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Published 1st August 2011

Vol 4 (AAC) No 10

Uganda to miss digital deadline

A woman watches a large widescreen TV showing Chinese state broadcaster CCTV as she works in the canteen kitchen of a Chinese company in Kampala.
A woman watches a large widescreen TV showing Chinese state broadcaster CCTV as she works in the canteen kitchen of a Chinese company in Kampala.

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As Huawei Technologies hits trouble in Uganda, Chinese communications projects encounter legal problems from East Africa down to Southern Africa

Uganda may miss the East African Community’s deadline of December 2012 for all member states to switch from analogue to digital television. In early August, Uganda’s communications regulator sounded the alarm, saying that the state-run broadcaster, the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, may fail to deliver Uganda from analogue to digital technology by the 2012 deadline. The migration project has also raised concerns because rival companies in Europe had offered better deals before UBC chose China’s Huawei Technologies, according to sources close to the situation. The regulator is now considering stripping UBC of its monopoly as sole digital provider.

Raids and rivalries

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Build a better arms regime

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Countries are calling for a new arms treaty which incorporates human-rights provisions, but China is wary

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Arms trade treaty timetable

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Towering trade

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Get in line

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A friend in need

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Highway to development

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Ready, able and unlikely

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