Airtel Settles Interconnect Dispute with Uganda Telecom

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Airtel Uganda has suspended plans to stop accepting inbound calls from Uganda Telecom following intervention from the government.

Airtel has been in dispute with Uganda Telecom for some time over a US$2.3 million debt that Telecom is struggling to pay.

"They have agreed a new payments plan and so will not to switch off Uganda Telecom calls," Godfrey Mutabazi, the executive director of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) told the East African Business Week. "Both UCC and the ministry of information and communication technology have agreed with Airtel not to go ahead and lock out Uganda Telecom subscribers from accessing their network." he added. The details of the settlement and the debt repayment plan are being kept confidential.