MTN Uganda Reviews Last Year's Network Upgrades

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MTN Uganda says that during last year it deployed a total of 115 new coverage sites and upgraded the capacity of another 406 base stations. This was part of the 2013 investment plan worth USD70 million and brings the total number of MTN sites up to 1 220.

In addition, MTN has upgraded almost all its Network sites in Kampala 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 more than 400 sites.

"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," reiterated Rami Farah, MTN Uganda's Chief Technical Officer.

In 2012 and 2013 alone, its CAPEX investments exceeded USD 150 million. This investment was mainly in expanding the network infrastructure to support the mobile subscriber growth.

"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," said Farah.

Furthermore, MTN Uganda extended the fibre network backbone and built five regional switching centres in the East, West, North and Central regions. MTN also built a fibre optic cable through Tanzania into Rwanda, providing an alternative data capacity route through Katuna into Uganda.

"The continuous CAPEX investment by MTN is aimed at providing our customers with the best possible user experience across the country. We would like to ensure consistent and reliable network quality for all existing customers and also to enable many more new customers to enjoy the best of what Mobile Technology has to offer," concluded Farah.

MTN Uganda has 3 regional switching centers located in Tororo, Mbarara and Masindi. The purpose of these is to improve network resilience and efficiency. MTN also commissioned its fourth switching centre at Mutundwe and rolled out high speed data.

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