The Minister for ICT, Hon. John Nasasira
Government officials present
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is my profound pleasure to address you this evening during this commercial launch of MultiChoice's new products. The Uganda Communications Commission would like to congratulate MultiChoice for launching its new services of DStv and GOtv Mobile.
This is an important milestone in Uganda's broadcasting sub-sector and the communications sector in general. Considering global trends in technological convergence, existing technologies are merging into new forms that bring together different types of media and applications.
The DStv and GOtv Mobile products being launched tonight are evidence that pay TV services are not a preserve of the middle class. The introduction of these products will not only enable many Ugandans gain instant access to a variety of relevant media content on people's mobile phones but also impact the pay TV market in Uganda.
As a regulator of the communications sector in Uganda, UCC warmly welcomes this development because it supplements the Commission's efforts to bring digital broadcasting nearer to the people. However, it is important to introduce cost-friendly and easily-accessible pay TV programming and relevant free-to-air local content in Uganda. Many Ugandans are yearning for content with a direct positive impact on their lives.
As you will agree with me, both free-to-air television services and pay-per view services are important for our Ugandan audiences as well as the entire population. As is elsewhere in the world, people are looking for new content and quality programmes. The challenge, therefore, for operators and service providers is how to best to provide relevant local content to the viewers and listeners.
As a regulator of the communications sector in Uganda, UCC will continue to engage MultiChoice and other stakeholders on the appropriate approach to implement digital broadcasting in Uganda.
UCC is optimistic that MultiChoice and other licensed operators will continue in this direction of availing low-cost but high-value broadcasting services to our people. We call on other industry players to emulate MultiChoice in driving such services suited to a modern, dynamic broadcasting industry in Uganda.
Thank you for your attention.
Mr Godfrey Mutabazi
August 15, 2013