Liberalisation takes effect

17 Aug 2006

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has announced that since Monday companies have been able to apply for licences to provide fixed line telecoms services, ending the five year duopoly shared by Uganda Telecom and MTN. According to the new rules, Public Service Provider Licences will cost USD10,000 per annum in addition to a one-off application fee of USD2,500. According to the UCC’s policy statement, the fees will also apply to other public service provider companies wishing to provide global mobile personal communications by satellite, internet access, internet exchange services for corporate companies and virtual private networks.