The Uganda Communications Act, 2013 under section 5(1)(c) requires Uganda Communications Commission to allocate, license, standardise and manage the use of the radio frequency spectrum resources in a manner that ensures widest variety of programming and optimal utilisation of spectrum resources.
The spectrum demand for FM (frequency modulation) broadcasting services in Uganda has far outstripped the existing supply. Technology developments in the industry present Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) as a potent alternative to remedy this situation. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has itself already earmarked 174 – 230 MHz band III for Digital Broadcasting services, as part of the GE06 Agreement thus paving the way for its implementation across the world.
In this respect, UCC now invites collaborative research proposals from academia to undertake preliminary studies on the "Introduction ofDigital Audio Broadcastingin Uganda".
Objectives of the Study
The main objective of the study is to conduct an assessment of the feasibility and readiness of Uganda for DAB. This will cover the following:
Eligibility, Duration and Funding Limit
Participation shall be open to Ugandan citizens that are academic staff and graduate students at a University registered in Uganda. The principal investigator MUST however be an academic staff with a continuing appointment for at least 2 years.
The maximum duration for the assignment is 12 weeks.
The maximum amount of funding to be awarded will be UGX 25M. However, supplementary non-financial facilitation such as in kind contributions for other requirements associated with the research project may be considered.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate the submitted proposals:
Submission of Applications – Deadline extended
Applicants are required to submit a detailed Research Proposal by 5.00 PM on Friday 15th May 2015. The Proposal should clearly outline the proposed approach to the assignment, specific research questions to be studied, proposed activities, required resources, work plan and the collaborative role proposed for UCC.
Successful applicants will be notified by 29th May 2015.
The Following Information should be provided within the proposal
Section 1: Researcher Profile Information and Contacts
Section 2: Detailed Information on the study
Submissions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as PDF documents or physically delivered to:
Uganda Communications Commission
Plot 42-44, Spring Road, Bugolobi
P O Box 7376, Kampala
Toll-free: 0800 133 911
Tel.: 0312 339 000
0414 339 000
Fax: 0414 348 832
Facebook: Uganda Communications Commission
Plot 15, Onono Road, Senior Quarters
Plot 8, Ntuha Road,
Plot 39, Public Street
Plot 2, Upper Circular Road
Terms and Conditions of the Research Support Program