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Kireka Barracks School Gets Huawei, MTN Laptops

Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider partnered with MTN Uganda to give laptops and schoolbags to pupils of Kireka Barracks School located in Kireka a suburb of Kampala.

This patnership is in relation to the ongoing 11th edition of  MTN’s 21 Days of Yello Care initiative; a staff volunteerism project that aims to continue driving access to education, particularly through the digitalization of teaching and learning in the countries in which MTN operates. This year the project is running under the theme “Investing in Education for All”

The Huawei team joined MTN staff to take part in the various community activities that were being carried out at the school such as cleaning, painting, renovation and eating lunch with the students.

Mr. Hao Wen, the Huawei MTN Account Group Director noted that:”In this regard, Huawei and MTN have jointly given to Kireka Barracks School laptops and School bags worth 10,000,000UGX to the teachers and pupils to aid in administrative work, computer skills transfer and welfare of the children.”

In response to this, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the MTN CEO thanked Huawei in particular for its contribution that is going to make a difference in the lives of the children of the school.

“Thank you so much our partners for the giving to this cause, which shows the spirit of giving back to the community as corporates who want to bring a change in the lives of Ugandans.

Today I pledge that the 21 days of Yello Care is not the end, but a beginning of a continuous commitment from MTN and its partners to really contribute and invest in the education of this country,” he added.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police Mr. Asan Kasingye, who is also the Chief Guest commended MTN and its partners for investing in Education because it was a way of making the future of the children brighter than the days he went to school.

The School also received a donation of a renovated classroom blocks, text books, food stuffs, plates and cups, cleaning equipment and 40 three seater desks from MTN Uganda.

Tecno Mobile Announces Ramadan CSR Drive

TECNO Mobile has this week announced the #GivingBackWithTECNO corporate social responsibility (CSR) drive that will see the mobile phonecompany join hands with its customers during the Holy month of Ramadan and give back to society, in particular Sanyu Babies Home on Eid Day.

The CSR drive commenced on the 5th June and will end on 24th June, involving different activities across the city that will see customers buy selected TECNO Mobile models that is; the CX, CX Air, L9, L9 Plus, Phantom 6 and the Phantom 6 Plus from participating dealership shops in Kampala.

A portion of the money from the sold models will be directed towards the #GivingBackWithTECNO campaign and will finalize with a visit to Sanyu Babies Home with selected items to donate to Children on Eid day.

The #GivingBackWithTECNO CSR drive will take a period of 3 weeks over which TECNO Mobile invites Ugandans to join it, in giving back by purchasing the selected models above. Amongst these models are TECNO’s latest Camon CX and CX Air, both best known for taking quality pictures, the L9 and L9 Plus also known for having outstanding batteries that can last over 72 hours without charge.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these smartphones will go towards buying items for Sanyu Babies Homeand these will be delivered on Eid day on top of the company’s own contribution. The activities will run parallel both in the selected TECNO partner shops and on TECNO’s social media channels. Participating customers will also be awarded with assorted TECNO gifts as appreciation for contributing towards this cause.

Last year, TECNO visited the Ntinda School of the Deaf in a similar CSR drive and pledges to continue giving back to Ugandan society in the upcoming years.

Speaking during the launch of the #GivingBackWithTECNO campaign, TECNO’s marketing manager, Mr. Ralap Yang commented that TECNO Mobile Uganda is doing this campaign during Ramadan in the hope that they can work together with their mobile phone users.

 

Huawei, Telecom Operators To Help Farmers Increase Efficiency

Huawei X Labs last week released a white paper that highlights the potential for telecom operators to help farmers increase efficiency and productivity through smart agriculture.

The report identifies significant opportunities for telecom operators to provide end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) services to contribute to the entire agriculture value chain.

Huawei X Labs estimates that by 2020 the total addressable market for telecom operators in agriculture will be USD 12.9 billion from vertical integration, partnership and marketing, and value added services.

In the face of accelerated global urbanization and the declining number of farmers, smart agriculture is becoming increasingly critical as a key measure to enhance agricultural productivity.

With the expansion of smart phones and internet penetration as well as increasing adoption of technology in agriculture, better measurement and management of vital aspects of farming are foreseeable by using Internet of Things (IoT).

Sensors can communicate real-time information to assess the conditions of soil, crops and the air, predict weather patterns, and monitor equipment and vehicles.

Smart agriculture fosters productivity and efficiency by guiding farmers to make the best decisions at the right time for optimized production.

However, the report shows that connectivity still remains a key obstacle for smart farming as connectivity services in agriculture have not yet reached the maturity levels that they have reached in other verticals, such as retail and automotive.

Additional barriers that need to be overcome to drive smart agriculture include the cost of deploying and maintaining services, lack of industry standards for data management applications, and the fragmented nature of the agriculture sector.

The report highlights that narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), which has strong industry support as an effective global standard for low power wide area (LPWA) connectivity, will deliver a step-change in the number and type of things that can be connected to the Internet by offering efficiency, the reliability of licensed spectrum, low cost, secure connectivity and a long battery life.

By integrating LPWA connectivity into their existing IoT platforms, operators will be able to achieve further economies of scale, lower prices and enable new IoT applications. By collaborating with LPWA technology providers, Huawei X Labs finds that by 2020, telecom operators can generate an estimated revenue of USD 4.46 billion.

The report also provides detailed applications of IoT for smart agriculture that represent significant opportunities for telecom operators. These include precision farming, variable rate technology, smart irrigation, drones, smart greenhouse, yield monitoring, livestock monitoring, payment systems, information platform and agricultural trading platforms. In addition, the report examines smart agriculture business cases to demonstrate the benefits of smart agriculture solutions.

Qiu Heng, President of Marketing Operations, Huawei Wireless Solution, said: “Connected farm is the future of farming. Connecting, collecting and analysing data in real-time through fast and reliable IoT applications is becoming crucial as farmers need to maximize their yields while reducing their costs.

Huawei X Labs report highlights the incredible opportunity open to telecom operators to expand their services beyond pure connectivity and offer end-to-end IoT services that can be used throughout the agricultural value chain. By innovating collaboratively with telecom operators, we aim to help them implement smart IoT solutions that enable the connected farm to become a reality.”

To realize the potential of IoT solutions in smart agriculture, requires collaboration among all parties in the ecosystem including telecom operators and LWPA solution providers to focus on developing innovative capabilities, technology solutions and partnerships. X Labs is Huawei's brand-new research platform for wireless networks.

It intends to bring together customers, technology providers, and partners from vertical sectors to explore future mobile application scenarios, drive business and technical innovations, and build an open ecosystem. X Labs consists of three laboratories with each dedicated to explore people-to-people connections, applications for vertical industries, and applications in household.

Ten Huawei Seeds For The Future Students Fly To China

The Minister of State for Higher Education JC Muyingo urged beneficiaries of this year’s Huawei Seeds of the Future program to be disciplined because they are carrying Uganda’s flag during the two weeks training period in China.

Ten students selected from different universities in Uganda flew out of the country to China on Friday. The minister flagged off the students at Makerere University Main Building Hall on Monday where he counseled the students to acquire hands-on ICT skills and an exposure to the latest trends in the world of technology.

“ICT education is an integral element to socioeconomic development of different countries. We together with our partners Huawei believe that the program shall act as a crucial platform for sharing the latest ICT technologies and enriching students' work experience, helping to prepare them to work efficiently in ICT and their employment places.

I thank Huawei for this wonderful initiative of the Seeds for the Future program that shall witness 10 students go to China to acquire hands-on ICT skills and an exposure to the latest trends in the world of technology,” he added.

This year’s program was launched on April 24th by Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance.35 students from various public universities were recommended to take part in this programamong which 10 were selected.

“With the help of the Ministry and Makerere University, we notified the other various public universities of Uganda such as Muni, Kyambogo, Mbarara, Lira, Gulu and Busitema, which also come on board by sending five students from each to apply for this opportunity.

The 35 proposals from these universities were reviewed by the judges’ team to shortlist the top 20 on 5th May. On 12th May, these 20 were interviewed to get to the top 10 whom we have announced today. The flagged off students shall leave on 2nd June to China for two weeks training,” says Mr. Stanley Chyn, the Managing Director of Huawei Uganda.

The Full list of the flagged off students is as follows:

  1. Hellen RaudhaNakayizafrom Lira University
  2. MarvinGgaliwango from Lira University.
  3. Daniel Mutembesa from Makerere University
  4. Godliver Owomugisha from Makerere University
  5. George JosephSerunjogi from Makerere University
  6. Jonathan Kigozi from Muni University
  7. Francis Bukenya from Busitema University
  8. Sharon JudithLalam from Gulu University
  9. Maria Drolence Mwanje from Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
  10. Maria Angella Namuleme from Kyambogo University

“In many countries, there is a gap between the knowledge learned in the classroom and the skills that are necessary in the real world. Therefore, the pool of skilled personnel should be provided opportunities to learn and apply the latest technologies.

I thank Huawei for being a responsible corporate citizen through its efforts in bridging the digital divide, improving efficiency and enriching lives through a better connected world in Uganda,” says the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda H.E. Zheng Zhuqiang who was also present to witness the flag off.

The Seeds for the Future program was initiated in 2008 by Huawei with over 2700 talents from all over the world for study trips in China.

 

Jumia Returns With Jumia Mobile Week Discounts

A month after the release of Jumia’s Mobile Whitepaper (which presented insights into key Mobile Penetration trends across Africa, and Uganda specifically) – Jumia has thrilled Ugandans with Jumia Mobile Week - a week of exclusive discounts on phones, tablets and mobile accessories. 

From the 22nd to the 28th of May you can expect to see discounts of UP TO 50% off on phones, tablets and mobile accessories, ONLY on www.jumia.ug or through the Jumia app. As usual, Jumia will deliver your order directly to you anywhere in Uganda (you can even expect next day delivery for Jumia Mobile Week orders within Kampala) – and you simply pay cash on delivery or through MTN mobile money. 

Here are some of the top deals:

 

 

Product Name

Market Price

Exclsuive Jumia Mobile Week Price

Discount Percentage

Tecno Camon CX

655,000

589,500

10%

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus

520,000

434,500

16%

Samsung Galaxy Z2

690,000

441,000

49%

Fero Iris

415,000

375,500

10%

Samsung Galaxy S8

3,000,000

2,660,500

11%

Apple iPhone 7

3,000,000

2,600,000

13%

Huawei Ascend Y3II

350,000

263,500

25%

Droid Pad 10

1,100,000

856,500

22%

Itel S31

350,000

286,500

13%

Tecno L9

500,000

515,500

14%

Discounted accessories start from just 7,000 UGX – so don’t forget to order your discounted screen protectors, cases, covers, power banks, selfie sticks and earphones to go with your new phone. Jumia does not have a physical shop, so you have to place your orders through the website: www.jumia.ug or the Jumia App. 

Jumia Social Media:

Facebook – @JumiaMarketUG

Twitter - @JumiaUG

Instagram – @JumiaUG

#JumiaMobileWeek

 

Huawei Interviews Seeds For The Future ICT Aspirants

Twenty (20) ICT students aspiring to be part of this year’s Seeds for the Future program were interviewed by Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Thirty five students from universities like Makerere, Muni, Lira, Gulu, Busitema, Kyambogo, and Mbarara among others applied to be considered for this year’s trip to China.

Huawei will for the second year running take 10 ICT students to China as part of the global Seeds for the Future program. The Seeds for the Future program is an initiative started globally by Huawei in 2008 and in Uganda in 2015 during the President’s Official visit to China.

This program aims at developing young ICT talents all over the world through technological training and hands-on skills transfer at Huawei Headquarters in Shenzhen China. The students submitted proposals on how ICT usage can enhance Uganda’s development in thematic areas of commerce, education, agriculture, transport and health among others.

“These were interviewed by a panel of five judges from Ministry of Education & Sports, NITA and Huawei, on the basis of how their proposed ICT solutions would solve various economic challenges and how usable, how feasible, how sustainable are these to Uganda,” says Mr. Patrick Muinda, the Assistant Commissioner Information and Communication of the Ministry of Education and Sports who was also part of the five panelists who interviewed students.

Muinda also noted in the previous launch ceremony of the 2017 Seeds for the Future program at Makerere on 24th April 2017 that the Ministry of Education and Sports is a partner of the Seeds for the future program 2017. “This program was introduced to the Minister Hon. Janet Museveni earlier this year, which she welcomed and approved all the said activities and timelines to take place.

On this note I thank Huawei for allowing us to be a part and parcel of an initiative that can only add to Uganda’s education sector through knowledge transfer, enhancement of teaching and scientific research capabilities and provision of high quality courses and opportunities for hands-on practice”.

“The 10 students shall be announced at the end of May and flagged off to China for the two weeks training in Beijing and our headquarters at Shenzhen”, says Patrick Tong, Huawei’s Public Relations Director.

Kagame Ready To Work With Huawei On ICT Infrastructure

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has expressed willingness to work with Chinese ICT powerhouse Huawei to construct ICT infrastructure in the tiny East African nation. Kagame was meeting Huawei Senior Vice President Lin Ruiqi in Kigali.

The President added that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Rwandan government and Huawei is very important and the Rwandan government will strongly support Huawei to implement the MOU referred ICT infrastructure projects as soon as possible, in order to connect the Rwandan people.

Ms. Lin Ruiqi said that all the projects under the MOU have been initiated. Huawei will continue to promote the implementation of the projects and help Rwanda to enhance the regional ICT influence.

In March this year, Huawei signed an MOU with the government of Rwanda to open all-round cooperation in the ICT industry. According to the MOU, Huawei will help Rwanda in building Regional Data Centers, National Broadband, Smart Grid and Smart Education among other infrastructures to promote Rwanda to become the regional ICT Hub.

Before their meeting, as the chairman of the Smart Africa Board, Kagame hosted the 5th Smart African Board Meeting. Huawei also attended the meeting as the ICT consultant and member.

Lin Ruiqi said in her speech, "to explore the way of development in line with Africa's actual need is particularly important to African countries' digital transformation. Huawei is willing to share its successful practice in the global ICT field with African countries. With Huawei's rich experience in local operations and advanced technology, products and services, we would like to help to build a "Smart Africa".

To discuss the way to accelerate the transformation of Africa, more than 30 African heads of state, heads of government and ministers attended the meeting, including Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada of São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa Minister of Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele, Nigeria Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu, and Kenya ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru among others.

Smart Africa is an innovation coalition initiated by African heads of state, aiming at improving the overall socio-economic development of the African continent by sharing knowledge and experience, providing affordable broadband access and other ICT technologies.

 

Huawei Donates 40 Internet Connected Laptops To Kamwenge

On 30th April, Huawei delivered 40 laptops fully connected to the internet to schools and district administrative offices in Kamwenge district. The event that was presided by the Minister of ICT and National Guidance Hon. Frank Tumwebaze took place at Rwamwanja Senior Secondary School in Nkoma Sub County. 

The Minister commended Huawei and the Chinese government for their donation and relationship between the two countries. “I commend Huawei for your offer of 40 laptops under your Corporate Social Responsibility program, Government will continue to work with the Chinese government inform of getting grants, loans to finance roads and electricity,” he said. 

The Minister also called upon parents to make sure that their children excelled so that they can have a chance to go to China in the near future through the Seeds for the Future initiative by Huawei. 

Speaking at the event, the Chinese Ambassador H.E. Zheng Zhuqiang who was also the Guest of Honor said, “It is important to know that Chinese companies like Huawei are committed to helping people of Uganda to learn ICT skills and develop the ICT Sector. I know that this ICT boost will not only help in knowledge transfer, but also give the basic hands-on skills for the students, that can be used to get jobs in secretarial bureaus in the district which will enable their welfare and families, I urge the beneficiaries to embrace technology more because the digital has quickly set in.” 

Huawei’s Director of Government and Enterprise Business group Mr. Benny Bai pledged the company’s continuous innovations and knowledge transfer to Uganda through their Corporate Social Responsibility.  Some of the beneficiaries of the laptop donation worth 20,000USD include: Schools such as Bwizi Secondary School, Biguli Secondary School, Rwamwanja Secondary School, Bihanga Secondary and local government offices.

Huawei To Send Ten Seeds For The Future Trainees Again

For the second year running, Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, will send a select team of ten Ugandan trainees to china to sharpen their ICT skills under the Seeds for the Future program. About 30 students from various local universities are competing for the opportunity to represent Uganda. 

ICT and National Guidance minister speaking at the announcing of the program at Makerere University, College of Computing and Informational Science, noted that the program is in line with the ‘Digitization Uganda Strategy’ that is to be completed and launched soon.

“Seeds for the Future program helps cultivate and pool together ICT professionals and students that are crucial to industry development, thus boosting ICT industry growth, driving the development of different sectors and contributing to lower unemployment rates over the long term. To the beneficiary students, please don’t take such opportunities lightly but rather maximize them to become better by gathering useful experiences’’, he said.

The program that was flagged off by H.E. Yoweri Museveni began in Uganda in 2016 with 10 ICT talents visiting China in Beijing and Shenzhen. These were trained in the Chinese culture such as language, calligraphy, painting learning, historical tour in Beijing and cutting-edge ICTs lessons, enterprise management experience sharing, lab practices, Huawei exhibition hall visit and solutions demonstration in Shenzhen, where Huawei’s headquarter is located.

“Our focus this year is to have the top 10 students out of the 35 students recommended by government universities of Uganda through competition. The judges will look through their proposals on “How to accelerate the development of Uganda through ICT” and select the best 10 for the program who shall travel to China on 2nd June for two weeks”, says Stanley Chyn Huawei’s Managing Director at the program launch ceremony.

The Assistant Commissioner Information and Communication of the Ministry of Education and Sports Mr. Patrick Muinda commended Huawei for the program and noted that the Minister of Education approved to partner with Huawei for the activities under the Seeds for the Future 2017.

“The Ministry of Education and Sports is a partner of the Seeds for the future program 2017. This program was introduced to the Minister Hon. Janet Museveni earlier this year, which she welcomed and approved all the said activities and timelines to take place. On this note I thank Huawei for allowing us to be a part and parcel of an initiative that can only add to Uganda’s education sector through knowledge transfer, enhancement of teaching and scientific research capabilities and provision of high quality courses and opportunities for hands-on practice”, he said

The Deputy Chief of Mission Chinese Embassy to Uganda Mr. Chu Maoming noted that Chinese companies like Huawei are committed to the wellbeing of all Ugandans and affirmed that it is a policy for all Chinese enterprises to give back to the locals. The Seeds for the Future program was initiated in 2008 by Huawei with over 2700 talents from all over the world for study trips in China.

80% Customers Use Mobile Phones To Access Jumia Uganda Retail Website

A White Paper released by retail website Jumia Uganda has revealed that 80% of visitors who browse the e-commerce platform use smartphones to buy and sell commodities. The White Paper which was last week launched in Kampala by Sacha Poignonnec, the CEO Jumia Group, also indicates that 69% of the visitors are making actual purchases directly from their handsets.

Jumia Uganda officials while unveiling the White Paper to the media last week said they expect the trend to continue upwards with the availability of 4G connections. The White Paper added that 50% of customers use Google Chrome while 31% use Opera Mini which it said is most favored by new internet users because it boasts data saving features.

Jumia Uganda advised that e-commerce businesses need to adapt to this type of mobile customers who goes online using low specification smartphones and do not have a lot of data.

“Jumia has developed progressive web apps to bridge the gap between conventional web pages and native mobile applications. The result is a lightweight, faster web application that drastically improves the user experience on mobile. For instance, not only will customers get faster loading e-shop, but also push notifications and the ability to browse the shop while offline.”

The Ugandan smartphone market has seen an increase in the use of Chinese imported phones in the last five years, Jumia said. This has seen the number of ‘internet Users’ in Uganda rise to 41% (about 16m Ugandans).

The 41% don’t necessarily need to have personal internet connectivity but can access internet through a friend, office or internet café. Jumia explained that 59% which is not classified as internet users ‘represent a huge potential for internet penetration growth’.

Mobile subscription in Uganda, according to Jumia Uganda, stands at 65% (about 26.6% of 40m Ugandans). Of these 33% access the internet through their hand devices. This has been enabled by the smartphone handset prices reductions – almost by 45%.

From an average of $179 in 2014 to $99 in 2017 however Jumia doesn’t expect much further price reductions in next two years as smartphone makers invest in new technology and sophisticated features – value addition to the handsets.

“With the combination of a rising middle income class and the reduction in average smartphones prices sold on Jumia, we continue to see an upward trend in smartphones sales (a 58% increase from 2014 to 2016).

This however heavily concentrated in urban areas; with 85% of Jumia’s smartphone sales coming from Kampala and surrounding districts. There is a significant opportunity to take the democratization of smartphones up-country.”Jumias said.  

The White Paper revealed unique insight into mobile penetration in Uganda and Africa at large – mostly indicating increased mobile phone use and internet access. The White Paper also indicates a surge in the use of mobile phones specifically smartphones to trade online or what is commonly known as m-commerce. This revolution is bringing new and enhanced consumer experience.

The White Paper comes after a deep research carried out in 15 African countries where Jumia currently operates. These are Uganda, Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Tunisia.   Jumia said the sampled countries represent 80% of Africa’s GDP. Jumia says this gives them a good overview of mobile trends in Africa.

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