CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FM BROADCASTING FREQUENCY IN THE SELECTED LOCATIONS IN UGANDA

NOTICE OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR PROVISION OF CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO DEVELOP THE UGANDA COMMUNICATIONS UNIVERSAL SERVICE ACCESS FUND (UCUSAF) STRATEGIC PLAN. PROCUREMENT REF: UCC/SRVCS/21-22/00002
September 6, 2021
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September 7, 2021
  1. Background

Uganda Communications Commission (the Commission) was established by the Uganda Communications Act of 2013 as the regulator of the Communications sector which includes telecommunications, broadcasting, radio-communications, postal communications, data communication and infrastructure.  The Act mandates the Commission to, among others, allocate, license, standardize and manage the use of the radio frequency spectrum resources in a manner that ensures optimal utilization of spectrum resources.

 

In the quest to improve access to radio broadcasting services across Uganda, the Commission invites applications for spectrum reservation towards the grant of a broadcasting licence and radio frequency spectrum authorization for an FM broadcasting station in the areas below.  Please note that the successful applications in each area shall be selected through a competitive process.

 

District Name No of frequencies available Candidate Sub-Counties/Counties Maximum permissible broadcast transmitter power
Moroto 1 Tapac/ Matheniko 500 Watts
Kaabong 1 Kalapata/Dodoth 1000 Watts

(a community radio cannot be authorized to operate at a transmitter power greater than 500 Watts)

Kapedo/ Dodoth
Nakapiripirit 1 Namalu/Chekwii
Moruita/ Chekwii
Kitgum 1 Orom/Chua
Kanungu 1 Kanyantogoro/Kinkizi
Kayonza/ Kinkizi
Mpungu/ Kinkizi
Rukungiri 1 Nyarushanje/Rubabo
Kisoro 1

 

Busanza/Bufumbira
Nyarubuye/ Bufumbira
Nyarusiza/ Bufumbira
Chahi/ Bufumbira
Murora/ Bufumbira
Kirundo/ Bufumbira
Kanaba/ Bufumbira
Muramba/ Bufumbira
Bufumbira/ Bufumbira

 

  1. Eligibility

To be considered in this process, an applicant must:

(i)        Be eligible for FM broadcasting license under Section 38 and Regulation 16 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 and Uganda Communications (Licensing) Regulation 2019 respectively.

(ii)       Not have FM radio frequency spectrum authorization or reservation in the specified geographical areas.

 

  1. Entry requirements

 

  • A person interested in operating an FM radio broadcasting station in any of the specified areas shall submit a formal expression of interest addressed to the Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission. We recommend that this is done after reading the “Guidelines on establishment and operation of FM broadcasting stations in Uganda 2019” which is accessible at (https://www.ucc.co.ug/radio-spectrum-management-activities-and-publications/)

 

  • The expression of interest shall demonstrate how the proposed radio station shall address the specific needs of the population in the targeted area and be a tool for the realization of the social development agenda for that area. The submission shall include the planned type of content (e.g. entertainment, news, education, religious, etc.), and geographical coordinates of the planned location of the broadcaster transmitter.

 

  • A reservation shall be made for successful applicants with a condition to apply for and obtain a license to broadcast and radio frequency spectrum authorisation within sixty (60) calendar days from the date of the reservation.

 

  1. Submissions

All entries must be made to the Commission by close of business on 6th October 2021 either electronically to registry@ucc.co.ug, or physically at any of our branch offices around the country, and via post to P. O. Box 7376, Kampala.