Chinese equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL), accusing the telco of failing to pay some USD13 million for equipment and services received between 2005 and 2009. The Daily Monitor reports that in 2011 UTL and Huawei had agreed upon the outstanding amount, but following a change in management at UTL, the telco has refused to settle the amount. UTL has been given 15 days to respond to the claims. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that UTL ran into financial difficulties in late 2010/early 2011 during the Libyan civil war, as 69% stakeholder in the operator, Libya Africa Portfolio Green Networks (LAP GreenN) had its assets frozen by the United Nations (UN) during the conflict. LAP GreenN changed hands in the wake of the cessation of hostilities in Libya, and was allowed to regain control of UTL in May 2012, before launching a ‘comeback’ campaign the following month.
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