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Crown Beverages Limited slashes retail soda prices

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Crown Beverages Limited, a leading soft drinks bottler in Uganda, has announced reduction of its retail price for the 500ml pack size by Shs200 from Shs 1,700 to Shs1,500 for Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Pepsi Cola, and Evervess Tonic brands to grow and defend its market share.

The move, according to Jeff Sekandi, the acting Head of Marketing, follows a growing need by Ugandans to consume affordable, yet high quality sodas during the current hard economic times.

“This is not a promotion. At Crown Beverages, we understand the needs of our customers and are always innovating both at the product and price levels to satisfy them. We have reduced our prices to enable our customers to save money which they can use to purchase other basic home needs,” said Sekandi.

He added; “The new price is also meant to encourage new soda consumers to buy our products because the prices are friendlier, especially in these hard economic times. However, the quality of our sodas will not be compromised.”

Mr Sekandi, however, noted that the price cuts will not be applicable to any other pack size and returnable glass bottles.

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Huawei showcases the Future of Technology at MTN Expo

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Huawei Public Relations Manager Kyobe Allan Kaggwa explaining how the Huawei Connected Cow Smart Agriculture technology works

Huawei Public Relations Manager Kyobe Allan Kaggwa explaining how the Huawei Connected Cow Smart Agriculture technology works

Huawei, a leading global Information and Communications Technology solutions provider (“ICT”) has showcased the future of technology with latest technological trends like the Virtual Reality gaming technology, RuralStar solution and the Connected Cow Agricultural solution among so many others. This was at the MTN 20 year’s anniversary expo at Kololo Airstrip.

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According to Mr. Liujiawei, the Managing Director of Huawei Uganda, Huawei will keep focusing on helping its customers to improve user experience, enable innovative services for vertical industries and to build telecom networks with more vitality and longer life cycle.

“With our mission and vision of bringing digital to every person, home, organization for a fully connected intelligent world, we hope that Uganda will continue moving faster into LTE for inspiring the development of many new applications, integration of industries, while it is gaining experience of the 5G business model and strengthening the 5G Ecosystem. We highly believe that the technological revolution in a country like this will spur efficient administration, reduce administrative costs of governance, promote safety, increase economic productivity, create a
digital Uganda, improve the standard of living and increase employment opportunities among others,” noted Mr. Liujiawei.

Huawei was at the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) awarded for its outstanding contribution for LTE revolution to 5G and in 2018, it presented technologies and solutions for 5G, All-Cloud network, video, and IoT in order to achieve better connections, better business growth, and better experience for its clients.

At the same time, Huawei has kept the road to 5G a reality since investing and innovating it five years back. Approximately US$600 million has been invested in research and development into 5G technologies from connected vehicles and smart homes to AR/VR and hologram videos among others.

The NB-IoT connected cow solution, WTTH (Wireless To The Home) and Rural Coverage solutions were also showcased at the MTN 20 th Anniversary expo at Kololo.

The connected cow solution uses Narrow Band-IoT collar to monitor the cow’s activity by which to easily predict the Cow’s rut. The rut makes the cows to produce milk and trigger them to mating and breeding period. Farmers will easily check Cow’s rut notification anytime anywhere through a mobile app connected with the NB-IoT collar device. This increases farm productivity, efficiency and profitability.

For African markets where fixed broadband penetration is still low and where most users are mobile-first, WTTx is a quick win for mobile operators, WTTx is one of the most feasible and fastest solution not only to drive business growth for operators, but also to minimise the digital divide and provide broadband services for more people.

RuralStar2.0, an innovative site solution in terms of transmission, infrastructure, base station design, and energy. This solution addresses increasing demands for voice and data services from the unconnected and increases operator ROI for rural network deployment. This solution fulfills the following rural MBB requirements: 2G, 3G, or 4G rural MBB networks providing rates of over 10 Mbit/s at cell edges and cell coverage of 5 km; Extended 2G and 3G coverage at a maximum distance of 60 km from the nearest tower-mounted site, providing voice and data (over 1 Mbit/s at cell edges) services and cell coverage of 5 km.

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MTN’s 20 year celebration Expo opens

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ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze (3rd right) with other officials learn about the 5G in the Huawei booth during the MTN expo at Kololo Independence Grounds.

ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze (3rd right) with other officials learn about the 5G in the Huawei booth during the MTN expo at Kololo Independence Grounds.

The MTN Expo officially opened on Friday as MTN Uganda starts a six month long campaign to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Launched 20 years ago, MTN Uganda’s expo is meant to celebrate the past and inspire the future. Over the last 20 years, MTN has connected millions of Ugandans. Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, the ICT Minister officially opened the expo at the Kololo Independence Grounds. Tumwebaze highlighted the role MTN Uganda had played over the last 20 years, noting that the impact to society had been positive.

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“I would like to congratulate MTN Uganda for making 20 years in Uganda by facilitating communication and fostering innovation. 20 years ago, the licensing regime in the sector focused on facilitating the entry of new players in the market. 20 years later, the push is to now have reliability and improved quality of service. For the last two years, we have discussed with MTN on how to enable better growth in the sector and we hope that the results will start to show,” Tumwebaze said at the launch.

In October 1998, MTN Uganda was launched in Uganda when a mobile phone call connecting President Museveni in Uganda and President Nelson Mandela in South Africa was successful. It marked the entry of MTN Uganda in the market. Since then through consistently enabling connections, MTN Uganda has over 11 million customers. The expo will highlight the historical journey of the telecom for the last 20 years showing some of the things that have been achieved.

“However, as we celebrate the past, the future is not going to be waiting for us. We must be ready to inspire the future because the future of the industry continues to evolve. This expo is an indication of what we would like to achieve. MTN Uganda will have two strategic areas of growth in the next 10 years,” said Wim Vanhelleputte, CEO MTN Uganda.

The expo will celebrate bits of history including a museum to show the journey of where the MTN brand (in Uganda) has come from but will also be heavy on the future including having a display and test drive of the 5G powered – driverless car being tested by the MTN Group.

Visitors to the expo will get a feel of what a “connected or smart home” offers as well as access to massive smartphone discounts. Expect to see a connected, smart cow and get to see how we’ll soon manage our cattle herd.

There will be engagement with robotics and spectacular 3D mapping and laser show displays. Other attractions include a circus show, performances from some of Uganda’s big-name artistes, fireworks display and a special production from renowned Uganda playwright Alex Mukulu among others.

According to Vanhelleputte, telecoms of the future are going to enable more the transformation of several sectors in the economy beyond just providing voice calls.

“If we give an example of the connected cow; farmers will in the future be able to monitor the health of their livestock using just a mobile phone. This would mean that the telecom is enabling the modernisation of agriculture,” Wim added.

The expo will close on Monday, 21st October.

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Jumia Uganda appoints new CEO, launches Black Friday campaign

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Ron Kawamara(L), the new ceo for Jumia Uganda addresses media. Looking on is Massimiliano Spalazzi, Jumia’s co-CEO.

Ron Kawamara(L), the new CEO for Jumia Uganda addresses media. Looking on is Massimiliano Spalazzi, co-CEO, Jumia Africa.

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Jumia Uganda has announced that Ron Kawamara will take over as new CEO for Uganda. This was during a press briefing held at The Hickory restaurant on Thursday morning. Ron has previously served as the Regional Managing Director of Jumia Food, East Africa, and comes with a wealth of experience in the African Commerce industry.

Speaking at the briefing, Massimiliano Spalazzi,the co-CEO Jumia Africa said, “After a thorough and thoughtful search process, we are thrilled to have Ron take on the CEO role. Ron brings a stellar leadership reputation, a wealth of consumer experience, and a lifelong passion for eCommerce to Jumia – all of which are critical ingredients in the continued evolution of our company. We are absolutely confident that Ron is the right leader for Jumia who can create value for customers and vendors by marrying Jumia’s numerous assets with the opportunities ahead.”

Kawamara has extensive experience leading, innovating and scaling technology businesses globally, including having guided Jumia Food through critical transformation periods. Through his startup experience, Ron has frequently worked with SMEs to effect business models that embrace technological changes.

“I cannot imagine a more important and exciting time to join Jumia,” said Kawamara. “With a massive, diverse and highly engaged audience, a market-leading online business, a best-in-class product portfolio and an extremely passionate and talented group of people, Jumia is well-positioned to capture an even greater market opportunity. As a lifelong entrepreneur and exuberant technology enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to combine my industry experience with my love for business. I look forward to working with this great team, having a lot of fun, and leading Jumia through its next exciting phase.”

Meanwhile,  this year’s Black Friday campaign was also launched during the event. Black Friday is a massive sales event that will run from November 16th to December 7th, 2018. The campaign is normally characterized by a buzz of activities at Jumia as online shoppers enjoy the best deals.

 “This year will be our biggest campaign yet,” Ron noted. “We’ve invested in a lot in negotiating with retailers so that we can give our customers the best value. We shall feature discounts of up to 70% on over 5000 products and shoppers will enjoy free delivery for purchases over 200,000 UGX.”

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