UCC presents new standards and guidelines for TV and radio broadcasting – Techjaja


The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) today unveiled several new guidelines and standards for DVB receivers, FM radio stations, live TV broadcasts (think meeting minimum broadcast standards), radio systems personal mobile (PMR) and quality TV broadcast standards. standards in Uganda.

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The UCC is mandated under Article 5 of the 2013 UCC Act to, among other things:

  1. Monitor, inspect, license, supervise, control and regulate communications services (which include FM broadcasting services).
  2. Allocate, authorize, standardize and manage the use of radio frequency spectrum resources in a manner which ensures the widest variety of programming and optimal use of spectrum resources;
  3. Establish national standards and ensure compliance with national and international standards and obligations set by international communications agreements and treaties to which Uganda is a party;
  4. Set standards, monitor and enforce content compliance.
  5. Safeguard the interests of consumers and operators with regard to the quality of communication services and equipment;

These are the guidelines and standards that UCC has developed;

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Guide to the Commission standard for DVB receivers

The Commission has developed standards for digital video broadcast (DVB) receivers to which users, manufacturers and suppliers of DVB receivers should refer for the requirements / specifications of receivers imported, sold and used in Uganda.

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The standard for digital video broadcast receivers

The UCC standard for DVB receivers is established to enable equipment manufacturers and suppliers of DVB receivers for the Ugandan market to provide receivers compatible with the broadcast standards available and to provide the desired fixed and mobile reception of DVB transmissions.

Operating an FM radio station

The establishment and operation of an FM radio station in Uganda. These guidelines aim to improve compliance in the industry by facilitating awareness of the regulatory requirements for establishing and operating a radio station in Uganda.

The standard for program development and special event operations and gear

The UCC wishes to prescribe the terms and conditions of use of the Special Events and Program Development Device in Uganda.

Program and Special Events Production (PMSE) covers radio applications used in services auxiliary to program production (SAP), auxiliary broadcasting services (SAB), electronic information gathering (ENG), outdoor broadcasting (OB) and applications used in meetings, conferences, and other public or private events / gatherings.

The standard for personal mobile radio in the 446.0-446.2 MHz band

The UCCs describe the authorization and operational requirements for Personal Mobile Radio (PMR) systems in Uganda in the frequency band 446.0-446.2 MHz. They further define the minimum technical parameters and regulatory considerations that should govern the operation of PMR in the frequency bands allocated in accordance with the Uganda Frequency Allocation Table (UTFA).

Personal mobile radio communications (PMR) are a form of land mobile communication. It is used in the simplex mode of operation, with the same radio frequency channel being used to send and receive voice and data messages, but without using switching mechanisms.

Quality of Service (QoS) Standard for Television Broadcasting Services in Uganda

This standard aims to: – Define the QoS parameters and the associated threshold; Specify methodologies for measuring, reporting and recording performance against various aspects of performance; Empower consumers to promote the provision of quality services by making informed choices.

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