Uganda Communications Commission has revealed that it has acquired and installed equipment to detect counterfeit in mobile gadgets.
The main aim is to double check the gadget’s worthiness whether it’s original or one that is manipulated and by so doing, counterfeit in gadgets including mobile phones among others will be eliminated.
While speaking at the 2nd African preparatory meeting for the World Telecommunications standardization Assembly held on Tuesday this week, Godfrey Mutabazi, the Executive Director UCC said that the commission has already installed equipment to stop counterfeit in mobile gadgets which has been escalating in the recent years.
“We have already installed equipment to detect counterfeit phones and the announcement is coming soon so that at the part of purchase, one can check the gadget with the telecom company and will clearly be told whether it’s genuine or not. But also, the telephones are going to be cheaper because we are going to start manufacturing them here locally in Uganda.”
About the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) preparatory meeting being held in Uganda, Mutabazi said that, “we have decided to meet in Uganda so that we can formulate African position and once we get it, Africa will go with one voice to the world conference next year and we put our position there.
So what we do at UCC as ICT and as a nation is to follow those agreed terms and conditions and technical parameters and we stick to them for the sake of working out solutions for the Nation.”
He also added that in the past, Africa had to go separate in disjointed manner to present their respective personal views rather than the common view of the continent but after the technical standardized conference, Africa is expected to be able to operate together with the whole world within a certain formula when it comes to the new technologies such as manufacturing among others.
Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of ICT and National Guidance in a speech read by Vincent Bagiire Waiswa, the Permanent secretary of the Ministry said that the conference attended by 16 African Countries, is aimed at focusing on discussing specialized key issues including technical and legal matters, cross border frequencies, cyber security, privacy and trust in Technology, emerging technologies such AI and 5G among others.
Tumwabaze in the speech thanked ITU for involving Uganda as one the selected nations to host the preparatory meeting.
He also added that, “Uganda’s success as a country is also ITU’s success as a union.”
Some of the Countries participating in the conference include Ghana, Chad, Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mozambique and Eswatini among others.