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UCC Records 33 Telecom Operators in Uganda as of April 1st

The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) reveals there are currently 33 telecommunication firms operating in Uganda licensed in five (5) categories; National Telecom Operator (NTO), National Public Service Provider (NPSP), Regional Public Service Provider (RPSP), National Public Infrastructure Provider (NPIP) License and, Regional Public Infrastructure Provider (RPIP) license.

Prior, UCC last year proposed on a new licensing framework standardizing and reclassifying telecommunication firms into 5 licensing categories; NTO, NPSP, RPSP, NPIP, and RPIP. Thereby, calling all telcos operating in Uganda to register for the type of licence they wanted. The new licensing framework was later passed and put into effect in October of 2019.

The new framework is based on 5 key principals;

  1. Local Listing of shares (at least 20% on USE within two years of acquiring license).
  2. Structured renewal of licenses.
  3. Number portability.
  4. Spectrum Management.
  5. National Coverage.
Telecommunication Operators in Uganda as of April 1st, 2020 — UCC
NO.Telecommunication OperatorCurrent Licence
1MTN Uganda LtdNTO
2Uganda Telecom LimitedNTO
3AIRTEL Uganda LtdPIP & PSP
4Africell Uganda LtdPIP & PSP
5Smile Communications Uganda LtdPIP & PSP
6Tangerine LimitedPSP & PIP
7Smart Telecom ltdPSP & PIP
8Roke Investments LtdPSP & PIP
9Liquid Telecom Ltd (formerly Infocom)PSP & PIP
10Bandwidth & Cloud Service Group LtdPSP & PIP
11Gilat Telecom LimitedPSP Voice & Data
12Africa IBC Bids Info Technology LtdPSP -Capacity Resale
13Hamilton Telecom LtdPSP – Voice & Data
14Blue Crane Communications LtdPSP – Voice & Data
15The National Information Technology Authority – UgandaPIP & PSP
16Wanainchi Cable LtdPSP & PIP
17BT Solutions LtdPSP – Capacity Resale
18Satyam Technical Services LtdPSP – Capacity Resale
19TruIT (U) LtdPSP – Capacity Resale
20Datanet.com LLCPSP – Capacity Resale
21Sombha Solutions Store LtdPSP -Voice & Data
22i-way Africa (U) Ltd (Afsat Communications)PSP & PIP
23Seacom Uganda LtdPSP & PIP
24SimbaNET Uganda LtdPSP & PIP
25Sky Dot.com LtdPSP Capacity Resale
26Internet Solutions Uganda LtdPSP & PIP
27WiAfrica Uganda LtdPSP & PIP
28East African Broadband Services LimitedPSP Voice & Data
29East Africa Radio Networks LtdPSP Voice & Data
30American Tower Company LtdPIP
31Eaton Towers (U) LtdPIP
32Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. LtdPIP
33C-Squared LtdPIP

Lycamobile Uganda, a new operator in the country isn’t on the list considering that it launched early in January this year. It was officiated by the first deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali, on behalf of President Yoweri Museveni. Therefore, it will be reviewed by UCC in the near future and then added to the list.

UCC was established to implement the provisions of The UCC Act 2013 in accordance with the Laws of Uganda, with the principal goal of developing a modern communications Infrastructure in Uganda, in conformity with the operationalization of the telecommunications policy.

The Commission isn’t only a regulator, but also a facilitator and promoter of sustainable growth and development of Uganda’s communications sector.

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