MTN Uganda to celebrate 20 years of operation in Uganda

Written by: 
Malomo Fatuma


MTN Uganda is to celebrate 20 years with a visionary expo.

The telecom giant announced that it has started is six-month-long celebration campaign to mark 20 years of operations in Uganda under the theme celebrating the past, inspiring the future.

It is to be held at Kololo independence ground with a major focus on the MTN's journey in Uganda.  

The expo will be one of several other expos and activities that will be executed to mark the 20 years milestone.

Visitors to the expo are expected to see a connected smart cow and get to see how MTN will manage its cattle herd.

There will be engagements with robotics and spectacular 3D mapping and laser show displays.

Other attractions at the expo will include a circus show, performances from some of Uganda's big-name artists, fireworks display and a special production from renown Uganda playwright Alex Mukulu among others.

MTN Uganda launched its operations in the country in 1998 as the Second National Operator (SNO) with an initial license of 20 years.

The company was recently granted a 10-year extension to its SNO license.

"We started with one customer in 1998 and 20 years later in 2018, we have a customer base of more than 11 million," said Van Helleputte Wim the MTN CEO.

He also added that in the past 20 years, the company has invested one billion US dollars to build a strong network that covers 96% of Uganda's population.

MTN success wouldn't have been achievable without the support of partners who have over the years worked with MTN to connect every single corner of this country.

According to Mugisha Emma the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Stanbic Bank has been instrumental in providing the key financial solutions supporting MTN's investments in their network and as the key bond account holder supported the growth of mobile money in Uganda.

He also added that Stanbic Bank is MTN's longest financial services partner over the past 10 years and their partnership has grown from strength to strength contributing to the growth of Uganda's telecom sector.

The main focus on MTN Uganda in the next ten years is to improve on the mobile data services as well as creating a cashless economy through improving mobile money services across the country.

However in 2019, between January and March, I the expo will go regional and shall be taking place in several towns across the country which include Masaka, Fort Portal, Mbarara, Arua, Mubende, Hoima, Jinja, Mbale, Gulu, and Entebbe.