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MTN Uganda Contributes UGX42.5bn to UCC’s Fund to Boost Telecom Services in Underserved Areas

MTN Uganda's contribution to UCC's fund highlights the telco's ongoing commitment to driving substantial change and bridging the digital divide in the country.

MTN Uganda has contributed UGX42.5 billion to the Uganda Communications Commission’s (UCC) Universal Service and Access Fund to develop telecommunications services in underserved areas.

The contribution highlights the telco’s ongoing commitment to driving substantial change and bridging the digital divide in the country. In addition, the contribution also underscores MTN’s dedication to not just meeting but exceeding its licensing obligations.

“We believe everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected world. Therefore, our contribution to the Universal Service and Access Fund is not just an obligation but is deeply aligned with the core values of our business,” MTN Uganda CEO Ms. Sylvia Mulinge, said during a press briefing held at UCC head offices in Bugolobi.

Mulinge emphasized that the new support to UCC aligns with MTN’s 2025 strategy of leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.

Thembo Nyombi, Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission, highlighted the impact of recent funding on expanding telecommunications services to underserved regions. He disclosed that the communications regulatory agency has utilized the Universal Service and Access Fund to establish 65 masts over the past two years in commercially unviable areas for telecom companies, promoting fair and equal access to digital services.

This development comes as recent statistics from the UCC illustrate the critical need for expanded connectivity efforts. In the second quarter of 2023, the country experienced an influx of 600,000 new mobile phone subscriptions, bringing the total to 34.9 million. This substantial growth in mobile services demonstrates a robust national telephone penetration rate of 77 lines per 100 Ugandans.

In addition, the period saw a significant 6% increase in active mobile internet users, totaling 12.5 million. This surge is largely driven by the widespread adoption of smartphones, which have become the primary internet access point for most Ugandans.

In her concluding remarks, Ms. Mulinge said, “Today’s significant financial contribution to the Universal Service and Access Fund is a clear indicator of our resolve. Adding “We are setting new standards for what can be achieved in digital inclusion and are dedicated to ensuring no Ugandan is left behind.”

MTN Uganda has called on all stakeholders to join in this transformative journey towards a more connected and digitally empowered Uganda. The combined efforts will significantly shape the nation’s digital landscape through collaboration, innovation, and effective implementation.


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