Uganda revises telecom licensing structure

Uganda is implementing a new telecom licensing structure.The new policy framework structure is aimed at improving the quality of telecommunications services and boost investment in the sector. The new regime has five licence categories: national telecom operator, national public service provider, regional public service provider; and, regional public infrastructure provider. To apply for a national telecom operator, a company will need to float at least 20% of their shares at the Uganda Securities Exchange. There will be a two year transition period for operators who acquire the licence.

Uganda has previously expressed concern that foreign telecom companies did not promote local investment or hire locals. Meanwhile, South African telco MTN – which operates in Uganda – has announced its exit from the cell tower business in Uganda and Ghana.