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Huawei Seeds for the Future training starts

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Huawei Seeds for the Future training opening ceremony

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Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, has kicked off this year’s Seeds for the Future training that will be conducted online.

The training that will run from 7th to 11th September 2020 will see 37 top ICT students recommended from the various public universities of Uganda acquire knowledge in areas of Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Big Data, Cloud, Artificial intelligence and 5G related courses.

According to the Huawei Public Relations Director Mr. Gao Jian, The training that will last one week shall be an online training where students are required to stay at home but study.

“During this one week’s program from 7th to 11th September, the students shall be trained and nurtured in the latest technological trends such as 5g and cloud computing among so many others. We hope that the students utilize this chance to learn for free so that they can translate from seeds to tress and forests that shall be of great importance to Uganda and its ICT Sector. We shall provide them with all the necessary logistics such as data, airtime to keep online,” he said.

The Seeds for the Future program is Huawei’s Corporate Social Responsibility flag ship program that began in 2008. This program takes 10 students every year to China for hands- on technological training in the latest industry trends. Approximately 30,000 students have taken part since inception. But because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Huawei Managing director added that the company globally introduced this online study to promote continuity of the program without any boundaries and limitations.

Uganda’s deputy head of missions to China Mr. Henry Mayiga, the chief guest at the program opening ceremony on Zoom noted that Seeds for the Future is an initiative China is using as a vehicle for technological transfer to the world, Africa and Uganda in particular.

“The Seeds for the Future project comes in handy to facilitate the technological transfer by way of boosting ICT Usage and capabilities in Uganda, Africa and the world at large. I can only say that Huawei is helping to further cement the superb and robust Sino-Uganda relations,” he said.

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Zuritap, new platform connecting service providers to clients launched

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Ichode Erasmas, the Managing Director at Zuritap addresses media.

Ichode Erasmas, the Managing Director at Zuritap addresses media.

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Zuritap, a new platform designed for connecting professional service providers to clients has been launched. The mobile app was officially unveiled at Eliana Hotel in Ntinda on Tuesday.

Speaking during the launch, Ichode Erasmas, the Managing Director at Zuritap said that the platform will enable easy and convenient access to professional services for clients while also helping expand the customer base for the service providers.

“Zuritap is here to empower small businesses and individuals providing professional services,” Ichode Erasmas stated.

The platform, which has been active for 2 months now, so far has about 300 service providers offering a range of services like plumbing, catering, and cleaning services among others.

“We don’t just put everyone on the platform,” Ichode added. “We make sure every service provider is verified by our team of experts and also trained in ethical conduct and customer care etiquette.”

The service is so far only available in Kampala and surrounding areas.

“To use the platform, download the app via Google Play or Apple store and sign up,” Charles Espan, a Zuritap ambassador explained. “When you are logged in, the app gives you a list of all service providers and shows you each service provider’s profile and how far away they are from your location. You can then choose your preferred service provider and contact them via the app.”

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Airtel Uganda extends Broadband Internet Solution to northern Uganda

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Airtel Uganda General Manager, Broadban, Brenden Kachenje speaking during the Broadband Internet Solution launch in Lira

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Airtel Uganda continued its country-wide broadband internet solution drive in Lira, Gulu and Arua cities as it expands its affordable and reliable fixed wireless internet solution to all parts of the country.

At the unveilings, subscribers were treated to demonstrations of how this fast broadband internet solution works and how to acquire the devices.

The Lira Deputy Town Clerk, Rebecca Acen, showed gratitude for Airtel’s continued expansion and innovations that it has brought to the residents of Lira.

“Airtel Uganda continues to play a major role in the development and provision of employment opportunities for many people in Lira City. Its commitment and contribution to the country and our community over the years has enabled us to achieve certain advancements in the telecom industry,” Acen commented.

The Broadband Internet Solution unit which attracts a one-off entry cost of Shs280,000 inclusive of a 51GB of Data valid for 30 days, free installation and device maintenance for three years has been on the market since September last year when it launched in Kampala.

In Gulu City, Otika Walter the City’s Deputy Speaker, echoed the continued importance for the need for technological advancements to be brought closer to people in places far from the capital city to at least enable the regional communities to move at the same pace as the capital.

“We are happy to have such advanced services from Airtel Uganda extended to our newly formed city. It is of utmost importance that this is the norm with all service providers. The closer the services are brought to our people the faster our communities will advance and engineer local and national economic development,” Otika remarked.

Commenting about the expansion in the Northern region, Paul Mutanga, Airtel Uganda’s Regional Business Manager, Northern Region said; “Since the launch, hundreds of homes and businesses in the country have benefited from the Airtel Broadband reliability and affordability. To satisfy the demand, we have decided to expand the solution to customers upcountry especially during these unprecedented times when the internet is a major driver of livelihood.”

The fixed Wireless internet device comes in stylish designs and can connect 32 internet-powered devices including laptops, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, game consoles, security cameras and many others to the internet.

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Huawei donates ICT study equipment to Makerere University

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Huawei has donated ICT study equipment to Makerere University College of Computing and Information Science.

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Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, has donated ICT study equipment to Makerere University College of Computing and Information Science. The equipment is to aid in the hands-on study in the Huawei ICT Academy that was launched in 2019 at the college.

The event that took place at Makerere University College of Computing and Information Science was attended by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Executive Director of NITA-Uganda Dr. Mugasa Hatwib, Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Admin Professor Hisali Eria ,Huawei Managing director Mr. Gaofei, the and Principal College of computing Professor Tonny Oyana among others.

The Huawei ICT Academy was launched in May 2019 at Makerere University and is to train and certify 1000 students free of charge in the next two years.

Upon receiving the donation, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere Professor Barnabas Nawangwe commended Huawei for the donation and them being an industry leader.

“Today Huawei Technologies donated equipment router and switches to support Huawei ICT Academy program. We are very excited about its potential in changing the IT landscape in Uganda and beyond. I am grateful to Huawei for this donation. I know them (Huawei) and I have been to their headquarters, they are a market leader and have heavily invested in research and development,” He said.

Huawei has donated ICT study equipment to Makerere University College of Computing and Information Science.

Dr. Mugasa Hatwib, the executive Director of NITA-U and also the guest of honor, expressed his passion for research and innovation and stressed that the donated equipment by Huawei shall aid the college of computing of Makerere in this role. He commended Huawei for their fulfillment and pledged constant support to the university.

“Thanks to Huawei for this wonderful donation. This is part of the commitment that Huawei undertook to train 1000 students and equip their learning institutions. Collective participation is how we shall digitize Uganda. I love research and innovation and I believe that this donation shall aid in the same,” he added.

Professor Tonny Oyana, the Principal College of Computing and Information science emphasized that the ICT Academy initiative is right within the strategic plan of Makerere that is being implemented between 2020 and 2030.

According to Huawei’s Managing Director Mr. Gaofei, the donation comes as a fulfillment of the pledge Huawei made to Makerere of donating equipment to the University to aide in the hands-on study in the academy.

“The reason we are here today is to donate the ICT Academy equipment to aid this ICT Academy to give hands-on training of the academy courses. This is a fulfillment of our MOU signed in May 2019. We shall also donate to three more academies in Uganda” said Mr. Gaofei.

“With this donation, we believe that we shall trigger exploration which lights the way forward. And further more we believe that this exploration begins with sharing wisdom, and exchange of ideas to open up exciting new possibilities in a digital world”, he added.

The Huawei ICT Academy course combines both theories and practical operations which range from Enterprise Networks such as Routing and Switching, Advanced Network and Network technology, information technology such as Storage, Cloud computing and big data among others.

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Airtel Uganda awarded for best Digital Wallet Innovation

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Amit Kapur, Airtel Uganda CCO

Amit Kapur, Airtel Uganda Chief Commercial Officer.

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Airtel Uganda, together with its technology partners Comviva, has won the 2020 Digital Wallet Innovation Award under the ‘Market Adoption’ category.

Airtel Uganda and Comviva also won the Grand Prize at the awards ceremony organized by Aite Group, a global research and advisory firm, during the virtual Mobile Payment Conference held on Monday.

Aite Group annually recognizes innovation by digital wallet providers that are changing the way commerce is done. The winners are selected by a global panel of independent experts on digital payments and wallets.

“Digital wallets are becoming the engines of commerce, and with the COVID–19 pandemic, their importance to consumers is great than ever”, said Thad Peterson, senior analyst at Aite Group. “And as can be seen with Airtel Money Uganda, they have the power to move complete economies.”

Commenting about the award, Airtel Uganda Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Amit Kapur said; “This award recognises our effort towards making Airtel Money a world-class service, and Airtel Money’s revolutionary impact on increasing financial inclusion, digitizing payments and creating a digital cash-lite Uganda. The award has come at a right time, when Airtel Africa is celebrating its 10th Anniversary.”

“At Airtel our aim is to leverage the transformative power of mobile money to enrich the lives of people. Hence, in the last few years we have evolved Airtel Money by introducing new services, expanding the Airtel Money agent network and adding new partners.” He added.

Airtel partners with multiple utilities providers, billers, merchants, businesses, international remittance partners, Commercial banks and the Government of Uganda to facilitate payments and collections for these partners and facilitate the public make payments to these services.

The rich portfolio of services is complemented by an expansive Airtel money distribution network of over 102,000 active Airtel money agent and over 850 active and dedicated Airtel Money Branches spread across Uganda, providing last-mile services like cash deposit, withdrawals and customer support services to Airtel Money customers. Airtel Money Uganda is powered by Comviva’s mobiquity® Money platform.

“We are glad to be the technology partner of Airtel Money in Uganda and are happy to support Airtel’s mission of providing swift, seamless and secure digital financial services that are helping people to live better lives. This award validates our ability to bring innovative fintech services to the forefront in emerging economies. We are happy that mobiquity® Money is leading the way in digitizing economies and impacting lives of millions of people globally,” said Suresh Khosla, Head of Airtel Business at Comviva.

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