Mobile Phone Service – Uganda.
Many Ugandan Mobile phone owners who don’t have their ID documents are on the verge of losing their SIM connection as the government has requested the mobile phone service providers to disconnect those SIM cards which are still unregistered with proper documents.
According to available reports that there are 17 million mobile phone users and nearly 13.7 million accounts only have been registered and the rest or 20% of the total SIM holders may get disconnected soon. The SIM registration program is expected to cost around US$40 million. Currently mobile phone money transfer service which enables any user to send money to another user with a mobile phone. The amount can be vary from 5,000 to 1,000,000 and it is allowed in Uganda only. The charge for sending and receiving is affordable.
Mean while the Uganda Government is ready to impose a 10% tax on every mobile money transactions. This added tax is expected to create US$12 million income for the Government. Also there will be a tax imposed by the Government for the inbound international calls and the authorities expect US$16 million per year as revenue.
Source: Uganda today.