TELECOMMUNICATIONS APPLICATIONS RELATED TO AUTHORISATION FOR USE OF RADIO FREQUENCY SPECTRUM

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 – 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 allocate, license, standardize and manage the use of the radio frequency spectrum resources in a manner that ensures optimal utilization of spectrum resources.

 

Below is a telecommunications application for radio frequency spectrum authorisation received and acted upon by the Commission during the previous week in accordance with the Commission’s Framework for Spectrum Assignment in Uganda 2019.

 

Application Category Applicant Date received Subject Action taken Additional remarks
Assignment MTN Uganda Limited July 2021 Additional 5MHz (each) of FDD spectrum in the 1800MHz and the 2100MHz bands Approved This is to facilitate alleviation of constraints in MTN’s network capacity for better quality of service.  This authorization is, however, conditional on the following;

1.    That MTN upgrade its entire existing network coverage to ensure availability of voice, short messages (SMS) and average street-level downlink speed of 8Mbps on handheld mobile terminals within the first eighteen (18) calendar months from the date of spectrum assignment;

 

2.    That MTN commences the provision of national roaming on a non-discriminatory basis to other licensed operators across the entire MTN’s network irrespective of the underlying technology within the first six (6) months from the date of spectrum authorization.