Uganda Telecom, MTN agree on payment terms

Telecommunication base station (image source: file photo)

Telecom service provider, Uganda Telecom Limited, has clarified their position on a dispute with MTN Uganda during a media briefing held this week.

Uganda Communications Commission, the country’s telecoms regulator ruled that Uganda Telecom should pay Shs 5 billion (about $2 million) in overdue interconnection fees to the MTN unit.

“Uganda Telecom and MTN Uganda had resolved in writing the payment terms on unpaid arrears in relation to local interconnection”.

“We sat and agreed on the payment of the arrears on local interconnection and as UTL, we are happy with the agreement and its terms,” says Stanley Henning, Uganda telecom COO.

Currently the court ruling stands and now Uganda Telecom says it is going to allow the court to do its job and would not comment further on the case.

Analysts are hopeful that an agreement can be reached in order to end the dispute between the two leading telecom operators, which would allow customers to receive the service that they require.

“This case and battle has gone on for quite some time and it would be nice to have these companies focusing on proving adequate services instead of battling it out in the court,” says Zane Rellapan, a Kampala IT consultant and researcher.

In recent weeks, Ugandans have complained of poor service between the two networks and are hopeful that an end to the battle will improve connectivity

By: Andrew Matapare – ICT Senior Journalist