Telecommunications giant MTN Uganda has taken a step to court Chinese business community in Uganda onto its network.
At a breakfast meeting at Serena last week, where the firm hosted the Chinese community for the first time, MTN Uganda’s chief executive officer Brian Gouldie said their relationship will help in development and advancement of technology and penetration of internet usage among other things.
Gouldie lauded the partnership between MTN and Chinese firms. He said the partnership with Huawei, among other firms, has made it possible for MTN to expand 4G/LTE network to cover all major towns in the country.
Huawei is the provider of LTE technology and is also partnering with the telecommunications service provider to make handsets that support internet penetration more affordable to the customers.
Last week, MTN Uganda announced the receiving of a $114m (about Shs 385bn) syndicated loan that will be invested in its network infrastructure. This will enable the rollout of high-speed data capacity across Uganda.
Zhao Yhali, the Chinese ambassador to Uganda, said the event presented an exciting opportunity for various businesses to interact, and discuss possible opportunities for the future.
He urged Ugandans to take advantage of the growing business community due to the growing economic corporation and trade relations between China and Uganda.
Yhali said Ugandans can position themselves to provide food and accommodation, among other services, to the growing Chinese community involved in factories, road infrastructure and hydroelectric power stations, among others. He endorsed MTN as the communications service provider of choice for the community.