Uganda - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


Uganda depended entirely on satellites for international connectivity until 2009 when several international submarine fibre optic cables landed on the African east coast. The country was then connected via a national fibre backbone extending to its borders, implemented by Uganda Telecom and MTN Uganda. Since the initial connections to fibre cables were made prices for international bandwidth have fallen to a fraction of their former cost, but retail pricing of broadband services is still relatively expensive, especially considering the purchasing power of most subscribers.

In recent years mobile technologies including WiMAX, 3G and LTE have placed internet access within reach of a far greater proportion of the population. Upgrades in infrastructure have revolutionised the market and enabled the convergence of voice, data and digital media services. Mobile networks now account for the vast majority of internet connections. In late 2018 the regulator ensured that licence renewals for mobile network operators include conditions to ensure national broadband coverage.

Key developments:

  • Liquid Telecom expands reach of FttP services;
  • Google considers Project Look for Uganda;
  • Government commissions broadband satellite services for remote areas;
  • Regulator enforces national mobile broadband coverage obligations on mobile service licensees;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

UTL Online (Uganda Telecom), Infocom (Altech), Africa Online, Spacenet, MTN, Wateen Telecoms (Warid), Smile Telecom, Foris Telecom, Talk Telecom, Mo Telecom, Goal Technology Solutions (GTS), UMEME, WBS Television, NTV Uganda, MultiChoice.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and statistical overview

    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
    • 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
      • Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
      • Broadband over powerlines (BPL)
      • Satellite broadband
  • Digital Economy

    • E-commerce
    • E-government
    • E-health
    • E-learning
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Uganda – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 2 – Internet users and penetration rate in Uganda – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Fixed vs. mobile internet subscriptions in Uganda – 2007 – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate in Uganda – 2005 – 2018

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