MTN Uganda holds a 3 day Internet Expo in Mbarara as part of a drive to increase data usage in the regions

MTN Uganda has launched Regional Internet Expos in a continued effort to give back to its customers and give them an opportunity to enjoy the best of what mobile telephony has to offer.

The first of a series of planned Regional Internet Expos to be held around the country, was hosted at Agip Motel in Mbarara from 25th to 27th April.

“Until now, most operators have concentrated their data initiatives largely in Kampala. After two years of successful investment in a state of the art data infrastructure, MTN believes this is the opportune time to make data access available to every customer, even in the most remote part of the country. The purpose of this expo is to bring data connectivity to all and demystify data. This expo will provide us a platform to introduce our customers and potential customers to the numerous uses of data and how the use of MTN data services can completely enrich our customers’ lives. These bold steps give testimony to MTN’s leadership and commitment to driving the data revolution in Uganda,” said Shaibu Haruna, General Manager Sales and Distribution.

The event in Mbarara gave MTN customers in the region a hands on experience of MTN’s new digital world in line with the company’s promise of making their customers’ lives much better. Customers who attended the Expo had the opportunity to experience the various data solutions on offer for both business and consumer segments. Customers also had the opportunity to interact with the latest devices and experienced the speed of MTN data services. The toast of visitors was the free wifi, where customers could bring along their devices to experience high speed internet.

Mbarara Mayor Wilson Tumwine opens the MTN Expo in Mbarara Standing left is MTN's head of sales and distribution Shaibu Haruna

Over the last two years, MTN has made major investments to its data infrastructure in Uganda, expanded the mobile distribution foot print, and greatly enhanced the mobile core, radio capacity and Network infrastructure.

“These Expos will give our customers in the regions an opportunity to experience our improved data services,” Shaibu added.

MTN Uganda has just launched its 4G LTE network, making it the first in Uganda and one of the first on the African continent. Whereas MTN’s LTE service will initially be available in greater Kampala, other towns will follow in the very near future. This will further support the drive to push data in the different regions of Uganda and will be supported by MTN’s robust distribution network that provides a dedicated team.

MTN’s vision is to lead the delivery of a bold, new Digital World to our customers. MTN Uganda is embracing this vision through constant enhancements to its Data Network to deliver World-class Internet and make its customers’ lives a whole lot brighter.

Since MTN was launched in Uganda in 1998, it has made major investments in the country. In 2012 alone, its CAPEX investments exceeded USD 80 million. This investment was mainly in expanding the network infrastructure to support the mobile subscriber growth as well as the rollout of new innovative products and digital solutions. MTN Uganda plans to invest an additional USD 70 million in 2013 towards further infrastructure development.

In 2012, MTN Uganda delivered strong results in a competitive environment with an increase in revenue, customer numbers and market share. Data and Mobile money particularly performed well. As a result, the groundwork was established to increase the contribution of data and mobile money to overall revenues.

“MTN Uganda’s road map for the next two years has positioned Data and Mobile Money as key drivers for MTN. We are committed to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our customers and that is precisely why we embarked on this new drive to reach all our customers, where ever they are,” he concluded.

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