Uganda Communications Commission this morning penned a Memorandum of Understanding with the Central Radio Management Service (CRMS) of the Republic of Korea to address the challenge of unauthorized and improper use of radio spectrum.
Under the arrangement, the CRMS donated a Radio spectrum management system which UCC will use to monitor FM radio stations and airline communications in Uganda.
The MOU was signed by UCC Executive Director Eng, Godfrey Mutabaazi and the Director General CRMS Mrs. Youngmi Lee.
According to the UCC boss Mutabaazi, the acquired equipment installed in Mbale and Masindi will reinforce those in Mbarara Gulu and Masaka and will help the commission to monitor and regulate radio frequencies, programming and licensing regulations
“Boosting UCC’s spectrum management capacity is critical in 4th Industrial Revolution as we begin the talk about the Internet of Things, Machine to Machine communication and Artificial Intelligence,” Mutabazi said.
“The cooperation and partnership between Korea and Uganda in the field of ICT is important to address the questions around efficiency &and optimisation of finite spectrum resources if we are to harness the benefits to the ongoing technology revolution”
Mutabazi added that the donation would support UCC efforts to manage, allocate, license and standardize the use of radio frequency spectrum resources in a way that ensures the widest variety of programming and optimal utilization of spectrum resources.
On her part, Mrs Youngmi Lee expressed optimism that this partnership with help improve the sector and better the relations between the two nations.
“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.