Information and communication technology network company Africell Uganda announced that it will stop operating in Uganda on 7th October 2021
In a letter to employees and business partners, the company said that they believe that the opportunity of achieving the impact of being a leader not only in terms of mobile services but also in terms of community impact and the digitally-lead transformation of society is increasingly limited in Uganda a country with a mature and competitive telecoms sector.
“We have therefore taken the difficult decision to permanently end Africell UG’s operations in Uganda,” Reads Africell Uganda management letter in part
They further explained that the decision to wind up business in Uganda was made in the long-term interests of the Ugandan telecoms sector.
To the affected employees, the company promised to treat them with respect but also offer them support to find new professional opportunities.
They promised to pay them full salaries and benefits until when the company officially stops its operations
Africell launched its commercial operations in Uganda in November 2014, having completed the acquisition of Orange Uganda earlier in the year.
In 2014, the network subscribers in Uganda were estimated at one million. As of September 2018, its subscriber customer numbers had risen to 2.1 million.
In April 2020, the company’s website gave the number of subscribers over 3,000,000.
With the exit of Africell, Uganda now has a few telecom companies left including; MTN, Airtel, Uganda Telecom, Roke Telecom, Smile Telecom, K2 and Lyca Mobile.