South African-backed MTN Uganda announced the launch of the nation’s first 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Kampala. 20 base stations were upgraded to LTE at launch, though the cellco plans to extend the network, which is capable of theoretical maximum download speeds of 100Mbps, to other towns in the near future. To that end, MTN plans to invest a further USD70 million in infrastructure development in 2013. Ernst Fonternel, the cellco’s chief marketing officer commented on inaugurating Uganda’s first 4G network: ‘Our challenge isn’t keeping ahead of the other operators. It’s keeping ahead of the tidal wave of data demand both in our country and in the region. Last year we launched our 21.6Mbps data network and last month we rolled out our 42Mbps data network and now [we have introduced] LTE.’
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