The Uganda Communications Commission’s engagements within the week ending November 13, 2020

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) had the following engagements within the week ending November 13, 2020.

Meeting with Uganda Human Rights Commission – November 09

The Commission led by Ag ED Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo met with the Uganda Human Rights Commission delegation led by their the Ag chairperson Dr. Katebalirwe Amooti wa Irumba. UHRC engaged the Commission on aspects relating to the use and access to different media platforms in the ongoing electoral process. Find details here:

Meeting with GSMA –  November 09

The Commission had a meeting with GSMA on proposals in the pipeline on spectrum management. The draft spectrum master plan was discussed including the on going consultation on the opening of the E-band and the rearrangement of the 2100MHz band to facilitate flexibility to operators in technology adoption. This aims at addressing capacity challenges through cooperation with the mobile industry by identifying and agreeing on possilbe new mobile bands that will secure the future of mobile services.

Sensitisation for Record TV journalists – November 11

A team from the Commission visited Record TV on an invitation to conduct a sensitisation workshop on the standards for broadcasting in Uganda (Minimum Broadcasting Standards, Professional Code of Ethics for Journalists, guidelines and associated regulations) to follow during the election period. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Paul Mukasa, the Manager, Multimedia and Content Regulation.

Broadcasting standards as set out under the law are aimed at ensuring that in exercising their rights, broadcasters do not infringe upon the rights of others, break the law or compromise national security (public interest). Considering the critical role that is played by broadcasters in shaping the development and political agenda of any country, broadcasters must ensure compliance with the requirements under the Uganda Communications Act and other laws of the land.

Regional Economic Dialogue on Telecommunications/ICTs for Africa (RED-AFR20) – November 11-12

The Commission participated in the ITU Regional Economic Dialogue on Telecommunications/ICTs for Africa discussion. This discussion focused on the key initiatives for response during the COVID-19 crisis, the economic impact and recovery strategies for Digital Africa to get back on track and ensure connectivity and business continuity. Also discussed was the next generation interconnection and peering arrangements in the digital market, as well as the related business models and pricing strategies for new services (OTT, IoT and data).

Emerging Technologies and Policies-5G – November 12

Selected technical persons represented the Commission in the Capacity building e-workshop on emerging technologies and policies -5G. This e-workshop was organised by Smart Africa in collaboration with Intel Cooperation to build organisational competencies in this digital era. Key areas of discussion included 5G Opportunity for Africa and policy implications of 5G in Africa (Regulatory policy & Spectrum policy).    

Although 5G enables a promising future, it also presents some challenges. Decisions on when, where and how to deploy 5G are not only driven by the availability of 5G spectrum but also application scenarios, site solution and business model factors. With the introduction of 5G, telecommunication service providers are also likely to face the challenge of long-term coexistence of 2G/3G/4G/5G networks and rising operational costs. In effect, all these factors reflect the need for a pragmatic, adaptable regulatory methodology that is fit for purpose.

World Radiocommunications (WRC) -23 Preparatory Meeting – November 12

The Commission was represented by a technical team at the 1st World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-21) preparatory meeting organised by the East African Communications Organization (EACO). The meeting aimed at discussing the outputs of the last WRC meeting and how the East African region can move forward.

The World Radiocommunication Conference is a treaty conference, organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for information and communication technology and as such the outcomes of the conference are binding in nature. Held every three to four years, the WRC’s main task is to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio frequency spectrum, and satellite technology. The WRC is the most important event in mobile spectrum. Without it there would have been no spectrum for 2G/3G/4G or even 5G services. All these mobile bands were first made available at a WRC.

Uganda’s participation in the conference is coordinated by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) in line with Sections 5 and 25 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013. Uganda is seeking the harmonisation of existing spectrum allocations and also make new ones to facilitate radio communication or wireless innovations.

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