ICT Committee Approves phasing out of Airtime scratch cards

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The parliamentary committee on ICT has fully supported Uganda communications commission on phasing out the scratch card airtime as it’s replaced by electronic loading as MPs call for improved Network throughout the country.

 The mps sitting on the committee showed their support as they interfaced with the Executive Director of UCC Godfrery Mutabazi and the minister of ICT Frank Tumwebaze among other officials.

According to Mutabazi, ever since the scratch cards where phased out at the end of last months, statistics from different Telecom companies indicate 98% compliance to digital transition.

The chairperson of the committee Annette Nyaketcho among other mps including Alex Ruhunda, Bernad Atiku, Maxwell Akora highlighted the bad Telecom network especially in rural areas and this limits the public to access both mobile money and easy load services.

However, the Luwero district woman MP Eng. Lilian Nakate had wanted UCC to extend the deadline for scratch cards to cater for the 2% Ugandans who are still stranded for failure to upgrade to electronic loading.

Meanwhile, the Minister for ICT Frank Tumwebaze notes that the policy is already before cabinet that will guide on the upgrade of the broad band of network for both rural and urban areas.

He says in this policy, Telecom networks that will not be in position to serve the entire country will be denied license of operation.

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