UTL ordered to clear debts with MTN

9 Jun 2011

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has given Uganda Telecom (UTL) thirty days to pay at least UGX20 billion (USD8.2 million) to MTN Uganda. The figure is the accumulation of three years’ worth of unpaid interconnection fees to MTN. In March MTN threatened to terminate its interconnection agreement with UTL, preventing UTL customers from making calls to MTN customers and vice versa. The watchdog has threatened punitive measures against UTL should it fail to comply. Rival cellco Airtel Uganda has raised similar complaints against UTL, claiming UGX8 billion in unpaid interconnection fees, but no decision has yet been reached.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, UTL is owned by Libya Africa Portfolio GreenCom (69%) and the Ugandan government (31%).