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Airtel provides free unlimited WiFi to Jinja public library, to connect more 18 in Uganda

Jinja students celebrate the connectivity of free WiFi by Airtel Uganda. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KAMPALA – Airtel Uganda has launched an initiative to provide free unlimited WiFi to 19 public libraries across the country.

“Following the launch of 100% Airtel 4G, we embarked on an initiative to provide free unlimited WiFi to 19 public libraries across the country,” announced the Telecommunication giants.

To implement this, on Tuesday Airtel provided free unlimited WiFi to Jinja public library to enhance the culture of learning amongst students.

“Today we are at the Jinja Public Library to provide free unlimited WiFi to enhance the culture of learning and reading using the internet,” they added.

Early this year, the telecom network announced the availability of nationwide 4G connectivity following the complete modernisation of its network.

The technology is expected to significantly enhance the network experience for Airtel’s smartphone customers.

It will also allow Airtel users to experience improved 4G availability inside buildings – homes, offices, and malls, along with wider availability of Airtel 4G across Uganda

Uganda Communications Commission Executive (UCC) Director Godfrey Mutabazi lauded Airtel Uganda for moving ahead of the National Broadband Policy guideline requirement on broadband coverage. He said that this is a crucial milestone because compliance sits at the core of our operations

“4G technology is reliable and will improve our communication; we can expect better service delivery, improvements in public accountability through e-Government, improved education, tourism, and innovative goods and services,” he said.

Airtel now has 1,632 sites and over 3,900 kilometers of fibre across Uganda, covering 95.9 percent of the population, making it possible for subscribers all over the country to get better internet services.

In Uganda, Airtel uses a spectrum bank which includes 2300 Mhz (TD LTE), 1800 Mhz (FD LTE), and 900 Mhz (LTE 900) to offer 4G services to customers.

The company also deployed advanced network technologies and tools such as pre-5G massive MIMO and 4G advanced carrier aggregation to step up its high-speed network capacity and coverage.

Last year, the telecom company signed an agreement with Social networking giants Facebook to improve the communication company’s infrastructure in the country.

Mr. Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s African Public Policy manager, Yonas Maru – Managing Director of Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group (BCS), a wholesale bandwidth provider focused on deploying infrastructure in East Africa.

According to Facebook, a total of nearly 800 KM of the optical fibre were to be laid in Northern Uganda including Gulu, Adjumani, and Arua.

The project aimed at proving backhaul connectivity covering more than 3 million people in Uganda and enable future cross-border connectivity to neighbouring countries.

Mr. Mutabazi said, “ICT is the fastest-growing economic element in Uganda and with appropriate partnerships.”

“As regulators, we are pleased that the under-served rural communities of Uganda are getting access to ICT.”

He also argued licensed operators to continue modernising ICT in Uganda and to drive digital inclusion through accessible, affordable and fast internet for all.

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