MTN to install additional fibre link

12 Feb 2013

MTN Uganda has commissioned a new fibre-optic cable system linking with Rwanda at Katuna in Kabale district. Engineering News reports that the cable would support two existing cables between Kabala and Mombasa and would improve connectivity for Uganda and its neighbouring countries by connecting to an additional submarine cable. ICT Minister Ruhakana Rugunda commented: ‘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.’ The additional international capacity will also facilitate the South African-backed cellco’s plans to launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the near future.

MTN Uganda invested more than USD80 million in 2012, spent on extending network infrastructure including the installation of 600km of fibre optic backbone – increasing the total deployed to 2,800km – and 81 new base stations.

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