Airtel Africa announced Friday that its Ugandan subsidiary had been issued a National Telecom Operator License.
“This follows a period of negotiation and transition to a new Licensing Regime,” reads an official statement.
According to the statement, the new license will run from July 1 2020, and is for a period of 20 years.
Airtel Africa, which operates in 14 African countries – thanked “the Government of Uganda and the Uganda Communications Commission for its cooperation on this important process.”
The license means Airtel Uganda will now provide basic telecommunication services, infrastructure services, and value-added telecommunication services.
“In addition, Airtel Uganda commits to achieving coverage of 90% of the geographical boundary of Uganda within five years of the effective date of the license – with a minimum obligation of providing voice and data services.
Officials say Airtel Uganda paid US$74.6 million, including VAT of USD 11.4 million, to acquire the license.