Uganda’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), K2 Telecom has signed interconnection agreements with MTN Uganda and Warid Uganda and hopes to complete negotiations with the nation’s other cellcos by the end of April, the Daily Monitor cites CEO Saul Katumba Segawa as saying. K2 launched services in January this year over the network of Orange Uganda, claiming to have signed up 60,000 subscribers by the end of that month, increasing to 80,000 by end-February. With subscribers previously limited to on-net calls, Segawa noted that the company expects the interconnection agreements to lead to an increase in its user base. The CEO added that K2 had ‘fulfilled all technical obligations’ and is continuing negotiations with Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) Airtel Uganda and Smile.
Commenting on the matter, Fred Otunnu, director of communications and consumer affairs for sector regulator the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), confirmed that rival providers were obliged to interconnect with the newcomer: ‘What is clear is that existing telecommunication companies are required to interconnect. No telecom [company] is supposed to deny another interconnection.’