VIDEO: Tumwebaze Rallies Telecoms to Partner in Infrastructure Investment

Minister Tumwebaze Asks Telecos to Partner in Infrastructure Investment

Telecommunication players have called for intensified regulation on the industry and partnerships to investment in infrastructure.

They argue that instead of issuing more licenses, viagra dosage government should encourage consolidation and reduce the new players.

This was revealed during the ongoing Capacity Africa ICT conference at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Tuesday.

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“The market is growing which is evident from the penetration rate but without regulation, viagra there can be unfair competition,” said Susan Kitariko from Google Uganda.

Participants also underscored the critical need to invest more in expanding the infrastructure if internet costs are to come down.

UTL’s Mark Shoebridge said  getting the fibre from the coast to the inland through a safe route remains a big barrier to bringing internet costs down.

However, the Minister of ICT Frank Tumwebaze urged the industry players to share the already existing infrastructure development.

“Our objective as government is to ensure that internet is not only affordable but accessible to all. Telecom actors need to explain to us (government) what our role should be in terms of infrastructure development.”

“Tell us if you need government to pull out because government has invested in the internet backbone and telecos are doing the same. Why is it difficult for the different telecom companies to share the existing infrastructure instead of undertaking separate investments?” said Tumwebaze.

Tumwebaze noted that the introduction of LTE will facilitate the expansion of internet access as well as scale up quality.

UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi asked stakeholders to partner in rolling out Broadband connectivity which will foster innovation and drive internet growth. He however mentioned that spectrum allocation remains a big problem.

“We were generous with giving out spectrum to most of the telecoms in the past but we have agreed to refund them and save this spectrum for future use instead,” Mutabazi said.


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