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UCC, South Korea Crack Multibillion Radio Spectrum Deal

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has hosted officials from the Central Management Service (CRMS) of South Korea at the UCC head offices in Bugolobi.

According to a statement from UCC, the two parties undertook a partnership in March 2018, to enhance the commission’s capacity to manage radio spectrum in the country.

“The Korean Central Radio Management Service committed to providing UCC with a system to enhance the regulators capability to monitor usage of spectrum, and improve compliance by spectrum licensees,” read part of the statement.

On its part, UCC undertook to clear, transport and ensure installation of the system, and all the necessary provisions to ensure proper functioning of the system.

The new system is expected to bridge vast coverage gaps associated with UCC’s regional offices in Mbale and Masindi, as the commissions’ current systems do not cover these areas.

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 and this was a follow-up on the fulfillment of the obligations by both parties agreed upon during the earlier engagement.

UCC Executive director Godfrey Mutabazi says boosting UCC’s spectrum management capacity with the spectrum equipment is critical in 4th Industrial Revolution as “we begin the talk about the Internet of Things, Machine to Machine communication and Artificial Intelligence. There is a growing over-dependence on cellular and spectrum-dependent communications”

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