Kampala: Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has threatened to suspend Africell Uganda Limited Public infrastructure provider (PIP) and public service provider (PSP) licenses over bleaching of UCC’s guidelines.

In March UCC ordered telecom companies to recall all unregistered simcards, acquire and install Central Equipment Identification Register (CERI) at their service centres to validate National Identity card information which will instantly be verified against the national database maintained by National Identification and Registration Authority.

Directives came after heightened crime rate in the country with the recent gruesome incident where the Susan Magara was kidnaped, torture and killed by unknown assailants who communicated from five anonymous locations with unregistered sim cards demanding for ransom from her family.

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According to Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC Executive Director, Africell disregarded regulator’s guidelines of not vending unregistered sim cards by street traders, company agents, hawkers among other means.

He however implored the company to file in its satisfactory defense in approving why their licenses should not be revoked.


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