Gov’t Backs Masambu to Lead Int. Telecommunications Satellite Organisation

Patrick Masambu

The Government of Uganda has endorsed the candidature of Patrick Masambu for election as Director General for International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (ITSO), shop during the 37th ITSO Assembly of Parties (AP-37) meeting scheduled to take place in Washington DC, from October 12-14.

Masambu presently works with ITSO as the Deputy Director General and Director of Technical Affairs, a position he has held since May 2010.

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said in a statement on Tuesday that Masambu’s election bid is based on his “significant contributions to ITSO top level decisions and related Satellite industry initiatives, coupled with his visionary leadership qualities, commitment and technical competence.”

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The International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (ITSO) is an intergovernmental organisation charged with overseeing the public service obligations of Intelsat, with its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

ITSO currently has 149 member countries including Uganda. Membership is open to member countries of the United Nations or the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

ITSO Executive is headed by a Director General assisted by Director Technical Services, Director Legal and other advisors.

The Current Director General and CEO is Jose Manuel do Rosario Toscano from Portugal.

As a member state of ITSO and signatory to the ITSO Agreement, said UCC, “Uganda has collective responsibility alongside other partner states to discharge treaty functions, responsibilities and Agreement.”

The regulatory body said through this role, Uganda is able to “participate and contribute to policy and regulatory oversight related to global satellite communications.”

UCC further said this opportunity enables the country to ensure that its needs and interests in the area of ICTs and satellite technology are properly addressed as satellite communications are of strategic importance to Uganda as a landlocked country.

UCC recently came under fire from the public for spending millions of shillings on its officials’ foreign trips.

The Commission explained that it’s mandated to participate in international functions to shape world policies on communications.

Uganda has benefited from the satellite connectivity of the global intelsat network through access to broadband data especially in hard to reach areas with no existing telecommunications infrastructure.

Uganda has as well reaped from international telecommunications connectivity and television broadcasting for both Direct to home ( DSTV, ZUKU and AZAM) and Connectivity of the rural sights to the SIGNET Kololo DTT site.

UCC said satellite connectivity of the global intelsat network has empowered Uganda’s air navigation control systems and emergency management and disaster recovery, amongst others.


Masambu served as Chief Executive Officer, Uganda Communications Commission and Uganda Telecom.

He was influential in establishing the Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (UPTC) in 1977.

Masambu was Chairman of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation; Vice Chairman of ITU-T Study Group for Mobility for eight years and chairman of the Association of Regulators for ICT in the Eastern and Southern Africa sub region.

He studied graduated from the University of Nairobi with a degree in Electrical Engineering, specialising in Telecommunications in 1974.

He also has an MBA from ESAMI and a Postgraduate Diploma in Telecom systems from University of Essex, U.K.


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