Uganda: Telecom Regulator Provides MTN with 30-Day Interim License

Mobile operator MTN Uganda is currently operating with a temporary 30-day telecom license. The company was granted this temporary exploitation title after the expiry of its previous 20-year license on October 20, 2018.

According to Godfrey Mutabazi (photo), the executive director of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the real MTN license has not been renewed yet because the telecoms company is not ready yet. “When they are ready, it will be allocated. We are still working on some modalities ,  said Godfrey Mutabazi.

For the renewal of MTN’s telecom license for the next ten years, the Ugandan government has set certain conditions. The company must introduce part of its capital on the local stock exchange. In addition, it, like all other telecom companies operating in the country, must commit to cover all geographical areas of Uganda to allow universal access, effective competition and quality service.

MTN, like its competitors, will also have to provide a portability service. Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of Information and ICT, said they will have to ensure that customers can switch from one service provider to another without having to change their phone number.

Source: Agence Ecofin