Airtel, Uganda’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has announced that it is to stop interconnecting calls with the network of fixed line and wireless provider Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) due to unpaid bills. A report from New Vision says that from 3 February the interconnect agreement between the two companies will be cancelled and calls between Airtel and UTL customers will no longer be connected. In July last year Airtel went to court claiming more than UGX6.3 billion (USD1.7 million) in unpaid interconnect fees from UTL.
UTL is 69% owned by Libyan investment fund LAP Green Network (LAP GreenN), with the remainder held by the Ugandan government. As recently reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the government has opened an investigation into UTL’s business following accusations by a local MP of mismanagement and fraud.