MTN Uganda and the Uganda Communications Commission have finally signed the MTN UG License renewal agreement. MTN Uganda acquired a 12 year 2nd National Operating license effective 1st July 2020 at a fixed operational license cost of $ 100M, which they fully paid.
At a brief ceremony held at the UCC offices in Bogolobi, Ag. Executive Director Irene Kaggwa Sewankamba congratulated MTN on this ”momentous occasion” while the MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhellpute pledged ”to deliver a new digital life to everyone, everywhere.”
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 two years, since MTN applied for a license renewal following the expiry of their 20 year license in October 2018
MTN Uganda secured the 12 year operating license at fixed fee of $ 100 million (Approximately UGX 371.5 Billion) which was paid in full. The Telecom’s Second National Operator (SNO) License took effect on July 1st 2020.
MTN Uganda provides telecommunications services under a Second National Operator License for the operation of a telecommunications system issued on 15th April 1998 for a period of twenty years. The License expired on 21st October 2018 but was variously extended to accommodate conclusion of renewal negotiations which been ongoing for close to 2 years.