MTN's Uganda Blocking Calls from Uganda Telecom Customers


MTN's Uganda subsidiary has reportedly suspended its interconnection with Uganda Telecom (UTL) over claims of unpaid termination fees by the state-controlled company.

Earlier this year, Mtn Uganda threatened to stop accepting phone calls from its network to Utl over claims that it is owed US$8.4 million from its commercial rival. At the time the government stepped in to try and settle the dispute, but late last week reports started suggesting that UTL subscribers were unable to call MTN numbers.

The local Monitor newspaper cited an unnamed UTL official as saying that there was a technical issue at MTN, but that he didn't know the cause of the disruption.

MTN officials have also been tight-lipped about the move although one senior staff, who also preferred not to be named, told the  newspaper that the move was long overdue, saying the disconnection should have been done much early in the year.

UTL claims that it has paid the outstanding bills, with stem from a dispute over whether calls to Southern Sudan should be classed as international calls, or as UTL was providing services in the region - as national calls. UTL has also been in dispute with Warid Telecom and Airtel Uganda over unpaid termination fees.