Mobile telephone operator MTN Uganda is considering legal redress over Uganda Communications Commission\'s fine of five billion shillings for persistently using disallowed short messaging codes. MTN Uganda is also contesting the requirement that it shifts its recharge and airtime balance codes from 155 and 156 to 130 and 131 respectively.
MTN Uganda CEO Brian Gouldie demanded for fairness and objectiveness. He said there are number of operators who dominate international traffic illegally while the regulator Uganda Communication Commission watches and does nothing. This inspite of the fact that MTN Uganda pays its taxes on time while the others do not.
MTN immediately responded, apologising to customers and refunding some of the affected customers. MTN has about 3.4 million data customers in Uganda, making it the largest mobile internet service in Uganda. MTN to date has not revealed what is actually going on, but keeps apologising to customers.