Uganda: UCC Proposes License Renewal of MTN, Under Certain Conditions

The MTN mobile operator officially submitted its license renewal application for the establishment and operation of a public telecom network in the Republic of Uganda in May 2018. The operator, whose license expires in October 2018, would like to continue its activities in the territory for the next 10 years. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), which expressed its approval in a report issued after a public hearing in April 2018, however, set certain conditions for renewal.

Among these conditions is the introduction of part of the company on the local exchange to allow Ugandans to benefit from the growth recorded by the telecom company. The government also expects MTN to share telecom infrastructure, including masts and base stations, to enable better telecom coverage of the country by all operators. Another requirement formulated by the Ugandan authorities is the guarantee of coverage of 4G urban areas and 3G rural areas.

Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of Information and Communication, in an interview with The EastAfrican, said the issue is already in the hands of the cabinet, which will make a final decision soon.

MTN Uganda is nearly 12 million consumers in a market of around 24 million subscribers. The telecom company claims nearly 55% of the market share.

Source: Agence Ecofin