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 a joint statement on Monday, the firms said: “starting May 26, 2020, all MTN mobile money and Airtel money person to person on the same network and mobile wallet to bank transactions will be gradually re-introduced at a 50 per cent discount.” This will run for the next 30 days and full charges will start applying.
Twenty nine-year-old Kigenyi Nasser, a service advisor with MTN Uganda and Magembe Henry 37, a salesman have today been granted a cash bail of three million shillings each and ten million shillings non-cash bail to the six sureties, three standing in for each of the suspects. Prosecution told court that in February this year, the suspects conspired to defraud State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza, State Minister for Agriculture Christopher Kibazanga, Western Youth Member of Parliament Mwine Mpaka and businesswoman Mercy Kyakunda.
MTN Uganda is a success story in the MTN Group especially with the impressive growth in Mobile Money that continues to facilitate financial inclusion. With MTN Uganda hosting this summit, it is a sign that there is confidence at MTN Group level in the work being done in the country. It also represents the confidence in the Ugandan economy.
In a July 7th letter to MTN Uganda Limited Chief Executive Officer, UCC executive director Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi says the telecom company should furnish them with justification for price changes as well as new data and voice call prices not later than todayJuly 12th 2017.
UCC Executive Director Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi disclosed the new enforcement strategy after meeting telecommunication companies today at the commissions headquarters in Bugolobi, Kampala. The meeting was also attended by the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and Criminal Investigations and the Intelligence Directorate CIID boss Grace Akullo.
Prosecution led by Marion Acio told court that the convicts and others still at large between January 23 and 25 2013 at MTN Towers and plot 77 Yusuf Lule Road in Kampala, carried out electronic fraud by transferring more than 3 billion Shillings from MTN dispute account to MTN mobile money agent lines.
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\'s repeated defiance was in particular to a directive to desist from the using short codes 157,169, 178, and 183, Fred Otunnu, UCC\'s Director of Communications and Consumer Affairs announced at a press conference in Kampala today. The codes were used on several MTN promotions which include among others, MTN Kaja, MTN Hollazone, and Marathon results access.
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.
Mobile telephone company MTN has announced that its revenues grew by 17.8 percent in 2013 due to a rise in money made from internet users and mobile money service. The announcement by Ugandaâ€™s largest telecom company by subscriber base means that its revenues are still in the 1 trillion Uganda Shillings range.
The MTN CEO Manzen Mroue says that higher taxes will mean less business for the telecoms as their clients will be forced to look for alternative communication options like Skype, WhatApp instead of the traditional phonecall.