Airtel Uganda has activated 5G at Bulange, Mengo in preparation for Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II’s 30th coronation anniversary Amatikkira30 taking place on 31st July, 2023.
In February this year, Airtel Uganda conducted tests on 11 4G sites in Kampala and later applied for the required spectrum from Uganda Communications Commission to start deploying the 5G network across the country. Bulange and surrounding areas now become the first 5G zone in a plan that shall see the revolutionary technology rolled out to the whole country in a phased manner.
We recently announced that Airtel Uganda secured the 5G spectrum to start its deployment across the city and today we are pleased to activate our first site here at Bulange, in Mengo.
The Central Business District which hosts Mengo is characterized by high socio-economic activity, hence there is a continuous need to improve connectivity so that our people can access improved telecommunication services via Airtel’s 5G Network, to connect families and friends to their loved ones, as well as businesses to their existing customers or new prospects.Manoj Murali, Managing Director, Airtel Uganda
The 5G Network can support up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometre compared to 4G which can only support up to 100,000 connected devices in a similar area. This makes 5G the suitable network over which remote teams can collaborate to undertake tasks like surgery, and shared online school classes, and farmers can share live video farming tips, engineering tasks over video and stream gaming, and other entertainment experiences.
Speaking to the press after the Mengo #Airtel5G #SwitchedON event, UCC Executive Director Irene Sewakambo said that she is excited that 5G technology is finally in Uganda.
5G means more opportunities to innovate, develop solutions that speak and uplift our people.Eng. Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, the Ag. Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission
The deputy Katikkiro. Owek. Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa, who represented The Katikkiro, recognized Airtel’s investments in Buganda and the country as a whole which investment has contributed to the country’s socio-economic growth mentioning that “Today we are pleased to witness the key milestone of powering Mengo on Airtel’s 5G which network which showcases Airtel’s innovative approach of creating solutions through technologies that influence socio-economic growth of our region and the entire country.”
Our youth will be able to engage in productive initiatives using the reliable internet so that they can positively impact their lives and their communities by leveraging the power of technology.The Deputy Katikkiro. Owek. Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa