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Mutabazi, U.S. Communications Chief Discuss Cyber Security, Training

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi has met with Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, in Spain.

Mutabazi is among the officials attending the annual GSMA conference in Barcelona, Spain.

GSMA is a trade body that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide.

The association unites nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.

During the meeting, Mutabazi discussed with Ajit many areas of cooperation including training.

Contacted on this new development, Mutabazi responded: “Yes, it is true. We discussed training, technical cooperation and cyber security.”

The UCC chief has previously rooted for a stronger regulation to prevent abuse of new technology platforms.

He also is a strong advocate of artificial intelligence as the world moves closer to an unprecedented human technological revolution.

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Mutabazi says the revolution “will be different from any previous period in our history with innovation occurring everywhere.”

Due to limitations of current technologies including banking and communication systems, suggested Mutabazi, “Conversations on Artificial Intelligence should be considered in our day to day interactions.”

“We have already seen self-driving cars being made and speech recognition among others. Artificial Intelligence, if carelessly pursued could drastically end the human race,” he added.

Meanwhile, the mobile industry continues to make strong progress with 5G which Mutabazi believes should be implemented here in Uganda.

Most of the 5G pioneers are planning their commercial launches for 2018 and 2019, including South Korea, the US and the UAE.

GSMA Intelligence estimates that by 2025, there will be 1.2 billion 5G connections worldwide, with 5G networks covering approximately 40 per cent of the global population by that time.

GSMA says as an advocate for prioritization of ICTs in the national development agenda; Mr Mutabazi has successfully promoted the integration of ICTs in other service-oriented sectors such as education, health, security and governance among others.

He has also been very instrumental in promoting ICT innovation in Uganda.

The GSMA mAgri team early this year held in Uganda its first Field Focus Session dedicated to digitising agricultural value chains.

The weeklong activity which attracted 10 mobile operators from across Africa and South Asia and other practitioners from the agricultural sector, exposed GSMA members and implementation partners to digital last mile solutions that support the operational needs of agribusinesses and cooperatives hence enabling farmers access to financial services and agri-related information.

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