Gen. Moses Ali

Airtel Uganda on Wednesday launched the first ever 4G Internet across the country at a ceremony that took place at the Kampala Serena International Conference Centre.

“Today we are here to celebrate making Uganda a “digital Uganda. It gives me pride to be here today as we celebrate another milestone at the core of our business in Uganda – countrywide 4G connectivity,” said the Managing Director V.G Somasekhar.

He said Airtel Uganda is the first telecom in Uganda to achieve 100 percent 4GLTE sites across the country,

“In the next 3-5 years, we should be able to match internet access in Australia and Europe with big targets. Airtel4G impacts almost all sectors,” he said.

The event was attended by government officials including the 1st Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali, who represented Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda Communications executive director Godfrey Mutabazi and others such as diplomats.

Speaking to the audience as chief guest Moses Ali said: “Today, I am honored and privileged to be here as Airtel takes leadership by modernizing its entire network to 100 percent 4G LTE making it the first telecom to achieve countrywide LTE coverage in Uganda.

Speaking at the launch UCC’s Mutabazi said: “As a regulator, we are happy the private sector is leading this revolution which is a sign for total commitment to the country and the region. For that we appreciate Airtel Uganda.”

“Today we are here to launch yet another first on the Ugandan market, 100% 4G LTE across the country. This means a fast and reliable internet that will promote financial and digital inclusion in Uganda,” said Ravi Shankar, the Indian High Commissioner to Uganda.

Airtel subscribers can now visit the nearest service centres with their national ID to upgrade sim cards from 3G to 4G for quickest downloads.