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Uganda - Broadband and Internet Market, Digital Media


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Uganda was one of the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to gain full internet connectivity. Being landlocked, the country depended entirely on satellites for its international connectivity until 2009 when several international submarine fibre optic cables landed on the African east coast. Uganda is now connected via a national fibre backbone extending to its borders, implemented by Uganda Telecom and MTN Uganda. By 2012, prices for international bandwidth had fallen to a fraction of their original cost, but retail pricing of broadband services is still relatively expensive, especially when considering purchasing power parity. However, wireless and mobile technologies such as WiMAX, EV-DO and LTE are now putting the internet within reach of a much wider part of the population than traditional fixed-line DSL services have in the past. These improvements in infrastructure are revolutionising the market and enabling converged voice, data and digital media services.

Key developments:

First 4G LTE network launched;
WiMAX/VoIP provides more than 10% of fixed telephone connections;
More than one million internet subscribers;
Alternative fibre link to international submarine cables to be built.

Companies covered in this report:

UTL Online (Uganda Telecom); Infocom (Altech); Africa Online;Spacenet; The Broadband Company (TMP); MTN; Wateen Telecoms (Warid); Smile Telecom; Foris Telecom; Talk Telecom; Mo Telecom; Goal Technology Solutions (GTS); UMEME; WBS Television; NTV Uganda; MultiChoice; GOtv; Jump TV; Zuku TV (Wananchi).


1. Synopsis
2. Internet market
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Internet statistics
2.2 Public Internet access locations
2.3 Personal computer market
2.4 Dial-up
2.5 International bandwidth
3. Uganda’s ISP market
3.1 Overview, licensing
3.2 Selected ISPs
3.2.1 Infocom
3.2.2 UTL Online
3.2.3 Africa Online Uganda
3.2.4 Spacenet
3.2.5 The Broadband Company (TMP)
3.3 Uganda Internet Exchange Point (UiXP)
4. Broadband market
4.1 Overview
4.2 ADSL
4.3 WiMAX, LTE
4.4 WiFi
4.5 EV-DO
4.6 Mobile broadband
5. Convergence
5.1 VoIP telephony
5.2 Next generation Networks (NGN)
5.3 Broadband over powerlines (BPL)
5.4 Smart grids
6. E-services
6.1 E-commerce
6.2 E-banking
6.3 E-government
7. Digital media
7.1 Broadcasting in Uganda
7.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
7.3 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT)
8. Related reports
List of Tables and Charts
Table 1 – Internet users and penetration rate in Uganda – 1995 - 2013
Table 2 – Fixed vs. mobile internet subscriptions in Uganda – 2007 - 2011
Table 3 – Ugandas international internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2011
Table 4 – Uganda Telecom ADSL and ISDN pricing – 2010 - 2012
Table 5 – Uganda Telecom WiMAX pricing – 2012
Table 6 – MTN Uganda ADSL, WiMAX and Metro Ethernet pricing – 2012
Table 7 – Smile Telecom Uganda WiMAX and LTE pricing – 2012
Table 8 – Foris Telecom Uganda prepaid WiMAX pricing – 2012
Table 9 – Uganda Telecom WiFi hotspot pricing – 2009 – 2012
Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate in Uganda – 2003 - 2013

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