MTN Uganda has given the incumbent landline operator, Uganda Telecom 21 days to settle an outstanding invoice for Shs22 billion (US$8.8 million) otherwise it will seek to have the company declared bankrupt.
The invoice is for interconnection fees built up over three previous court cases.
MTN through their attorneys, Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA), say should UTL fail to pay the demand, then it will seek a court order to wind up the company.
Telecoms with poor service quality will soon start to pay 10 per cent of their gross income in penalties, if the communications regulator goes ahead to implement a new penalties schedule that seeks to curb the continued deterioration in service provision. Uganda Communications Commission told Daily Monitor yesterday that in consultation with stakeholders, the regulator had formulated a penalties schedule for telecoms that have failed to meet contractual obligations.
Drama ensued on Saturday after the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru, reportedly stormed a community radio station in Soroti and allegedly ordered the arrest of talk show panelists, accusing them of defaming him.
Ecweru reportedly abruptly appeared in the Kyoga Veritas FM studios after Julius Ocen, the former Amuria LC5 chief and a panelist, accused the minister of using underhand methods to sack his wife from her job.
The government has said it is not certain of beating the December 31, 2012 deadline that requires East Africa member states to have switched from analogue to digital broadcasting.
A delay in migration from analogue to digital is likely to slow investment in business opportunities that accrue from digital transmission. Addressing journalists in Kampala yesterday at the launch of the Comesa digital migration workshop in Kampala, Mr Nyombi Thembo, the state minister for ICT, said digital migration is a huge process that will be hard to accomplish in the set time.
East Africa has been urged to conduct a speedy formulation of laws to enable the region achieve its ambitious digital migration. Transport, communication and metrological ministers who were attending a sectoral meeting in Arusha, Tanzania recently, said partner states should expedite the process of putting in place laws for the implementation of digital TV broadcasting.
For a church owned Christian station, one would expect regular preaching and saving of souls to be part of the growth agenda. Not so for Power FM, a Watoto Church owned radio station which has been around since 1999. Since then, it has been growing and spreading inspiration.
"Growth of the station has been amazing. We attribute this to targeting an urban, English speaking listenership between ages 18 to 40, and so we try to reach them through our programming and Christian music", says Christine Nabutiti, the station Marketing head.
Kitara FM, a Masindi based local FM station has reportedly suspended its political talk show and replaced it with a sports programme due to pressure from the Resident District Commissioner. The station's Director reportedly made the decision after he attended one of the district security meetings in which the issue was discussed.
The suspended talk-show Kikukwasireho meaning 'what concerns you' has been airing every Sunday between 12pm and 3pm and hosted by Samuel Kajumba aka Lucky Sam.
MTN is opposed to President Museveni's idea of telecoms selling some of their shares to Ugandans through the domestic stock market, according to Sifiso Dabengwa, the group's president and CEO.
"You go to capital markets for capital reasons not for regulatory reasons. You can have a political view about listing but listing is fundamentally a corporate finance decision," Dabengwa said at a news conference in Kampala on Wednesday.
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