The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has halted its decision to switch off pay television broadcasters, a move that would affect thousands of subscribers in the east African country.
UCC in a statement issued here on Wednesday said there are ongoing discussions with the broadcasters who had earlier protested a new license fee structure instituted by the regulator.
“We therefore reassure the pay television subscribers, employees of the pay television operators, the general public and all other stakeholders that services will continue without disruption,” the UCC said.
The UCC on April 23 issued an ultimatum to the television broadcasters to pay the new license fees or risk their businesses closed.
The Commission had also advised the public not to deal with non-compliant broadcasters to avoid inconvenience that may arise out of enforcement.
The broadcasters argued then that the decision taken by UCC was arbitrary and that the annual fees were high and would render their services not affordable.
The operators said UCC increased the annual license fees to 550 million shillings (152,750 U.S. dollars) from 22 million shillings (6,000 dollars).