Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) has been given a 21-day ultimatum to clear its outstanding interconnection fees, reports the Daily Monitor. South African-backed MTN Uganda issued UTL a demand to pay the UGX22 billion (USD8.75 million) it claims it is owed in unpaid interconnection fees. MTN’s legal representatives said that should UTL fail to pay, the matter would be taken to court to pursue the telco’s liquidation. UTL is majority owned by Libya Africa Investment Portfolio Green Network (LAP Green Network), and suffered as a result of the sanctions imposed by the UN on Libyan overseas assets during the country’s civil war, serving to worsen the telco’s already substantial debts. As noted by CommsUpdate, in mid-December 2011, LAP Green said it would inject enough funds into the company to cover its critical funding needs, but did not specify whether or not this included the controversial interconnection fees, which UTL still disputes with MTN.
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