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MTN Rwanda Fined Shs30B for Breach of License Obligations

MTN  is accused of implementing an IT managed services under an MTN Regional hub outside the country
MTN is accused of implementing an IT managed services under an MTN Regional hub outside the country

    By: Paul Mugume

  • May 17,2017
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The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has imposed a fine of Rwf 7,030,000,000 (Approx. UShs31 billion) on MTN Rwanda over what they referred to as “non-compliance with its license obligations.”

According to a statement by Rwanda telecommunications regulator, RURA, MTN Rwanda Limited implemented IT managed services under an MTN Regional hub outside the country.

This, the Authority says, was in contravention of the directive issued by RURA.

“MTN Rwanda Limited proceeded with this implementation despite having discussed the matter with the regulator and having been warned that such action would constitute a serious breach of license obligations and appropriate measures would be taken,” the statement reads in part.

RURA argues that “by doing so, MTN Rwanda breached its license obligations requiring it to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and any other regulatory instruments issued by the competent Authority.”

MTN Rwanda has reportedly admitted to the breach.

This is not the first time MTN Rwanda has been fined by the regulator although reasons differ.

In 2012, RURA imposed a Rwf 3 million daily fine on MTN over poor services reported by subscribers including network failures, dropped calls, unclear calls and slow internet.

MTN is still the biggest telecommunications network in Rwanda.

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  • Twine

    That is our Rwanda. Serious. That is partly why this country develops faster than others.
    And Uganda….I wonder !!!!!

    • Sly!

      Uganda who bewitched us!

  • Rwasubutare

    Come on MTN pull up your socks. Can’t you see Rwanda is in a hurry sort of. You no longer enjoy monopoly remember. Your services have of late and even now as I write been a complaint by many subscribers. This fine is just a wake-up call; to make you mend your ways.

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