UGANDA SET TO LEGALISE VoIP IN JULY THIS YEAR

Telecoms

Uganda will legalize its VoIP services after July this year following Tanzania where they have been been legal since February 2005, writes Esther Nakkazi.

In February, the Tanzanian Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) issued a roadmap for the implementation of the new converged licensing to guide the future of ICT sector development.

Dr. Raynold Mfungahema from TRCA said VoIPs have been legalized in Tanzania since February 23rd and they have already received very many applications. But he emphasized that since their policy allows neutrality in technology used, they do not mind what type of technology the service providers are using but the quality.

Uganda Communications Commission's (UCC) Executive Director, Patrick Masambu, meanwhile said UCC expects a flood of VoIP service provider applications after they have been legalized in July this year. Up until now the only authorised service providers were the two national operators-MTN and UTL whose licenses approved their use.