile Telecommunications Company and MTN. More companies are however fast-moving to acquire licenses to provide the service.

 

The strength of LTE at 100megabytes per second is that it is four times faster than 3G network which runs at 21megabytes per second.

 

Uganda becomes the fifth African country to use the LTE super-fast internet network. Other African countries already using 4G are Angola, South Africa, Mauritius and Namibia.

 

MTN Chief Executive Officer Mazen Mroue in a statement to the press said the network is a new standard of measuring technology development in the country and also a form of providing faster data speeds than other competitors in the market.

 

Access to the internet in Uganda is on a rapid increase. Recent statistics from Internet world statics reveal a growth from 40,000 internet users in 2000 to 3.2 million in 2011.

World Bank statistics in 2012 linked a 1.3% rise in economic growth in Africa to 10% of access to broadband internet.

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