UCC to choose network monitoring system

11 Jul 2011

The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has invited bidders to supply it with an intelligent network monitoring system. The system will help the regulator monitor traffic, quality of service, and enforce compliance to its standards. Information on network usage and quality will also allow the UCC to make informed decisions and plans for the sector more effectively. Closing date for the bids is 31 August 2011, with a pre-bid meeting held on 10 August. The contract will then be announced on 7 October. This follows a difficult month for the regulator: as previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the UCC has come under fire recently for backtracking on a policy to set a price floor in the mobile market. The plans aimed at stabilising the fiercely competitive market by setting out new guidelines for promotional tariffs and establishing a floor price for on-net calls at UGX92 (USD0.03) per minute. The UCC issued a statement to clarify the matter, claiming that the directive, which was published by a local paper, was still going through a consultation stage and was not yet official policy. The UCC faced criticism firstly for creating rules that were seen as detrimental to customers by limiting price reductions, and secondly for apparently backtracking after encountering resistance to the plans.