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Tecno Mobile To Launch New Family Devices

TECNO Mobile is about to introduce into the market new family friendly devices but the Chinese mobile phone maker has remained tight lipped on the specifications of the incoming gadgets.

A statement released by TECNO says the new smartphone family will come in 2 variants – ‘a regular” and ‘a Plus’ adding that the new TECNO smartphone will be a budget smartphone.

Its is, according to information available, coming with beautiful design and satisfactory features, enabling it to out-perform other devices within its market segment – a segment that seems to have a lot of competition.

Riding on the success of the CAMON CX & CX Air, the new series will sure have some “extra” functionality that should help it furthermoreoptimize its photography performance.

Asides from insights about what market segment the device will be playing in, every other detail about the device(s) are just guesses based on current knowledge of budget smartphones and their offerings.

But for what we’ve come to know the brand to be, we expect TECNO to spice up the offering on these devices, so we should be correct with most of our predictions.

This new series was rumored to have priced around 60-100 dollar…Based on our knowledges that the products fall on this price range at the present market are with: Android 6.0, 1GM RAM; 2000-4000m Ah battery; 2-4MP for front camera; so what specs will TECNO’s new series own to win over? The answer could be simple ——just be better.

We would be quite disappointed if the new series come out of the box with anything below Android 7.0 (Android 6.0 is so outdated), and we’d also expect at least a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM to run apps fairly well and with big battery.

At current standing, not much specifics have been made available by TECNO, so we will just keep our ears on the ground for more developments as they unravel.

It will however be interesting to see how competitive an already saturated low to mid-range end of the smartphone market will fare with this new entrant, especially as the product series will challenge existing competition to deliver a lot of value to consumers without compelling them to break the bank.

Consumers who are on a budget can be assured of having an array of options to choose from.

Jumia Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary With 50% Discount On Sugar

Africa’s biggest e-commerce company, Jumia, has hit its five-year mark and is celebrating by throwing a Super Anniversary Sale on www.jumia.ug and through the Jumia app.

The discount sale launched on 26th July and will continue until 2nd August 2017. Thousands have already flocked to the online shop to enjoy discounts of up to 50% OFF electronics, appliances, home supplies, fashion and most especially sugar – which goes for just 3,000 UGX per kilo during the Jumia Anniversary Sale.

Intense inflation has driven the market price of sugar up to between 5500 and 7000 UGX per kilo in recent months, so Ugandans have flocked to www.jumia.ug to make the most of the heavily slashed prices.

Other discounts causing a shopping frenzy amongst Ugandans include some buy 1 get 1 free deals on Fero Smartphones; discounted beverages from popular alcohol brands (in partnership with UBL); exclusive prices on DSTV decoders + FREE installation when customers order on Jumia; and hundreds of other exclusive offers.

In addition to the online promotion, the #JumiaIs5 campaign includes social media spotlights on the individuals who have contributed to the Jumia story over the past years, plus live activations around Kampala and Entebbe - where revellers can place orders and stand a chance to win prizes.

Jumia Uganda’s Marketing Manager, Stacey Mwesezi explained how Jumia Uganda has doubled its regular website traffic since the start of the celebration sale. “The online and offline response to the 5 year Jumia Anniversary Sale has been special,” said Mwesezi.

“The same customers who have made Jumia the number one online shop in Uganda have come to support us once again. We have also gained an incredible number of new customers, who we trust have enjoyed the convenience of shopping online and the benefits of finding items at the best prices possible.”

Check out the Jumia Anniversary discount celebration on www.jumia.ug and follow @JumiaUG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

#JumiaIs5

 

Victoria University Showcases Security Mobile Phone App

Seven students from the Victoria University Faculty of ICT led by their Guild President Peter Isiko showcased a security mobile app they call ‘Nisaidie’, a Swahili word meaning ‘help me’.

The creation of the mobile app is premised on the many and increasing crimes that remain unreported due to lack of swift access to security and emergency service providers.

Mathew Okema, one of the seven students who designed the app, says Uganda has about 100, 000 emergency service providers but people only know or use the Uganda Police Force.

“The aim of this app is to improve productivity, when we say productivity; we mean the way things are done. The app aims to assist in efficient deployment of emergency services,” Okema clarifies.

“The aim here is to connect mobile phone end user, the person who needs the services, to the service provider. This app creates security awareness.” Okema says explains. He noted that problem with policeis that they have enough resources to investigate.

Features of the app

The app has a simple and user friendly menu since it is made to be used during emergencies, a period a user might not have time to maneuver complicated menus.

Its menu consists of categories, account button, chatroom button, audio recorder and access to phone camera. Developers are looking into adding video recording option. 

“We disabled that camera flash because it would alert the attacker. What we are working on is replacing still photos with a video recording system,” Okema says. It has access to GPS and Google maps.

The app has been made to bring comfort to the user – knowing that at any one time, you can call for help and there are people to have my back – and itimproves flexibility – with this app, you don’t have to call service providers, they come to you.

How the app works

For starters, you will need a smartphone operating on an Android OS with internet connectivity. Plans are underway to have the app on other OSs. Download and install the app on your smartphone and create an account using your Gmail email and mobile phone number.

Peter Isiko says that your phone and app are verified by sending a verification code on your mobile number. Once you are done with installing and registering, in case of an emergency, you can ‘launch the app by tapping on its icon on your phone menu’.

“When you launch the app, you will see the ‘N’ symbol which we refer to as the panic button. That is exactly what you press in case of an emergency situation,” Peter Isiko, the Guild President and one of the makers of the app, explains.

“When you click the panic button, you phone will start doing a couple of things including recording audio of whatever is happening in your environment and taking pictures using the front and back cameras instantaneously,” he adds.

The app currently has three categories of emergencies. These are accidents, robbery and fire. “When you click on any of the emergency category, the app will send an SMS to your emergency service provider or contact as you customized the app. Then they can take action,”

One of the major dependencies of the app is that you must have internet connection much as you will and can send an SMS to an offline contact, but to maintain relevance of the app, you must be online, Isiko elaborates.

In an interview on the sidelines of the expo, Okema revealed that the app is constantly registering your GPS location with 80 percent accuracy even when you have switched off your GPS locator.

“When the GPS is switched off, it switches to offline mode that is how offline maps are generated,” says Okema.

“Because of good offline Google maps, we have been able to incorporate that in the app. We incorporated the coding of Google maps into out app,” he adds.

“If you shift location, let’s say from Kampala to Mbarara, the app will detect that you are in a new area and advise you to download a map for that area,”

“It waits for the new location to be pinged for more than five minutes – which means that you are going to be in that area for long – then it asks if you should download the map for that area,”

When the audio and photos are recorded, the app keeps them on the phone and cloud because of privacy issues. They are available only in case death happens or when police wants to carry out criminal investigations.

Police picks interest in the app

Okema says that they have interacted with police officials and they are interested in the app. “We had representatives of police here at the University when we developed the initial app. They advised us to make it free and incorporate it in their community policing software and programs,” Okema said in an interview.

“We don’t want to make it look like it is only for the police. Some of the services provided by police are also provided by other people like private security companies, hospitals, etc.

So we are catering for people who are stigmatized by police and those who believe in police. You can have police contacts or private security service providers as your emergency contact in the app. Or ambulance service providers or insurance company.”

The app will not stop crimes from happening but it will create awareness, Okema says. Asked to what extent the app will curb crime, Okema explains that the app will not stop crimes from happening but it will create crime awareness and aid law enforcers in curbing crime.

“Every time someone sends out an alert, it’s kept on record, so this helps law enforces to know where there is a high crime rate and act or deploy promptly.” Okema said.

 

 

Ugandan Among Top Three Innovation Prize For Africa Cash Prize Winners

The sixth edition of the coveted Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) culminated with a bang as the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) awarded three more African innovators for their incredible innovations.

Out of the total of over 2500 applications, 10 nominees were selected, and from these Aly El-Shafei of Egypt emerged as the Grand Prize winner, with Philippa Ngaju Makobore of Uganda landing the Second Prize, and Dougbeh-Chris Nyan of Liberia winning the Special Prize for Social Impact.

Each one of the seven remaining nominees also went home with US$ 5 000 voucher to be used to further develop their innovations. Moreover, all nominees and winners will benefit from IPA post prize activities aiming at moving their innovations to the next level.

The main obstacle in increasing electricity generation capacity in Africa continues to be the high cost of producing electricity, which is forcing governments to subsidize consumption.

Dr. El-Shafei’s innovation, Smart Electro-Mechanical Actuator Journal Integrated Bearing (SEMAJIB), is a world-class solution that supports energy generating turbines and can be used to improve efficiency and reduce costs of generating energy in Africa.

Meanwhile, inadequate medical solutions to efficiently administer drugs or to diagnose diseases continue to affect the quality of healthcare delivery in many parts of the continent.

Makobore’s invention, known as Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF) and Dr. Nyan’s multiple disease rapid detection test, both offer ingenious solutions aimed at raising the quality of healthcare provision in Africa.

AIF collaborated with the Government of Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC) and Ghana@60 Planning Committee to host IPA 2017, which was themed ‘African Innovation: Investing in Prosperity’.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, presided over the prestigious awards ceremony, held at Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra in Ghana.

AIF Founder, Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, Founder, African Innovation Foundation, explained that the 2017 edition of IPA has been all about galvanizing support for African innovators in order to mobilize increased investments to help them commercialize and scale their innovations at a greater rate.

“AIF has rewarded IPA 2017 for developing solutions that can truly add value to the lives of Africans, and I believe that these innovations have incredible commercial potential and will succeed in attracting the right investments to go to the next stage.”

IPA 2017 Chairman of the Jury, Prof Nyasse Barthelemy said that the deliberation was tough as the quality of innovations were high. “Each of the innovations, in their own respective ways, were winners as they represented local solutions to local challenges.

“It came down to the wire but we believe we have awarded the most compelling innovations this year. We look forward to seeing what comes next for the incredible innovations from IPA2017 innovators and wish them the very best”.

The patented innovation, SEMAJIB), by Dr. El-Shafei who walked away with the Grand Prize of US$ 100, 000, is a smart bearing that significantly improves turbine performance in single line combined cycle plants as well as conventional generator technology.

Patented in the US since 2010 with another patent pending, the device is designed to be used to support energy generating turbines more efficiently and cost effectively in Africa.

SEMAJIB is an innovation that does not currently exist in the West, and already Siemens' has indicated interest in the device. A world class innovation originating from Africa, SEMAJIB reverse Africa's image as a technology consumer to technology producer. Production of these bearings in Africa will also generate jobs and increased revenue for Africa.

Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECFG) by Philippa, who bagged the Second Prize of US$ 25, 000, is designed to accurately administer intravenous (IV) fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.

It is easy to operate and has key safety features, which include alarms for rate of infusion (rapid or slow), total volume (over or under) and faulty sensors. A battery utilizing a hybrid (AC mains and solar) charging bed powers the device. IV infusions are critical for both adults and children in various situations. Over 10% of children admitted to East African hospitals need immediate infusion therapy.

Findings from the FEAST trial indicates that over-infusion in children increased the absolute risk of death by 3.3 % at 48 hours. Erroneous delivery rates can result into serious adverse effects. The ECGF has the potential to save lives by providing accuracy and safety at 8% the cost of a brand new infusion pump.

Dr. Dougbeh, who was awarded the Special Prize for Social Impact of US$25 000, developed a rapid test that can detect and simultaneously differentiate at least three to seven infections at the same time.

His diagnostic test is fast and easy to use in any setting and is able to detect and distinguish multiple infections which bear the same symptoms for instance, when a patient has yellow fever, malaria, and Ebola.

Whereas most testing methods take three to seven days, this device gives test results in ten to forty minutes. Dougbeh is currently working on the second prototype of his innovation after obtaining positive results from his first prototype.

The results have been validated with human clinical samples, peer-reviewed and published in several respected scientific journals such as ‘Nature-Scientific Reports’. His innovation has the potential of being a game changer in the continent in the detection and management of infectious diseases for quality patient-care.

The 2017 awards welcomed hundreds of entries from outstanding innovators. For the first time, IPA nominees include innovators from Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Zimbabwe, and featured a stronger presence of women that in any of the years past. The exceptional quality of entrants, finalists and winners delighted this year’s judges and made for a thrilling awards celebration night.

Huawei: Building Smart Communities In Africa By Enabling Development Of IoT

Huawei, which recently won a GSMA award for its NB-IoT solution, says its vision is to support and promote the concept of “smart communities” in Africa. 

The global ICT solutions provider is participating in the 2017 GSMA Mobile 360–Africa conference taking place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This year’s event is focused on putting mobile connectivity at the forefront of national digital strategies and leveraging the power of mobile to build smart communities and a digital Africa, inclusive for all. 

During a key note speech at the Mobile 360 event, Huawei South Africa’s, Director for Strategic Partnerships & New Technologies, Dr. Bello Moussa says, “Huawei’s vision for IoT is to enable and promote a smart society, where everything is intelligent, connected and sensing. A network should be in place to unlock the connectivity that empowers a smart community.” 

GSMA wants to see smart communities in Africa 

According to a new GSMA study, more than half a billion people across Sub-Saharan Africa will be subscribed to a mobile service by 2020. The GSMA says building a connected network to support the growth of smart communities is critical. 

“The IoT market in Africa is huge; as a platform provider we see our role as a key enabler for the growth and development of IoT on the continent. Once deployed, IoT has the potential to create socio-economic growth in Africa. Many organisations are either already using or planning to implement IoT in their operations,” said Dr. Moussa. 

Global ICT consulting and advisory firm International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast IoT revenues in the Middle East and Africa will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 21.3% over the next four years to total more than $14.3 billion in 2020. This growth would be led by IoT investment in manufacturing, transportation and utilities.

Huawei’s role in digital transformation

The goal of Huawei’s IoT solutions is to generate new revenue streams for its carrier customers in a diverse range of vertical industries including smart-home, smart metering and the connected car. 

 “Huawei is devoted to establishing a better IoT ecosystem by cooperating with leading global IoT players. We want to collaborate with our clients, developers and industry players to build a better connected Africa together, said Dr. Moussa. 

NB-IoT is widely accepted as the best solution for Africa because the technology supports low-powered wide-area networks, allowing for wide and deep coverage. In late June 2017, Huawei’s NB-IoT solution received the "Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks" award at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai.

 

Huawei To Use Mobile Broadband To Drive Economic Growth in Africa

The leading global ICT solutions provider Huawei says it is ready to partner with African governments, operators and private companies to advance economic and social development in the continent through enhancing mobile broadband; it made this announcement at the GSMA Mobile 360 Africa which started in Dar es Salaam Tuesday.

Huawei stressed its commitment to creating value for communities by collaborating with operators to support them maximize network assets and deploy wireless broadband to the home to enhance Mobile Broadband (MBB) penetration and narrow the digital divide between urban and rural areas. Extending MBB coverage across African countries will help to alleviate poverty, improve healthcare and education, and expand financial inclusion.

The GSMA predicts that over the next five years there will be 720 million smartphones in use and up to 60% MBB connections in African markets. The enhanced connectivity will result in the increase of national competitiveness, innovation capacity and overall productivity.

The main challenges the industry faces in expanding coverage in both rural and urban areas include high CAPEX, difficulties in site acquisition, high infrastructure cost and long return on Investment.

To seize the growth opportunities in Africa, Huawei’s approach is to support operators through optimizing total cost of operation, shortening ROI and enhancing site efficiency. Huawei is raising Three-Star Site Solutions, namely PoleStar, TubeStar, and RuralStar. These scenario-specific solutions will help enable more sites in a simple, fast and cost-efficient manner.  

Dr. Mohamed Madkour, Huawei’s Vice President of Wireless Networks Marketing & Head of Global Demand Generation, said: “Beside optimum network solution for different deployment scenarios in Africa, we identified three business and industry alliances. Number one, content aggregation, for example, video cloud, game cloud and music cloud. Number two, site ecosystem alliance. Number three, fiber to the home alliance.”

Rapid deployment of home broadband and indoor digital business will improve coverage and the user experience by utilizing operators’ mobility resources like 4G, 4.5G and the coming 5G.

"We are very optimistic in terms of opportunities in Africa despite all of the challenges that have been mentioned. So telecos just need to take actions and deploy the right business solutions in order to capture those opportunities," Mohamed said.

Huawei Partners With Worldremit To Accelerate Mobile Money Transfers

Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit and Huawei have announced a partnership making WorldRemit’s international money transfer service available to all partners of Huawei’s mobile money service platform across Africa. 

The partnership, which was announced at the GSMA’s Mobile 360 conference in Dar es Salaam, enables Huawei to add a ready-made solution for remittances - a growing mobile money product offering - to its existing suite of services. By enabling WorldRemit to connect to over 100 million mobile accounts currently using Huawei’s platform, the deal will improve access to mobile money remittance for millions of people.

WorldRemit is the first international remittance company to partner directly with Huawei. The deal is expected to accelerate WorldRemit’s technical integrations with new mobile money operators. Technical integration is frequently a barrier to offering international remittances for mobile network operators (MNO’s), according to the GSMA.

Together, WorldRemit and Huawei are lowering that barrier, enabling all Huawei partners to swiftly switch on this service. “International remittance is a very important mobile money service in Africa, and our partnership with WorldRemit will bring international remittances directly to Huawei’s customers across the continent,” said David Chen, VP of Huawei Southern Africa .

Huawei is committed to providing advanced mobile money platforms and technologies to global mobile money operators.”

Ismail Ahmed, Founder & CEO of WorldRemit, said: “We are delighted to add our remittance offering to Huawei’s extensive range of services for mobile money providers. By making it easier to connect to our service, our partnership will accelerate our ability to introduce our safe, fast and low-cost remittance service to millions of people.”

Huawei built its mobile money services platform to help deliver basic banking transactions in developing countries. The technology is not restricted, and because it works on both smartphones and basic handsets, it has been particularly successful in developing markets.

WorldRemit is the leading global provider of remittances, processing 74% of all international transfers to mobile money accounts coming from money transfer operators. WorldRemit makes sending money as easy as sending an instant message.

Students Showcase ICT potential At Victoria University ICT Challenge

Ten Schools battled it out for bragging rights at the inaugural Victoria University Youth ICT Challenge which was hosted by Kampala Parents School on Saturday. The daylong event was supported by Lighthouse Television.

The objective of the challenge was to position Victoria University as a unique provider of practical, innovative ICT skills for development. The Challenge brought together different professionals in the ICT world to guide the youngsters.

Participating students showcased their creative ICT innovations like Mobile Apps, web portals, hardware engineering and the use of ICT in finding solutions in the health, agriculture and education sectors.

Nabisunsa High School showcased their Dagala App, a health project (dagala national hospital) which aims at providing key disease information, prescription of medicine and disease symptoms. Nabisunsa also showcased an App, EdHub which collects and provides revision notes of selected subjects to students.

Luzira SS presented Home is Paradise App which connects architects, land lords, home builders to promote appropriate buildings in society, improve quality of services to a global scale, create jobs and eliminate brokers.

Gayaza High School’s App, Diabeat –IT, which helps fight diabetes, was eye catching. It has a chat room - you can ask questions. With the App, you can monitor the type of food to eat and eating habits. Students said they want to make the App a global app addressing various diseases.  

Bishop Cyprian Kihangire presented the EduApp which provides ‘free education’. The App has cloud storage functionality. The App has a text book data base, syllabus coverage ‘making life easier at school’. Kalinabiri SS showcased their App, Mobile Cardiologist, designed to address issues related to cardiovascular illnesses.

Some schools like St Mark Namagoma innovated physical equipment (hardware) to support their mobile Apps. St Mark the eventual winners of the challenge presented the Farmers Machine which aims at boosting farm inputs.

The dean of ICT at Victoria University Terry Kahuma described the innovations presented by the youngsters as ‘very very good’ while the acting vice chancellor of the university encouraged students to use ICTs to access information.

Huawei Seeds For The Future End Technological Training In China

Ugandan ICT students who were recently flagged off by Hon. Dr. JC Muyingo to China complete their technological training known as Huawei Seeds for the Future program. The two weeks training was held in Beijing, the capital city of China, and Shenzhen, where Huawei headquarter is located. 

The Seeds for the Future program was started globally in 2008 by Huawei to nurture professionals who are urgently needed to drive development of the ICT industry in countries where it operates.  The 10 talents who concluded the training were selected by the Ministry of Education and Sports in patnership with Huawei. These werethen flagged off to China on 29thMay 2017 at Makerere University Main Building Hall.

The 10 Students who took part in this training from the various universities of Uganda such as Makerere, Muni, Lira, Gulu, Mbarara, Busitema and Kyambogo featured as Uganda Seeds for the Future 2017. These were trained in the Chinese language (Mandarin), Chinese culture, Chinese calligraphy and painting among others in Beijing from 3rd to 9th June.

They then travelled to Shenzhen, Huawei’s Headquarter where they had training in telecom networks, cloud computing, Internet of Things, road to 5G, how to build base stations, a voyage through Huawei’s Carrier Business, a voyage through Huawei’s Enterprise Business and trainings on how to be a network engineer among others. 

Speaking at the Students visit to the Uganda High Commission in Beijing, Col. Emmanuel Rwashande the Defence Attaché of the Commission commended Huawei for the efforts of exposing the young ICT talents of Uganda to the latest technologies. 

“I humbly request Huawei to continue with this great work and also widen the scope of training to create more impact to Uganda’s development,” he added. 

Sharon Judith Lalam from Gulu University narrates her experience from the Seeds for the Future; “First and foremost, I thank Huawei for its efforts in enriching our lives through the “Seed for the Future program.” I have had a great experience in China for the two weeks under this programme.

Through tourist visits to the Great Wall, the cultural village and the museum, I have enjoyed a lot, learnt the Chinese culture and many more things. Lectures at Beijing Language and Cultural University and at Huawei Headquarter in Shenzhen, taught us a lot of technological things like configuring 4G network, visiting exhibition hall which taught us how we can implement our ideas and many more.”

 

Huawei NB-IoT Solution Receives GSMA's Innovation Award

Witnessed by experts from the global telecommunications industry and the media, Huawei’s NB-IoT solution received the "Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks" award issued by GSMA at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2017.

As one of the industry’s most comprehensive NB-IoT solutions, Huawei's NB-IoT solution was cited for its outstanding achievements and contributions in technological innovation, industry research, and applied practice.  

GSMA functions to connect participants throughout the global mobile communications ecosystem, including almost 800 operators and over 300 enterprises. The association lays significant emphasis on addressing common concerns to best serve the interests of mobile operators worldwide.

GSMA's "Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks" award identifies and rewards Internet of Things (IoT) products, solutions, services, and new business models to highlight innovative breakthroughs based on new technological developments and standards of mobile networks.

Huawei's NB-IoT solution comprises an NB-IoT terminal chipset, terminal operation system LiteOS, NB-IoT RAN and EPC, OceanConnect (a cloud platform for IoT management), and OpenLab that helps related enterprises develop IoT services and applications.

The goal of the Huawei NB-IoT solution is to jointly build a better connected IoT solution and ecosystem with operators and partners from a diverse range of vertical industries. Huawei was the first to launch associated products after 3GPP released standards formulated for NB-IoT.

In 2016, Huawei began conducting trials NB-IoT applications in conjunction with mainstream operators and partners. In early 2017, Huawei launched Boudica120, the world’s first commercial NB-IoT chip.

This year, Huawei successfully achieved a number of development milestones in terms of Smart Metering, Smart Parking, Smart Lighting, Smart Agriculture, and associated sectors. In March 2017, Huawei jointly released the world's first commercial NB-IoT-based Smart Water project in cooperation with Shenzhen Water and China Telecom.

This project, involving 800 MHz NB-IoT base stations managed by OceanConnect, established an industry benchmark for NB-IoT-based applications. Two months later, Huawei participated as a strategic partner of China Unicom Shanghai in the trial commercial project for the world's first 4.5G-based large-scale NB-IoT network with continuous coverage.

Huawei assisted China Unicom in establishing more than 2600 base stations throughout Shanghai, offering terminals, servers, Apps, and other necessary products for the project. In June, Huawei and China Telecom co-built the world's first NB-IoT-based Smart Lighting project for commercial use in Yingtan, Jiangxi province.

"Huawei feels sincerely grateful in receiving GSMA's prestigious award that represents one of the top achievements of the mobile communications world in Asia,” said Jiang Wangcheng, President of Huawei IoT Solution.

“This award embodies recognition of the remarkable progress Huawei has made in promoting NB-IoT technological innovation, solution innovation, and ecosystem establishment, as well as advancing development of the mobile communications industry as a whole. 2017 is the starting line for commercial NB-IoT deployment, and Asia, especially China, will be the pace-setter.

Huawei will continue to offer a premium product portfolio and open architecture incorporating chips, LiteOS, RAN, EPC, and a cloud platform. Huawei hopes OpenLabs will continue to contribute more to the win-win development of operators and industry partners. All these combined efforts are in favor of a prosperous future for the NB-IoT ecosystem and a fully connected world which is definitely set to be better than ever." 

In 2017, Huawei is scheduled to deploy over 30 NB-IoT networks for Utility, Smart City, Smart Agriculture, and other sectors in more than 20 countries across the globe.

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