Uganda: Citizens advised to avoid unlicensed telecos

Uganda’s telecommunications regulator is warning citizens in the East African country from using an unlicensed telecom operator that is currently operating in Kampala. The warning has been issued following reports that a number of users are employing the illegal network for their mobile communications.

Uganda's Communications Commission has warned citizens not to make use of unlicensed telecommunication service providers. (Image: File)

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said Global Mobile Telecommunications Network is “not recognized and not licensed to provide communication services within Uganda.”

Global Mobile Network is asking individuals to pay $39 to join its business of selling phones, airtime and SIM cards, local reports suggest.

The warning comes in the wake of the increasing number of people joining the business to make quick money.

The UCC warned that “providing or operating a telecommunications system or service without a licence is an offence.”

An unnamed official at Global Mobile Network told Ugandan media that the company was not yet registered.

Mohammed Awad