Directorate of ICT Infrastructure Planning

The Directorate of ICT Infrastructure is made up of two departments, namely;

  1. Department of ICT Infrastructure Development (IID) headed by a Commissioner
  2. Department of Data Networks Engineering (DNE) headed by a Commissioner

Functions for the Department of ICT Infrastructure Development (IID)

Overall function of the Department of ICT Infrastructure Development (IID) is to oversee and coordinate the planning and deployment of core ICT infrastructure in the country in collaboration with ICT infrastructure providers, regulators and related utility providers. In Ugandan context, the scope of ICT infrastructure is defined to mean infrastructure used for telecommunications; data communication; radio communications; postal communications and broadcasting communications. For clarity and ease of administration, ICT infrastructure are categorized as either tangible or intangible. Intangible core ICT infrastructure includes spectrum, numbering schemes while tangible infrastructure includes fiber optic cables, satellites, masts/towers and related transmission facilities that provide intercity/region connectivity among others.

The long term goal of the department is to harmonize the planning, rollout, regulation and management of core ICT infrastructure in the country in collaboration with other sectors and utility providers.

The key specific functions are to:

  1. Develop Policies, Laws, strategies, Guidelines and Standards on ICT infrastructure development.
  2. Coordinate the implementation of Laws, strategies, Guidelines and Standards on ICT infrastructure development.
  3. Implement, monitor and evaluate Policies, Laws, Strategies and Guidelines on ICT infrastructure Development.
  4. Develop and update an ICT infrastructure blueprint for Uganda and ensure compliance by all infrastructure developers and providers.
  5. Develop and implement strategic projects aimed at developing ICT infrastructure efficiently and effectively.
  6. Provide technical advice and support to Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Local Governments and other stakeholders related to ICT infrastructure development.
  7. Monitor and evaluate performance of National Information Technology Authority- Uganda; Uganda Communications Commission; Uganda Telecom Limited; and Uganda Broadcasting Corporation on ICT infrastructure related matters.
  8. Establish and implement innovative mechanisms for effective and efficient management of Radio Spectrum and Satellite orbital locations.
  9. Provide technical support in formulation of practical engineering solutions for end to end management of waste arising from electronic products/ICT equipment and devices.
  10. Provide leadership and coordinate national, regional and international ICT infrastructure development initiatives/programs/projects.

Functions for the Department of Data Networks Engineering (DNE)

The main role of the Department of Data Networks Engineering (DNE) is to coordinate and promote the planning and deployment of Logical ICT infrastructure.  The goal of the department is to ensure that Data Networks and their support infrastructure are optimally deployed and utilised. The overall function of the department is to oversee and coordinate the planning and deployment of Logical ICT infrastructure and resources in the country in collaboration with the Public and Private sectors.

The specific functions of the Department are to:

  1. Develop Policies, Laws, strategies, Guidelines and Standards on Data Networks.
  2. Implement, monitor and evaluate Policies, Laws, Strategies and Guidelines on Logical ICT infrastructure and its support systems.
  3. Coordinate the implementation of Laws, strategies, Guidelines and Standards on Data Networks.
  4. Provide technical advice and support to Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), Local Governments (LGs) and other stakeholders in the area of Data Networks.
  5. Develop standards and guidelines for Internet Nodes, Hubs & Exchange Points countrywide and ensure compliance.
  6. Develop and implement strategic projects aimed at using data networks for socio-economic transformation.
  7. Develop standards and guidelines for development and rationalization of Data Centers including Cloud services in Government.
  8. Monitor and evaluate performance of Uganda Post Ltd, NITA-U, UCC, UBC and UTL.
  9. Coordinate and provide leadership in international and regional fora, meetings/initiatives/programs/projects regarding Data Networks.
  10. Develop and adopt a National Postcode and Digital Addressing System for Uganda that is logical, unambiguous, reliable, expandable and updatable.
  11. Develop strategies aimed at ensuring optimal use of Postal infrastructure and services
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