MTN: Rwandatel owes USD3.6m in interconnection fees

24 Sep 2009

Rwanda’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, MTN Rwanda, has said rival cellco Rwandatel owes the company over RWF2 billion (USD3.58 million) in unpaid interconnection fees, writes local daily the New Times, citing MTN Rwanda’s chief of operations, Andrew Rugege. ‘MTN regrets that an issue we have been trying to resolve amicably and in private is now in the public domain,’ said Rugege, adding: ‘While we are unduly inconvenienced by delay in the resolution of this issue, we would like to reassure the public that no effort will be spared to protect MTN and Rwandatel customers, as well as MTN’s interests.’ He added that efforts to resolve the issue have been underway since early 2009 and that the matter is now being examined by the country’s regulator, the Rwanda Utility and Regulatory Agency (RURA). Rwandatel is legally obliged to pay RWF40 to its competitor for every call made from a Rwandatel line to MTN.