South African-backed cellco MTN Uganda completed its planned network rollout initiative for 2013, including the deployment of 115 new sites and the upgrade of 406 others, the operator confirmed yesterday. The project formed part of the cellco’s USD70 million investment plan for 2013, and increased the number of active sites in the provider’s network to 1,220. In the capital, MTN upgraded all of its 2G base stations to 3G and deployed additional 3G sites to bring the total to more than 400.
The cellco has also extended its fibre backbone network and built five regional switching centres in the East, West, North and Central regions. Further, MTN built a fibre-optic cable through Tanzania into Rwanda, providing an alternative data capacity route through Katuna into Uganda. Chief technical officer Rami Farah added: ‘In terms of network infrastructure, by the end of 2012 MTN Uganda had deployed 2,800km of fibre backbones … with multiple layers and rings to protect customer experience across all national regions and provide dedicated business solutions to SMEs and corporate enterprises. Another 350km of fibre is currently deployed between Mutundwe in Kampala and Kyenjojo district through Fort portal in Western Uganda.’