Airtel Cuts Interconnection with UTL

Airtel customers will not be able to make calls to or receive calls from UTL subscribers

Airtel Uganda has announced that their subscribers won’t be able to make calls to or receive calls from Uganda Telecommunications Limited (UTL) effective Friday February 3rd.

The development was revealed in a statement released on Monday morning by Airtel officials.

“Airtel Uganda regrets to inform our customers that effective Friday 3rd February 2017, symptoms our subscribers will not be able to make calls to or receive calls from Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL), this site ” the statement reads in part.

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“This is because the interconnection agreement and interconnection services between Airtel Uganda and UTL were terminated, find ” it further reads.

The news comes in the midst of panic from the public after recent reports that Airtel was at the verge of closing shop in the whole African continent over economic turbulence.

According to the Chairman of Bharti Airtel, Sunil Mittal, the telecommunications company is considering mergers or stake sales at some of its Africa operations as it looks to cut debt and make its biggest overseas acquisition profitable.

UTL is equally grappling with losses and accumulated debts which have resulted to the sale of some of the company’s assets.

When contacted, a senior UTL official who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely said “this could also be a PR stunt deflecting attention from the storm about Airtel’s exit from the African market.”

“It is not possible to disconnect another licensed operator. MTN tried before and failed,” the official told ChimpReports, adding that “the matter is still in court.”

“Airtel sued UTL to recover interconnection fees under an agreement. UTL responded that since Airtel had terminated the agreement, it couldn’t claim any money under something nonexistent,” he added.


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