Uganda to host global digital migration workshop

By Omondi Julius Odera, Kampala, Uganda

Uganda is set to host a workshop and frequency coordination meeting on transition to digital television and digital dividend. The events will be held from April 16-19 at the Serena Hotel in Kampala.

The workshop will be attended by, among others, the Ugandan Minister for ICT, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the director for the Radiocommunications Bureau (BDT) at ITU, François Rancy, and the minister for ICT in Kenya, Honourable Samuel Poghisio. 

The two events, being organised by the Uganda Communications Commission in conjunction with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), aim to promote the cooperation and exchange of experience within the Eastern and Southern African countries on spectrum issues relating to the transition to digital terrestrial television and the digital dividend.

This comes on the heels of the ATU Digital Migration and Spectrum Policy Summit that took place in Nairobi, Kenya from November 29-December 1, 2011.

As recommended by the Nairobi Summit, this event is also intended to coordinate sub-regional roadmaps and initiate frequency coordination, with a view to facilitating harmonisation and use of the digital dividend spectrum.

The workshop will give emphasis to regulatory issues and practical cases on spectrum issues within the context of transition to digital and digital dividend. This is especially important for the social, political and economic aspects for all the countries undertaking the initiative

The frequency coordination meeting will also focus on re-evaluating the frequency plan adopted by the ITU Regional Radiocommunication Conference in 2006 (GE06 Plan) for terrestrial television broadcasting in the 174-230 MHz and 470-862 MHz bands and necessary consequential actions, while taking into account short and medium term spectrum needs of broadcasting and mobile industries and ensure equitable and efficient access to the spectrum.

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