MTN Uganda commissions fibre network at Katuna border

Telecoms

MTN Uganda has commissioned its fibre network at the Katuna border, in the Kabale district.
The fibre system would complement two existing cables between Kabala and Mombasa, which provide Uganda with unique redundancy and a backup structure for secure and reliable connectivity.

“The extension of the MTN Uganda fibre will act as a catalyst for economic development and will support the Ugandan government to further leverage on the existing regional partnerships in the areas of trade and industry,” said Information Communication Technologies Minister Ruhakana Rugunda.

MTN CEO Mazen Mroué added that the commissioning of the new fibre system would substantially improve the connectivity between Uganda and its neighbouring countries by connecting the country to an additional submarine cable.

In 2012, MTN Uganda’s capital expenditure in the country exceeded $80-million, mainly towards the expansion of network infrastructure, the establishment of modern switching and data centres, as well as the rol lout of fibre infrastructure to boost the quality of voice and data services.
The company also rolled out 600 km of fibre backbone last year, closing the year with over 2 800 km of fibre, providing the capacity for high-speed data connectivity and a wider national coverage of third-generation mobile data services.

In addition, MTN Uganda had completed the installation of an additional 81 network coverage sites and had also added another batch of capacity sites to enhance the quality of network services across Uganda.

The company recently announced a plan to deploy a long-term evolution network in Uganda during the coming months, which would enable MTN customers to access the Internet with bandwidth speeds of up to 100 Mb/s.