KAMPALA – Airtel Uganda has switched on a second 5G site at Speke Apartments in Kampala, allowing its customers to connect to each other faster than they ever have, providing high-speed internet that makes downloads faster, and digitization more seamless.
5G technology promises to change communication forever. With much higher speeds and lower latency than its predecessors, 5G assures less time wasted on sending and receiving information on the web.
Airtel Uganda has already installed a 5G site in Bulange, Mengo, stamping its readiness in rolling out the 5G network across the country after securing the spectrum from the Uganda Communication Commission.
Mr. Manoj Murali Airtel Uganda Managing Director said 5G will change everything. “It will allow us to connect, create, collaborate, and compete in ways we cannot imagine yet”
The telecom giant also showed a glimpse of the many possibilities 5G has in store.
“We are thrilled to unveil another 5G site here in Kampala aimed at empowering individuals and businesses to embrace new opportunities and unlock their full potential in the digital era.”
He added, “Kampala is the heart of business in Uganda characterized by high socio-economic activity, and with the addition of more 5G sites, we are bringing ultra-fast and reliable network with speeds up to 511.5Gbps and above, giving our customers access to 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 with ease and confidence.”
While embracing the newly installed 5G technology, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia who is also the proprietor of Speke Apartments said “Communication is very vital to every business. I remember before I used to travel and business would come to a standstill because I wasn’t around. My office had to wait for many hours before making any decision. Now with the available Internet, decision-making is easy and business has grown and we appreciate enablers like Airtel Uganda for always staying ahead in introducing products and services like the 5G network that not only ease our day-to-day lives but as well support our businesses.”
“I am sure every person is using a mobile phone to transform their lives. We have gone from 1G to 3G, 4G and now 5G is here. These high speeds will help businesses to run smoothly because the internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity.” Sudhir added.
The 5G Network can support up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometer 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, shared online school classes, and farmers can share live video farming tips, engineering tasks over video and stream gaming, and other entertainment experiences.
“In line with our new brand promise of supporting our communities and Ugandans to have A Reason to Imagine, we will continue to roll out products and services as well as improve our infrastructure, like the 5G deployment we have unveiled today so that we can revolutionize the way people, businesses and industries connect which investment is aimed at improving their productivity because of the networks super-fast internet speeds.” murali concluded.
Over 2500 sites will be powered by Airtel on a site by site basis and a list of roll out plans will be issued on Airtel’s Website and social media platforms. The 5G Network will be accessed by customers with 5 G-compatible devices.