Uganda’s Telecoms operators Told to Share Masts


Uganda’s ICT ministry will compel telecom companies to share transmission masts, Dr. David Turahi, the Director of ICT Management Services said last week. Turahi said the measure was aimed at reducing the increasing number of masts being constructed in the country.

He said the ICT ministry would partner with the National Environmental Management Authority and the Uganda Communications Commission to ensure the companies comply.

Four telecom companies are operating in the country. These are WARID Telecom, MTN, Zain, and uganda telecom. The fifth company, Hits Telecom (recently bought by Orange) has yet to launch its services.

Turahi said the measure follows complaints from the public over the mushrooming mobile phone transmission masts. The public, he said, expressed concern over human and environmental health hazards that might result from electric and magnetic field (EMF) emissions from the ever-increasing masts. "We shall ensure the erection of masts is reduced, especially on hill tops," Turahi promised.

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