The Uganda Communications Commission is in discussion with mobile telecommunication service providers in Uganda to ensure interconnectivity rights between Uganda’s telecom in order to see have flat call rates across all mobile phone networks.
Fred Otunu, UCC’s Consumer Affairs Officer says the communications regulatory agency wants to ensure mobile phone subscribers in Uganda do not continue to pay more for calling a phone on another network as is currently the case.
He says the new move will go a long way in improving communication services for Ugandans subscribing to mobile telecommunication services.
Otunu says he is hopeful the negotiations will yield a uniform tariff. If uniform calling rates are adopted, mobile telecommunication companies will have to compete over other service aspects other than price, which is currently a major determinant of who people subscribe to or make calls to.
Otunu says Uganda communications Commission is currently in campaign against exploitative service providers in the communication sector and wants to ensure Ugandans get the best communications services.
Proper communication services including telephone data, voice and internet services play a big role in easing people’s day to day lives and information and communication technologies 9ICTs) are said to be vital to both economic growth and social development.