Uganda: UCC Revokes Two Operators' Licenses

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Confusion over the revoking of a licence in Uganda held by Multichoice reveals that the company was laying the ground for offering triple play but has clear now thought better of that idea.

The confusion followed last week's advert by the Uganda Communications Commission that it had revoked licenses of Multi Choice Uganda Ltd and Yo Uganda Ltd and the two would therefore not legally provide communication services in Uganda. "As per its role of regulating the provision of communication services in Uganda, an operator's license may be suspended or revoked as a result of serious and repeated breach of the license," UCC said in its advert in the major dailies.

However, in a rejoinder MultiChoice Uganda General Manager Charles Hamya told Daily Monitor the revocation was for a Public Service Provider (PSP) license issued five years ago when the company planned to venture into telecommunications services in particular the Internet (data) business.

"This is to confirm to you that indeed we are aware of the revocation of this license, however this development does not in anyway and will not affect our core business of providing subscriber management services to Pay TV options in particular the DStv service," he said.

The Monitor (Kampala) 26 September 2008