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Huawei launches its first brand shop and service center in Uganda

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Huawei Consumer Business Group (Uganda) has today opened doors to its first brand shop and service center in Uganda. The shop managed by a dealer named ‘Kinetic’ is located on Kampala Road, in the middle of the city center giving Huawei device customers’ easy access to its service offerings.

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Dong Chengzu, Head of Retail and Marketing Department Huawei Uganda while opening the shop said, “Due to an increase in demand for original Huawei smartphones and devices in Uganda, we saw the need to open up brand shops with service centers fully dedicated to handling matters pertaining to our devices. To this end, today we have officially opened up our first brand shop and service center, with a strategic plan to open up at least 4 shops within the next three months period.”

L-R: Sam Cris Ayo, Device Services Manager Huawei Uganda, Bhishma Dave, Telco Head Mitsumi Distribution, Wang Hua, Vice President Huawei Uganda and Zeng Bin, Country Manager Huawei Uganda cut the ribbon to officially open ‘Kinetic Shop’ Huawei’s first brand and service center in Uganda.

L-R: Sam Cris Ayo, Device Services Manager Huawei Uganda, Bhishma Dave, Telco Head Mitsumi Distribution, Wang Hua, Vice President Huawei Uganda and Zeng Bin, Country Manager Huawei Uganda cut the ribbon to officially open ‘Kinetic Shop’ Huawei’s first brand and service center in Uganda.

Sam Cris Ayo, Device Service Manager Huawei Uganda said, “The Huawei brand shop promises our customers in Uganda first class quality devices and services. This brand shop and service center will not only be selling original Huawei devices but will also offer after-sales services. The brand shop will be open from 8am till 7pm each day and will be supplemented by a 24 hour 7 days a week free hotline 0800200620.”

In 2012, Huawei became the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer and was the first Chinese company to sell more than 100 million mobile phones in one year 2015, with products and services available in more than 170 countries. Huawei continues to develop innovations based on customer needs with an aim of enhancing their experiences and creating maximum value for every single device purchase they make. Huawei is therefore very keen on availing to its customers devices that suit their specific customer preferences.

Chengzu concluded by noting that on top of the newly opened brand shops, Huawei smartphones will still be available several dealer shops to include Nile Communications, Ssimba Telecom, Go Phones, Nile Communication, Fone Express, and Praise Communication.

Huawei Uganda this festive season is rewarding all its customers that buy Huawei smartphones over a 24 Day period with a chance of winning fantastic goodies including 43’ LED FHD Hisense TV screens, Huawei smartphones – Y6II and P7, sports bags, laptop bags, t-shirts among others. This promotion which started on 28th November will end on 25th December 2016.

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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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Emirates rewards Ugandan winners in the global destinations competition

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The Emirates Country Manager Puneet Kohli (2R) poses with some of the winners in the emirates radio competition.

The Emirates Country Manager Puneet Kohli (2R) poses with some of the winners in the Emirates radio competition.

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has rewarded lucky Ugandan winners in the Emirates global destination competition. The just concluded competition was aimed at having listeners answer questions about Emirates’ global destinations and create awareness about the airline’s products and services.

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The winners participated in a two-week competition where two winners were chosen every Friday at the end of the week. The winners received Emirates amenities that were handed over by the Emirates Country Manager to Uganda, Mr. Puneet Kohli, who applauded them for their knowledge on Emirates.

“This goes to show that many people know a lot about Emirates and its products, services and global destinations. Our decision to reward these fans reflects our commitment to everyone who knows about our business. We have received immense feedback and we thank everyone who contributed to the competition,” said Mr. Puneet Kohli.

Emirates boasts of an unrivaled on board product experience with the world’s best infight entertainment system, ICE, which offers over 3,500 channels of entertainment including over 100 kids channels and 850 movies from around the world. Travelers can enjoy chef prepared regional and international cuisines using the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines and beverages. All this is complemented by the airline’s international team of over 21,000 cabin crew come from over 135 countries.

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