The Republic of Korea through the Central Radio Management Service (CRMS) has donated a multi- billion Radio spectrum management system that will be used to monitor radios in the districts of Masindi and Mbale.
The equipment will allow UCC to monitor and regulate radio frequencies, programming and licensing regulations for radios located in Mbale and Masindi districts.
Speaking today at the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and official handover of the equipment at the UCC head office in Bugolobi, the ED UCC Godfrey Mutabazi said the new system will bridge the monitoring gaps for the two districts as the UCC current systems do not cover those areas.
“Without this donation, it would require our staff to travel to Masindi and Mbale regularly to monitor the radio stations and ensure that they are complying with all the regulations, with this equipment, everything can now be done here in Kampala at the command center,” he said.
Mutabazi further noted that the donation was timely and in line with UCC’s mission to allocate, license, standardize and manage the use of radio frequency spectrum resources in a manner that ensures widest variety of programming and optimal utilization of spectrum resources.
“With this equipment in place, compliance levels will improve because now the operators understand that we have the tools to monitor their operations from here at the center,” said Irene Sewankambo, the Director Engineering, Communication and Infrastructure Department.
According to officials, Uganda is the first African Country to benefit from the CRMS program.
CRMS and UCC undertook a partnership in March 2018 to enhance the commission’s capacity to manage radio spectrum in the country.
Lee youmg, the General Director CRMS while speaking at the same event said this partnership will act as a stepping ground for the two countries to improve their relations.
“Since this partnership was initiated, we have been doing technical training for the UCC officials on how to use the system. We hope this system will help UCC to improve its efficiency and service delivery,” she said.
CRMS procured the system and cleared all taxes plus the installation costs while UCC secured the land and the support system in place.