[/blockquote]The Ugandan Communications Commission (UCC) under the telecommunications act has the powers to give out telecommunications licenses. Two new companies seem to be interested in Uganda’s telecom sector and have applied to the regulator for consideration of licences to provide services indicated against their respective names. East African Broadband Services Limited and Sombha Solutions Store Limited have both applied for PSP (Public Service Provider ) licenses.
A PSP license is given by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to those that want to provide public telecommunications services, these are the following licenses: Voice and Data PSP license and Capacity Resale PSP license. Public Service Provider (PSP) – Voice and Data is issued to persons that offer voice telephony services (operated like public switched telephony services whether fixed or mobile) and data services. This includes Internet Access Services or Internet Service providers.
Public Service Provider (PSP) – Capacity Resale is issued to persons buying capacity from operators and reselling this to others, re-branded or otherwise. This may take on the form of international termination and calling cards. This however does not include the leasing of infrastructure facilities by a PSP to distribute the PSP’s services to its customers. This excludes any person running public pay phone services, fax bureau, and/or Internet café/cyber café would fall under the public pay communications services category.
Once approved, East African Broadband Services Limited and Sombha Solutions Store Limited will join the existing 24 companies that have been licensed by UCC to operate as Public Service Providers in Uganda.
|NAME OF APPLICANT||ADDRESS||TYPE OF SERVICE||AREA OF OPERATION|
|East African Broadband Services Limited||P.O. Box 12366, Kampala |
0788303427 or 0788303181
|Public Service Provider||Countrywide|
|Sombha Solutions Store Limited||P.O. Box 2954, Kampala|
|1. Public Service Provider|
2. Equipment Vendor & Block Wiring
|Kampala and Entebbe|
The Commission is, therefore, seeking the opinion and/or comments from the public, if any, about the two applicants within a period of two weeks effective February 29, 2016. UCC shall grant licenses to the applicants if, after the expiry of the above stated time, the Commission has received no opinion and/ or comments. Opinion and/ or comments, in writing, should be sent to UCC.
The Executive Director
Plot 42-44 Spring Road, Bugolobi
P.O Box 7376, Kampala
Phone: +256-41-4339000, +256-31-2339000
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