MTN signs government deal to connect under-served areas

20 Dec 2005

The Ugandan government and telco MTN Uganda have signed a USD6 million agreement to deploy public communications facilities in 154 sub-counties. Under the deal, MTN will implement the universal access telephony project in 44 under-served districts in eastern and north eastern regions, including installing 390 public payphones. The second phase of the project involves deploying 521 payphones across 50 under-served sub-counties in the central and central north regions, while the third stage will cover a further 60 areas in the west and north west, providing another 618 public access phones. MTN is contracted to handle the first and third phases of the programme, whilst the country’s telecoms regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), is planning to re-tender the second part of the project.

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