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Presentation by UCC ED

  1. 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. 2. OUTLINE <ul><li>Establishment of UCC and BC </li></ul><ul><li>UCC – BC Merger </li></ul><ul><li>Vision, Mission and Values </li></ul><ul><li>Overall organisational structure </li></ul><ul><li>Key achievements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Market Performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulatory Milestones </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Major planned activities </li></ul><ul><li>Major challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Looking Ahead </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Establishment of UCC and BC <ul><li>UCC </li></ul><ul><li>Established in 1998 by the Uganda Communications Act (Cap 106 Laws of Uganda) </li></ul><ul><li>Mandated to license, monitor, inspect, regulate and ensure general improvement and equitable distribution of communications services. </li></ul><ul><li>BC </li></ul><ul><li>Established to implement the provisions of the Electronic Media Act of 1996 (now Cap. 104 Laws of Uganda) </li></ul><ul><li>Principal goal is to develop a modern broadcasting sector and infrastructure in Uganda. </li></ul>
  4. 4. UCC – BC Merger <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Ministerial Directive of 6 th Dec , 2010 which operationalized the merger under the following guidelines; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishment of a transitional body merged at both the Board and Administrative levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Interim Board <ul><li>The following persons were appointed by the Minister of ICT to the Interim Board; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Dorothy Okello </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Catherine Omaswa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mrs. Miriam Kawuma </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mrs. Maria Kiwanuka </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mr. Edgar Tabaro </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mr. Abdi Karim Moding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mr. Charles Lwanga Auk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr Dorothy Okello is the Board Chairperson </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Vision, Mission and Values <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Effectively regulate the communications sector in order to facilitate growth of communications services for sustainable development </li></ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>A Uganda in which development is facilitated through universal access to communications services largely delivered through the private sector </li></ul><ul><li>Values </li></ul><ul><li>The Commission upholds the values of; Customer focus, Corporate Social Responsibility, Integrity, Professionalism, Teamwork, Environmental awareness and Equal opportunities </li></ul>
  7. 7. Organisational Structure <ul><li>Comprises of Nine departments as shown below; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Office of the Executive Director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commission Secretary and Legal Affairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal Audit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competition and Corporate Affairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology and Licensing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Resource and Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadcasting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The HoDs constitute the Top Management Team (TMT) which advises the ED on cross departmental, strategic, policy and other administrative matters. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Organisational Functional Areas
  9. 9. Organisational Functional Areas
  10. 10. Organisational Functional Areas
  11. 11. Key Achievements <ul><li>Market Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Regulatory Milestones </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Market Performance </li></ul>
  13. 13. Fixed and Mobile Subscriptions <ul><li>Increased growth in Fixed and Mobile subscriptions have been realised over the years. </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated total number of Mobile subscriptions is 16,015,959 and 351, 900 for fixed phone users as at March, 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>Growth is attributed to the increase in competitive pricing strategies spearheaded by the new entrants </li></ul>
  14. 14. Internet Subscriptions and Users <ul><li>The entry of new service providers, increased capacity investment in broadband by the telcoms have resulted in increased internet penetration. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>The growth in internet subscriptions resulted in an estimated 4 million internet users countrywide., translating into a penetration of 12 persons per 100. </li></ul>
  15. 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. 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. 17. <ul><li>Regulatory Milestones </li></ul>
  18. 18. Key Regulatory Milestones in the recent past; <ul><ul><li>Merger of UCC – BC to address convergences in technologies and regulation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Adoption of new competition assessment and interconnection framework </li></ul><ul><li>Initiation of a pilot project on the post code system </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption of new numbering Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Opening of new spectrum bands </li></ul>
  19. 19. Key Regulatory Milestones in the recent past <ul><li>Completion of UCC House, Bugolobi </li></ul><ul><li>The extension of services to schools and health institutions under the RCDF project </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisition of a fully fledged spectrum monitoring units </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of consumer protection mechanisms </li></ul>
  20. 20. Major planned activities <ul><li>Analogue to Digital Migration </li></ul><ul><li>SIM card Registration </li></ul><ul><li>Competition Frameworks – Interconnection, Whole sale & Retail Pricing , Account Separation </li></ul><ul><li>Post Code Development </li></ul><ul><li>Number portability </li></ul>
  21. 21. Major Challenges <ul><li>promoting fair competition among new entrants, smaller players and operators with significant market power. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>efficiently managing scarce resources such as radio spectrum. </li></ul><ul><li>achieving universal access to postal and telecommunications services </li></ul>
  22. 22. Major Challenges <ul><li>v. keeping abreast with rapidly changing technologies and industry trends </li></ul><ul><li>empowering consumer base and positioning the consumers to play a greater role in the development of the sector </li></ul><ul><li>Continued institutional capacity building to help UCC meet its challenges in a changing regulatory environments </li></ul><ul><li>Delays in adoption of merger legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Harmonisation of the telecom licensing regimes (Pre and Post Liberalisation </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul>

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