Members of Parliament have tasked Government to prevail over telecommunication companies that are charging exorbitantly for services which is affecting
The MPs voiced their concerns on Thursday following a
presentation on the state of quality of telecom services in the country by
the Minister of Information Communication Technology and National guidance
The Minister in his presentation observed that there was
limited coverage of communication services as the communication network
infrastructure is only available mainly in urban centers but also that there is
signal degradation caused by interference from other radio communications
sources such as illegally installed signal boosters.
“These unauthorized boosters amplify the radio signal noise
causing signal interference to mobile networks of duly licensed network
operators and this affecting the quality of service," he said. "A public warning against
the sale, installation and use of signal boosters without prior authorization
from Uganda Communications Commission was issued.”
Baryomunsi says enforcement against this is underway in a
He also noted the other challenges like substandard devices
and network capacity among others.
However, members of Parliament raised concern over continued
exploitation by telecom companies with Ugandans paying more in data but receiving
less, and paying much is voice bundles and receiving less.
Naboth Namanya the Rubabo County MP says that although
students are studying online, when parents procure data, it expires in a short time, which also applies to phone calls.
He says some parts of the country like Kigezi are cut off
from the internet and even radio stations are.
He says the situation is made worse by
tax on internet.
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Workers MP Dr Abdulhu Byakatondo says the communications
sector in the country is faced with several challenges like costs, connectivity
and inequality among other.
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Vincent Obong, the Lira West MP says Ugandans are being
cheated by telecom companies from mobile money deductions to cost of calls and
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Flavia Rwabuhoro the Kyegegwa district Woman MP says that
there are several challenges in her constituency in access to radio, but also
the only community radio there is being troubled by Uganda Communications
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Santa Alum, the Oyam Woman MP says that there is a big challenge
of connectivity in various parts of Lango, and the Government needs to make a commitment to improve on this.