Uganda’s Communication Commission (UCC) has revoked the licences of six telecoms operators for failing to launch services within their allotted time limit. Uganda’s licensing regime is technology neutral, with concessions divided into two groups, public infrastructure provider (PIP) and public services provider (PSP). The former allows its holders to operate telecoms infrastructure, whilst the latter grants permission to provide services only. Mara Telecom, Janu Communications and Ace Telecom held PSP licences to provide voice and data services, whilst Talk Telecom Solutions and Mo Telecom International held PSP licences to resell bandwidth capacity. Excellentcom Uganda, however, was in possession of both a PIP and PSP. It is not clear whether the cancellation of Excellentcom Uganda’s concession has freed up wireless spectrum, as its parent group, HiTS Africa, the African telecoms investment arm of Kuwait-based HiTS Telecom Holding KSC, has rolled out GSM-based mobile services in Tanzania and also holds cellular licences in countries including Burundi and Equatorial Guinea, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.
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