Uganda’s Multi-Service Authorization Regime

This Practice Note presents a table that outlines the authorization categories in Uganda’s multi-service authorization regime.  This table was taken from materials on licensing on the Ugandan regulator’s website and is available at www.ucc.co.ug/licensing/default.php.

Type of Licence

Services Covered Under Authorization

Public Service Provider Licence

Category 1: Public Voice and Data - Cellular, Fixed voice, GMPCS, Internet access (including IP telephony + Virtual Private Networks), Internet exchange services, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that are not provided over the Internet

Category 2: Capacity Resale - Local and international capacity resale, calling cards

Public Infrastructure Provider Licence

Category 1: Establishment, maintenance and operation of networks for the provision of communications service to third parties

Category 2: Private Network Infrastructure (does not require an authorization unless operations include the use of essential facilities or resources such as spectrum, numbering resources, international gateway access, or VSAT)

General Authorisation

Category 1: Public Pay Communication Services (e.g., Internet Cafés, Payphones, telephone bureaus, etc.)

Category 2: Private Networks (does not require an authorization unless operations include the use of essential facilities or resources such as spectrum, numbering resources, international gateway access, or VSAT)

Source: UCC, Communications Licensing Application Guidelines, available at www.ucc.co.ug/licensing/default.php.

The Ugandan licensing regime also includes authorizations for Essential Facilities and Resources.  Spectrum usage rights, numbering resources, international gateway access, and VSAT all require an Essential Facilities and Resources authorization.

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