Mutabazi: Uganda Preparing for 5G, Satellite Technology

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Eng Godfrey Mutabazi has revealed that Uganda is focusing on strengthening mechanisms and processes to handle the spectrum requirements of the new technologies, especially 5G and to improve filing and coordination with ITU-R, including Satellite coordination.

Experts say embracing new technologies would boost Uganda’s telecom industry and enhance economic growth. 

Mutabazi spoke Wednesday while meeting  International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Secretary-General Mr Houlin Zhao in Geneva, Switzerland.  

Mutabazi is leading Uganda’s delegation at the ITU Council 2019.

He also expressed Uganda’s commitment to building local capacity in terms of contributing to the work of ITU, as well as the implementation of outcomes and recommendations.

Mr Mutabazi congratulated Zhao upon re-election and thanked him for considering Uganda’s re-election to Council.

The UCC boss further extended the Commission’s gratitude for honouring the invitation to the UCC at 20 celebrations hosted last year.

Mutabazi paid a courtesy visit to Mr Mario MANIEWICZ, the Director Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) in Geneva on Wednesday

Uganda was last year re-elected to the Council of the ITU in Dubai, UAE, for the 2019-2022 cycle.

During the session of Council, the Ugandan delegation held several separate talks with various parties of interest to establish good working relationships with ITU sector directors and to position Uganda as a strategic development partner within the region.

Mr Zhao said he considered Uganda good friends and was impressed by the country’s commitment to growing and providing access to ICTs as enablers for growth and economic development.

The meeting mostly focused on the Secretary General’s key priorities and mutual support to achieve the same.

Mutabazi engaging delegates at the function

Mr Mutabazi also met with Mr Mario Maniewicz, the Director of Radiocommunication Bureau (BR).

The two directors discussed commitment to support the work of the ITU-R in the next cycle. Mutabazi congratulated Maniewicz upon election to the International Telecommunications Union Executive team noting that Uganda worked well with the previous director and is happy to continue with this relationship.

“I extend Uganda’s gratitude to the Radiocommunications sector for the spectrum workshops that have helped our technical teams to improve on ITU’s filing tools, mechanisms, and processes,” expressed Mr Mutabazi.

The Uganda delegation comprised Commission board Members including Hon Wanjuzi Wasieba and Ms Pamela Judith Angwech alongside Ms Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, the Director of Engineering, Communication, and Infrastructure among others.

The Commission is mandated to coordinate and collaborate with the relevant national and international organisations in matters relating to communications in the effort to provide for the development of a robust communication sector.

Ms Kaggwa met with the US Head of Delegation 2019 World Radio Conference (WRC) Ms Grace Koh and Ms Kelly O’Keefe the Chief of Staff U.S WRC – 19 Delegation.

The team broadly discussed technical issues for the preparations for WRC 2019 considering positions and desirable outcomes for the World Radio Congress 2019.    

ITU comprises three sectors, each managing a different aspect on behalf of the Union.

The Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) that controls the international radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbit resources; the standardisation Sector (ITU-T) that standardises global telecommunications; the Development Sector (ITU-D) that helps spread equitable, sustainable and affordable access to information and communication technologies (ICT).

The Council, on the other hand, acts as the Union’s governing body in the interval between Plenipotentiary Conferences. Its role is to consider broad telecommunication policy issues to ensure that the Union’s activities, policies and strategies adequately respond to today’s dynamic, rapidly changing telecommunications environment.

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