20 February 2018

Uganda: MTN Slashes Data Prices

Kampala — MTN Uganda has revised data rates in a drive to continue offering affordable internet to Ugandans.

The reduction in data prices is expected to drive further internet connectivity, facilitate business growth and enable communication through internet-based channels.

In a media briefing at the MTN head offices, Wim Vanhelleputte, the MTN Uganda CEO said: "What we are currently witnessing is a data revolution coming into full swing. The reduction in pricing is by over 100%, indicating our commitment towards internet connectivity and affordability for all," he said.

The revised data bundles are not just price based but also include increased volumes for a lower price. For instance, the lower data bundle threshold has been increased to 15MBs from 10MB at a price of Shs250. For UGX5000, a customer would get 325MB, with the new rates, a customer gets 1GB for that price. This is more value for the customer at the same price.

For Shs100,000, you can now get Shs30GB for a month. In the old rates, a customer had to pay Shs285,000 to get 30GB.

"It is important that our customers not only get lower rates, but also experience a good quality network - where we are keen to continuously invest; everywhere. MTN Uganda over a two year period of 2017 and 2018 has budgeted over UGX400 Billion invested in network upgrades in order to improve customer experience. This will increase our 3G sites and 4G/LTE sites to deliver a bold digital world to our customers," he added.

According to Wim, MTN Uganda's planned investment will upgrade the network in order to ensure quality, good coverage and better experience. Further investment in the network also means the internet speeds continue to improve, which will facilitate business growth and innovation.

"In the world right now, the internet is driving innovation to unprecedented levels. We are seeing this in our numbers and data continues to be one of the fastest growing sources of revenue and subscriptions for MTN Uganda. We expect this trend to continue," Wim pointed out.

MTN Uganda at the end of December 2017 had approximately 12 million subscribers. The ambition is to have at least two thirds of all MTN subscribers connected to the internet. This will happen with more affordable data, reliable network and affordable internet-enabled handsets.

Uganda

Rise in Teen Sex Workers Worries Migeera Leaders

Leaders in Nakasongola District are worried about the number of teenage girls joining commercial sex business in Migeera… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 East African Business Week. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.