Facts About MTN Uganda

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MTN Uganda was launched in 1994. MTN Uganda is a subsidiary of MTN Group, a multinational telecommunications group connecting approximately 232 million people in 22 countries across Africa and the Middle East. On October 21, 1998, MTN Uganda launched commercial services in Uganda, just six months after acquiring and signing of the license.

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MTN (Mobile Telecommunications Network) was formerly M-Cell and it is a South African based multinational mobile telecommunications company, operating in many African, European and Asian countries. Its head office is in Johannesburg.

Wim Vanhelleputte is the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Uganda. MTN was already at the top of the company when he took tenure as CEO, but he had increased their lead at the top in the competitive telecoms space that is Uganda.

MTN Uganda CEO

In 2009, MTN Uganda introduced its mobile telephone-based banking product known as Mobile Money.

As of 31 March 2014, MTN Uganda recorded 9.5 million subscribers across Uganda.

In November 2015, MTN Uganda switched off 3.7 million of its 11.5 million customers to comply with the Uganda Communications Commission’s new SIM card registration requirements.

In May 2016, MTN Uganda borrowed US$114 million (UGX:385.8 or 380 billion, depending on the source) to expand its network and build a new headquarters building on Jinja Road in Kampala. Funding was in the form of a syndicated loan by a consortium of four Ugandan banks, namely Stanbic Bank Uganda, Standard Chartered Uganda, Citibank Uganda, and Barclays Bank of Uganda.

In August 2016, MTN Uganda in partnership with Commercial Bank of Africa (Uganda) introduced a new product that allows customers to save money and access microloan products, using their cell phone. The product, called MoKash is available on personal accounts and on accounts for small and medium-sized enterprises.

As of 30 June 2017, MTN Uganda was the largest telecom company in Uganda, with 11.2 million subscribers, accounting for 55 percent market share.

In August 2018, MTN Uganda launched a joint Tidal–MTN music streaming service. The Tidal platform, co-owned by American mogul Jay-Z, offers streaming audio and video for a daily fee of USh600 (US$0.16). Subscribers receive music, videos, and exclusive content. Music from the majority of Uganda’s leading artists is available. At that time, the service was available only in Uganda and South Africa, on the African continent.

The headquarters of MTN Uganda are located at Nyonyi Gardens 4 Wampewo Avenue, Upper Kololo Terrace, Kampala in the Kampala Central Division, one of the administrative units of the city of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda. The coordinates of the company headquarters are 0°19’10.0″N, 32°35’17.0″E (Latitude:0.319434; Longitude:32.588051).

How to check for various subscriptions on MTN Uganda

  1. ​To check your airtime, dial *131#
  2. To change your tariff, dial *151#
  3. To load a data bundle, *150*1#
  4. To transact with MTN Mobile Money, dial *165# or download the MyMTN app for more convenience.
  5. To activate MTN CallerTunez and get a variety of call back ring tones, dial *170#


MTN Classic

MTN Classic is best suited to those movers and shakers who need the time to stay on the call for longer, at an affordable rate.

Simply dial *151*1 # and then follow the on-screen prompts to switch to this plan.

MTN Call Per Second

MTN Call Per Second is an affordable alternative to use – receive great value for money and pay for only what you use, each time you make a call.​

Simply dial *151*2# and then follow the on-screen prompts.

MTN Zone

MTN Zone customers receive discounts of up to 99% with a guaranteed 5% minimum discount on all their local calls. ​

The 5% minimum discount applies to calls to MTN and other networks.

MTN Zone has evolved overtime and currently offers the following packages:MTN Zone offers you variable discounts on your local calls, depending on the time of day, your location and customer activity in your area.

MTN Zone has evolved overtime and currently offers the following packages:

MTN Zone Bundles

In life nothing is guaranteed, but now with MTN Zone Bundles, your discounts are shuwa shuwa.

For only UShs 500 you will receive 85% discount on calls during the day and 100% discount at night.

Dial *160*66# to activate MTN Zone Bundles and receive your discounts shuwa shuwa.

MTN Holla Zone

MTN Holla Zone is an evolution of MTN Zone. This package offers customers 20MB data and 50 SMSs every night between 12:00am and 5:00am, in addition to the calls at UShs 19 per minute offered by the MTN Zone package.

Dial *157# and follow the prompts. MTN Holla Zone is also all about fun, music and freebies.

MTN Weekend Zone

MTN Weekend Zone allows customers to enjoy the weekend even more. This package offers discounts of up to 95% on Saturdays and Sundays.

Dial *135*1# to join and have fun with family and friends.

MTN TalkTime Standard

With MTN TalkTime Standard, you have a flexible solution that keeps you connected for less. ​

MTN TalkTime Standard is a flexible solution perfect for those who make most of their calls over the weekend.

To sign up for this month-to-month plan you will need to meet a few simple conditions.


  • Completed contract
  • Standard deposit (inclusive of international calling fee): UShs 100 000
  • Roaming services deposit: UShs 360 000
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Photocopy of identification, either:
  • Valid ID
  • Valid passport
  • Bank statement
  • Valid voters’ card or
  • Official LC or employer’s letter

Note: Your credit limit will correspond to your deposit.

MTN Corporate TopUp

MTN Corporate TopUp is an innovative product that allows you to manage what you spend while enjoying preferential rates.​

MTN Corporate TopUp is an innovative product that allows you to manage what you spend while enjoying preferential rates.

With MTN Corporate TopUp you set your own spend limit and settle your bills conveniently with one easy payment at the beginning of the month.

This service is ideal for companies that want to manage their staff accounts, thus giving you a predictable spend amount on your communication service with MTN.

To sign up for this plan, simply visit any MTN service center or MTN Business, Nyonyi Gardens, near Kololo Airstrip.