By Juliet Hildah Namulundu.
Kampala, Uganda: Airtel Uganda has this morning, Friday 22nd September, 2017 announced the launch of its 4GLTE mobile telecommunications technology during a press briefing held at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
The upgrade to 4GLTE comes with significant countrywide investment made by Airtel Uganda in setting up 404 LTE sites in Kampala and 126 sites upcountry. With this new technology, Airtel-Uganda’s fastest growing telecom company is now offering subscribers around the country the fastest available speeds as well as an improved experience in internet-based activities such as video conferencing, mobile web access, amongst others.
While addressing the media, V.G. Somasekhar, the Airtel Managing Director stated that with the 4GLTE technology, customers will have an overall improved internet experience at the most affordable rates. As far as Airtel is concerned, communication and internet are a human right and that is why they are making them possible for everyone in the country to access.
“This investment will further enable digital inclusion in terms of digital culture, education, agriculture and business in Uganda through providing the high speed internet,” he added.
The launch comes just two weeks after Airtel Uganda announced a revision of its data in a bid to remain the most affordable telecommunications company in Uganda.
Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for ICT congratulated the management and staff of Airtel Uganda upon this momentous achievement.
“As government our key responsibility is to provide a conducive environment and good policies for our investors. Such milestones like this one Airtel has attained today is a confirmation that we have always supported and encouraged innovative ICT development models,” he commented.
However, he called upon Airtel Uganda and all the other telecom companies in Uganda to provide what he called “full carpet” internet services with cheaper data solutions not only to the government or private bodies but to each and every citizen across Uganda.
To join 4G, Airtel Uganda customers will have to swap their 2G, 3G SIM cards to 4G free of charge. Customers new to the network will buy a 4G SIM from the communicated locations at UGX 2000 only. The change in SIM cards comes with 4GB free for those swapping their SIM cards and 1GB for new SIM purchases.