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  • 1. PRESENTATION TO ICT COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT 12 TH AUGUST, 2011, KAMPALA A MACRO OVERVIEW OF THE COMMISSION By Executive Director Uganda Communications Commission
  • 2. OUTLINE
    • Establishment of UCC and BC
    • UCC – BC Merger
    • Vision, Mission and Values
    • Overall organisational structure
    • Key achievements
      • Market Performance
      • Regulatory Milestones
    • Major planned activities
    • Major challenges
    • Looking Ahead
    • Conclusion
  • 3. Establishment of UCC and BC
    • UCC
    • Established in 1998 by the Uganda Communications Act (Cap 106 Laws of Uganda)
    • Mandated to license, monitor, inspect, regulate and ensure general improvement and equitable distribution of communications services.
    • BC
    • Established to implement the provisions of the Electronic Media Act of 1996 (now Cap. 104 Laws of Uganda)
    • Principal goal is to develop a modern broadcasting sector and infrastructure in Uganda.
  • 4. UCC – BC Merger
    • Following a cabinet decision of 25 th April 2007 , H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda directed the Minister of ICT under Article 99(I) of the 1995 constitution of the republic of Uganda, to have UCC and BC merged.
    • Ministerial Directive of 6 th Dec , 2010 which operationalized the merger under the following guidelines;
      • Establishment of a transitional body merged at both the Board and Administrative levels
      • the transitional body to oversee the discharge the functions of the BC and the UCC in accordance with the Electronic Media and the Communications Act
      • the Communications Act and the Electronic media Act continue to exist and provide the regulatory framework for regulating the transitional merger until a new Converged Legislation is enacted
  • 5. The Interim Board
    • The following persons were appointed by the Minister of ICT to the Interim Board;
      • Dr. Dorothy Okello
      • Dr. Catherine Omaswa
      • Mrs. Miriam Kawuma
      • Mrs. Maria Kiwanuka
      • Mr. Edgar Tabaro
      • Mr. Abdi Karim Moding
      • Mr. Charles Lwanga Auk
      • Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi
      • Dr Dorothy Okello is the Board Chairperson
  • 6. Vision, Mission and Values
    • Mission
    • Effectively regulate the communications sector in order to facilitate growth of communications services for sustainable development
    • Vision
    • A Uganda in which development is facilitated through universal access to communications services largely delivered through the private sector
    • Values
    • The Commission upholds the values of; Customer focus, Corporate Social Responsibility, Integrity, Professionalism, Teamwork, Environmental awareness and Equal opportunities
  • 7. Organisational Structure
    • Comprises of Nine departments as shown below;
      • Office of the Executive Director
      • Commission Secretary and Legal Affairs
      • Internal Audit
      • Competition and Corporate Affairs
      • Technology and Licensing
      • Finance
      • Human Resource and Administration
      • Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF)
      • Broadcasting
    • The HoDs constitute the Top Management Team (TMT) which advises the ED on cross departmental, strategic, policy and other administrative matters.
  • 8. Organisational Functional Areas
  • 9. Organisational Functional Areas
  • 10. Organisational Functional Areas
  • 11. Key Achievements
    • Market Performance
    • Regulatory Milestones
  • 12.
    • Market Performance
  • 13. Fixed and Mobile Subscriptions
    • Increased growth in Fixed and Mobile subscriptions have been realised over the years.
    • Estimated total number of Mobile subscriptions is 16,015,959 and 351, 900 for fixed phone users as at March, 2011.
    • Growth is attributed to the increase in competitive pricing strategies spearheaded by the new entrants
  • 14. Internet Subscriptions and Users
    • The entry of new service providers, increased capacity investment in broadband by the telcoms have resulted in increased internet penetration.
    • By the end of Dec 2010, fixed internet subscriptions had risen to an estimated 35,000 connections. Wireless / Mobile internet Subscriptions had rose to 600,000 mobile accounts.
    • The growth in internet subscriptions resulted in an estimated 4 million internet users countrywide., translating into a penetration of 12 persons per 100.
  • 15. Post and Courier service Providers June 07 June 08 June 09 June 10 June 11 Major Postal 1 1 1 1 1 International Courier 5 6 6 7 7 Regional Courier 6 6 8 8 9 Domestic Courier 6 8 8 14 14
  • 16. RCDF ACHIEVEMENTS AS AT 21-01-2010 # PROGRAMME AREA COMPLETED UNDER DEVP’T 1 Internet Points of Presence 76 - 2 Internet Cafes 55 53 3 ICT Training centres 67 1 4 Web Portals 78 0 5 Public Pay Phones 3349 750 6 Research Projects 4 1 7 Postal support Projects 35 - 8 Multi-purpose Community Telecentres 13 - 9 Schools ICT projects 108 100 10 Health ICT projects 43 53 11 Call centres - 1
  • 17.
    • Regulatory Milestones
  • 18. Key Regulatory Milestones in the recent past;
      • Merger of UCC – BC to address convergences in technologies and regulation
    • Adoption of new competition assessment and interconnection framework
    • Initiation of a pilot project on the post code system
    • Adoption of new numbering Plan
    • Opening of new spectrum bands
  • 19. Key Regulatory Milestones in the recent past
    • Completion of UCC House, Bugolobi
    • The extension of services to schools and health institutions under the RCDF project
    • Acquisition of a fully fledged spectrum monitoring units
    • Establishment of consumer protection mechanisms
  • 20. Major planned activities
    • Analogue to Digital Migration
    • SIM card Registration
    • Competition Frameworks – Interconnection, Whole sale & Retail Pricing , Account Separation
    • Post Code Development
    • Number portability
  • 21. Major Challenges
    • promoting fair competition among new entrants, smaller players and operators with significant market power.
    • sustaining the attractiveness of the communications market to both local and foreign investments in view of the general low income levels and the domestic macro economic environment.
    • efficiently managing scarce resources such as radio spectrum.
    • achieving universal access to postal and telecommunications services
  • 22. Major Challenges
    • v. keeping abreast with rapidly changing technologies and industry trends
    • empowering consumer base and positioning the consumers to play a greater role in the development of the sector
    • Continued institutional capacity building to help UCC meet its challenges in a changing regulatory environments
    • Delays in adoption of merger legislation
    • Harmonisation of the telecom licensing regimes (Pre and Post Liberalisation
  • 23.
    • THANK YOU!