The former Minister of State for ICT, Mr Nyombi Thembo was Friday formally handed the office as the new Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) replacing Eng Irene Kaggwa Ssewankambo who held the position in acting capacity over the last years.
Speaking shortly after assuming office, Thembo hailed his predecessor for steering the ship for the last three years and pledged to continue from where she left.
“Now that the licensing regime for telecom companies obligates them to cover 90% of the geographical coverage of Uganda will help solve the problem of connectivity. Previously, telecoms have been designing their networks on population coverage but now the new licensing regime changed this,” Thembo stated.
The new UCC boss said this will be top on his agenda to ensure digital inclusion in the country.
“We want to ensure meaningful connectivity and not just 2G but at least 3G network throughout the country. In regards to connectivity, I want to ensure that by 2025/26, we should be able to have 100% coverage of the country at 3G level.”
According to Mr Thembo, whereas connectivity is still currently low, usage is the biggest problem that the country faces. “The biggest problem is not connectivity. Even where there is connectivity, usage is still very low. What drives usage is relevant content. We should focus on content. We are looking at content very seriously as the regulator.”
“To our esteemed consumers and stakeholders, you are the driving force behind our relevance. We commit to even stronger collaboration to realize the socioeconomic transformational value of ICT.”
Daily Express Uganda