Airtel Uganda says it will begin deployment of 5G equipment at 50 sites in central Kampala next week. The firm, along with rival MTN Uganda, secured 5G spectrum in a government auction earlier this month and says the frequencies have now been released by the regulator, the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC). MTN is expected to follow suit soon with its own 5G switch-on.

A report from Nile Post cites Airtel Uganda Managing Director Manoj Murali as saying: ‘We strongly believe that by the end of the year we will have covered many more sites, especially in the cities. We will have transformed the way people, communities and businesses experience high speed broadband internet. 5G has a good potential to transform services like e-learning, telemedicine, manufacturing and commercial agriculture.’

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