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Weekly Discussion Roundup 5th-11th August, 2013. PDF Print E-mail

1. Mobile phone jammer. Initiated by Richard Byamugisha

Mobile phone jammer: is an instrument used to prevent cellular phones from receiving signals from base stations.


Flowers

“Usage and/or possession of mobile phone jammers is illegal in some countries. For example in Japan, use of fixed high output jammers with long range is illegal, with fines of up to max $250,000USD and/or 5 years in prison.”

“Operation of a radio transmitter without a licence is illegal in Uganda.”

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

“Is possession/use of any mobile phone jammer in Uganda legal or illegal? If illegal, can someone kindly point me to a reference?”

“You may wish to consult the Communications Act 2013.”

“For sure, a jammer such the one you refer to is a radio transmitter which transmits at certain amount of radio frequency power and in particular frequency band- specifically the GSM band.”

“According to the above referenced Act, an operator of such a device would require a frequency a spectrum licence from UCC.”

2. Duped into paying for email Ads. Initiated by Edward Musisi

Unknowingly paying for online Adverts.


Flowers

Frowns

“Think about it, every time you receive an emailed Ad with a 3 MB attachment, you are paying UGX 150/- for downloading it if you are using an Orange 3G dongle. That's probably insignificant for the likes of you and me who earn more than 1 dollar day. But if you download 10 of those a day, then you are unwittingly dishing UGX 1,500 every day to receive someone else's commercial! This is more than 50% of your day’s income if you happen to be at the bottom of the statistical African middle class.”

“And yet a good number of users are clueless about the correlation between what they download and how fast their ‘airtime’ is used up!”

“I have seen emails coming and it has been hard to classify them as either spam or not.”

Conclusion/ Remarks

“Should we perhaps advocate for a ‘sender pays all’ policy for unsolicited emails- especially those with huge attachments?”

“There are always two schools of thought here. Who determines what is commercial and what is not?”

3. Uganda Online Internet Governance Discussions. Initiated by Lillian Nalwoga


Flowers

“Over the years since we started IG discussions in Uganda, we have seen government deliver on key important aspects i.e. passing of cyber laws, adoption of an IPv6 strategy, draft cc TLD management policy, implementation of the implementing the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure Project (NBI/EGI) by NITA-U, etc.”

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

“Identified discussion topics for the Uganda Internet Governance Forum next month;

1. Access - cost/affordability of internet and infrastructure development - what have we achieved so far? Is internet more affordable now than 5 years back? What are the current internet usage numbers in Uganda? Are we doing enough to utilise the existing infrastructure? If yes, how and if not what more needs to be done? Any success stories from the UIXP and what are its benefits to Internet development in Uganda?

2. Privacy on the internet, data protection, surveillance and censorship. in the wake of increased government online surveillance, how can internet users protect themselves while using the internet?

3. cc TLD management in Uganda - what is the status of the draft policy?

4. New gTLD programme - what are the opportunities for Uganda? How can we best prepare for the DotAfrica gTLD? Is the dotafrica just a fuss or will it spur internet development in Uganda and Africa as a whole?

5. Big data - how can we best utilise the internet to benefit from the new era of big data? What are the current Open Data initiatives in Uganda and what have they achieved so far? What is the government's stand of joining the Open Government Partnership?”

“Let me shade more light on 'No. 3.' The ccTLD Policy is no longer in draft form but a final Policy. It was approved by Cabinet in May, 2013.”

“Was it changed in any way from the original draft? If so, can we see a copy of the final policy?”

4. UTL quick talk to activation. Initiated by George Mukalazi

Did you know for your UTL quick talk to activate you need to switch off/on your Phone?


Flowers

Frowns

“Did you know for your UTL quick talk to activate you need to switch off/On your Phone? And I have learnt it the hard way after losing about 15k airtime on my phone.”

“Now customer-care is telling me actually i surfed direct on my credit that i had to switch off and on after activating quick talk so somewhere BTN 7pm and midnight 15K gone!!! My good old UTL has learnt how to steal my money!!!”

“Sorry man. I had a similar experience and when I called customer care they told me I needed to restart my phone whenever I dial *164#. I find it very inconveniencing. Just going to try another provider for mobile internet.”

“By the way if you activate it at say 23.59, a minute later at mid night your credit starts being eaten unless you reactivate it a second after 00.00!”

Conclusion/ Remarks

“What is UCC saying on this discussion since they are responsible for our rights; by the way any one knows if we have a consumer rights group in Uganda.”

“And for you UTL please revise the Ad let us know for any of that stuff to work switch off/on your phone.”

 

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