Mandate of the Fund
The UASF seeks to ensure that all Batswana have access to a set of basic yet essential communications services at affordable prices. While guarding against market distortions, the Fund will focus its assistance on areas which are beyond the reach of communications services, enabling underserved and unserved communities to connect with other populations and take advantage of the opportunities and benefits that come with access to broadband Internet and other ICT services.
To fulfil this mandate, the UASF will periodically develop strategic plans that outline priority programmes or projects that would require financial assistance. This is done in consultation with industry stakeholders. Three key areas have been identified for the 2015-2018 period; Schools Connectivity, Expansion Of Voice Coverage & Expansion Of Voice Coverage For Private Broadcasters.
Quick Facts About UASF
- Established in 2014 as per Section 5 (c) of the CRA Act and the Notarial Deed of Trust.
- Managed by a Board of Trustees that represent both the public and private sectors.
- The Communications Regulator (BOCRA) serves as secretariat for the Fund.
- Collects a levy of 1 % annual gross turnover from selected operators.
- Provides financial assistance for delivery of communication services to unserved and underserved areas.
To promote accessibility, usage and affordability of communication services for all.
A digitally connected nation.
- Financial Prudence
- Innovation and Excellence