Uganda: Museveni Buying Shs70bn Gadget to Monitor Telecoms

Telecoms

President Yoweri Museveni's staffers at State House are in the final stages of procuring technology that could enable the government to break a billion-dollar mushrooming telecom fraud and also eavesdrop on international calls, The Independent reports exclusively. The technology, called an Intelligent Network Monitoring/verification System (INMS), will cost the Ugandan taxpayer between $20-30 million (Shs. 66 billion--99 billion) and is expected to, for the first time, enable the country monitor the volume and billing of voice and data traffic of telecoms.

While Uganda has technology capabilities to eavesdrop on local calls, international calls and international communications by-pass fraud have been off its radar. Aware of this, some dubious individuals have skimmed billions of shillings off illegal re-routing on international calls. Individuals seeking to transmit sensitive information have also been using international lines, thereby, minimising risks of local eavesdropping.

Insiders say that, for President Museveni, the biggest motivation to procure the INMS technology is its security features; including the eavesdropping capability. This technology will also bring the government closer to knowing how much money exactly telecoms make in their operations.
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Source: The Independent Kampala 9 May 2016