The radio stations lose up to eight million Shillings every month from the free talk show that is dedicated to government programmes. They also lose 14 million Shillings on adverts, 2.4 million Shillings on announcements and 10 million Shillings on DJ mentions. These figures are documented in a petition that was presented to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday.,
In a statement, MTN Uganda said “This brings to an end the long-standing negotiations between MTN Uganda, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and the government. This license renewal comes almost 2 years later, since MTN Uganda applied for a license renewal following the expiry of their 20 year license in October 2018”.
In its defense, Eaton Towers Uganda told court that it had pay licenses to the Central Government through Uganda Communications Commission-UCC and subjecting them to any other payment would contravene the UCC Act.
Uganda Communications commission has said it was aware of the slowing down on internet speeds. Ibrahim Bbosa, the UCC director of public and corporate affairs, said the regulator had not issued any provider with a warning or caution because it had noticed the unprecedented surge in use of the internet services.
The Bill that seeks to among others provide for supervision and oversight of mobile money transactions. The Bill also provides for the protection of the payment and settlement systems against insolvency proceedings by providing for transfer orders finality, irrevocability and protection of collateral arrangements.
Africell and MTN announced a partnership last week that would see Africell customers use MTN agent network to top up airtime and data bundles. The deal, however, does not include Africell’s mobile money platform, Africell money. MTN has the biggest number of agents compared to any other telecom company.
Parliaments Committee on Information and Communication Technology early this month ordered the Information and Communication Technology ICT Ministry to conduct an assessment on the impact of the social media tax.
The MTN 20 year licence is due to expire 0n October 21st. The renewal process started early this year. Mutabazi told Uganda Radio Network that licencing conditions in the new broadband policy are the same conditions that UCC considered in the process of renewing MTN licence.
Mutabazi told Uganda Radio Network that telecom companies and internet providers risk penalties if they dont comply with the directive. In a letter dated 6th July, Mutabazi ordered telecom companies to block 27 local and international porn sites
The information and communication technology association of Uganda ICTAU has issued a statement asking government to reconsider the recently introduced taxes on Mobile Money and Over-The-Top OTT services. ICTAU chairman Albert Mucunguzi says in a statement issued today and published on the organisations website, that the new taxes were enacted without sufficient deliberation or consultation and are not supported by evidence-based research.
Felix Owilo the Senior Marketing Manager at Smile Telecom, noted that they opted to pay taxes on behalf of its customers because the new social media tax requires that telecom companies either absorb the costs or extend the burden to the client.
In a joint press statement published this morning, the Pay Television Service Providers, say they have been in talks with UCC on its new licensing frame work to ensure its enabling and appropriate, but they are surprised by the regulators claim that all Ugandan Pay TV providers are non-compliant
Uganda Communication Commission spokesperson, Pamela Ankunda says the station owners have been informed of the decision. Until these radios show cause why they should be allowed to be on air, she said they will be switched off.
Evans Bagamunda, the Executive Director of Centre for Citizens Communications and Justice in Fort Portal cited incidences last year when UCC stopped radio stations from hosting opposition Members of Parliament yet radio and television stations were directed by UCC to broadcast President Musevenis New Year speech.
The new guidelines issued by UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi are carried in a letter addressed to the Chief Executive Officers of MTN-Uganda, Airtel, Uganda Telecom Limited, Africell, K2 Telecom, Afrimax Uganda Limited, Smile Communications and Sure Telecom.
President Yoweri Museveni enjoyed prime time on all major radio and television stations in the country as he delivered his end of year speech last evening. This, thanks to a directive by the executive director of Uganda Communications Commission UCC, Engineer Godfrey Mutabazi. URN takes you through some of the UCC directives in 2017.
In a country with approximately 40 million people, Mutabazi says, its possible to have 10 million people subscribing to local social media platforms. He likened the market competition to music competition.