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Dec 2013: MTN Uganda continues to support the Golf fraternity

MTN Uganda hosted the end of year Mug of Mugs at Kampala Golf Club. This was an all-day golfing event in which the MTN staff and other corporate companies participated.

Dec 2013: MTN Uganda launches new ultra-affordable, pay-as-you-go solar power system known as ReadyPay.

In a bid to improve energy and telecommunications access for Ugandans who lack reliable electricity, MTN Uganda and Fenix International have developed an ultra-affordable Pay As You Go energy solution designed to bring safe lighting, phone charging and more to those living off-grid across the country.

Dec 2013: MTN takes Mobile gaming to another level at MTN Play Games tournament

Saturday 7th December 2013 was intense as the MTN Play gamers raced against each other to the finish line in attempts to win the grand prize of one million shillings worth of MTN Mobile Money in the MTN Uganda organized tournament at Faze 2, a Kampala eatery.

Dec 2013: MTN Sponsorship has exposed me to international Golf-Deo Akope

The Captain of Uganda Professional Golfers Association (UPGA), an MTN sponsored Golfer Mr. Deo Akope has called on Government through National Counsel of Sports (NCS) to support the game of Golf, stating that whenever Ugandan professional Golfers play at international level, they represent the country.

Dec 2013: MTN WhoCalled code changes from 190 to *160*12#.

The MTN WhoCalled short code has changed following a directive from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). The short code has changed from 190 to *160*12# effective immediately.

Dec 2013: MTN rewards customers with a new promotion named ‘Good Morning Uganda’

MTN Uganda has launched an exciting promotion this festive season that will see its over 8.4 million customers enjoy a Free Minute every day to call their loved ones on MTN.

Dec 2013: MTN remembers President Mandela


The MTN Group conveys its heartfelt condolences to the Mandela family, and the people of South Africa and the world on the passing away of former President Nelson Mandela yesterday.

Dec 2013: MTN Uganda takes the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Regional Business Training to Western Uganda

Following the successful two day Business Training for over eighty Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Northern Uganda, the much anticipated training was taken to the Western region where over 150 participants converged at Lake View Hotel in Mbarara, to benefit from the programme that aims at empowering the SME segment with the knowledge and skills required to run successful businesses.

Dec 2013: MTN Uganda Foundation supports the Bushenyi Nutrition Marathon to the tune of UShs 15 million.

MTN Uganda has responded to a call for action against the silent but serious problem of malnutrition among school going children.

Nov 2013: MTN Uganda launches another Mobile Money ATM cash out service in partnership with Interswitch

MTN Uganda, the leading Mobile Money network, has partnered with Interswitch Uganda to further increase their ATM Cash out footprint by allowing customers to cash out at all Interswitch’s ATMs across the country. Interswitch Uganda, is one of East Africa’s leading integrated payments companies.

Nov 2013: MTN Uganda holds a successful 10th Edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon attracting more than 20,000 participants

The 2013 MTN Kampala Marathon has received varied accolades from participants for the impeccable planning and seamless organization of the event.

Nov 2013: MTN Uganda takes Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Business Training to Northern Uganda

Over eighty participants from Northern Uganda participated in the MTN Business training for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and were awarded certificates.

Nov 2013: MTN Uganda scoops Best Corporate Award at the First Social Media Awards

MTN Uganda won the Best Corporate award at Uganda’s inaugural Social Media Awards which were held at the Hub - Oasis Mall on Friday 15th December 2013.

Nov 2013: MTN Uganda adds the most affordable insurance to Mobile Money services in partnership with AON and Jubilee Insurance

MTN Uganda has partnered with AON and Jubilee Insurance to launch “MTN LifeCare”, a life insurance policy, which MTN customers can subscribe to through MTN Mobile Money services. Ugandans can buy "MTN LifeCare" life insurance for UShs. 7,500/- to 22,500/- per year which will provide death benefits of UShs. 1,000,000 to UShs. 5,000,000 respectively.

Nov 2013: Deliberate investment needed to realise benefits of mobile money

Johannesburg – The power of Mobile Money as an enabler of financial transactions is beginning to gain ground in Africa. Uganda is a case in point, where more than half of MTN’s customers are Mobile Money enabled and generate over 25 million transactions each month.

Nov 2013: MTN Uganda Foundation hands over 10 Police Booths to support Community Policing

The MTN Uganda through the MTN Uganda Foundation has today handed over ten new Police Booths constructed on different locations along the 21 kilometer Northern By-Pass to the Uganda Police Force. The booths that were constructed at a total cost of UShs. 110 million will go a long way in supporting the Uganda Police with Community Policing as well as enhancing their Emergency Response activities in the area.

Nov 2013: MTN Uganda hosts customers to the MTN Business Golf Day

MTN Uganda, on Friday 8th November 3013 hosted the first ever MTN Business Golf Day at Kampala Golf Club. This was an all-day event in which the MTN Leadership Team and more than 30 corporate companies participated in a full field shotgun game of golf which kicked off at 11am. 

Nov 2013: MTN Uganda introduces street parking payment via Mobile Money in partnership with Multiplex

MTN Uganda has partnered with Multiplex to introduce a payment option for parking fees via the MTN Mobile Money platform. Vehicle drivers in Kampala will no longer have to go to Multiplex branches in order to make payments for outstanding dues. All they have to do is dial *165# on their mobile phones to make instant payments.

Nov 2013: MTN Uganda Foundation contributes UShs. 150 million towards the rehabilitation of Kilembe Mines Hospital

MTN Uganda, through the MTN Uganda Foundation has contributed items worth UShs. 150 million towards the rehabilitation of the Kilembe Mines Hospital in Kasese District- Western Uganda as an effort to contribute to the welfare of the people following the aftermath of flood disaster which hit the district earlier this year in May, leaving in its wake immense challenges including poor sanitation and hygiene.

Nov 2013: MTN Uganda Sponsors The 4th annual South African Wine Festival

MTN Uganda in partnership with South African Airways, Stanbic Bank, Serena sponsored the fourth annual South African Wine Festival in Kampala recently. The event brought to Uganda a selection of the most successful wineries from South Africa that exhibited best selection in South African wines.

Nov 2013: MTN Uganda Launches Elite Club To Reward Loyal Customers

Yesterday, MTN Uganda launched MTN Elite; a program designed to recognize and reward MTN’s most valued customers.

Oct 2013: MTN Uganda’s Cranes Sponsorship Ends

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has rejected the offer made by MTN Uganda to renew its sponsorship of the Uganda Cranes and Regional Football.

Oct 2013: Air Uganda Unveils New Payment Option for Customers with MTN Mobile Money

 Air Uganda in conjunction with the leading Mobile Money service provider MTN today introduced a new, fast and convenient mobile money payment option on its billing platform.

Oct 2013: MTN Uganda launches the MTN Kampala Marathon 2013 Campaign under the theme ‘Run for Water’

MTN Uganda has announced the tenth edition of the annual MTN Kampala Marathon, slated for Sunday November 24th, 2013, setting off from the Kololo Airstrip.

Oct 2013: MTN Uganda In Partnership With Crane Bank Launch Mobile Money Atm Cash Out Service

MTN Uganda has added another great enhancement to its successful Mobile Money service with the launch of the Mobile Money ATM cash out service.  

Oct 2013: A Ugandan writer’s experience at the MTN sponsored One Young World Summit

The One Young World Summit comes to Africa: by Ruth Aine The MTN Group sponsored- One Young World Summit came to a conclusion in Johannesburg, the City of Gold and what a great affair it was. It was full of colour, music, and jubilation. It is the first time that an event of this kind has made its way to Africa. “I was proudly sponsored by MTN to attend this summit”.

Oct 2013: Kabaka of Buganda commissions the MTN Uganda Mobile Money collection platform for the Buganda Kingdom development initiatives

MTN Uganda in conjunction with the Kingdom of Buganda has launched a Mobile Money fundraising platform where the kingdom’s subjects and well-wishers will contribute funds to support Kabaka’s various development initiatives. 

MTN's "We Believe" Video contest winner receives Ushs 10 million in cash

MTN Uganda recently provided Ugandans with the opportunity to win Ushs 10 million in cash by simply developing and shooting a music video using the official MTN Uganda Cranes song – ‘We believe’; On Wednesday, 25th September 2013, MTN handed over the Grand Prize to Mr. Vincent Sekyanzi who emerged as the overall winner after a thorough judging exercise.

Sept 2013: MTN Uganda CMO hosts fun filled Meet and Greet Media Party in Gulu

Even the heavy evening downpour could not dampen the party spirit as MTN staff led by the Chief Marketing Officer, Ernst Fonternel interacted with the media fraternity in Gulu at a party organized by the company over the weekend.

Sept 2013: MTN Uganda recognised as Top Preferred Employer of choice Award 2013

MTN Uganda has received the 2013 most preferred employer award according to a survey carried out among University graduates in Uganda; the group surveyed form a selection of University students that will soon be joining formal employment.

Sept 2013: MTN Uganda commissions safe water project for Bududa landslide survivors

MTN Uganda and its partners in the MTN Kampala Marathon, including the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), Huawei, Rwenzori and New Vision have commissioned a water project in Kiryandongo from the proceeds collected during last year’s event.

Sept 2013: MTN Uganda sponsors 3 Ugandan journalists to Highway Africa

In line with its commitment to enhance and impact journalism, media and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa, MTN Uganda sponsored three Ugandan journalists to attend the just concluded Highway Africa Conference in South Africa.

Sept 2013: MTN Uganda concludes the mandatory SIM card registration exercise with 96% of its customer base registered.

MTN Uganda concludes the mandatory SIM card registration exercise with 96% of its customer base registered.
August 31st, 2013 marked the end of the mandatory regulatory customer SIM registration exercise; the 18 month exercise was initiated by Government in March 2012.

Sept 2013: MTN Uganda gives 10 Billion in Airtime to their customers

MTN Uganda has launched an exciting promotion that will see its over 8 million customers enjoy their share of 10 Billion shillings worth of bonus airtime over the next 90 days.

Aug 2013: MTN Internet Expo goes to Mbale

Following successful interactive sessions with users in the Western and Northern region of Uganda, MTN Uganda held another Innovative and exciting Internet Expo in the Eastern town of Mbale. The Expo which kicked off on Thursday, 29th August 2013 and will be open until Saturday, 31st August 2013.

Aug 2013: Kenya Airways launches MTN Mobile Money payment option for Air Tickets

Kenya Airways, the pride of Africa,  and Uganda’s  leading Mobile Money  service provider, MTN Uganda have partnered to launch  a service that allows customers to pay for Kenya Airways tickets using MTN Mobile Money.

Aug 2013: MTN Uganda extends roll-out of business automation tools for enterprises through the launch of MTN Cloud Services.

MTN Uganda extends roll-out of business automation tools for enterprises through the launch of MTN Cloud Services.
In keeping with its Mission to ‘To lead the delivery of a bold, new Digital World to its customers’, MTN Uganda today announced the extension of its bouquet of Cloud Services to Uganda.

Aug 2013: MTN Uganda Commissions Luzira Prison ICT Resource Centre

In line with MTN’s Vision of creating a bold, new Digital World and of its commitment to supporting education as a key enabler of development, MTN Uganda in partnership with Luzira Prison management has commissioned an ICT resource center with a fully connected internet Hot spot at Murchison Bay Prison in Luzira.

Aug 2013: MTN Uganda receives "Investors in People Accreditation"

MTN Uganda has received the prestigious accreditation by the Investors in People (IiP) Governing Board, United Kingdom as an Investor in People organization, making it one of the pioneer Companies in Africa to be recognized.

MTN Uganda’s half-year results show continued performance improvement as it passes the 8 million customer landmark

MTN Group’s Interim results, for the six-month period to 30 June 2013, that were announced this morning shows that MTN is well positioned for improved organic growth. MTN Group’s results were supported by strong organic growth from Uganda with a 15.4% increase in year-on-year revenue.

Aug 2013: MTN Uganda receives all the KACITA AWARDS for Telecom companies

MTN Uganda has received three awards from Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) including Best Telecom Company, Best Money Transfer Services and Best Internet Service Provider 2013.

Aug 2013: MTN throws dinner for victorious Heathens

It was all jubilation as MTN Uganda, the sponsors of Uganda’s most successful Rugby team the MTN Heathens, hosted players and Rugby officials to a sumptuous dinner at Guvnor, a Kampala exclusive club on Friday.

Aug 2013: MTN Uganda crowns off its regional football with Yello Fest in Hoima

This year’s MTN sponsored Inter Regional football competition ended in a spectacular conclusion with a final showdown between the best two teams at Hoima Municipal Ground following week long tournaments which featured sixteen teams from all regions of Uganda.

Aug 2013: MTN Uganda introduces the MTN Phone Directory

MTN Uganda has launched a new service that will enable customers to have quick and convenient access to the contact details of thousands of registered individuals, institutions and businesses in the country literally anytime, everywhere you go.

Aug 2013: MTN Uganda Commissions Internet HotSpot at the Tweekobe

As part of activities to commemorate Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II’s reign as King of Buganda, MTN Uganda has commissioned Internet connectivity at the Kabaka’s Palace in Lubiri-Mmengo.

July 2013: MTN Uganda launches Ramadan celebrations drive

MTN has started a Ramadan give-back drive that will see the company donating food items to Muslim communities and Ramadan gift hampers to customers through interactive radio quiz sessions.

July 2013: MTN Uganda supports Entrepreneurs

After 15 exciting weeks of intense competition involving over 30,000 applications, 15 competent business ideas have been selected and each rewarded with Ugx. 5million as startup capital at the just concluded Sawa Ya Cash business competition.

July 2013: MTN Uganda contributes to the digitalization of the Kampala Public Library

MTN Uganda, in partnership with the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) have re - established the Kampala Public Library (KPL) creating a one-stop centre for members of the general public and specific groups such as tourists and investors to utilise the facility to request for and receive information about Kampala city.

MTN Uganda Revises Mobile Money Tariffs Following New Tax on Money Transfer


MTN Uganda announced revised Mobile Money rates effective July 2nd, 2013. Commenting on this increment, the MTN Uganda’s GM Corporate Services, Anthony Katamba said, “According to the new national budget 2013/2014, the 10% levy on Mobile Money is to be applied on transaction fees paid on all money transfer services and as such the fee is paid by users. It should be noted that the new 10% levy is to be applied on all money transfer services offered in Uganda, including those offered by non-telecom operators”.

MTN Uganda records more than 85% growth in Data Customers – MTN Internet Expo moved to Gulu Northern Uganda


MTN Uganda customers using the Internet have increased more than 85% in the last 12 months leading up to June 2013 , said Ernst Fonternel, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer.

He attributed their phenomenal growth in Internet customers with more than 1.6 million added to their expanding data footprint with superior speeds, unmatched airtime availability, affordable Internet dongles and bundles as well as their World-class Internet technologies supporting up to 100Mbps with 4G LTE.


21st June, 2013: MTN Uganda Hands over 21 Scholarships under 21 days of Y’ello care.

MTN Uganda has today handed over 21 scholarships to lucky students who participated and excelled in an online aptitude exam under MTN Uganda’s 21 days of Y’ello Care. There were 5 regional winners from the Central, Northern, Western and Eastern/Southern each with an overall winner Joseph Owori, a student from Namilyango College; he had the highest score.

Over 250 students across Uganda take part in MTN’s Y'ello Care Aptitude tests

Today, over 250 students from a cross Uganda are set to take part in an online aptitude exam to win a fully paid scholarship from MTN Uganda. The winners will be announced on the 21st of June.

MTN Uganda staff volunteerism initiative "21 Days of Y'ello Care" 2013 goes to Arua

MTN Uganda has launched the schools e-learning platform in partnership with Gayaza High school. The team travelled to Mvara Secondary School in Arua which is the selected hub school for the Northern regions. This will open up vast opportunities for students in the North and West Nile to access relevant educational material on the internet.

June 2013: MTN donates iPads for learners with special needs

Johannesburg – In keeping with its new vision 'to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to our customers', MTN will donate 10 iPads to learners with special needs at St Vincent School for the Deaf in Melrose, Johannesburg today.

May 2013: MTN Uganda has launched its 21 Days of Y’ello Care initiative for 2013

MTN Uganda launches its staff volunteerism initiative ‘21 Days of Y’ello Care’ 2013.

Twenty one students from twenty one different schools around the country will each win a fully paid scholarship from MTN Uganda this year following the launch of the annual 21 days of Y’ello Care staff initiative.

May 2013: MTN, Africa's Most Valuable Global Brand a second time

For the second consecutive year, MTN has been ranked as Africa's most valuable brand in the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2013 survey.

May 2013: MTN Uganda unveils their newest Uganda Cranes campaign, "We believe"

MTN Uganda, the number one sponsor of Uganda’s National Football team, the Uganda Cranes, has launched a new campaign to drive love, affection and passion for the Uganda Cranes.

May 2013: MTN Uganda Foundation endorses All Saints Community initiatives

MTN Uganda Foundation has joined All Saints Cathedral in a drive to raise money to support the cathedral’s community initiatives as well as build the new church building.

May 2013: MTN Uganda Foundation hands over 10 houses in Kiryandongo

MTN Foundation hands over 10 houses worth UShs. 135 million in Kiryandongo to beneficiary families that were displaced by the Bududa landslides in 2010.

May 2013: MTN Uganda donates Shs 10M towards the unveling of Kagulu Hill

Kampala, Uganda – 9th May, 2013

MTN Uganda through the MTN Foundation has contributed UShs10million towards the unveiling of Kagulu Hill, in Busoga Region (Eastern Uganda).

May 2013: MTN Uganda Adjusts Mobile Money Tariffs

MTN Uganda has adjusted its Mobile Money tariffs slightly for the first time since the largely successful product was first launched four years ago.

May 2013: MTN Uganda's Facebook page hits a record 100,000 followers.

MTN Uganda’s Facebook page has set a national record becoming the first social media page in Uganda to hit and cross the 100,000 fans mark.

April 2013: MTN Uganda holds a 3 day Internet Expo in Mbarara

MTN Uganda has launched Regional Internet Expos in a continued effort to give back to its customers and give them an opportunity to enjoy the best of what mobile telephony has to offer.
The first of a series of planned Regional Internet Expos to be held around the country, was hosted at Agip Motel in Mbarara from 25th to 27th April.

April 2013: MTN Successfully Launches 4G LTE Network in Uganda

MTN has become the first operator in Uganda, and one of the very first in the region and on the African continent to successfully launch its 4G LTE network.

April 2013: MTN Uganda named leading Uganda Super Brand 2012/2013

MTN Uganda has been named Uganda’s leading Super brand following a detailed research process overseen by London based organization ‘The Centre for Brand Analysis’ (TCBA) who were appointed by Superbrands East Africa to independently manage the selection process.

April 2013: MTN Donates 10/- Million Towards Construction of Kawempe Mosque

MTN Uganda through the MTN Foundation has contributed UShs10million towards the construction of Kawempe Mosque.

April 2013: MTN Uganda Voted Best Mobile Telephone Service Provider of the Year

MTN Uganda has been awarded the Best Mobile Telecom provider of the year(2012) at the just concluded the 2013 Uganda Responsible Investment (URI) awards ceremony held at the Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala.

March 2013: MTN Uganda & Inspire Africa Launch Reality TV Show 'Sawa Ya Cash'

MTN Uganda and Inspire Africa Launch a New Reality TV Show ‘Sawa Ya Cash’ to support Human Capital Development.

March 2013: MTN Uganda launches Mobile Money Premium Payment Mode with ICEA

MTN Uganda launches Mobile Money Premium Payment Mode and Home Delivery Service with Insurance Company of East Africa (ICEA)

March 2013: MTN Uganda Celebrates Women in Business

Today’s fast paced and male oriented world presents unique challenges to the working class woman regardless of whether she is employed, aspires to start her own business or runs her own company.

March 2013: MTN Group President and CEO Sifiso Dabengwa visits Uganda

MTN Group President and CEO Sifiso Dabengwa visits Uganda as part of a road show across various MTN operations. He congratulates Uganda on strong annual results for the period ending December 2012.


March 2013: MTN Uganda provides Airtime loans through MTN Xtra Time

Effective today, MTN prepaid customers can keep talking with MTN Xtra Time. Customers can now get an Airtime loan and pay later, so even if they have run out of airtime, they can still stay in touch.


March 2013: Director Public Prosecutions withdraws Tax Evasion case

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has withdrawn court case number 276-2012 previously brought under private prosecution against a number of MTN Uganda executives. This was based on the fact that there is no evidence to prosecute. 

March 2013: MTN Uganda doubles Internet speeds to 42 Mbps

MTN Uganda Doubles internet speeds to 42 Mbps - Another innovative First in Uganda.
MTN Uganda has upgraded its internet speeds to 42Mbps from 21.6Mbps, making it the first company in Uganda and one of the very first in Africa to launch this innovation. This announcement was made on Wednesday 13th March 2013 as the company also announced its successful annual results for the period ending December 2012.
42Mbps is the fastest speed achievable on a 3G+ network, giving MTN customers twice the speed and power to browse the internet.

March 2013: MTN Uganda celebrates strong 2012 results

MTN Uganda celebrates strong annual results for the year 2012 reflected by positive revenue,  Data and Mobile Money growth

MTN Uganda sponsors Kampala Club Chairman’s Cup

MTN Uganda has today launched the 2013 edition of the Chairman’s Cup, making it the 12th year that the telecom giant has sponsored the tournament.

MTN Uganda recognises Employees Performance and Excellence

MTN Uganda today announced and recognised the winners of the 2012 Y’ello Stars   program at a colourful ceremony held at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

MTN Marathon 9th Edition proceeds Award

MTN Uganda in partnership with the Red Cross, Pinnacle Security, Uganda Athletics Federation(UAF), The New Vision, Huawei, Rwenzori Beverages and the Uganda Police has handed over UGX. 307,660,500 Million to assist the people who were displaced by landslides in Bududa

MTN Uganda’s seasonal traffic boosts figures.

As the year kicked off, MTN Uganda recorded high activity from its customers. This was seen through the increase in voice calls, SMS activity as well as data transaction volumes as compared to the same period last year.

MTN donates UShs. 15million towards purchase of Cancer Drugs for Lacor Hospital

In commemoration of the International Childhood Cancer day, MTN Uganda Foundation has handed over a donation of UShs. 15 million towards the purchase of children’s Anti-Cancer drugs to the St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor. St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor is a not for profit hospital located 6km from Gulu.

MTN Uganda launches the Nokia Lumia Powered by Windows 8

MTN Uganda today announced the availability of the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones, adding its name to the growing list of operators globally selling these flagship Windows 8 Phone devices. 

MTN Uganda Successfully commissions the MTN Fibre Network at Katuna Border

MTN Uganda officially commissioned its Fibre network at Katuna Border in Kabale district on Friday 8th February, 2013.

MTN Customers can now enjoy Free Weekend Calls

At MTN, we are committed to constantly giving and demonstrating value to our customers through simple and innovative promotions; from “MTN overload” to the most recently concluded “Win airtime for a Year” promotion.

MTN Uganda Introduces New BlackBerry Service Plans

New and Affordable BlackBerry Service Plans Provide More Choice and Flexibility for MTN Customers

MTN Uganda HotSpot now available to MTN and non-MTN customers. Experience World-class internet

As MTN Uganda continues to cement its position as the number one internet service provider offering world-class Internet it has launched a new Wi-Fi service with a number of MTN HotSpots around the country.

MTN Uganda plans to deploy LTE in Uganda making it the first in East Africa

MTN Uganda plans to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Uganda during the coming months, which will make it the first to offer this Technology in East Africa. Popularly known as 4G, LTE is a ‘standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals’. A 4G system provides mobile ultra-broadband internet access.