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UCC raises Pay TV license fee, subscription payments to increase.

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has issued new licensing rules for pay TV service providers scrapping the disputed Shs550m the regulator had imposed at the start of the year.

“Following conclusion of the discussions with pay TV operators, UCC hereby reiterates that pay TV operators will pay an annual license fee of $25,000,” said UCC executive director.

UCC had at the beginning of the year issued a new licensing regime, which had required new pay TV service providers to pay Shs550m annually up from Shs22m.

However, pay TV services providers excluded the proposal and ended up exchanging words with the operator.

Pay TV service providers said the new license regime was extremely high and that meant that they would be forced to increase subscription rates.

The disagreement between UCC and pay TV service providers hence called for negotiations, which according to details seen by Daily Monitor has harmonized the license at $25,000 (Shs94.8m).

However, the pay TV operators argue that the licensing regime, although revised, could impact subscription fees.

 

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