The current telecommunications policy and regulatory environment in Uganda was established through the telecommunications sector policy framework of 1996, the Uganda Communications Act of 1997 (Laws of Uganda Cap 106), and the licenses that were issued to the two National Telecommunications Operators. Key components of the policy strategy were the creation of an independent regulator, implementation of a limited competition period (specifically in basic telephony services, cellular telecommunications services and satellite services) and the unbundling of the Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation.
The legal framework
Uganda Communications Act Cap 106 Laws of Uganda
The main objective of the Act was to regulate the sector with the aim of increasing the availability of the services in the sector to the population and at the same time to encourage private sector investment.