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Huawei’s Key Focus Areas For Africa’s ICT Development Revealed

The AfricaCom got underway on 15th November in Cape Town offering a platform for the architects of Africa’s digital future to showcase technologies for Africa’s development. Huawei, diamond sponsor of the 3 day event, under the theme “Building a Better Connected Africa” revealed its key focus areas that will accelerate the proliferation of digital services in the African continent.

Digital transformation is the engine for Africa Telecom industry growth, and it will also empower the innovation of other industries. Huawei focuses on its core businesses and is committed to empowering carriers’ digital transformation with continuous strategic investment aiming at opening up platform capabilities to help carriers to build an open, collaborative, and win-win industry ecosystem to accelerate digital transformation.

Huawei demonstrates the leadership position in the ICT industry, with its innovative solutions in the main pavilion, as well as in its demo and experience pavilion, exhibiting a wide range of solutions such as Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IOT), Smart Home, Cloud ,Video, SDN/NFV, Safe City, etc. These are designed to help African telecom carriers and enterprises transform their network into an agile and flexible one and to realise Operational Efficiency, Smart CAPEX and Business Transformation in the digital era.

Connectivity prevailes as the panacea for the deployment of digital services and applications for enterprises, government and carriers. From now until 2021, the Mobile Broadband (MBB) data traffic in Africa is expected to increase by at least 26-fold, mainly driven by applications such as video, IoT and by connecting the unconnected population.

At the Innovative MBB Solutions stand, Huawei shares the latest insights and showcases the end-to-end MBB solutions, innovative technologies and new products which will allow operators to build ubiquitous mobile broadband networks offering the best user experience.

Leveraging a broad portfolio of ICT infrastructure products, Huawei’s cloud Services Solutions such as Digital inCloud, Video cloud, etc… provide the reliability, agility, and price-performance needed to deliver cutting-edge applications and services quickly, safely, and securely, Huawei promotes the Cloud based ecosystem of services contents and infrastructure applications. 

Through its cloud platform and opening basic video capabilities, Huawei Video Solutions enables customers to develop video services in the quickest manner, deliver supreme user experiences at a cost that were never possible before. Huawei Video Cloud will help customers to quickly bring video services online, reduces the time to market, and ensures the best user experience and data security. Video Cloud supports multiple service scenarios, assisting customers in quick commercial use of video services, promoting industry cooperation and building a win-win video ecosystem based on increasingly open video capabilities.

Huawei's IoT solutions which are currently being launched by many carriers in Africa will drive the digital transformation of carrier’s broadband services by making the world of connected things a reality. Huawei's LTE-based Narrow Broadband IoT (NB-IoT) technology will enable telecom operators in the region to deliver ubiquitous, cellular IoT. This technology will spark new business opportunities in smart metering, smart parking, logistics tracking, and smart cities in Africa.

Huawei’s Smart Home solution features a flexible architecture and access independence. The Smart Home solution incorporates a smart home gateway to connect various smart home appliances, and an IoT connection management platform is required to enable various applications. Huawei has already developed solutions for home health, entertainment, security, and home automation, which promote a safer, happier, and more comfortable and convenient lifestyle. These solutions are designed assist operators to transform from traditional home broadband services to provide intelligent home services powered by Fiber to the x (FTTX) technologies and Wireless to the x technologies (WTTX) to increase subsequent service income revenues.

Connecting people in Africa remains Huawei’s top priority. Huawei Marine in partnership with 20 carriers to build 8 new submarine cables systems and upgrade 2 existing systems in Africa to provide better international data access for 15 countries. To date, Huawei Marine is currently deploying the 6000 km repeatered South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) system between Cameroon and Brazil enabling connectivity for a population of 198 million.

In Addition, this year AfricaCom was an excellent platform for African thought leaders and industry experts, to explore the role of the ICT in driving Africa’s Digital Economy.

A growing number of countries are now focusing on capitalizing on ICT technologies that better serve people, allow for more accurate and efficient decisions, and building a Digital Economy. Many countries have formulated their national ICT strategies and Huawei's focus is centered on building an open digital ecosystem with all industry partners in a wide range of activities such as ICT investment Planning, top-level Consulting, and ICT infrastructure prioritization in order to accelerate digital transformation within different African countries and industries, and promote thriving digital economies.

Huawei’s Southern Africa Region President Mr. Li Peng said, “This year Huawei has demonstrated that it is best positioned to play a pivotal role in supporting digital transformation and development of ICT in Africa. Today, we see that behind a globally competitive connectivity is a strong, collaborative industry chain with high levels of technological convergence and industry integration Huawei looks forward to working closely with industries and academia in the continent to create a Better Connected Africa”.

 

Innovations That Are Fueling Uganda’s Development

You only have to look at how Uganda has grown bigger in people, towns and communities to understand the dilemma any business faces when you think of growth and business in the same sentence.

Uganda is witnessing a huge rural to urban migration, while at the same time the rural to peri-urban development seems to be the driving force for decentralized business models and the boldest companies are taking this head-on, and in the process getting pleasantly surprised at the benefits to this gamble they’ve taken.

With Uganda now actively pursuing an ambitious plan to become middle-income country in less than five years, the significance of a fairer distribution of basic services cannot be overstated. And with that comes the role of the private sector, in a market economy like Uganda’s.

For a lot of businesses, the bold defining step to out of the centre (Capital City) has been one fraught with indecision and often lacklustre execution. This has largely left people who are not at the centre unable to experience certain events, activities and benefits, promotions, and services.

You get the feeling that there has to be a deliberate private-sector led initiative to extend services beyond the major cities and urban centers.

The energy sector has, over the years, led the initiative, with Shell – the country’s leading Petroleum and gas company – constantly delivering very essential servicesto customers in virtually any part of the country. They seem to have understood the simple fact that their core customers travel everywhere, and need services from time to time, irrespective of their distance from the Capital City. This spirit virtually delivers real economic transformation and play into government’s ambitions if it was to be adopted by more companies.

Playing ahead of the curve, Shell has taken this depth a notch higher and developed a one-stop solution to the customer in various out-of-town locations, with an aim of potentially being able to tap into behavior patterns of customers.

It is a big gamble given the fact that as much as you have a rural to urban migration the motivations are not necessarily around luxury, rather essentials that are basic, everyday and life or death.

As Economist Rukundo Nshakira notes, “company expansion shows that there is increase in disposable incomes and consumption within the company. However, there is need for careful studies on purchasing power in the population.

Expansion means that the company sinks so much of its capital into fixed asset and expect to recoup this investment as years go by. If the purchasing power is low, then the company may struggle to recover these investments.”

“With the current somewhat volatile macroeconomic conditions, any company adopting an expansive business strategy would be exhibiting remarkable confidence in the country,” Rukundo observed.

Interestingly, this was a sentiment expressed by Shell’s Group Chief ExecutiveOfficerChristian Chammas in reaffirming why the company is extending certain services to Jinja.

Chammas was quite adamant that Uganda should be grateful because they are growing at a rate faster than their peers in the developed economies. “The growth rate is healthy, solid and provides a good basis for what in Uganda one would call incremental development,” he said.

He added: “Our aim is to provide an exceptional retail experience at each of our sites, reaching more people with better products and services wherever we do business. We are investing significantly to make this ambition a reality.”

The bottom-up development then helps feed the societal ecosystem through consumption provided by companies across the spectrum looking to grow.

A company can now see opportunity in a small, urban town in the East or North, can now take the step to have some presence, enough to influence consumer behavior.

It means decentralized investment outside Kampala is not the preserve of a Coca-Cola or a Movit. Shell has is taking a bold step forward to ensure depth of service, thereby becoming a centre of gravity for everyday consumer needs, whether food, finance, medicine and whatnot. It is a kind of fuel for development.

Innovations That Are Fueling Uganda’s Development

You only have to look at how Uganda has grown bigger in people, towns and communities to understand the dilemma any business faces when you think of growth and business in the same sentence.

Uganda is witnessing a huge rural to urban migration, while at the same time the rural to peri-urban development seems to be the driving force for decentralized business models and the boldest companies are taking this head-on, and in the process getting pleasantly surprised at the benefits to this gamble they’ve taken.

With Uganda now actively pursuing an ambitious plan to become middle-income country in less than five years, the significance of a fairer distribution of basic services cannot be overstated. And with that comes the role of the private sector, in a market economy like Uganda’s.

For a lot of businesses, the bold defining step to out of the centre (Capital City) has been one fraught with indecision and often lacklustre execution. This has largely left people who are not at the centre unable to experience certain events, activities and benefits, promotions, and services.

You get the feeling that there has to be a deliberate private-sector led initiative to extend services beyond the major cities and urban centers.

The energy sector has, over the years, led the initiative, with Shell – the country’s leading Petroleum and gas company – constantly delivering very essential servicesto customers in virtually any part of the country. They seem to have understood the simple fact that their core customers travel everywhere, and need services from time to time, irrespective of their distance from the Capital City. This spirit virtually delivers real economic transformation and play into government’s ambitions if it was to be adopted by more companies.

Playing ahead of the curve, Shell has taken this depth a notch higher and developed a one-stop solution to the customer in various out-of-town locations, with an aim of potentially being able to tap into behavior patterns of customers.

It is a big gamble given the fact that as much as you have a rural to urban migration the motivations are not necessarily around luxury, rather essentials that are basic, everyday and life or death.

As Economist Rukundo Nshakira notes, “company expansion shows that there is increase in disposable incomes and consumption within the company. However, there is need for careful studies on purchasing power in the population.

Expansion means that the company sinks so much of its capital into fixed asset and expect to recoup this investment as years go by. If the purchasing power is low, then the company may struggle to recover these investments.”

“With the current somewhat volatile macroeconomic conditions, any company adopting an expansive business strategy would be exhibiting remarkable confidence in the country,” Rukundo observed.

Interestingly, this was a sentiment expressed by Shell’s Group Chief ExecutiveOfficerChristian Chammas in reaffirming why the company is extending certain services to Jinja.

Chammas was quite adamant that Uganda should be grateful because they are growing at a rate faster than their peers in the developed economies. “The growth rate is healthy, solid and provides a good basis for what in Uganda one would call incremental development,” he said.

He added: “Our aim is to provide an exceptional retail experience at each of our sites, reaching more people with better products and services wherever we do business. We are investing significantly to make this ambition a reality.”

The bottom-up development then helps feed the societal ecosystem through consumption provided by companies across the spectrum looking to grow.

A company can now see opportunity in a small, urban town in the East or North, can now take the step to have some presence, enough to influence consumer behavior.

It means decentralized investment outside Kampala is not the preserve of a Coca-Cola or a Movit. Shell has is taking a bold step forward to ensure depth of service, thereby becoming a centre of gravity for everyday consumer needs, whether food, finance, medicine and whatnot. It is a kind of fuel for development.

CNOOC Uganda Announces Sponsorship Of Bunyoro Amasaza Cup 2016

CNOOC Uganda Limited, an oil and gas company, announced its sponsorship of Ushs87m ($25,000) towards the Bunyoro Amasaza Cup 2016. This marks five years of the oil company’s support towards the tournamentwhich attracts various counties in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.

The month-long tournament will attract seven districts in the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom including Kagadi, Kakumiro, Kiryandongo, Bulliisa, Hoima, Masindi and Kibaale. The announcement was made at a press conference graced by His Royal Majesty the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom; Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru in Kagadi district.

Speaking at the press conference, Aminah Bukenya,Public relations Supervisor, CNOOC Uganda Limited, stated that CNOOC Uganda was honored to be part of the Amasaza Cup for the fifth year. “As we carry out our core activities in the Bunyoro region, it is important for us to engage withthe residents, embrace their culture, and contribute to their community, as a sign of appreciation for their supportto our Company and employees.”

“When we began operations in Bunyoro, we made a commitment to be part of all-round growth in our area of operation. And over the years, we have seen this commitment come to life through various local programs.”

“Sponsoring the Bunyoro Amasaza Cup for the fifth year is a demonstration of CNOOC Uganda’s dedication to the growth of sport in this region. Last year, the tournament was played across all sub counties in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and attracted 13 counties. This year, we hope for even greater participation and competitiveness among the counties.”

Emphasizing CNOOC Uganda’s dedication to various efforts, Aminah Bukenyanoted that the Company has supported the education and health sectors both in Hoima and the rest of the country.

“On behalf of the people of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, I would like to thank the management of CNOOC Uganda for their continued contributions tothis region. The Amasaza Cup tournament has continued to promote unity among the Banyoro and this has, in turn, further strengthened our kingdom cultures,” commented His Royal Majesty the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom; Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru.

“We are happy with CNOOC’s support which has boosted talent and sports in Bunyoro Kingdom. We always look forward to the Amasaza Cup tournament.” said Tumusiime Vincent, a player from Buyaga East, Kagadi District.

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