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Uganda - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Uganda - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Uganda’s national broadband project leading to fall in internet costs

Reforms within the telecom sector in Uganda have provided the country with one of the most competitive markets in the region. The entry of MTN Uganda as the second national operator to compete with Uganda Telecom in all telecom sectors revolutionised the availability and quality of services. The incumbent telco in recent years has fallen victim to corruption and mismanagement, with the result that it failed to provide the services which customers wanted, and was unable to compete effectively. The main shareholder LAP Green also consistently failed to make the necessary investments in networks and infrastructure. Uganda Telecom went into receivership in early 2017, and the government reasserted control of the company.

Fixed-line infrastructure remains poor, with low penetration, and in consequence fixed-line broadband penetration is also low.

With seven mobile networks, Uganda’s mobile market remains overcrowded. There have been some market acquisitions over the last few years, including the sale of Orange Uganda to Africell Holding in mid-2014. The cost of international bandwidth has fallen dramatically following the landing of international submarine fibre optic cables on the African east coast, to which landlocked Uganda is connected via a national fibre backbone extending to its borders with neighbouring countries. This has helped reduce the previously exorbitant cost of broadband and provided the necessary mobile backhaul to carry the growing traffic which has resulted from the widening reach of LTE networks.

Key developments:

National Broadband Infrastructure project leading to dramatic reduction in broadband access cost;

Government takes over ownership of bankrupt Uganda Telecom;

New Ministry of ICT & National Guidance formed;

Almost 3.7 million SIM cards still not registered by deadline;

Vodafone Uganda expands LTE as part of national coverage program;

Liquid Telecom expands reach of FttP services;

Government looking to broadband satellite services for remote areas;

97% of all internet subscriptions are mobile;

Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2016, operator data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Uganda Telecom (UT), LAP Green, MTN Uganda, UMEME, Infocom (Altech, Liquid Telecom), Internet Solutions, Bharti Airtel (Zain, Celtel), Telecel, Orascom, Deutsche Telekom, Warid Telecom (Essar), Orange Uganda (HiTS Telecom), i-Tel, Simba Telecoms, Monitise, American Tower Corporation (ATC), Eaton Towers, Smile Telecom, Smart Telecom, Sure Telecom, K2 Telecom, Africell (Lintel), UTL Online Infocom (Altech), Africa Online, Spacenet, Foris Telecom, Talk Telecom, Mo Telecom, Goal Technology Solutions (GTS).


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Historic - Telecom market revenue in Uganda - 2008- 2012
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Uganda Communications Commission
      • National Information Technology Authority
      • Ministry of ICT
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY 1996
    • UGANDA COMMUNICATIONS ACT 1997
    • UGANDA COMMUNICATIONS ACT 2013
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
      • Licensing prior to 2007
      • New licensing regime
      • Additional mobile networks
    • INTERCONNECT
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF)
      • RCDF projects
    • TAXES
      • Table Telecom service tax revenue in Uganda - 2008 - 2016
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • UGANDA TELECOM (UT)
      • Privatisation
      • Network infrastructure
    • MTN UGANDA
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Uganda - 1995 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Uganda - 2010- 2018
    • NATIONAL FIBRE BACKBONE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • MTN and UTL
      • National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI)
      • Next Generation Networks (NGN)
      • UMEME
      • Google
      • UETCL
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine fibre
      • International bandwidth
        • Table Historic - Uganda's international internet bandwidth - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Uganda's international internet bandwidth - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Uganda's internet bandwidth per population - 2012 - 2016
      • Terrestrial fibre
      • Satellite, VSAT
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart grids
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Uganda - 1995 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate in Uganda - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Fixed vs. mobile internet subscriptions in Uganda - 2007 - 2018
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers in Uganda - 2005 - 2018
      • Public Internet access locations
      • Uganda Internet Exchange Point (UiXP)
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-COMMERCE
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-HEALTH
    • E-LEARNING
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Uganda - 1996 - 2009
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Uganda - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Mobile traffic in Uganda by traffic type - 2008 - 2016
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS messages sent - 2014 - 2016
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile internet subscribers and penetration in Uganda - 2009 - 2018
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers in Uganda - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Licensing
      • Taxes
      • One Network Area
      • Infrastructure sharing
      • SIM card registration
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • MTN Uganda
        • Table MTN Uganda subscribers - 2000 - 2017
        • Table MTN Uganda financial data - 2013 - 2017
        • Table MTN Uganda ARPU - 2002 - 2017
      • Bharti Airtel Uganda (formerly Zain, Celtel)
        • Table Bharti Uganda subscribers - 2002 - 2016
      • Uganda Telecom (UTL)
        • Table Telecel mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2016
      • Africell (Orange Uganda)
        • Table Africell Uganda mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2016
      • Smile Communications
      • Smart Telecom, Sure Telecom
      • Vodafone Uganda
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
      • K2 Telecom
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-banking/money
        • Table Mobile money agents and subscribers - 2013 - 2016
        • Table Mobile money transactions - 2009 - 2016
      • m-Health

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