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Uganda digital-ready – UCC

UCC boss Mutabazi

After finalizing the setup and installation of equipment at 17 digital terrestrial television (DTT) transmission sites and network operation centres, the whole country has been declared “digital-ready.”

Uganda Communications Commission’s (UCC) executive director, Godfrey Mutabazi, last week handed over digital terrestrial television broadcasting (DTTB) equipment to Signet, the signal distributor. This means everyone in the country must access TV through digital transmission.

Uganda is one of the countries that beat the deadline set by International Telecommunication Unit (ITU) to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting by June 17, 2015. At that time, only the first phase of installation had been complete.

Only the Kololo summit view transmitter was fully operational with 60km average radius coverage of digital transmission signal. The completion of phase II brings on board 17 DTT transmission sites covering the entire country.

The sites not only needed the equipment, but also shelter, access roads and three-phase electricity supply before becoming fully operational.

The digital transmitters are found in Mbarara, Kabale, Masaka, Ntungamo, Kisoro, Rukungiri, Fort Portal, Masindi, Hoima, Arua, Lira, Gulu, Soroti, Mbale, Jinja, Kiboga and Rubirizi.

The sites shall be activated by November 6, 2015.

“We are mindful of citizens especially in the rural areas and we shall see how to manage the transition without loss of services,” Mutabazi said.

Meanwhile, Mutabazi has warned all telecom companies to ensure that all their clients are registered by November 30.

“All unregistered subscribers should be deactivated or companies face heavy fines, including revocation of licenses according to the law,” he said.

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