Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is mandated under Sections 5 (k) of the Uganda Communications Act of 2013 to “Promote and safeguard the interests of consumers and operators as regards the quality of communication services and equipment”.
Damage to underground communication infrastructure by digging/excavation/construction works is one of the biggest causes of disruption to communication services provided by the operators in Uganda. This affects the quality of the communication services that they provide. This damage is commonly due to lack of information regarding the presence and location of existing underground communication infrastructure at the digging/excavation/construction works site.
In order to ease the process of exchanging information between owners of underground communication infrastructure and entities intending to carry out digging/excavation/construction works, UCC has developed an underground communication infrastructure information exchange platform.
Objective of the Underground Communication Infrastructure information Exchange Platform
The purpose of the platform is to facilitate timely exchange of reliable information about existing underground communication infrastructure location between entities intending to carry out digging/ excavation/construction works and telecommunications operators that have established this infrastructure.
The specific objectives of the platform are;
i. To facilitate timely exchange of information between entities intending to carry out civil works and telecommunications operators that have established underground infrastructure.
ii. To reduce delays in civil works and administration by facilitating receipt of timely and reliable information about existing underground communication infrastructure location.
Management of the Underground Communication Infrastructure information Exchange Platform
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) manages the Underground Communications Infrastructure Information Exchange Platform (UCIIEP).
The platform is financed by UCC and therefore use of the platform for information exchange is free of charge.