Uganda Hosts Key African Telecommunications Standards Meeting

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is set to host Africa’s second regional preparatory meeting for the forthcoming World Telecommunications Standards Assembly (WTSA-20), officials announced Sunday.

The five-day event starts on October 7 at the Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe.

WTSA is one of the structures of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a specialised United Nations agency responsible for Information and Communication Technology related matters.

The meeting brings together African stakeholders in the telecommunications industry, including government representatives, experts, private sector players and academia, to brainstorm on matters of interest ahead of the WTSA 2020 in Hyderabad, India, November 2020.

UCC Spokesperson Ibrahim Bbosa told ChimpReports on Sunday morning that to generate common positions on critical issues ahead of every WTSA, regional preparatory meetings are held across the world.

“Uganda and Morocco were selected to host the regional preparatory meetings in Africa,” said Bbosa, adding, “Morocco hosted the first in March 2019 and Uganda is hosting the second in Entebbe next week.”

For more than 150 years, the ITU has worked with stakeholders around the world to forge co-operation in the global communications eco-system, telecommunications infrastructure development and radio frequency allocation.

In performing this role, ITU works through three sectors; Radiocommunication (ITU-R); Telecommunication Development (ITU-D); and Telecommunication Standardization (ITU-T).

Bbosa said telecommunication standards are “necessary to facilitate global communications by ensuring that whether we exchange voice, video or data messages, different countries’ ICT networks and devices are speaking the same language.”

He added: “As such, Uganda’s participation enables UCC, the local telecommunications standardisation body, to align to the latest priority sector areas in standardisation while ensuring that Uganda’s needs and interests as a developing country are taken into account in the development of global telecommunications standards.”

WTSA sets the agenda of the International Telecommunications Union –  Standardisation Sector (ITU – T) and is held every four years. The last Assembly was held in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, in 2016.

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