On Wednesday, Airtel Uganda launched the availability of countrywide 4G LTE connectivity following complete modernisation of its network.
Upon this investment, Airtel currently boasts of 1,632 sites and over 3,900 kilometres of fibre across Uganda covering 95.9% population, making it possible for subscribers around the country to enjoy an improved experience in internet based activities.
This encompasses video conferencing, video calling, video streaming, gaming services and mobile internet access.
“Today we are here to celebrate making Uganda a “digital Uganda”. It gives me pride to be here today as we celebrate another milestone at the core of our business in Uganda – countrywide 4G connectivity,” said V.G Somasekhar, Airtel Managing Director comments.
Godfrey Mutabazi, the Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission, said the evolution of technology in Uganda has greatly metamorphosed over time.
“We experienced the first generation networks which were limiting because of quality and capacity. ICT in Uganda has greatly changed due to significant private sector investment,” Mutabazi noted.
He added: “As a regulator, we are happy the private sector is leading this revolution which is a sign for total commitment to the country and the region. For that we appreciate Airtel Uganda.”
His Excellency Ravi Shankar, the Indian High Commissioner to Uganda, said this means a fast and reliable internet that will promote financial and digital inclusion in Uganda.
“As a result, our countries emerge as leaders for a new era of shared prosperity for the benefit of their two countries and people and resounds our continued commitment towards the economic development of Uganda,” Ravi noted.
The Guest of Honour, General Moses Ali, The First Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament, appreciated Airtel because of the level of substantial investment that has been made in Uganda.
“As the Government of Uganda, we have continued to provide the best investment climate to attract the right investors and we are happy to enjoy the fruits that this climate has brought,” Ali noted.