Airtel to launch 5G in Uganda

TECHDIGEST – Airtel Uganda intends to deploy 5G gear at 50 sites throughout central Kampala, including Parliament Avenue, Fairway, Speke Apartments, and Crested Towers.

After conducting successful tests at 11 sites in Kampala, the telco declared on February 21, 2023 that their 4G network was 5G ready and that they had applied for the necessary spectrum to begin implementing this ground-breaking technology.

Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director, Manoj Murali, said that by the end of 2023, they will have expanded to other major towns in deeper regions.

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Murali also noted that Airtel would soon communicate a list of its rollout plans and would launch each of its more than 2,500 sites across the country one at a time.

At the government’s auction last month, Airtel and MTN won 5G frequencies in the country. The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) granted the operators spectrum access, allowing them to begin their 5G rollouts, with MTN launching soon.