- June 17, 2021
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UCC Allocates 076 As New Number Range To MTN Uganda
The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has granted a new number range to MTN Uganda. The telecom giant can now issue this range to new customers with the prefix 076 range starting from 0760 000000 to 0760 999999. These number ranges enable customers to access all telecom services.
Under Section 4(g) of the Uganda Communications Act, Cap 106 Laws of Uganda, UCC is mandated to draw up, establish, amend and enforce a national numbering plan and perform block number allocations.
Numbering enables calls to be routed and charged as well as providing the means to identify customers and service providers in a multi-carrier environment.
UCC granted MTN Uganda the additional blocks of numbers after they demonstrated that they have utilized 75 percent of the last allocated blocks in this case 077 and 078. MTN was also required to submit information regarding customer growth rates and forecast growth and evidence that numbers will be in service over the next 12 months.
Telecom companies applying for new numbering range also have to give an explanation of the current number utilization in terms of the following which should also be provided to UCC:
- Internal numbers (being used for network testing, temporary assignment to facilitate roaming, and for identification of switches and other network facilities)
- Numbers issued (those allocated to resellers/MVNOs, waiting for activation, reserved by customers, quarantined)
- Numbers available for use
UCC doesn’t charge telecom companies for number allocations except for Short Codes. However, the regulator reserves the right to review this position at any time.
This is the 3rd number range that MTN Uganda is getting from the telecommunication regulator, they have been using the 077 and 078 numbering ranges. The 760 –764 prefix was previously owned by iTel Limited according to UCC records. Airtel Uganda customers use the 075 and 070 that it got after the Warid Telecom acquisition. Africell and Uganda telecom use 079 and 071 respectively.