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Artificial Intelligence Redefining New Cycle Of Economic Growth, Huawei Report

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is driving a paradigm shiftinhow nationsprepare for the digital economy and could almost double the value of the global digital economy to $23 trillion by 2025 from $12.9 trillion in 2017 when it accounted for 17.1% of global GDP. However, a scarcity of AI talent worldwide threatens this growth, says new research from Huawei.

The Global Connectivity Index 2018, now in its fifth year, found that industries are embedding AI in key enabling technologies – Broadband, Data Centers, Cloud, Big Data and IoT – to turn connectivity into Intelligent Connectivity, unleashing innovation to propel a new wave of economic growth.

Today, the digital economy is driven bythe consumer-driven internet. Increasingly, industriesare leveraging Intelligent Connectivity to create whole new business models, products, processes and services that will breathe new life into the GCI S-curve and open a new cycle of economic growth.

The GCI 2018 also discovered that to effectively deploy AI on a large scale, countries need three equally important components in place: computing power, labeled data, and algorithms. Today, Frontrunners –the most advanced of three clusters of nations in the GCI – due to their robust ICT infrastructure lead the Adopters and Starters’ clusters in all three components.

But the big challenge for all three GCI clusters is scarcity of AI developer talent. Governments need to re-think education for a future workplace redefined by AI and start building a healthy, collaborative, and open AI ecosystem to attract and retain competitive AI talent.

This year, the GCI broadened its research scope from 50 to 79 nations, marking the second time it has enlarged its purview since 2015. Based on GCI scores, the newcomers are classified as 20 Frontrunners, 37 Adopters and 22 Starters –according totheir level of economic development.

The research continuously shows thatwhen a nation’s GCI score reaches 35 points, ROI in ICT infrastructure experiences a strong multiplier effect. The Philippines is a prime example. From 2014 to 2017 the Philippines significantly boosted smartphone use and extended primary internet access to a greater portion of the population fostering new business opportunities. Its GCI score moved from 34 to 35, pushing the Philippines over the threshold from Starter to Adopter status.

For the first time, every nation in the Index saw scores improve, but growth in the countries across the GCI S-curve was uneven. In 2017, the GCIidentified a trend of growing inequality it termed the Matthew Effect, where in Frontrunners see ICT infrastructure investment benefits compound over time to position them as unassailable leaders.In 2018, the digital divide described bythe Matthew Effect continues to grow.

As AI evolves into a practical enabling technology, new economic potential awaits countries in all three clusters.Whether addressing stagnating growth among Frontrunners or limited resources for Starters, AI is redefining what “connectivity” looks like and steering the focus towards Intelligent Connectivity which can help every country unlock new growth.

“We are now witnessing a paradigm shift initiated by AI,” said Kevin Zhang, President of Huawei Corporate Marketing. “According to the GCI study, advanced economies that saw growth from ICT development plateau are using Intelligent Connectivity to open new opportunities, whilesome developing economies are also finding ways to tap the new technology to speed up their own strategic growth plans.”

In 2018, Huawei will publish the GCI series including: the GCI 2018 report (Tap into New Growth with Intelligent Connectivity), Digital Spillover report (Measuring the true impact of the Digital Economy), and ICT Sustainable Development Goals Benchmark report.

ICT Investment And Partnership Key To Fuelling Africa's Digital Growth.

By Li Peng

President of Huawei Southern Africa Region

Rapid advancements in information communications technologies (ICT) over the past 20 years has substantially altered the ways in which people live, work, play and interact with one another.

The World Bank’s World Development Report shows that ICT has a positive effect on a country’s economy, with a 10% increase in broadband penetration being associated with a 1.4% increase in gross domestic product (GDP) growth in emerging markets.

Digitisation also has the greatest employment effect. According to the World Bank statistics, every 10% increase in broadband penetration will lead to 2% to 3% increase of employment rate. In 2016, China's digital economy created 2.8 million jobs, accounting for 21% of the total new jobs; Japanese government's 2015 White Paper on Information and Communications indicates, if small businesses can fully adopt ICT technologies such as cloud services, they will be able to create about 200,000 jobs.

Similarly, research shows a 90% correlation can be seen between investments in ICT and a country's’ success in meeting several key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The African Union Agenda 2063 has acknowledged the importance of Digital Inclusivity for African countries to bring the continent on par with the rest of the world as an information society.

However, there are still some challenges in availability, accessibility and affordability including geographic challenges of reaching small, remote communities, poverty and lack of basic knowledge and skills. Statistics from GSMA shows that, approximately 53 percent of the world’s population is still unconnected, and 80 percent of the unconnected population is located in Asia-Pacific and in Africa. On average, 69 percent of the African population do not have access to internet, with many of those unconnected living in rural areas.

Challenges always come with opportunities. To solve these challenges, we need to take a cross-sector approach and we need to think differently about how to address the business model challenge. To tackle this issue, some of the solutions available include:

First of all, it is important to have a master plan to direct investment and attract the best talent. For instance, Germany's Industry 4.0 and the Made in China 2025 initiatives have been designed to make the manufacturing industries in these countries intelligent by using ICT. Under the Smart Community strategy of the Malaysian government, the digital economy has grown to make up 17% of total GDP within just 3 years, which makes it one of the world's highest ranking countries in this regard. In this information age, development of ICT should be prioritized on a par with other forms of infrastructure and basic services crucial to society such as electricity, water, roads and bridges.

Second, we need new innovations that enable lower cost but similar performance solutions that can shorten the time needed to recover investment costs and hence provide the private sector with an incentive to invest. For example, given the significant investment costs and inability of the revenues to cover both the set-up and operation costs, telecom operators do not have an incentive to invest in building rural networks. Innovative technologies can help make it viable for operators to invest in rural areas.

Third, it is necessary to provide policies that can lower the barriers of digital transformation. For example, Thailand provides subsidies to encourage ICT infrastructure construction in rural areas; Italy encourages carriers and electric companies to work together in laying out optical fiber; Saudi Arabia allows carriers to mount sites on streetlamps and regulations in Germany requiring the installation of fiber-optic cables in all new houses and roads. Allocating more resources and providing supportive policies including streamlining approvals, usage of Universal Service Funds, reducing taxation, and using ICT to deliver public services more efficiently, effectively and equitably will allow for more sustainable and inclusive development.

Fourth, we need innovative business models that can generate more benefits for users and to provide users with the skills to use and benefit from smartphones. This will enable telecom operators to generate more revenue. Mobile money is one of the best examples. With the right skills and content, users can also access educational content, learn how to improve yields on their farms, and get better prices for their cattle or crops. This will directly enable them to increase their incomes and both drive and enable greater spend on communications, hence improve the investment rationale.

Embracing these solutions requires cross-sector partnerships and new thinking. These can directly translate into higher availability, accessibility and affordability of ICT services. This will lead to a future where everyone can is able to access the Internet to unleash their own potential to create value and create economic and social gains for themselves and to exercise and enjoy their rights to a better quality of life, dignity and equality.

 

Technology Group Voith Opens East Africa Hub In Addis Ababa

Technology group Voith opened its new East Africa Hub in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on May 11, 2018. In doing so the company is highlighting its active contribution to the development of electricity generation from hydropower in East Africa.

From now on, the technology group will be planning and coordinating projects in nine countries in the east of the continent from this new facility.

The opening ceremony was attended by Ethiopia's State Minister of Water, irrigation and Electricity Dr. Frehiwot Woldehanna, German ambassador to Ethiopia Brita Wagener, Uwe Wehnhardt, CEO of Voith Hydro and Member of the Corporate Management Board, and numerous guests from the business and political arenas.

In his opening address, Uwe Wehnhardt emphasized the enormous potential of hydropower in the region. "Voith has been supporting the development of clean energy generation in Africa since the 1940s. We are reinforcing this commitment through the opening of our facility in Addis Ababa," says Wehnhardt.

Voith will work with customers and investors to continue to play an active role in developing a sustainable energy supply in Africa.

With a hydropower potential of 45,000 MW, Ethiopia has one of the largest resources on the African continent. Since 2011, the country has been boosting the development of renewable energies and aims to be the energy hub for East Africa in the medium term.

"Due to the longstanding history of hydropower projects in Ethiopia there are a large number of well-trained experts in the country. Some of these experts are now supporting us in our new East Africa Hub," says Wehnhardt.

The good logistics are also a point in favor of Ethiopia. For example, all the countries serviced – Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia can be reached by direct flights in just a few hours.

Already, Ethiopian hydropower plants with Voith technology are supplying up to 900,000 households in the country with clean, sustainable electricity. One of these power stations is Gilgel Gibe I, which went onto the grid in 2004.

Its three Francis turbines from Voith have a capacity of more than 180 MW – sufficient output to supply electricity to over 120,000 households in the rural Oromia region around 260 km to the south-west of Addis Ababa.

For the Gilgel Gibe II power plant Voith also supplied four Pelton turbines and generators and the electrical and mechanical equipment. It also trained the power plant personnel. Before Gilgel Gibe II was operational, only 15 percent of Ethiopian villages had electricity. Nowadays half of all rural communities are connected to the grid.

Numerous other hydropower projects are currently under construction in Ethiopia. In the coming years they will increase the installed capacity by a further 1,500 MW and also bring Voith's share of electricity generation from hydropower to around nine percent of the country's entire power generation.

Voith is also playing a leading role in hydropower projects in other East African countries. For example, the company is currently upgrading the small power plant Wanjii in Kenya.

Voith is replacing the turbines, generators, control technology and all electrical and mechanical equipment. This will increase the capacity of the power plant by around 20 percent. The comprehensive upgrade is set to be completed by mid-2019.

How Computers Are Aiding Learning At Kampala Parents’ School

In this digital era, schools are increasing deploying computers as tools to facilitate their students learning. And schools like Kampala Parents’ School have done this precisely and have seen the positive results it can yield.

The School’s computer - child ratio, estimated at 2-1, provides an opportunity for children to acquire independence and competence, which can be applied across the whole curriculum. The School’s Principal Daphne Kato explains that science activities in early grades of school are what lay groundwork for student’s learning.

“At Kampala Parents’ School, we believe that a good computing capability is an essential skill for life. Our aim is to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Computing and to encourage pupils to have open, inquiring minds and to perceive Computing in the context of a wider body of knowledge.

“Our computer suite uses dual-boot computers so children can learn Windows. Children also learn how to best use the internet for learning, at the same time as keeping themselves safe. Our aim is to create digitally literate citizens as well as highly skilled users of technology,” the Principal said.

Daphne Kato explains that young children learn by being actively involved in the process, through exploring and experimenting, through copying and acting out.

Kampala Parents’ School believes that hands-on research through laboratory experimentation is the best way to introduce pupils to scientific inquiry- the process of asking questions and conducting experiments – as a way to understand the natural world, which is the foundation of science education.

While they advance the use of technology to deliver their education, the school has not withdrawn the traditional methods of teaching. The school’s emphasis on neat handwriting and reading are some of the basic skills they are deploying in classrooms.

“We help our pupils in writing improvement and ensure that they have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. We train the pupils to be proactive and fast thinkers so that they can handle this ever demanding and fast changing world.

With state of art learning facilities, your child has plenty of options to attain skills, ranging from computer and science lab. Our Admission are ongoing bring your child to register today.” Daphne Kato stated.

Marine Survey For Huawei Marine’s PEACE Project Is Underway

Huawei Marine has announced that the marine survey for its PEACE (Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe) project is now underway. The PEACE submarine cable system will connect Pakistan, Djibouti, Kenya, Egypt, and other countries along the Red Sea with a total system length of 8,800km. The project was signed in November 2017, and is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Huawei Marine is working with its long-term partner EGS Ltd.to conduct a hydrographic and geophysical survey of the seabed along the planned cable route. EGS’ specialized survey vessel theRV Ridley Thomas, has arrived in the region to commence offshore survey operations.

Zhang Hongxiang, Project Director for Huawei Marine said: "Implementation of the PEACE project has reached another important milestone which is testment to our project delivery capabilities as Huawei Marine continues to provide efficient, high-quality network solutions for our customers. Our200G WDM technology that will be deployed in the PEACE cable system will support the rapid development of the East African regionaleconomy and facilitate connectivity between Asia, Africa and Europe”.

Chris Welsh, CEO of EGS Survey Group stated that: "It is a great honor for us to participate in the PEACE submarine cable system project and work once again in partnership with Huawei Marine. EGS brings more than 25 years of extensive cable route survey experience and adheres to the highest professional standards. We are delighted to contribute to the construction of the new information highway."

Free ICT Education To Girls A Catalyst To Bridge Digital Gender Gap

Every fourth Thursday in April is International Girls in ICT day. This initiative by the International Telecommunication Union started in 2011 with over 300,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 9,000 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day in 166 countries worldwide.In Uganda, as we are bridging digital gap with various efforts, there is still Gender Gap in ICT. 

A gender statistics report in Uganda in Information and Communication Technology for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality by Dr. Dorothy Okello on 14th November 2017 placed males above females in the owning a mobile phone, using a computer, using the internet and also placed women in urban areas above those in rural areas in uptake of the same. 

Maria Drolence, a graduate from Mbarara University, who was chosen to join 2017 Seeds for the Future, an ICT training program sponsored by Huawei, an international ICT solutions provider. 

“This program actually taught me that there is a lot going on out there, a lot of innovations coming up every day to make life better and less tasking. I also able to learn that anything is possible it just takes focus, perseverance and then a breakthrough will surely happen.The Seeds for the Future Program enlightened and broadened my thinking towards ICT innovations considering i was able to get out of the caged environment and explore newer and advanced ICT possibilities”, says Maria.

Through this program, Huawei selects top college students and young government officials working in ICT-related departments for a study trip in China. Over 2700 students globally have taken part in this program.

In Uganda, this program was flagged off by H.E. Yoweri Museveni began in Uganda in 2016 with 10 ICT talents visiting china at Beijing and the Huawei headquarters of Shenzhen. These were trained in the Chinese culture and cutting-edge ICTs lessons, enterprise management experience sharing, lab practices. Out of the 30 students that have taken part since 2016, 10 of these have been girls.

The 2017 gender statistics report in Information and Communication Technology for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality further explains the low usage of Internet because it is unaffordable, and the few that would afford lack of knowledge and acess to it.

However, the jinx of lack of knowledge and affordability is being broken by programs including seeds for the future, free training by Learn it institute of Business and technology and free ICT training from SINFA Uganda, whose motive is to nurture professionals who are urgently needed to drive the development of the ICT industry and seeks to close the gap between knowledge learned in the classroom and the skills required by the industry, and enhance knowledge transfer.

Maria, who is now employed by Huawei Technologies, in the Information Technology Operations Department said the training helped her get out of the caged environment and explore new possibilities in her life. 

“I was able to explore the latest technological trends such as the smart education solution which enables individuals to study over long distances using E-Classrooms. This e-learning solution not only enhances knowledge sharing but also greatly bridges the rural-urban education gap.

The Smart metering system that enhances mobile meter monitoring in that once the period paid for expires, the water is automatically disconnected until payments are paid. These payments can be over mobile platforms such as mobile money.” says Maria Drolence. 

Sylvia Nakanwagi, a 2016 Seeds for the future participant and also now working for National Information Technology Authority Uganda in her article to the Seeds for the Future Memoir 2016 stated that broadband connectivity is the core for ICT investment and innovation that facilitates development in other sectors of the country. 

“What is clear is that the country Uganda needs to look into a national policy that encourages investment in broadband infrastructure, services and applications especially under the umbrella of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

The government together with its key partners need to enter into a nation-wide awareness campaign to demonstrate the capabilities of broadband in elevating Uganda’s technological and economic status”.

International Girls in ICT Day initiative aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider car​eers in the growing field of ICTs. To achieve this goal, there is a need of a joint effort between public and private sector to enable both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector for Uganda. Thanks to the companies already taking on this initiative.

Cleopatra Ajambo, a 2018 participant from Makerere University expresses how the Seeds for the future program has been important to her as a girl.

“Many girls doing IT in Uganda basically are looking forward to just having a degree but this program has opened us to a challenge were girls all over the world hold big IT position.”Cleopatra said,“I look forward to use that exploration to think out of the box to do something for Uganda.”

New Technologies Excite Ugandan Students In China

Ugandan ICT students currently undergoing training at Huawei’s Technologies Co. Ltd Headquarters in Shenzhen China, have appreciated the one-week hands on training that has exposed them to the latest technology trends and what the future of the ICT Industry will be.

The students who include eight in their final year, one in second year and one in her first year were the successful ones picked from four public Universities in Uganda to benefit from the Huawei Seeds for the Future Programme 2018.

This is after their proposals about using ICT to improve certain issues in the health, education, agriculture and transport sectors were the best among the 35 presented by University students.

During their time at the Huawei headquarters, which is built on an area covering 2.2 km², the Ugandan students were exposed to the different networks like the 3G, 4G and also made to understand more about the cutting-edge technologies trends such as 5G, Internet of Things (IOT) and Cloud computing. They had a hands-on practice in Huawei Technologies’ most advanced labs and were also taken on a guided tour of Huawei’s Exhibition hall of digital technology.

The students described their training at Huawei as a great eye opener into the emerging and dominating technologies in the world today. They were particularly ardent about the cloud computing which enables data to be stored in the clouds so that one can easily access it from any place on a monitor without a computer.

Kasumba Robert a final year student of Software Engineering from Makerere University said he liked the future potential of Huawei 5G network which will open doors to an all connected world.

“With an all connected world, my proposal on helping farmers get information about the common crop and animal diseases as well as pests will easily come to life and many homes shall be able to share the much-needed information easily and cheaply or at no cost at all”, Kasumba said.

Oola Gerald a finalist of Information Technology at Muni University said the training has shown him that implementing the technologies and embracing them is not as hard as he earlier thought.

“I have learnt that in order to leverage on the emerging 4.5G and 5G technologies which will dominate the world in the not so far future, I should incorporate remote sensors such as thermometers and blood pressure sensors in my health care proposal in order to have the data processed quickly”.

The students were also passionate about the Internet of Things (IoT) which is the connection between objects, humans and other things using sensors. Karasira Cosmas a year four Computer Engineering student at Busitema University said the Seeds for the Future training has opened up his world to the evolving technology.

”IoT technology can surely be used in the project of installing closed-circuit television camera in our city and towns to curb the rampant crime, safe driving, improved health care and smart homes to mention but a few”, he said.

Mangeni Ajambo Cleopatra a Makerere University finalist of Computer Science said she enjoyed the networking lessons and was looking at the challenge ahead to improve her skills.

She also noted that with a 5G network capable of transmitting data at up to 20 gigabits per second (Gbps), IoT and Cloud computing, the health of a patient with chronic disease can be closely monitored in real time because there will be immediate communication between the wearable gadgets and smartphone.

“With this training I can now say that I am ready to make my contribution to the digital community. I am going to teach my colleagues about the 5G technology and how to build a 4G base station” said Kirembwe Andrew an Information Technology student finalist from Muni University.

As for Annet Mary Nakate a third year Information Systems student from Muni University, she has learnt the basics of networking especially when it comes to modern technology and was also exposed to smart farming.

Mugisha Samuel a second-year student from Muni University said what he found most interesting was the Phone tracking and Quick Response (QR) technology that can help improve the standards in Uganda. He added that the infrared technology he was exposed to can contribute much to his automated solar powered incubator proposal.

Obbo Peter said when he returns to Uganda he will enlighten his friends about the 5G network and encourage them to embrace it since only a few know about the 4G and cannot even tell the difference.

Nanyonga Berinda a Software Engineering finalist from Makerere University described the training as very educational and a mind questioning experience. “Every second I spent in this training is so memorable to me and I would wish to pass on the skills I have learnt from the Chinese people to my colleagues,” she said.

The youngest on the team Abigaba Hilda a First-Year student from Lira University said the training hadn’t been so compatible with what she was learning, but she was however happy to get exposed to the future potential of the 5G network.

According to Huawei’s Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Holy Ranaivozanany, the Seeds for the Future programme was initiated by Huawei Technologies to nurture the talent for tomorrow that will contribute to building the Information and Communication Technology Industry.

“We create a pool of talent that will probably be working for Huawei in the future, or with our competitors and customers but really contributing to the industry. It is important that we give the students a hands-on experience and chance to try and build the networks themselves”, she said.

She added that 108 countries are so far benefitting from the seeds for the Future programme and a total of 3,660 people have benefitted from the 2 weeks study tour to China since it was initiated in 2008.

She also pointed out that many of those who come to Huawei headquarters for the training are inspired by Huawei’s story to believe in what they would like to do in the future and how technology can make a difference in their respective countries. “We hope that in the future these students can apply these technologies in their countries”, she said.

Huawei’s Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility said the programme will continue for the next coming years and she hoped it will continue giving the young talents an open mind and enable them to make a difference by being innovative and bringing in new technologies so as to effectively contribute to the development of the ICT Industry.

The Huawei Seeds for the future programme has been running in Uganda since 2016 and a total of 30 students have benefitted. In China the Ugandan group was twinned with ten students from Myanmar.

Huawei Seeds For The Future Students Learn Chinese To Boost Their Competitiveness

The ten Ugandan ICT students who are on a two-weeks technological study trip in China under the Huawei “Seeds for the Future” Programme 2018 have expressed happiness at the opportunity to learn the Chinese Language.

The students whose ICT related proposals were chosen as the best from the 35 presented by students from the Public Universities in Uganda, were recently flagged off by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni for a hands-on ICT training in China under Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program.

They include Abigaba Hilda from Lira University, Karasira Cosmas from Busitema University, Kasumba Robert, Mangeni Ajambo Cleopatra, Nanyonga Berinda and Obbo Peter   from Makerere University, plus Kirembwe Andrew, Mugisha Samuel, Nakate Annet and Oola Gerald from Muni University.

While in Beijing, Huawei has enabled the Ugandan students to be trained by the Beijing Language and Culture University’s School of Continuing Education for a week in speaking and writing the Chinese language. The students are also being exposed to the Chinese painting and Culture and a test will be administered after the one week and certificates credited to the successful ones.

Oola Gerard, studying Computer Science in Information Technology at Muni University and who is also the Huawei Seed for the Future Student’s leader in China, said it is a great opportunity for him and his colleagues to learn the Chinese language because being able to speak the language will give them a comparative advantage over their peers when competing for relevancy and employment in the global world.

“We need to learn Chinese because China is a big economy and in order for us to benefit from it we need the language which will be our bridge. I am going further to learn more Chinese when I go back to Uganda. We thank Huawei Uganda for this initiative”, he said.

Belinda Nanyonga a Student of Software Engineering from Makerere University urges her peers back home to learn other foreign languages in addition to their professional courses in order to compete favourably in the global world.

She says, “There are many businesses in Uganda owned by the Chinese but since most people cannot communicate in the Chinese language, they are failing to benefit from these business for example like getting employment.”

As for me I have learnt some elementary Chinese and I can now go and buy something in a super market here in Beijing because I even know how to count the money. When I return home, I will ensure that I continue teaching myself using the internet” she added.

The Chinese Lecturer Xíng Xiăoyan lauded the Ugandan students saying they are very interested and keen to learn Chinese. She said she hopes they will in future take more lesson in the language.

While in Beijing the students also visited the Great Wall in Beijing, an historical site traced back to 2,000 years ago and which attracts about 80,000 tourists; both Chinese and foreigners, every day. They were also taken on a guided tour of the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, found in Beijing, which was built on 72 hectares and is the biggest preserved palace in the world.

The Ugandan students will relocate to Shenzhen on Friday where they will have a week of a hands-on training in cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, LTE and cloud computing at the Huawei Technologies Headquarters.

Lina Cao the Public Relations Officer Huawei Technologies (Uganda) Co. Ltd, who accompanied the students to China, urged them to effectively utilize their time in China, take advantage of the ICT expertise and experience and ensure knowledge transfer to their Universities.

This is the third group of students to visit China under the Huawei's “Seeds for the Future” global Corporate Social Responsibility flagship program, which has so far benefitted 30 Ugandan Students since President Yoweri Museveni flagged it off in 2016.

What You Need To Know About Tecno’s Camon X Pro

TECNO last week launched the first 24MP clear selfie camera smartphone – TECNO CAMON X Pro in Lagos, Nigeria - Africa. TECNO also teamed up with world's premier internet company Google, to launch a range of smartphones on Android™ Oreo™ System (Go edition) at its 2018 Global Spring launch which took place at the prestigious Eko Hotel and suite, Victoria Island Lagos.

Andy YAN, Vice President of TRANSSION HOLIDINGSreiterated the brands innovative culture from its formative years till date. He dissected the challenges of emerging markets, their realities and TECNO’s commitment to continually rollout innovative products that are very competitive and accessible to the end users.

“At TECNO, we do not adopt a one-size-fits-all approach in developing our products. We take insights from our consumers’ habits, preferences and needs to develop the next groundbreaking product that fits perfectly into their lifestyle and consequently displaces the competition”.

We are not strangers to the business climes in Africa and other emerging markets of the world,” Stephen HA, Managing Director of TECNO Mobile, added. “in fact, our insights about these markets inform our creativity and define our competitive edge.

TECNO CAMON X Pro: 24MP Clearer Selfie with Live FACE ID

The CAMON X Pro debuts a 24MP + 16MP front and rear cameras with an increased image definition of 30% over that of the CAMON CX to ensure that images are clear and sharp. It dons a 6-inch FHD screen with industry leading 18:9 full view screen, 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM and superfast face recognition technology(featured by FACE ID access).

With a dual ISP image processor, the device can process actions a lot faster as both processors work synchronously together compared to the previous generations of the CAMON. Dark state and noise reduction on the CAMON X has been upgraded by 20% with the memory color function so as to ensure natural color reduction while balancing the color so it can be more pleasant for users to capture incredibly stunning pictures. With portrait background bokeh, the background virtualization function of both CAMON Xand X Pro produce strikingly beautiful selfies with little interference from the background.

You cannot say you have built a next generation smartphone if the device dons a regular camera regardless of its stellar design and features. Smartphone photography is the newest trend and several startup businesses depend on the proficiency of their mobile phone camera to grow their businesses. Thus, the latest CAMON duos are designed to deliver unimaginable precision and appeal to the consumer – a proposition we are proud of.Philex MENG, CMO of TECNO Mobile said.

Nowadays, smartphones have become a major part of our lives and form part of our style. The CAMON X and CAMON X Pro debuts a new Face ID technology that can be used to unlock the phone when lighting up the screen.

By grasping the face information, the Face ID has 50ms recognition rate and is more functional that the fingerprint identification feature. Also, the HiOS UI identifies components causing heating in the background and quickly cools off the phone through a series of methods such as background cleaning.

Compared with the previous generation products, both in speed and power consumption has been significantly improved by leveraging Mediatek’s helio P23.“Everyone expects their new smartphone to do more and better, that’s why MediaTek designed the Helio P23 chipset to enable mobile phones to capture better, connect better and share more..”says Rami Osman, Director MEA for Sales and Marketing at MediaTek, a global leader of high performance and power efficient chipsets.

Commenting on the collaboration with TECNO, Mr. Osman adds:“running on a chipset with 2 Ghz speed, 16 nano meter silicon, and a dedicated hardware for image signal processing will give CAMON X and X Pro longer battery life with fantastic photo and video capture experience, and that’s what we do best… combining high-end features with affordability.

TECNO F Series: Built For Speed by Google Android™ Oreo™ System

At the launch, TECNO Mobile also unveiled a new smartphone series called the F Series. This TECNO’s mid-range smartphones comes with impressive processing memory and commendable cameras.

The TECNO F series dons full display IPS Touchscreen, 2MP front cameras for F1 and F2, and 5MP front cameras for POP1 (F3). All of them are with widedegree Selfie Panorama which will enable users rotate the device from side-to-side in order to take stunning wide-angle selfies.

TECNO F series are powered by Android™ Oreo™ (Go Edition) which is optimized to offer consumers a number of benefits including a smooth and fast experience tailored to devices with 1GB of RAM or less, new and reimagined Google apps for entry-level smartphones including GoogleTM Go, YouTube Go, and the Google Assistant for Android (Go edition) and an enhanced data efficiency.

Sagar Kamdar, Director, Product Management, Android, said: Android Oreo (Go edition) is specifically optimised to bring the magic of Google and Android to smartphones with limited memory and processing power. We’re excited to see TRANSSION group take the next step towards bringing computing to more people by launching Android Oreo (Go edition) phones on its brand.

We are also delighted to announce our partnership with Google. As the mobile industry continue to evolve and consumers continue to ask for more, we are certain with our expertise and resourceful partnerships with the likes of Google, we will be able to effectively cater for the needs of mobile phone consumers in emerging markets” Arif Chowdhury, Group Vice President TRANSSION concluded.

The F Series will ship in early-April to Nigeria and The CAMON X series will ship in mid-April to mobile phone markets across the world and the prices will be based on the local market rates.

First Lady Sends Off Hawei’s 2018 Seeds For The Future Students To China

The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Museveni flagged off ten Ugandan ICT Students to undergo a two-weeks hands on ICT training in China under Huawei’s ‘Seeds for the Future’ program last Thursday 29th March 2018.

The “Seeds for the Future” is Huawei's global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) flagship program that selects top college students in ICT-related courses for a technological study trip in China.

The flagging off ceremony for this third team of Ugandan students was held at State House Nakasero on Thursday afternoon. It was witnessed by the Chinese Embassy Charge De Affairs H.E Chu Maoming, Huawei’s Managing Director Jerry Liujiawei and the Principal College of Computing and Information Science Makerere University Tonny Oyana among others.

Hon. Janet Museveni, on behalf of Government of Uganda, thanked the Republic of China and in particular Huawei for this Corporate Social Responsibility Programme saying it is crucial to the development of ICT which is now a key driver for economic development globally. “I really thank you for standing with Uganda in our struggle to build our muscle in ICT for our developing country in the global community”, she said.

She encouraged the successful students to maximize the opportunity and make the best of it to learn more and on return, to pass on the knowledge to others. “As you are going to China remember to be a good citizen and also learn the principle of serving others first and yourself last. If you remember this in life it will take you a long way and give you mileage”, she said. She also urged them to be good ambassadors for Uganda when in China and to make good friends for themselves and Uganda.

Huwaei’s Managing Director Jerry Liujiawei thanked the government of Uganda through the Ministry of Education and Sports for making Huawei’s vision of bridging the digital divide and making Uganda a better-connected place real through the Seeds for the Future program.

He said “In Uganda the program successfully started in 2016 with President Museveni flagging off the 10 ICT talents to Beijing and Shenzhen. We pledge our continued support to the digitization process of this nation by using this program to cultivate more ICT talents that are crucial to ICT sector development, thus boosting industry growth and driving development of different other sectors”.

Mr. Liujiawei further said that the Seeds for the Future program has been implemented in 96 countries and international organizations worldwide benefitting over 30,000 students from 280 Universities.  He pledged that Huawei will continue to work with Government and other relevant parties to build vital ICT systems in Uganda. 

The Charge De Adffairs Chinese Embassy in Uganda H.E Chu Maoming thanked Huawei for continuing to implement the Seeds for the Future Programme over the years. He also thanked the Ministry of Education for being part of the process.

H.E Maoming thanked President Museveni and the people of Uganda for the congratulatory message to the Republic of China’s President Xi Jinping who was recently re-elected. He said China’s leadership has committed to further developing its relationship with Africa and Uganda in particular. The Ambassador also congratulated the Ugandan students and hoped that they learn a lot from China.

Tonny Oyana, Principal College of Computing and Information Science Makerere University, who represented the Vice Chancellor, thanked Ministry of Education and Sports for allowing Makerere to coordinate the Seed for the Future programme.

He appreciated the judges who considered the 35 Technological proposals from the Public Universities and Huawei for the competence-based learning and opportunity for exposure they are offering to the students. “You are opening a new chapter in your life. Remember to be a productive citizen and to serve others first other than yourselves”, Oyana advised the students.

The ten successful students from the Universities of Makerere, Muni, Lira and Busitema, chosen from the 35 who presented technological proposal for consideration, leave for China on the 6th of April 2018. They will visit Beijing and Shenzhen and will have opportunity to study and gain work experience at Huawei’s headquarters and also be exposed to Chinese culture and cross-cultural work experience in a global business environment.

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