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Frank Tumwebaze Opens ICT Joint Sector Review  

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze on Thursday opened the Sector Annual Joint Review Workshop at Imperial Royale Hotel.

Tumwebaze in his address to hundreds of participants from ICT sector agencies including Government Citizen Interaction Center, Media Council of Uganda and others, named four areas that needed to be accentuated, namely connectivity, quality of service and regulation, penetration of e-government and communication of government programs and services.

Other ICT agencies participating at the review include Posta Uganda, Uganda Broadcasting Cooperation, Uganda Communication Commission, Uganda Media Center and Vision Group.

The two days review running from October 24th to 25th 2019 is under the theme; “Strategize and Tap into the 4th Industrial Revolution for Sustainable National Development.

The MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wim Van Halleputte said at the event that there should be emphasis on collaboration with other players in the industry.

Interestingly, Mr. Wim faced a question from a participant who asked if the telecom players in Uganda are also going to scrap the expiry validity of data bundles like it has happened in Ghana and recently Kenya. Wim promised to look into the new development.

A Kenyan ICT practitioner and lawyer has gone to court challenging the legality of telecoms’ action of invalidating the unconsumed data bundles after their expiry.

A day after the suit was in court, Safaricom Kenya scrapped the data bundles expiry.

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