Mbabazi Intervenes In Digital Migration Process


ambulance geneva; font-size: small;”>The International Telecommunications Union set June 15, approved 2015 as the deadline for all countries to migrate but its management in the country has attracted widespread criticism among broadcasters that it was being mishandled.

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Mbabazi said he had received complaints suggesting that the process was mismanaged by the agency that government mandated for the purpose.

He explained that he had already asked for a report from the Department of Information and National Guidance before taking action.

“The role of the media in mass awareness and national development cannot be wished away, and that is why we liberalized the airwaves for it to achieve its full potential in mobilizing, educating, entertaining and informing the public,” he said.

Mbabazi, the NRM secretary-general, was a guest of the ruling Communist Party of China on a week-long working visit but took time off on Friday to go to the Beijing Business District area and meet top executives of the company that was established there in 1988.

StarTimes, a private digital and mobile pay television service provider, entered the African market in 2007, opened up shop two years later in Uganda and now operates in 16 countries across Africa, with about 2.5m subscribers.

Mbabazi was accompanied by his wife and Chairperson of the NRM National Women’s League, Jacqueline Mbabazi, who is also the senior presidential advisor for general duties.

Others were the NRM Workers’ League Chairman and State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakabulindi and the Commissioner for Patriotism Clubs in the President’s Office, Lt Col. Henry Masiko, among others.

Pang Xinxing, the StarTimes global chairman, said his company would invest internally generated funds to construct a broadcasting and transmission network in a joint venture with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation which manages the digital migration process.

“Our vision is to enable every African household to get access to digital TV, afford digital TV, watch good digital TV, and enjoy digital TV,” Pang said.

He urged government to access concessional loans from the Chinese government for investment into digitalization


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