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.