The affected firms include Talk Telecom, Mo Telecom, Mara Telecoms, Janu Communications Limited and Ace Network limited.
Godfrey Mutabazi, executive director of the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) said last week that “the commission hereby informs the general public that the licenses for the operators have been revoked and they are therefore no longer recognised by the commission as licensed providers of communication services within Uganda.”
The six firms paid $10,000 each for the license which qualified them as public service providers to offer voice and data communication services in Uganda.
Under the provisions of the Uganda Communications Act, licenses given to operator may be suspended if the licensee fails to commence services within 12 months, ceases operations without obtaining the commission’s approval, fails to submit the required information, and fails to renew one’s license upon the expiry of license term.
The exit of the six players leaves Uganda with 42 licensed telecommunication operators, accord
ing to statistics from the UCC.
Due to competition in the telecommunication sector in Uganda, many operators have to stay their operations to avoid running unsustainable or loss making businesses.