Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has appealed to telecommunication companies to use new technology, like (fifth Generation) 5G network to find solutions to everyday challenges and bottlenecks that Ugandans have to deal with.
The Prime Minister made the call as guest of honour as MTN Uganda in partnership with ZTE unveiled the pilot of 5G internet technology in Uganda.
“I am excited for this new technology and the impact it will have for our economy, our business community and in solving everyday challenges and bottlenecks that face our communities. This network will be more beneficial if it’s used to give solutions to the common person,” Rugunda said
He further asked MTN to make the new network affordable, reliable and sustainable if more Ugandans are to benefit from it.
Speaking at the same event, the Uganda communications Commission Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi said the communication sector is making so much progress in terms of connectivity, infrastructure development, revenue collection and hence should be given priority by the government.
“For example, this 5G network will the proper infrastructure if it is to be fully utilised. Right now, putting up the needed infrastructure takes a lot of bureaucracy which prolongs the process and wastes a lot of resources. We ask you Mr Prime Minister to ensure that proper regulations and funding are put in place to ensure smooth running of the sector,” He said
The fifth generation digital cellular network technology provides improved broadband access mobile internet connectivity. It offers faster speeds to transmit more data with more reliable connections on smartphone and other connected devices
While unavailing the 5G network, the MTN Uganda CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte said the network will largely be used in facilitation of internet of things like mechanised agriculture and farming, communication of information on business, healthcare among other things
“With the 5G, our customers will have faster and better experiences with services and technology in general, from financial services, health care, education and public service delivery. We are proud to be the first company in East Africa to unveil the 5G network,” he said.
However, this is only a trial that will be used in the commercial deployment in the future provided a business case for the technology.
MTN has also carried out successful trials in south Africa and Nigeria last year