Uganda - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Uganda was one of the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to be connected to the internet. 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. Since the initial connections to fibre cables in 2009 prices for international bandwidth have 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 greater proportion 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.
Liquid Telecom prepares launch of FttP services; phase 2 of the migration to digital broadcasting completed; Gondwana International Networks launches its iWayAfrica Uganda service in Kampala; three LTE networks have been launched, facilitating the take-up of mobile broadband; Liquid Telecom announces a UGX2 billion investment in Infocom's broadband infrastructure; 97% of all internet subscriptions are mobile; report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2015, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned 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).