Airtel plans new fibre ring in Uganda

8 Mar 2017

Airtel Uganda, the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has announced plans to build a new 770km fibre ring network covering western Uganda with support from Facebook. According to a report from The Observer in Kampala, the network will connect at least 15 towns and help to improve performance and support upgrades to 3G and 4G technology.

Airtel Africa managing director Raghunath Mandava said in a statement: ‘We are confident that this 770km fibre in western Uganda will not only lessen the digital divide but also provide opportunities to increase inter-country connectivity with South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.’ TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Airtel claimed 35% of the Ugandan mobile sector at the end of 2016, behind market leader MTN with 46%.

Uganda,Airtel Uganda,



Have feedback, corrections, or story ideas? Send them to

Browse Past Issues


Filter CommsUpdate by the following categories or use the search.


Visit our help page information on performing advanced searches, including how to restrict the results by country or company.


CommsUpdate is an outstanding advertising venue for companies seeking to reach:

  • International carriers
  • Wholesale service providers
  • Equipment and software vendors
  • Telecom investors
  • Regulators

Learn more about advertising on CommsUpdate.