The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has cast doubt on the capability of national broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation to distribute signal as the country makes the transition from analogue to digital technology.
UCC’s Executive Director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi, while speaking at a joint meeting between MPs on the Presidential Affairs and ICT committees and broadcasters at Serena Hotel today, explained that with the current financial and technical woes surrounding UBC, it may be impossible for the country to beat the June 17th 2015 international digital migration deadline.
Mutabazi suggests that private broadcasters need to liaise with Signet Uganda, an entity of UBC set up to distribute signal, through signing a Memorandum of Understanding in order to fast track the process.
Recently, private broadcasters under the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) questioned the legal status of Signet, which they said had not yet acquired a licence to operate, a fact UCC confirmed.
NAB’s Vice chairperson, Kin Kariisa says the private broadcasters have the capacity to provide a parallel signal distribution company.
However, the Managing Director of UBC, Eng. Angello Nkeza insists that Signet has the capacity to handle the process but requires more funding from government to upgrade its systems and employ more personnel.