New licensing regime commences

5 Jan 2007

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has confirmed that a new licensing regime has finally ended MTN and Uganda Telecom’s (UTL) five-year duopoly on fixed line telephony, paving the way for the entrance of new players. According to the Ugandan press, while a policy governing the new licensing regime is not yet ready, guidelines have been issued by the minister which state that there will be just one type of licence for infrastructure rollout, irrespective of geographical coverage or technology. Three categories of service licences will be available: public service provider licence, infrastructure provider licence and general licence permits.