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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 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.

New MoU Boosts Uganda – Russia Nuclear Relations

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Tuesday announced that government of Uganda had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Russian state Atomic Energy Corporation(ROSATOM) on the cooperation in the peaceful uses of atomic energy on June 19th 2017 in Moscow.

This, according to a press statement issued Tuesday afternoon, establishes a framework for coorpeartion with a focus on development of nuclear power infrasturucture in Uganda and the uses of radioisotopes and radiation technologies, applications in industry, medicine, agriculture and other areas.

The MoU will also cover corroboration on Human Resource education and training, nuclear research centers, nuclear energy among others. The Memorandum is the first step towards bilateral cooperation in area of peaceful uses of atomic energy by both countries.

A critical step towards this end is both countries concluding an Intergovenmantal Agreement (IGA). Discussions on the IGA were initiated at the sidelines of the IX International Forum ATOMEXPO-2017. The Agreement will facilitate the two countries in accordance with the International Atomic Energy Agency guidance.

The MoU was signed by Hon. Eng. Simon D’Ujanga, the Minister of State for Energy, on behalf of the Ugandan Government and Mr. Nikolai Spasskiy, the Deputy Director General of ROSATOM, on behalf of the Russian Government.

The signing ceremony was held in the presence of the Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Uganda in Moscow, Ambassador Rutazindwa Gideon Mwebaze and the ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev.

The signing was also witnessed by Dr. Stepehn Robert Isabalija, the Perment Secretary, Ms. Sarah Nafuna, the Head Nuclear Energy Unit and Mr. Sabbiti Baguma, Tecehnical Staff from the MEMD.

MP Accuses Hoima District Land Board For Fueling Land Conflicts

By George Busiinge

The State Minister for Public Service has blamed the Hoima district land board for fueling land conflicts in Kirogobya County, Hoima district. David Karubanga who is also the Kigorobya county legislator has accused the district land board of engaging in illegal land transactions adding that most illegalities surrounding illegal land titles originate from the district.

Last week, the minister halted Mr. Noah Kasingwa Byekya from surveying a 1294.76 hectare piece of land he claims belongs to him (Byenkya). Byenkya claims to have a land title for the disputed piece of land.

The land covers five villages of Kabatindule, Kabati, Ndarangi, Hanga and Lenju located in the parishes of Kisukuma and Bwikya. Karubanga says he is following up several cases where tycoons have acquired titles through fraudulent means under the recommendations of the district land board.

He accused the land board of conniving with tycoons who are targeting oil benefits not to respect customary land rights. He added that many Ugandan tycoon have invaded the  Albertine  grabben land which has left  many families  homeless.

According to Karubanga, his office is investigating several land related cases where tycoons did not follow the right procedures of land titling saying such land tiles need to be canceled. Bunyoro is experiencing rampant cases of land wrangles, fraudulent sale and acquisition of titles. Last week, Masindi High court issued an interim order refraining land.

boards in the region from transacting land related business until the suit filed by Bunyoro Kitara Reparations Agency-BUKITAREPA is heard. The Agency sued land boards over what they described as continued illegal sell and titling of Bunyoro land which is owned communally.

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