MTN licence to expire in Uganda

Uganda’s largest telecom company, MTN Uganda has to put up with a fight to secure the renewal of its licence which expires this year. With 55 percent of telecom market share or about 11.2 million subscribers accumulated over 20 years of operation, stakes are high.

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), announced that the telecom had applied to extend its licence for more ten years starting October this year. As part of the announcement, UCC called on those with objections to come forward with them as it puts together its evaluation report of the company to be unveiled on Feb. 13 ahead of a public hearing on the same matter on Feb.26.

MTN has in the past faced charges of unfair competition practices, under declaration and non-compliance with the law, including in other markets where it operates. In Uganda, the company is in court over allegations by other companies and the tax authority of unfair competition and under declaration.

Despite MTN’s remaining tight-lipped, details indicate that a battle between MTN and SMS Empire is raging in court. Godfrey Mutabazi, the Executive Director, UCC told The Independent that the concerns by the petitioners require investigation and declined to comment on issues before court.