UCC threatens to blacklist radio devices dealers


The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has issued guidelines for the use of the short range devices (SRDs) in Uganda.

The guidelines define the minimum technical conditions, parameters, and regulatory considerations that govern the use of SRDs in accordance with the Uganda Table of Frequency Allocation (UTFA).

But what are SRDs?

An SRD is a radio device that is designed to operate at low transmit power of less than one (1) Watt, and over short distances of less than one (1) kilometer. They may be fixed, mobile or portable stations.

These kind of devices are normally used by security, event firms and construction companies.

Some of the common SRDs applications in Uganda include garage doors or gate controls, alarms and motion detectors, industrial controls and monitoring, anti-theft devices, wireless microphones or audio systems and medical implants.

Other areas that utilise this technology include radio frequency identification (RFID), internet of things (IoT) applications, machine to machine (M2M)model remote controls.

Key issues to note

Use of SRDs in Uganda must comply with these guidelines to avoid harmful interference to other authorized radio communications installations and users of the radio frequency spectrum.

However, SRDs shall not expect or claim interference protection from other radio operations.

It is important to note that all SRDs must comply with internationally accepted standards. SRD vendors, manufacturers’ agents and users must therefore seek type approval certification prior to selling or operating such devices in Uganda.

Violation of any provision of the guidelines shall attract regulatory measures including confiscation of the gadgets in stock, cancellation of the Dealers’ Authorisation to import and deal in radio communication equipment, or blacklisting a given product in Uganda.