Gender, Labour Minister Frank Tumwebaze.

Cabinet has approved the National Broadband Policy for Uganda to avert duplication and wastage of resources in the provision of broadband among the key stakeholders in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

According to cabinet spokesperson and Minister for ICT Frank Tumwebaze, in a meeting chaired by President Museveni, they resolved that the policy will ensure countrywide coverage of network, as opposed to the current concentration in the urban settings.

“The policy will help in reviewing the licensing regime for telecom and broadband operators to ensure that their operations are in line with the ICT strategic objectives of increasing access and usage of ICT Infrastructure and services throughout the country,” he said.

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He noted that the policy forms part of the licensing conditions for telecoms which include national coverage where every operator that seeks a national operator license will be required to cover the entire geographical place of Uganda.

“Being a scarce and finite government resource, the spectrum, it needs to be managed and utilized efficiently, optimally and rationally. It is intended to outlaw hoarding of spectrum and enable realization of economic value of it,” he said.

The policy also covers a number portability where currently the customers cannot switch from one service provider to another without changing the telephone numbers, saying with this policy; customers will be granted opportunity to choose their service provider without the challenge of changing telephone numbers.

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