The MTN Group is founded in 1994, in South Africa. As a multinational telecommunications group, it operates in African and Middle Eastern countries. Four years after they founded, they launched the first commercial services in Uganda  and provides the telecommunications services of fixed line services, public pay phones and Internet services.
MTN began to build the first ‘MTN Fibre Optic Line’ in Africa. This provides a high speed data transmission, broad band and multimedia services. In addition, it provides the basic services of voice fax. Therefore, MTN became the leading provider of telecommunication company in Uganda .
In 2004, the fix phone lines and mobile cellular subscribers reach 900,000, which is 51% of the existing lines .
Although the infrastructure is not sufficient in Uganda, the coverage of MTN Uganda still achieves more than 90% of the population, including more than 150 villages and towns and 52 district capitals .
The MTN Group is sponsor for 2010 FIFA World Cup where held in South Africa and has the exclusive rights to publish the mobile content in Africa and the Middle East . In this year, MTN has 134.5 million subscribers in those 21 countries, including Uganda.
On 25 April 2013, the largest mobile operator in Africa, MTN, has launched LTE (Long Term Evolution) network in Uganda, which makes Uganda became the first commercial LTE country in East Africa. According to the GSA report for LTE, this is the first commercial TD-LTE network on this land .
Why MTN Uganda Launched the LTE
The LTE is global trend nowadays. As a large telecommunication company, MTN Uganda needs to launch the LTE network to stand in this modern telecommunication market. The reason why people think LTE will be the new mainstream because they see the procedure of 3G taking the place of 2G. Therefore, it is inevitable that 4G will take the place of 3G in the near future . Otherwise, MTN may lose the opportunity to share this large cake in market. In spite of the fact that launching LTE in African country now may not bring huge profit, it provides the chance of making money in the future. In addition, they gain the position of those companies which has advanced or world-class technology.
The MTN is a multinational telecommunications group, a huge group in African telecommunication market. In some case, such a huge group represents the national interest, which means government in Uganda wants someone to develop new technology like LTE in their country. There are two benefits their government obtains. First is the growth of national economy. Launching LTE needs to build a lot of infrastructure, which means more occupation opportunities. It also flourishes the market when they provide their services or products. Second reason is that the country itself gains reputation in not only Africa but also in the world if MTN could successfully launch LTE, and things work pretty well so far. As for the benefits of MTN Uganda, they win...