MTN trials 5G with ZTE in Uganda

20 Jan 2020

Ugandan cellco MTN has teamed up with equipment vendor ZTE of China to demonstrate 5G mobile technology in Kampala. South African-owned MTN says it wants to be the first to bring a Standalone 5G network to East Africa. MTN Uganda’s CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte, commented: ‘5G will make our life better, drive incremental capacity and open up new business [opportunities]. MTN as a company is constantly making efforts to break barriers by democratising voice and data connectivity in order to improve subscriber experience.’ A report from PML Daily cites Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director of the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC), as saying that, as a regulator of the communications sector, it is working to ensure that there is an appropriate infrastructure that supports 5G. MTN hopes to launch a live 5G network in Uganda by the end of this year.

Uganda, MTN Uganda, ZTE