Warid Telecom Uganda has added its millionth customer to its mobile network, just eight months after its launch. According to company spokesperson Tushar Maheshwari, the firm’s success is based on its ‘world class network’, which has guaranteed network quality and allowed the provision of new services such as its Over 2 U, which allows customers to send a short music clip along with a short message to other Warid customers.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database Warid Telecom Uganda was awarded Public Infrastructure Provision (PIP) and Public Service Provision (PSP) licences in December 2006. On receipt of the concessions Warid immediately announced plans to roll out a GSM-based network, adding that it would invest USD200 million in its network to give it capacity for 1.5 million subscribers and coverage of 70% of the population. Warid Telecom Uganda is wholly owned by UAE-based Warid Telecom International, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Group (70%) and Singapore Telecom (30%).