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LPTIC CHAIRMAN HOLDS ‘POSITIVE’ TALKS WITH UGANDAN PRESIDENT MUSEVENI OVER UTL FUTURE

 

LPTIC Chairman, Dr. Faisal Gergab with President Museveni after the meeting.

LPTIC Chairman, Dr. Faisal Gergab with President Museveni after the meeting.

Tripoli, Libya, Monday, 05 Dec 2016 LPTIC announced on Monday (December 5) that the  company’s chairman had held positive talks with HE President Yoweri Museveni over the future of UTL.

The talks took place in the Ugandan capital Kampala on November 22.

Chairman of Libyan Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Holding Company (LPTIC) Dr. Faisel Gergab said that discussions with the President focused on the transformation plan to turnaround the Ugandan based telecoms operator UTL that would significantly boost the company’s existing Data Services.

According to LPTIC Chairman Dr. Faisel Gergab, HE President Museveni reaffirmed the government’s willingness to work with LPTIC to transform UTL into a leading universal telecoms service provider

HE President Museveni also provided suggestions for ways to implement the new plan that would ‘help turn the company around’.

“Our talks with HE President Museveni were very fruitful and positive,” LPTIC Chairman          Dr. Faisel Gergab said. “We see an exciting future for UTL as it begins the transformation from legacy old-style PTT to a modern ICT company that will offer high quality and competitive services.”

“As part of a bold transformation plan, UTL will be upgrading its technology in the next year, adding 4G capabilities to provide a wide range of high-quality, high-speed data services to both mobile and fixed customers,” Dr. Gergab added.

Despite recent challenges, UTL continues to provide vital services across the spectrum for consumers, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and large corporate enterprises.

UTL is one of the longest-running telecom operators in Uganda, established since 1998.  LPTIC via its subsidiary LAP-Green holds 69% majority shareholding in UTL whilst the Ugandan Government holds a minority 31% shareholding in the company

According to the company, LPTIC and Ugandan stakeholders, including the Ministry of Finance and Privatization, developed a plan which was approved by UTL’s Board and shareholders at meetings held in mid-2016.

However, the execution of the plan, has been delayed due to several obstacles. Following the meeting with HE President Museveni, all Parties are now confident that there will be real progress to quickly remove the obstacles that have blocked the implementation of the agreed plan, and clear the way forward to commend the execution of UTI transformation plan.

Notes to Editors

 About LPTIC

Libyan Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Company (“LPTIC”) is a sovereign holding company that was established in 2005 for the purpose of developing the ICT sector in Libya and investing in telecommunications infrastructure in Libya and abroad. The company owns a group of investments inside and outside the country.  LPTIC’s vision is to continue establishing itself as a modern and diversified telecommunications, information technology and postal services provider supporting the development of a knowledge-based economy through the provision of critical services, as well as driving customer satisfaction by delivering world-class services.

LPTIC owns major telecommunications companies including: the mobile operators Libyana and Al-Madar, Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT), Aljeel, International Telecommunications Company, Hatef Libya and the real estate investment company Alboniya.

These companies play a significant role in the development of the ICT sector in Libya where they operate to provide the largest possible number of citizens and enterprises with fixed, mobile and internet services.

About UTL

Uganda Telecom Limited is an innovative telecommunication service provider offering a wide and diversified range of communication services ranging from fixed line, mobile, Internet and business solutions, connecting Uganda to all parts of the world. Uganda Telecom prides itself in understanding specific customer needs and tailoring affordable and relevant solutions to meet those specific needs.

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