Following Ministerial policy guidelines of May 11th 2006 and of 20th October 2006, the Uganda Communications Commission has developed a new Telecommunications Licensing Regime. The new regime is based on a distinction between Infrastructure Provision and Service Provision. According to the Ministerial Guidelines, infrastructure is interpreted to mean plant, equipment and systems associated with transmission, reception and switching of telecommunications (electronic) signals. A telecommunications service is taken to be the relaying of messages of any form (voice or data) over communication infrastructure between a sender and a receiver.

Application fee =$2,5000
Fees: One-time Entry Fee  = $100,000
Annual Licence fee = $10,000
Levy of 1% on Gross Annual Revenue

Here are the guidelines on application requirements and processing procedure for service and infrastructure licences under the new licensing regime.

The licences are:
a. Public Service Provider (PSP)
Under this, there are two types of licences available:- Public Voice and Data licence; and Capacity Resale licence
b. Public Infrastructure Provider Licence (PIP)
This licence permits the holder to establish, operate and maintain infrastructure for the provision of communication services (if they are a PSP licence holder) and/or offering it commercially for use to PSPs
c. General Licence
This category of licensees does not pay licence fees but registers with UCC and subsequently receives a Certificate endorsing their operations in the sector. Under this category today, we have public pay communications networks (payphone kiosks, fax bureau and internet/cyber cafés).    

The Executive Director
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)
12th floor
Communications House
Plot 1 Colville Street
P.O.Box 7376, Kampala
Tel. +256-312-339000 ; or +256-41-4339000
Fax: 256-41-4348832
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