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What You Need To Know About The Upcoming Tecno Phantom 8

Mobile phones makers are not sitting around the corner in their comfort zones living in their old conquests. They are getting more innovative to remain relevant in a world where if as an innovator you slumber on the job, the market slips away.

This competition is giving consumers varied choices. One mobile maker not allowing to be phased out, and they are doing a good job copying up is Tecno Mobile. The Chinese are set, this October, to unleash their latest addition to their Smartphone catalogue. And it’s a beauty – the Tecno Phantom 8.

Based on the rumor, the new Phantom not only makes taking photos easier, but it makes them much more professional. Not to mention the advanced light assist feature that helps you take pro photos even in a very dark environment. To put it simply, the camera shoots exactly what you see!

Everyone loves a selfie. And that’s why your selfies are about to get an exciting new makeover. We got information that the Phantom 8’s front facing camera now comes at a staggering 20 megapixels alongside a smart dual selfie flash.

he double front ring flash ensures that you can capture your legend anywhere even in a low light environment, so that no moment goes uncaptured.

What’s more is the RAM is boosted! The ultra-fast Phantom 8 is thanks to its upgraded RAM and CPU that supports 4G+ and with flash download speed. So, now you can bid farewell to any wasted time waiting for your mobile to operate.

Probably would be the most exciting part is the new attractive diamond style design, it will feel like the Phantom 8 will be calling you for a catch up to show off its 3D Lighting, cannot wait to see the real product!

The Phantom 8 captures every legend from selfie fanatics, to speed seekers and new mobile design fans – we know you won’t be disappointed. And it’s just moments away. 

Its slick, luxury design radiates light and has been developed with extreme precision. It exudes elite fashion, so you can be truly proud to take your pocket’s new best friend anywhere you go.

This diamond design captures light like no other. Phantom phones’ tri-tone flash light on the market and its light assist technology enables brighter and sharper photo quality on a professional level, even in a dark environment.

It doesn’t stop there. With its ability to absorb and radiate light it is ideal for capturing that perfect selfie. Equipped with a front facing advanced camera and smart dual selfie flash, you can now shine bright like a diamond too.

Huawei Mate 10 And Huawei Mate 10 Pro Arrive With World's First Kirin AI Processor

Disruptive innovation often begins with bold dreams. During IFA Berlin, Huawei Consumer Business Group introduced its first AI mobile chipset, the Kirin 970. Monday evening in Munich, Huawei announced the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series, which will open the door to new AI mobile applications.

The HUAWEI Mate 10, HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro, and Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 are breakthrough AI devices that combine innovative hardware, the Kirin 970 chipset and EMUI 8.0.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series continues its legacy of superior product performance and long-lasting battery life, while integrating New Leica Dual Camera technology.


“As we enter the age of intelligence, AI is no longer a virtual concept but something that intertwines with our daily life. AI can enhance user experience, provide valuable services and improve product performance,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

“The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series introduces the first mobile AI-specific Neural Network Processing Unit, launching a new era of intelligent smartphones.”

Key features include:

  • Kirin 970, the world’s first AI processor for smartphones with a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU);
  • A 3D Glass Body featuring a barely-there-bezel, HUAWEI FullViewDisplayand HDR10 supported technology for intensely vivid and brighter colors;
  • TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certified HUAWEI SuperChargeand 4000 mAh battery with AI-powered Battery Management;
  • New Leica Dual Camera with SUMMILUX-H lenses, with both featuring an aperture of f/1.6, and intelligent photography including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and AI-powered Bokeh Effect;
  • An all-new, simplified EMUI 8.0 based on Android™ 8.0.

A New, Mobile AI Computing Architecture for Intelligent Mobile Experiences

The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro are the first devices powered by the new Kirin 970 processor and deliver AI enhancements for a faster, more customized mobile experience.

The Kirin 970 is built using an advanced TSMC 10nm semiconductor manufacturing process, and features an octa-core ARM Cortex CPU, a first-to-market Mali-G72 12-core GPU and the first NPU designed specifically for a mobile device. The Kirin 970 also has a new dual ISP for AI-powered intelligent photography.

The specialized NPU, combined with Huawei’s innovative HiAI mobile computing platform, means the Kirin 970 delivers 25x better performance and 50x greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks, compared to four Cortex-A73 cores.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series is also the world’s fastest smartphone supporting super-fast LTE connectivity and download speeds. The device comes with the world’s first dual 4G SIM support and dual VoLTE connections.

By combining individual and collective intelligence for on-device AI, the new HUAWEI Mate Series delivers real-time responses to users, including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and an AI Accelerated Translator.

Kirin 970 is an open, mobile AI computing platform for third parties to create new and imaginative AI applications and which extends Huawei’s processing capabilities to the entire value chain.

Design Qualities for New Levels of Sophistication and Comfort

With an all-new HUAWEI FullView Display, the HUAWEI Mate 10 features a stunning 5.9-inch screen with a 16:9 display, barely-there-bezel and HDR10 to support vivid colors. The 6-inch HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro features an 18:9 OLED display, high screen-to-body ratio and HDR10 for dynamic video viewing.

The iconic devices feature a 3D Glass Body, beautifully and symmetrically curved on all four sides for an ergonomic hold. The back of the devicesfeature a reflective band design to highlight the New Leica Dual Camera.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro is also IP67 Water and Dust Resistant.

New Leica Dual Camera and AI-powered Battery Management for the Next Era of Smartphone Use

Huawei has again partnered with Leica to co-engineer the dual-lens camera for the HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro.

They combine 12-megapixel RGB + 20-megapixel monochrome sensors, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), dual lenses with the world’s largest aperture of f/1.6, AI-poweredBokeh Effect and AI-powered Digital Zoom.

New AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition, which automatically chooses camera settings based on the object and scene, supports an advanced AI-powered Digital Zoom function with AI Motion Detection for clearer and sharper pictures.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro pack a 4000 mAh high-density battery featuring asmart battery management system that understands user behavior and intelligently allocates resources to maximize battery life.

It supports 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charging, powering the device from 1 percent to 20 percent in 10 minutes, and from 1 percent to 58 percent in 30 minutes.² Additionally, HUAWEI SuperCharge is the world’s first fast charging technology to receive TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification, ensuring safe end-to-end charging.


The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Prowill launch with Huawei’s all-new EMUI 8.0 powered by Android™ 8.0. Features include an AI Engine to fully leverage the capabilities of the Kirin 970; an AI Accelerated translator to deliver faster and more accurate interactive translation for a smoother communication experience; an easy projection feature to connect the new Huawei Mate Series to a larger screen; support for a full desktop experience – either mirroring or extending the smartphone display like a PC.

New Accessories

Huawei also launched three HUAWEI Mate 10 accessories: the EnVizion 360 Camera, SuperCharge™ Power Bank, and Smart Scale.

  • The EnVizion 360 Camera can shoot 5K photos and 360-degree 2K videos with multiple viewing modes for users to share across their social media channels.
  • Huawei’s SuperCharge™ Power Bank supports a 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charge.
  • The Smart Scale can monitor and analyze health information such as body fat percentage and Body Mass Index through a mobile app.

Pricing and Availability

The new HUAWEI Mate 10 will be available starting in late October in more than 15 countries and regions including Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will be available beginning in mid-November in more than two dozen countries, including Germany, France, Italy, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.The Porsche DesignHUAWEI Mate 10 will also be available starting in mid-November.




Europe Price


HUAWEI Mate 10

64GB + 4GB


Late October 2017

HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro



Mid-November 2017

Porsche DesignHUAWEI Mate 10

256GB + 6GB


Mid-November 2017


Ambitious Kwese TV Ready To Compete, Promote Local Content

Pay Television services provider, Kwese TV, has said they have made the right investment to ‘stand the test of time’ as they look at conquering the television broadcasting spectrum on the African continent.

Herbert Mucunguzi, the General Manager of Kwese TV Uganda said they have carried out research ‘to understand the market’ and will be keen on creating local content for their dynamic viewers.

This content will also be accessed on mobile phone Apps and their website. Kwese Tv has two mobile apps – Kwese TV and Kwese Free Sports – all accessed on Android and iOS operating systems.

Mucunguzi, who was speaking on Tuesday morning in Kampala at the launch Kwese TV at Kabira Country Club, said they have launched an industry first payment model which will give Ugandan consumers the choice to purchase pay as you watch subscription packages. The lowest being Shs17, 000 for three days.

Kwese TV is owned by Econet Group founded by businessman Strive Musiyiwa. It brings to Uganda new exclusive channels like DreamWorkds, DTX, Viceland and Revolt. The Kwese TV platform will also host Uganda television channels.

Kwese TV made an entry into Ugandan market December last year when they launched their free to air sports channel – Kwese Free Sports. It is a dynamic satellite TV service provider bringing ‘premium sports and entertainment content to the market’.

“We have done our research. We will keep understanding the market and add channels that address your needs,” Mucunguzi told the media at the launch. He added: “I see Kwese producing professionals in the next coming years especially on the side of production. We want to create local content.

“African viewers have become increasingly more discerning and we cater to these diverse viewing appetites not only thourgh premium content but also by means of a multi-platform broadcast offering which includes traditional TV, Mobile Apps and digitall viewership options.”

Visit Kwese website HERE

Huawei Announces New Partnership with Internet Matters

Huawei today announced a new partnership with independent not-for-profit organisation Internet Matters to improve online child safety. 

Huawei intends to use its position as the world’s ICT leader to amplify Internet Matters’ internet safety message and provide support and resources for Internet Matters which gives UK parents, teachers and carers advice and guides about the latest issues. 

It joins the group’s founding members, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, and will work alongside partners that include BBC, Google, Facebook and EE, as part of an industry collective with a common purpose of improving children’s digital safety. 

This partnership forms part of Huawei’s STEM Skills and STEM Careers programme – helping to promote STEM education and digital skills.

The partnership was announced today at a House of Commons event celebrating the success of Huawei’s flagship CSR programme  ‘Seeds for the future’  and the growing number of STEM graduates Huawei recruits into its UK business. The event was attended by Mark Garnier MP, Investment Minister, Chen Lifang, Director of the Board and Senior Vice-President, Huawei, Carolyn Bunting, CEO of Internet Matters, and academics and representatives from the Seeds for the Future and Huawei graduates programme.

Carolyn Bunting, CEO of Internet Matters, said: “The success of Internet Matters over the last three years has proved there’s a real demand from parents who want to know more about how to keep their children safe online. 

“The amount of children using mobile technology is growing year after year, and while it provides digital independence and opportunity, it also means there is a greater need for parents to understand the issues. “Partnering with Huawei is another big step towards building an industry collective with a common purpose, working together to improve children’s internet safety.”

Mark Garnier, Minister for Investment, said: “Huawei are investing billions in the UK economy, and ensuring some of the brightest students in Britain can benefit world-class training in China through their Seeds for the Future programme. 

“The Government welcomes Huawei’s new commitment to help deliver improved safety online for children, and my colleagues at the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport will work with Huawei and other providers to ensure the UK the safest place in the world to be online.”

Chen Lifang, Director of the Board and Senior Vice-President, Huawei, said: “Equipping schools, parents and children with the skills to navigate the online world has never been more important. Huawei is proud to support Internet Matters in its drive to improve online safety for children across the UK.” 

Internet Matters was set up in 2014 with government backing by the UK’s four biggest internet companies, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, in the first industry coalition of its kind. 

Since then it successfully launched a number of impactful campaigns on issues including cyberbullying, sexting, privacy, online grooming and inappropriate content, offering parents, carers and teachers practical, step-by-step advice on how to engage with children on these issues and setting up parental controls.

Mobile App To Drive Up Connectivity Of Employers And Job Seekers In East Africa

It is an open secret that finding a job in East Africa is big challenge. Uganda in particular has many young employable youths who are not in employment. While government have not really created jobs, experts also believe that their a gap between employers and job seekers.

While job seekers barely find employment opportunities, employers also find it hard to find employable and talented job seekers. It’s usually a mismatch. However this is going to reduce after a mobile phone based App and online platform connecting the employer to job seeker was launched in Kampala last week.

The Mobile App, which is also supported by a webportal, called ProKaziEA was last Friday launched at Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi, a surbub of Kampala City. ProKaziEA stands for Pro “Professional”, Kazi (Swahili for Work” and ea “East Africa”). Prokaziea is a technology powered career network platform for employers, mentors, talented job sellers and students in the East African region.

On the platform students/graduates create their profiles, auto generate their resumes, build networks with employers on the platform, access streamed opportunities instantly and connect routinely with those in their networks. Employers using the platform will interact, connect and get access to their preferred candidate at any given time.

The App running on Android & web based platforms integrates a matching algorithm that makes skills, interest matching easier according to employers needs and experiences, Godwin one of the developers of the App explained. 

He said the platform provides interactive tools & services that enable talented job seekers get t into talent pool for employers to select & recommend to order employers in the industry. 

“Internship matching is at the core of this platform, for which SMEs provide a better landing for thousands of graduates in Uganda & East Africa as a whole,” he said adding that the underlying focus of Prokaziea is that EAC becomes connected to job market where there is free flow of labour powering the development of SMEs hence driving the integration agenda of bigger market for millions of job seekers in the region.

“Prokaziea is an affordable, reliable & wider-reach technology driven career development platform where SMEs, corporations & public agencies can you recruit young graduates, students fruity from their institution of learning.” He added.

The implementation of the App was financed by GIZ through incubator for Integration Development of East Africa (IIDEA) and YouMatch Global Initiative on innovative Employment Services for youth, and CEFORD.

Winners Of MTN Innovation Awards To Walk Away With $3,000

Telecom services provider, MTN Uganda, last week made a call for entries for the MTN Innovation Awards 2017, seeking to recognize both Mobile and Web-based applications developed by Ugandans.

There are at least seven (7) categories to pick from. The choice of categories like Finance, Agriculture and Health lays emphasis on MTN Uganda’s commitment to scale sectors critical to the improvement of lives and communities through digital innovations. The awards are in line with MTN Uganda’s mission to make the lives of Ugandans brighter.

Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer MTN Uganda said that the awards stressed that recognizing and promoting local innovations is critical to MTN’s vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world for MTN customers and the communities where we operate.

“Technology is becoming an enabler in almost every sector of Uganda’s economy. In health, technology is leading to solutions on prevention. In education, people are coming up with ideas to ease the learning process. In financial services, technology is improving financial inclusion,” he said. 

This is the 2nd edition of the MTN Innovation Awards. The first awards were held in 2015, with 8 projects being awarded for their outstanding contribution to society.

The categories to apply for include: Best Health application, Best Education application, Best Financial Services application, Best SME application, Best Agriculture application, and Best Media and Entertainment application. The entries have to be made online on 

The entry submissions will close on 6th October 2017. The awards place emphasis on applications that have been in operation since 2014. The MTN Innovation Awards 2017 will also recognize the Outstanding Woman in Innovation, Innovation Achiever of the Year and Most innovative Mobile App. The winners will be recognized at an Awards Gala to be held on November 8th 2017. 

MTN Uganda has also increased the prize money from $1000 given to each category winner in 2015 to $3000. 

In 2015, the winners included, ClinicMaster, BrainShare, Yo! Payments Gateway, Intelligent Works, Outbox, Fezah, Lyndsay Handler of ReadyPay - Outstanding Woman in Innovation and Solomon King of FundiBots - Innovation achiever of the year. 

Facts about the awards: Innovations are recognized in the following categories:

  1. 1. Best Health Application - This award seeks to recognise applications that aim to extend reach, accessibility and efficiency in delivering health services.
  2. Best Education Application - The award seeks to recognize applications that are transforming the Experience and Reach of education to ordinary Ugandans.
  3. Best Financial Services Application - This award seeks to recognize applications that are enabling any financial inclusion.
  4. Best SME Application - This award seeks to recognize applications that aim to address productivity improvement in the SME sector.
  5. Best Agriculture Application - The award seeks to recognize applications that driving digitization for efficiency and productivity in the agricultural sector.
  6. Best Media & Entertainment Application - As the world of entertainment becomes more digitized globally, this award recognizes local efforts to adapt to global trends.
  7. Most Innovative Mobile App: This category will be awarded at the judges’ discretion to mobile applications that innovate, recreate or transform things. The app may or may not be from any of the other categories.
  8. Outstanding Woman in Innovation: This award will go to that woman who has trail blazed mobile application innovations in Uganda.
  9. Innovation Achiever of the Year: This is a special award that will go to an individual or private entity that has had a significant impact in defining, enabling and influencing the Innovation eco-system of Uganda through local initiatives and activities. 

Applications must have been in existence for four years. 

The call for submissions is now open and closes on 6th October 2017. For more on the MTN Innovation Awards, visit


Huawei Improves On Interbrand’s Best Global Brands Rankings

Huawei rose to No.70 on the Best Global Brands 2017 Rankings of Interbrand, a global brand consultancy who has lately released its brand ranking report for this year. Huawei sees its brand value grow by 14% compared to that of last year, reaching USD $ 6,676 million. It is among the 16 brands that enjoy a double-digit growth in brand value on the top 100 ranking list.

The most important drivers behind Huawei’s continued growth are its core values of staying customer-centric and inspiring dedication, and the company’s belief of branding is all about integrity.

“Over the past three decades, we have primarily lived our brand and helped our customers succeed through innovative technologies, high-quality products and premium services, and passionate and progressive employees,” said Kevin Zhang, President of Huawei Corporate Marketing.

For the carrier business, Huawei is committed to become carrier customers’ business partner. It aims to help carriers succeed through digital transformation, maximizing the value of carriers’ current networks and developing video into a basic service. Huawei also enables carriers to provide products and services to industries via cloud, to achieve value-driven new growth together.

Huawei’s enterprise business focuses on the key industries such as public safety, finance, transportation and manufacturing, helping industry customers to realize digital transformation. Huawei has established a number of joint innovation centers and Open Labs with customers and industry partners to facilitate joint business success.  

In the consumer segment, Huawei is gaining insights into what consumers want, embracing these needs, leading industry changes, and boldly innovating. Featuring sleek, fashionable and innovative design, Huawei’s smart phones of P series and Mate series have gained increasing influence on the global high-end market and become an immediate market hit. HUAWEI Mate 10, the first smartphone adopting Kirin 970 chipset is premiering October 2017 in Munich.

In the next 20-30 years, a connected intelligent society will take shape, with all things sensing, all things connected and all things intelligent as its basic characteristics. ICT technologies particularly cloud, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI) will become the cornerstones of the intelligent society. Huawei, as a key enabler of such a society, will join hands with partners to continuously drive industry transformation and social progress.

Huawei To Build One of Five Major World Clouds

Huawei Connect on 5th September 2017 opened at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. More than 20,000 ICT industry leaders and experts gathered from over 150 countries and regions to jointly explore the direction of advancements in digital technology, share new opportunities, drive industry digitization, and embark on a path to new growth.

The theme of this year's event is ‘Grow with the Cloud’, focusing on the practical implementation of Huawei's cloud strategy, first unveiled at last year's event. Topics under this theme include business, technology, and ecosystem strategies in the cloud era.

Guo Ping, Huawei's Rotating CEO, gave a keynote entitled Grow with the Cloud: Enabling an Intelligent World at HUAWEI CONNECT 2017.

Huawei Cloud – A look at Huawei's uniquely structured ‘Cloud DNA’

Guo Ping, Huawei's Rotating CEO, kicked off the event with a keynote entitled Grow with the Cloud: Enabling an Intelligent World.

"The cloud is a cornerstone of the intelligent world," he said. "Society is experiencing a tangible Matthew effect in digital technology development. Because of this, as well as economies of scale in investment, clouds around the world will begin to converge – becoming more and more centralized.

In the future, we predict there will be five major clouds in the world. Huawei will work with our partners to build one of those five clouds, and we've got the technology and know-how to do it."

In his speech, Guo Ping assured customers and partners that Huawei has made strategic investments in the public cloud domain, and will provide long-term public cloud services.

The company will build a global cloud network based on its own public clouds, as well as clouds that it has built together with partners. Guo likened Huawei's strategy to the three major airline alliances – SkyTeam, Star Alliance, and Oneworld – which take passengers wherever they need to go in the world. Huawei Cloud, he said, will open up the world to its users.

He went on to explain Huawei's business model for the cloud, emphasizing that Huawei will monetize technology and services, not data. He said, "Huawei's Cloud DNA is made of a unique combination of technology, security, services, and shared success."

Huawei’s ‘Cloud DNA’ explained:

First, Huawei is a tech company. Building on 30 years of R&D experience, Huawei has decided to invest heavily in cloud platforms, while developing new capabilities in fields like big data and artificial intelligence to meet customer demand for service upgrades and innovation.

The second element of Huawei's Cloud DNA is security. Huawei provides end-to-end security solutions – from chipsets to services – that effectively address the challenges of cloud security. Huawei's full-stack capabilities ensure a level of security that far succeeds that of any independent IT system.

The third element is service. Unlike companies that were born in the cloud, Huawei grew with the cloud. The company's own IT architecture is extremely complex, so it understands the needs and challenges of large global companies, and is well positioned to help governments and large enterprises go digital.

Shared success is the final element of Huawei's Cloud DNA. At last year's event, Huawei laid out its vision to help cultivate a thriving and diverse ecosystem. At the time, Guo proclaimed that Huawei has its sights set on only 1% of that ecosystem. For the remaining 99%, Huawei will work with its partners to bring their products to 172 countries and regions, achieving business success together.

Guo wrapped up his keynote with details on Huawei's hybrid cloud solutions that specifically target the needs of governments and enterprises, including a diverse array of success stories from around the world.

Architecturally speaking, Huawei Cloud builds on the company's decades of experience in devices, networks, clouds, and other digital domains, and is better equipped to achieve synergy between devices and the cloud. Moving forward, Huawei will continue leveraging the strengths of its global platform to build an open ecosystem that thrives on shared success.

Building a cloud network with global coverage

Mr. Zheng Yelai, President of Huawei's Cloud BU, also presented on the first day of the event, sharing his team's progress on Huawei Cloud. He shared case studies from 12 automobile companies (including Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz), Philips, the Commercial and Industrial Bank of China (ICBC), and several government service platforms that have chosen to use Huawei Cloud and the cloud services from Huawei's partners.

Zheng Yelai said, "Our people have an in-depth understanding of our customers' business scenarios, whether they're working in R&D, marketing, or sales. We keep a close eye on the needs of our customers, and innovate accordingly. We've developed Huawei Cloud to help enterprises go digital more smoothly, and help ensure the success of more companies who are willing to innovate."

Today, Huawei also announced the launch of its new Enterprise Intelligence cloud services, which the company will provide with a platform of general and scenario-specific solutions. This combination of Huawei Cloud and EI makes Huawei Cloud more intelligent, and will help create greater industry value with new advancements in technology.

Huawei's public clouds and private clouds have a unified architecture, support smooth evolution, and deliver a consistent experience. Companies can efficiently and freely deploy their services on public or private cloud platforms, which readily support service migration and expansion. To prevent vendor lock-in, Huawei offers hybrid cloud solutions that enable integration with third-party public cloud platforms, including those from Amazon and Microsoft.

Huawei has worked with its partners to build a cloud network that has global coverage, providing complete solutions that help Chinese companies go global, and that also help companies outside China enter the Chinese market.

Huawei Cloud is the result of innovations in hardware, software, data, connections, and architecture. At HUAWEI CONNECT 2017, Huawei will launch flagship solutions in each of these domains to further enable the digital agenda of customers across nine different sectors, including government and public utilities, finance, telecom, energy, transformation, and manufacturing.

Platform + Ecosystem: Focusing on practical application

HUAWEI CONNECT 2017 is all about platforms and ecosystems, focusing on practical application and hands-on experience. This year's event brings together members of the vast global ICT ecosystem in an interactive exhibition hall over 20,000 square meters in area, 30% larger than last year. Over 60 sponsors, 10 industry organizations, and 130 joint solution partners are participating in the exhibition, and around 1,000 partners have joined Huawei at the event.

Major partners in attendance include SAP, Accenture, Chinasoft International, HGST, Intel, Microsoft, Centerm, and Infosys. They will jointly showcase their latest progress and best practices in ICT technology, and participate in a broad range of activities during the event, including keynotes, booth exhibitions, sponsor events, and technical sessions.

Over 10 industry alliances, including the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Beijing Disaster Backup and Recovery Technology and Industry Alliance, Edge Computing Consortium (ECC), GSMA, Industrial Internet Consortium, OpenSDS, and OpenStack, are also in attendance.

To expose its ICT capabilities to developer partners, Huawei will also launch its new software development cloud, DevCloud 2.0. As an R&D cloud platform that integrates Huawei's 30 years of experience in R&D, cutting-edge R&D concepts, and advanced R&D tools, DevCloud 2.0 will expose over 3,000 of Huawei's ICT capabilities through public APIs, and open the doors to 20 local OpenLabs around the world to developers. The end goal is to make software development simple and more efficient, helping developer partners innovate and successfully monetize new services.

HUAWEI CONNECT 2017, Huawei's flagship event for the global ICT industry, was held at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre from September 5-7. The theme is Grow with the Cloud. Huawei will be exploring how to realize new growth through digital transformation together with its customers and partners at this global platform for open collaboration.

Huawei Cloud Releases Six Innovative Solutions At Huawei Connect

Joy Huang, Vice President of Huawei’s IT Product Line, announced six innovative solutions designed Huawei Connect 2017 which was held at Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre.

In a keynote speech titled "All Connected, All Cloud, All Intelligent",  Huang said the innovative solutions which include innovations in hardware, software, data, connection, architecture, and hybrid cloud will help enterprises with digital transformation.

At the same time, Huawei also shared success stories and best practices learned in working with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Company Ltd. on digital transformation.

"The digital transformation in many industries will bring human beings to an intelligent world in the future, and innovation will be the driving force of the revolution," said Joy Huang.

"Increasingly, innovation will take place in the cloud, and the cloud will need the all-round strength. Huawei Cloud is committed to be an enabler of intelligent world, delivering continuous innovations of technologies and capabilities on Huawei Cloud to help customers succeed in their digital transformation."

Presenting its innovation in hardware, software, data, connection, architecture, and hybrid cloud:

Hardware innovation: Atlas is Huawei's new-generation intelligent cloud hardware platform. In the scenarios of the public cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and high-performance computing (HPC), Atlas pools resources of graphics processing units (GPUs), hard disk drives (HDDs), and solid state drives (SSDs) using heterogeneous resource pools and intelligent orchestration.

The platform provides on-demand hardware resources to meet the requirements of different service models, doubling resource utilization. In addition, logic servers can be deployed within seconds, supporting quick service rollout.

Software innovation: Huawei DevCloud enables tools, capabilities, and process services on Huawei Cloud, sharing Huawei's accumulated development experience with enterprises.

Data innovation: Huawei Cloud enterprise intelligence (EI) services assist enterprises in data innovation to create an intelligent world. Huawei Cloud not only offers platform services, such as deep learning, graph analysis, and search, but also AI services, such as image tagging, intelligent audits, graph rebuilding, automated handling of customs declarations using Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and intelligent packing, enabling smarter enterprises.

To meet the enterprise requirements for a distributed IT architecture, Huawei introduced three secure and reliable distributed database services on Huawei Cloud, including the distributed Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) enterprise data warehouse LibrA, distributed Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) enterprise database Derecho, and distributed MySQL database Taurus.

Connection innovation: Huawei Cloud Internet of Things (IoT) platform is a full-stack platform that includes SIM card management, device management, and application enablement layer, having features of secure connection, cross-industry ecosystem, and easy integration. The platform provides a wide spectrum of industry enabling suites and templates, so that Huawei Cloud better matches IoT and Internet of Vehicles (IoV) scenarios.

Architecture innovation: Huawei Cloud released the FusionCloud Stack solution and introduced enterprise storage services with 99.9999% reliability. As an extended module of the public cloud, FusionCloud Stack can be deployed in enterprises' data centers.

If the network connecting to the public cloud fails, the local system can continue to provide services to enterprises. This solution maintains a consistent user experience of the public cloud, more secure data sovereignty, low latency, and zero local maintenance, helping migrating enterprises' mission-critical services to cloud securely.

Hybrid cloud innovation: The FusionBridge hybrid cloud solution is based on the OpenStack cloud platform, with an innovative injection cascading architecture that is used to implement homogeneous or heterogeneous hybrid cloud.

This solution provides a cross-cloud unified service catalog to shield the differentiation of using multiple cloud platforms. With an undifferentiated cross-cloud service image using HyperContainer, cross-cloud Overlay network automation, and unified vAPP deployment service, the solution easily implements cross-cloud distributed deployment and on-demand expansion of customer services.

FusionBridge also provides customers with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or an Operation and Maintenance (O&M) portal to help customers reduce workloads and simplify cross-cloud management.

In the Era of Cloud 2.0, technologies, such as cloud computing, big data, AI, and IoT, will make use of data and scenario innovations of industrial enterprises. Huawei Cloud works with partners to provide differentiated cloud, big data, and AI services, meeting the customer requirements of increasingly complex scenarios.

"Holding the principle that science and technology are the primary productive forces, ICBC has emphasized technical innovations in the definition of the future-oriented smart bank and established multiple innovative laboratories,” said Wang Xiaoping, Fellow of the Software Development Center, ICBC.

"As one of ICBC's important partners, Huawei makes joint innovations with ICBC and provides great support for the development of ICBC's next-generation big data platform, so that big data can better serve multiple businesses, such as customer marketing, risk control, customer service, and operating management."

Tang Teng, VP of Product Planning, Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Company Ltd., introduced their new "5A+" strategy and the key services layout of the transformation to mobility services.

In 2020, Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile will work with leading partners in ICT and Internet fields to launch various mobility services, such as social ride sharing, car sharing & infotainment, and fleet management, and build the ICT integrated IoV platform.

With 10 years of cloud computing experience, Huawei grows with customers through continuous technology advancement. Since the Cloud BU's formation in March 2017, it has seen a 238% increase in Huawei's cloud user base, and has released 40 new cloud services, including the data warehouse service, advanced DDoS service, and CDN service.

As of now, Huawei has released a total number of 85 cloud services. In the meantime, over 4,500 new features have been added to Huawei Cloud. Today, 197 companies on the Fortune Global 500 list and 45 companies in the Fortune Global 100 have chosen Huawei as their digital transformation partner.

HUAWEI CONNECT 2017, Huawei's flagship event for the global ICT industry, was held at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre from September 5-7. The theme is Grow with the Cloud.

Huawei will be exploring how to realize new growth through digital transformation together with its customers and partners at this global platform for open collaboration.

Exciting New Internet Address dotAfrica ‘.africa’ Best Option For Africa In Cyberspace

It is now possible to own an Internet address, or domain name, ending with .africa. Already, more than 8000 of the continent's and world's biggest brands, businesses and individuals have registered for this exciting new Internet address.

Diverse organisations ranging from banks to media companies are registering .africa domain names because they recognise the importance of being associated with Africa's bright future online.

“With many positive stories coming out of Africa, brands understand that .africa domain names are valuable virtual real estate," says Lucky Masilela, CEO of the ZACR, the non-profit company tasked with administering the new .africa domain name on behalf of the continent.

54 countries in Africa are now united under a single, continent-wide domain name, staying true to the Oliver Tambo and Abuja Declarations of the 1990s. These written resolutions stated that ICT will be central to Africa's future wellbeing and .africa is surely amongst the top African-led ICT initiatives of the last twenty years.

"Initiatives like .africa help harness the power of new technologies to solve old problems. .africa is unique in that it gives Africans an important sense of pride to help motivate them to achieve the very best for their continent and themselves. ZACR appeals to all Africans to take ownership of .africa, because it truly belongs to us all," concludes Masilela.

.africa domain names are now available and anyone can register through companies listed here: http://Registry.Africa/registrars.

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