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ICT Minister Lauds Huawei, Airtel For Supporting E-learning

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, was lauded by the Minister of ICT Hon. John Nasasira for supporting e-learning in Kiruhura schools.

This comes after Huawei donated 30 PCs fully connected with internet from Airtel Uganda to Kashwa Primary School, Rwemikoma and Karo Secondary schools all in Kiruhura District on 10th June, 2016.  

The 30 PC-donation to these schools is as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) previously signed between Huawei and the Ministry of ICT of Uganda for bridging the digital divide through knowledge transfer.  

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Hon. John Nasasira, the Minister of ICT noted the importance of computer studies right from Primary school level.

“In a few years to come, the world is going to be only about computers. Therefore 30 computers have been offered to help Kazo students right from primary level learn computer. I thank Huawei for reaching out to promote e-learning and knowledge transfer in these school, and being a responsible corporate citizen in Uganda”, he said.

Speaking also at the ceremony, Mr. Stanley Chyn Huawei’s Managing Director said, “We are here today with Kazo and Nasasira foundation to hand over the 30 PCs donation to schools in the district as a fulfillment of the MOU. It is our corporate responsibility and obligation to give back to the community where we operate.”

Other items donated were three high definition television screens to each school by the Chief Guests H.E Zhao Yali, the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, and 30 dongles with one year’s unlimited data by Airtel Uganda.

MTN Customers Get Free 4G SIM Card Swaps

This month, MTN Uganda is offering free 4G SIM cards to all MTN customers with 4G enabled devices whether smartphones, tables, dongles or routers. MTN customers can now exchange their old cards with a 4G SIM card at any MTN Service Centre across Uganda.

The objective of this exercise is to ensure that MTN data customers have the best Internet experience during downloads and uploads or during buffering of audio and video files. 4G LTE technology has the potential to operate at speeds of up to 100mbps, which is almost triple the speed of any existing mobile connection available commercially in Uganda, and the wider region.

In addition to the free SIM swaps, all customers who exchanges their old cards for the 4G SIM cards and also each get a free 1GB data bundle. The resultant positive experience of customers using the Internet on MTN Uganda’s 4G network is intended to and will certainly lead to an increased use of Internet and further drive data penetration across the country.

MTN’s 4G LTE network covers all major towns in Uganda including Kampala, Entebbe, Mbale, Mbarara, Lira, Arua, Gulu, Kabale, Kasese, Fort Portal, Moroto, Masaka and Jinja.

The free 4GM SIM offer is available to all MTN customers with 4G enabled devices but is valid for a limited time only. According to MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ms. Mapula Bodibe, the offer is testament to MTN’s commitment to offering the best value for money for customers by guaranteeing an unmatched world-class Internet experience.

“Our goal is to ensure all our customers are getting the best possible value for their money. This initiative also falls directly in line with our vision to Deliver a Bold, New Digital World to our customers”, commented Ms. Mapula.

“Business across the world is now done online and through the Internet individuals and organizations can enhance their productivity through quicker and easier access to information. So MTN is playing its part in ensuring positive experiences for our customers using the Internet by investing in technologies like 4G and introducing the latest compatible smartphones and other devices. We’re also breaking down barriers to entry by ensuring that we offer affordable data enabled phones like the MTN Smart Series range” she concluded.

4G technology – also known as Long Term Evolution (LTE) – technology is a worldwide efficient mobile broadband technology that enables improved speeds and superior Internet user experience. It offers great data transfer speeds and the shortest latency times, allowing users to have a seamless, uninterrupted download experience.

Winners Receive MTN Mobile Money Kiosks

Twenty five people from five regions of Uganda have each received a MTN Mobile Money kiosk as prizes won in the recently ended MTN Gaggawala “Win a Kiosk” promotion. Each winner will also walk away with Ush2.5 million as start-up capital for their MTN Mobile Money business. 

The winners are now guaranteed a chance to start a business and become Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) when they receive a Mobile Money agent starter kit including training, point-of-sale collateral and other pertinent information and materials to kick-start their MTN Mobile Money agent businesses.

The “Win-A-Kiosk” promotion was the second of two MTN Gaggawala promotions aimed at giving back to the society and creating meaningful ways to provide a source of income for those lucky winners and those associated to them through family and business.  

The winners are spread across the five regions of Uganda with the profiles of winners ranging from police officers to teachers and others already involved in other forms of trade or business.

Commenting on the significance of the promotion, MTN Uganda General Manager Mobile Financial Services, Phrase Lubega said that through the Gaggawala “Win A Kiosk” promotion, MTN is an enabler and is providing a platform for our customers to start businesses and establish themselves as business owners within the Mobile Money Industry.

“Today we hand over Mobile Money kiosks to 25 winners and start-up capital worth 2.5 million each. The winners will also be receiving training, Point of Sale material and other related proprietary information that is fundamental in getting them started as competent Mobile Money agents.” Lubega said.

“The future effect of this promotion means that with this opportunity, winners can go on to establish themselves in business to the benefit of their families, communities and one day hopefully become renowned and successful entrepreneurs.” He concluded.

Hellofood Gets Digital Impact Awards Nominations

Hellofood Uganda is excited to announce that we've been nominated for Best Mobile App and Best E-Commerce service for Africa at the 2016 Digital Impact awards, to be held on the 17th August 2016 at Kampala Serena hotel.

The Digital Impact awards Africa (DIAA2016) under the theme "Maximizing the Digital Dividend”, focuses on digital inclusion, financial inclusion and cybersecurity, has 13 awards categories that are eligible for companies operating across Africa.

For these 13 categories, several companies that have had highly commendable contribution to Africa digital and financial inclusion through innovations have been nominated following DIAA research panel assessment and recommendations.

There are 12 categories eligible for companies’ operating in Uganda the host country of the Digital Impact Awards Africa project and event. The nominees have been at the forefront of innovation and applying best practice to steer digital inclusion and financial inclusion across Africa.

Mr. Ron Kawamara, Managing Director Hellofood Uganda said they are delighted to be selected among the best from the all the companies involved in the Digital sphere in Africa and of course Uganda.

"Hellofood is present in 10 African countries and being Africa’s leading online food delivery marketplace has revolutionized food delivery in the Africa and more especially in Uganda. We strive to provide the best customer experience for our customers and bring great value to our partner restaurants. We continue to optimize our technology across the entire order process and the award-winning app is one of the several innovations we are proud of."

The Hellofood service encompasses all the aspects of the digital world, as the awards theme for this year -- innovation, cybersecurity, digital and financial inclusion.  I urge the public to try the hellofood app and see for themselves – it is free on IOS, windows and Google Play. I’m confident they will find it very user-friendly and the most convenient way to order food to their doorstep, added Ron.

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