Registration of online data communication and broadcast service providers

Gazette No. 62 of 2017
November 14, 2017
Decision of the Commission-In the Matter of the UCC Act 2013 & In the Matter of a Complaint By Mr Suuna Emmanuel Abdur Shakur (OS SUNA) Against Star DTV ( the licensed broadcaster of sanyuka tv) –
January 5, 2022

The Uganda Communications Commission is a body Corporate established under Section 4 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 to regulate communication services in Uganda, including telecommunications, radio, television, broadcasting and postal and courier services.

In accordance with Section 5 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013, the Commission is mandated to monitor, inspect, license, supervise, control and regulate all communications services. The Commission is also mandated to set standards and enforce compliance relating to content.

Section 2 of the Act defines ‘Communications services’ to mean services consisting of the dissemination or interchange of audio, visual or data content using postal radio or telecommunications media, data communication and includes broadcasting. ‘Content’ is defined to include “any sound, text, still picture, moving picture or other audio visual representation, tactile representation or any combination of the proceeding which is capable of being created, manipulated, stored, retrieved or communicated electronically”, and ‘data’ is defined to mean the electronic representation of information in any form.

Hence, under the Uganda Communications Act 2013, the provision of any services that involve the communication to the public of any content, whether by way of audio, video, sound, still or moving pictures or a combination thereof, is a communication services that is subject to the regulatory control of the Commission. View full details