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Some Of Uganda’s Oil Money To Develop Renewable Sources

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Irene Muloni, has the 26th Africa Oil Week (AOW) 2019 that has been sitting in the South African city of Cape Town that Uganda has vast potential for renewable energy sources from the various water bodies in the Country.

Muloni who revealed that 90% of Uganda’s energy mix is from renewable sources was discussing national hydrocarbon strategies along with other energy ministers from Ghana, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

Uganda’s strategy, she said, is to optimize the investment benefits from the petroleum sector in order to develop durable sustainable infrastructure and acquire technology that will facilitate investment in renewable sources of energy among others.

The Africa Oil Week brings together a wide network of global oil and gas operators, contractors and Governments in Africa. Twenty-five (25) ministers and close to 1500 delegates from over two hundred and fifty (250) countries were in attendance.

Total Unveils New Excellium Nationwide Campaign

Total Uganda has unveiled a new nationwide campaign dubbed “Epic Battle” aimed at driving increased consumption of its Total Excellium environmentally and engine friendly fuel in addition to rewarding its customers for the continued support.

Speaking at the launch event at the Total Nakawa service station, Mr. Obi iMEMBA said the new campaign has a mission to eliminate dirt from car engines.

“At Total, we believe a clean engine lasts longer. By eliminating deposits, Total Excellium enables your engine to maintain its performance. Its anti-corrosion technology protects your engine for an extended lifetime. A clean engine uses less fuel.

“A fouled engine can increase your fuel consumption; this is why it is essential to keep it clean to maintain its efficiency. Total Excellium contains detergents which make for a reduction in your fuel consumption. A clean engine also pollutes less.

“By improving the running of your engine, Total Excellium contributes to a reduction in polluting emissions (carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons). The reduction in consumption directly results in a reduction in Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.”

He further noted that customer expectations are changing, along with their relationship to energy. “With products and services that are more digital, more responsible and closer to their requirements, we anticipate our customers’ needs to ensure that we remain their preferred partner.

“New trends require digitalization of the customer experience, greater emphasis on product utility and increased energy efficiency. We are transforming our customers’ expectations and their relationship with energy.

“Under the Epic Battle Campaign is the Total Hands Off My Ride nationwide Promotion. Total Uganda is taking this opportunity to give back to our esteemed customers by rewarding them for their loyalty to the brand this holiday season.”

The promotion will last 2 months with 3 lucky customers walking away with brand new KIA cars as a grand prize. It will include a TV game show where 5 lucky participants will take part in the TV shows that will be aired on Bukedde TV and NTV every Sunday starting Mid-November to Mid-December with repeats on Mondays.

Customer will be rewarded with fuel, free shopping, t-shirts, caps among other give a ways to a tune of 300M whenever they fuel with Total Excellium as nationwide tour in the over 100 stations on the network and 13 taxi parks.

“You stand a double chance when you use your Total Card to transact because every time you fuel we capture your transaction for the promotion so I encourage every customer to get the Total Card and enjoy even more discounts that are currently running on it. All you need to do is fuel Shs50, 000 and above and spin to win instant prizes at a station near you where our promotion teams will be,” iMEMBA concluded.

The promotion schedule will be published in print media, on radio and on all Total Uganda social media pages.

Huawei Releases New White Paper On The Future Of Fixed-Wireless Access

Huawei has released its 4G/5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Broadband Whitepaper, which outlines how fixed wireless can bring broadband to all.

According to Huawei, the high speeds and large capacity of 4G and 5G connectivity have made it possible to offer a Gbps broadband experience by utilising wireless networks, rather than requiring copper or fibre networks.

Thanks to advances in FWA technology, those who previously did not have access to digital services can now access connectivity up to 10Mbps.

This is due to FWA lowering the barrier of entry to connectivity by drastically reducing costs when compared to fixed or mobile broadband.

FWA can also offer alternatives to copper-based broadband solutions, such as ADSL, by offering an average rate of 10-20Mbps at affordable prices and without the requirement of copper installations.

Those who want fibre-like connectivity, but can’t access fibre in their area, can also use fixed wireless to attain speeds of 50-100 Mbps during busy hours.

4G FWA solutions such as those mentioned above are already being used in over 120 countries and across 230 networks, servicing 100 million global households – and these numbers will continue to rise.

 While FWA services using 4G are well established, 5G FWA is a way to full-scale 5G deployments. 5G will take FWA to the next level, enabling various modern technologies, as well as those that will inevitably be released in the future - including smart homes, 4K, and AR/VR services.

5G will also offer businesses improved connectivity, enabling them to streamline their practices and lower their expenses.

Bringing connectivity to new locations

According to a recent ITU report, 50% of the world’s population will still not have access to the Internet by the end of 2019.

Developing nations also tend to have significantly slower connection speeds than developed countries, with broadband speeds failing to pass 10Mbps in some countries.

However, ever-improving wireless technologies can help to improve the reach and reliability of Internet connections in these nations.

The implementation of wireless fibre in such countries brings with it a series of benefits:

  • Wireless broadband can bring coverage to over 90% of a developing country’s population – including urban and rural areas.
  • 5G and 5G offer a fibre-like experience, with improved speeds and reliability.
  • Wireless broadband allows for the speedy deployment of connectivity, as there is no need to dig trenches and install cables.
  • Developing wireless broadband infrastructure enables a smooth transition to 5G due to the installation of compatible network hardware.

Implication for Africa

Fixed wireless access has emerged as one of the most significant growth drivers around the world, as explosive user growth is seen in both developed markets as well as Emerging countries like South Africa. Many believe that eventually 5G FWA will have a significant impact on fixed broadband just as 2G had on fixed voice more than 20 years ago.

Fixed broadband subscriptions in Sub Saharan Africa are estimated to be 6.6 million in 2018. This market can grow by up to three-fold by 2023 according to Ovum, a London based global technology research and advisory firm.

According to Ovum’s research released in the beginning of this year, there will be strong demand and rapid market growth for home broadband in sub Saharan Africa in the coming 5 years. The number of broadband subscriptions in SSA will increase from 7.5 million in 2019 to 17 million in 2023.

In addition, the research forecasts Africa will record the highest growth in enterprise fixed broadband subscriptions between 2018 and 2022, with a CAGR of 7.27%, compared to 5.75% and 3.31% for Central and Southern Asia and Eastern Europe, respectively.

4G/5G FWA solution can addresses the connection of millions of households and enterprises currently unconnected, as well as the upgrade of 2.5 million households from low speed DSL to high speed broadband services. Case in point, according to a financial report issued by Telkom in South Africa, its WTTx new subscriber base increased by 340 thousand in the fiscal year 2018, beating 35 thousand new fibre users.

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Unveils Festive Season Accommodation Deals

It is that time of the year yet again for the world to celebrate the birth of an iconic spiritual figure Jesus Christ. The month of December is used by Christians around the world to celebrate the deity.

A multitude of people use this time of the year to go on vacation with family and friends in different parts of the world. And in Uganda, the case is not any different as people use the festive season to holiday and rethink their lives.

The hotel sector also uses this festive season to give back to their customers with discounts and top notch customer care. The competition for hotels to attract customers is also high at the time and hotels do all they can to be the preferred destination.

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort and her sister hotel Speke Resort have taken no time to reveal their festive discounts on accommodation to enable their local and international customers to celebrate this festive and end the year on the high.

Ajit Singh, the Rooms Division Manager, Speke Resort and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, in an email to their customers shared the specially designed price list for the festive season.

"At Speke Resort & Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort we understand what our valuable guests want from us; considering which we have come up with accommodation packages that include almost everything for this Festive Season," said Ajit Singh.

The Festive Season Accommodation Packages will commence on 13th December 2019 and end 5th January 2020. The rates are on full board basis per night (breakfast, lunch & dinner but no drinks) including a 30 minutes boat ride and 10 minutes pony ride for children.

Between 13th December to 23rd December and 26th December to 5th January 2020 guests will only pay $139 for one guest in single deluxe room, $188 for two guests in double deluxe room, $219 for two guests in one bedroom suite and $250 for two guests in either Superior or executive room.

For the executive suite (two guests), presidential cottage (four guests) and presidential suite (four guests), guests will pay $436, $498 and $684 respectively. Extra person is provided with a mattress on a full board basis for $68 per night.

And on 24th and 25th December, guests will pay $176 for one guest in single deluxe room, $262 for two guests in double deluxe room, $293 for two guests in one bedroom suite, $324 for two guests in superior room and executive room, $510 for two guests in executive suite, $647 for four guests in presidential cottage and $832 for four people in presidential suite.

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