The State of Home Internet Solutions in Uganda: 2023 Edition

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I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about 2023. I think (and hope) it will be the best year yet for Internet users across the African continent. Elon Musk’s Starlink launches in Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, and Tanzania, among other countries. But to look forward, we need to first look back. And 2022 was a year of hard-earned lessons; below is the state of home internet solutions in Uganda.

We look at the best deals you can get and how they compare across different telecom networks. Follow along as we unpack the state of home internet options in Uganda.

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Fiber to Home Internet (FTTH)

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is a broadband internet technology that delivers high-speed internet access to customers through fiber optic cables. In Uganda, several internet service providers (ISPs) offer FTTH internet options, which are becoming increasingly popular due to their fast speeds and reliable connectivity.

MTN Wakenet has been the big dog in this docket in my opinion in terms of coverage and availability. I am happy to see many Airtel Uganda join the party as well as a couple of other players like Sprint.

One of the main issues is coverage areas. While FTTH internet is available in some areas of the country, it is not yet widely available. MTN Wakanet Pro seems to be the only ISP trying to have a countrywide network of FTTH. Most of the ISPs are available in very limited areas mostly in premium estates and upscale locations around Kampala.

We have extensively covered MTN Wakanet Pro, Zuku Fiber, and Airtel Xstream here on our blogs which you can read. Here is the list of all ISPs offering Fiber to Home Internet in and around Uganda with different packages and prices.

Uganda Top Fiber to Home Internet Packages 2023
ProviderTechnologyInstallationPackageSpeedPrice
Wakanet Pro: MTN Home FiberFiberUGX100,000Standard20MbpsUGX195,000
Premium40MbpsUGX295,000
Xstream: Airtel Home FiberFiberUGX100,000 Xstream WiFi10Mbps

30Mbps

50Mps
UGX170,000

UGX250,000

UGX350,000
Sprint UG FiberUGX300,000Sprint Ultra10MpbsUGX165,000
Sprint Supreme20MpbsUGX220,000
ZukuFiberFreeTripple Play 10Mbps

20Mbps

40Mbps

100Mbps
UGX169,000

UGX219,000

UGX339,000

UGX559,000
Simba FiberFiberUGX50,000Silver5MbpsUGX100,000
UGX40,000Gold10MbpsUGX150,000

Unlimited Internet

In this section, we will focus on ISPs that use connect the internet to your home or offices using microwaves i.e. install antennas on your rooftop which are then connected to a WiFi router in your home.

There are many ISPs to choose from, each with its own unique plans and pricing structures. This allows consumers to find the option that best fits their needs and budget.

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Another benefit of unlimited internet in Uganda is the reliability of the connection. Since microwaves are able to transmit data over long distances without interference, users can expect a stable and consistent connection. This is particularly useful for those who rely on the internet for business or other important tasks.

Uganda Top Unlimited Home Internet Packages 2023
ProviderTechnologyInstallationPackageSpeedPrice
Roke Telkom MicrowaveUGX300,000Standard5MbpsUGX112,000
Extra10MbpsUGX170,000
Turbo20MpbsUGX235,000
Liquid TelcomMicrowaveFreeSilver 20MbpsUGX169,000
Gold 40MbpsUGX269,000
Platinum 100MbpsUGX469,000
Uganda TelecomMicrowaveFreeBroadband1Mbps

2Mbps

3Mbps

4Mbps

5Mbps
UGX134,400

UGX168,000

UGX224,000

UGX460,000

UGX670,000
Sprint UG MicrowaveUGX300,000Ultra4MpbsUGX165,000
Supreme6MpbsUGX220,000
Supreme Plus10MpbsUGX299,000
Blue Crane CommunicationsMicrowaveN/AStandard10Mbps

20Mbps

30Mbps

40Mbps

50Mbps
UGX168,000

UGX224,400

UGX302,400

UGX366,000

UGX504,000

Bundle Rated Home Internet

The only two worthy packages in this category are Airtel’s broadband internet and MTN’s Wakanet Max. Both are 4G home internet solutions with tailored bundles and router that connects up to 32 devices.

The perks of this arrangement or this type of internet are they are available countrywide and with stable speeds all through. The downside from our experience has been the internet bundles getting done pretty fast before the end of the month.

Airtel Broadband vs Wakanet Max
ProviderInstallationBundlesPrice
Airtel BroadbandUGX350,000 with free 52GB of Data45GB

65GB

160GB

260GB
UGX75,000

UGX100,000

UGX200,000

UGX300,000
Wakanet MaxUGX245,000 with free 40GB non expirable data10GB

20GB

40GB

85GB

195GB
UGX35,000

UGX55,000

UGX85,000

UGX170,000

UGX335,000

Unlimited Internet Uganda Recap

  • Liquid telecom → Best value unlimited home internet around Kampala
  • Zuku → Best fiber internet around upscale Kampala areas
  • Simba →  Best home fiber internet you probably won’t get
  • Roke Telkom → Best all round-value home internet for Millenials 
  • MTN Wakanet Pro (MTN Home fiber)→ Best home fiber internet you can use
  • Airtel broadband → Best nationwide home 4G internet

Overall, unlimited internet options are exponentially growing in Uganda. With many options to choose from and not-so-consistent connection speeds, true unlimited internet is still a myth. We are in the realm of choosing your poison and dying with it when it comes to recommending a perfect ISP. Share with us in the comment section which ISP you are using the and type of connection you have with them.

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