Kampala, Uganda | IAN KATUSIIME | MTN Uganda has started its six month long campaign to celebrate its 20th anniversary with an Expo that thrilled revellers with artiste performances, a circus, robotics, fireworks display and a special production from renowned Uganda playwright Alex Mukulu. Lillian Mbabazi, Jose Chameleone, comedian Salvador Idringi were some of the entertainers who graced the Expo at Kololo Independence Grounds from Oct. 19-22.
Over the last 20 years, MTN has connected millions of Ugandans and the Expo was a reward to its subscribers. Frank Tumwebaze, the ICT Minister officially opened the expo and highlighted the role MTN Uganda had played over the time.
In October 1998, MTN Uganda was launched in Uganda when a mobile phone call connecting President Museveni in Uganda and his South African counterpart Nelson Mandela was successful. Since then through consistently enabling connections, MTN Uganda has over 11 million customers.
The expo will highlight the historical journey of the telecom for the last 20 years showing some of the things that have been achieved.
Wim Vanhelleputte, CEO MTN Uganda said telecoms of the future are going to enable the transformation of several sectors in the economy beyond just providing voice calls.
“If we give an example of the connected cow; farmers will in the future be able to monitor the health of their livestock using just a mobile phone. This would mean that the telecom is enabling the modernisation of agriculture,” Vanhelleputte added.