KAMPALA – Airtel Uganda has connected its regulator – Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Premises and the Bugoloobi neighbourhood to Uganda’s First 5G Network.
Speaking at the event, Airtel Uganda Managing Director manoj murali revelaed that UCC becomes the third site to go live on 5G they intend to have 50 sites by the end of the week.
“Most of the CBD areas will have 5G and then we shall expand to mostly residential areas. Then we will have a Home BroadBand service.”
“To use 5G, you do not need to change the sim card. Whichever data pack you use, they will continue to be the same. Secondly, if you have a 5G phone, it will continue working on VoLTE. I want to thank UCC for always supporting us and giving us a spectrum,” he noted.
Eng. Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, the UCC ED said that finally having 5G in the country is something worthy of celebrating because it is the kind of technology that can change the lives of Ugandans for the better.
She then called for increased sensitization of these technologies saying that there is a need to increase the awareness of the public and sensitize them to use these services so that the Ugandan community enjoys them.
The 5G Network can support up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometre 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, and shared online school classes, and farmers can share live video farming tips, engineering tasks over video and stream gaming, and other entertainment experiences.