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MTN FINED $8.5 MILLION IN RWANDA OVER EXTERNAL IT HUB

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Rwanda’s telecom regulator says it has fined South African-owned mobile phone company MTN about $8.5m for non-compliance with licensing obligations.

This comes as the mobile phone giant is still recovering from the $1.7 billion imposed by Nigerian regulators  in 2015.

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority said in a statement that MTN Rwanda went ahead with hosting IT services in neighbouring Uganda despite being warned that it would constitute a “serious breach of licence obligations and appropriate measures would be taken”.

MTN said it has been notified by the regulator about the penalty and that the parties were discussing the matter.

“MTN has been engaging with the regulator on this matter over the past four months. MTN Rwanda is currently studying the official notification and will continue to engage with the regulator on this matter,” MTN said in a statement.

The firm was fined $5.2bn by Nigerian Communications Commission in 2015 for failing to disconnect 5.1 million non-registered sim cards.

The fine was later reduced to $1.7bn.

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