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Kampala to install 400 Internet towers in quest to become a smart city


Uganda’s capital city, Kampala needs 400 network towers to facilitate network signals in its bid to become a smart city.  This was revealed in a study conducted by telecommunications company American Tower Corporation (ATC), which found that high-rise buildings are causing poor network signals.

The study recommends that the city installs more towers to enhance network performance.

While presenting the findings of the survey,  Dorothy Ssemanda, the ATC CEO said, the towers will be essential in bypassing the barriers of highrise buildings.

“We have all these concrete buildings coming up, but do we know what these buildings do to the networks?” Ms Kaggwa poised, “A smart city relies on technology to provide efficiencies that are important for the lives of its citizens,” Ms Ssemanda said.

Out of the 400 towers to be built, 185 of them will be on the 5G network.

ATC is among the leading providers of wireless and broadcast towers and hopes to put up smart poles that use solar to provide street lighting and internet in Kampala in a bid to turn it into a smart city.

According to Ssemanda, the 400 network towers will be supported by more than 444,000 points of service stationed at different city buildings.

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