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Kwese and MTN launch brand new video streaming app

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Kwesé iflix, the Joint Venture of Econet Media, Africa’s leading pan-regional media company and broadcast network and iflix, the leading entertainment service for emerging markets, today announced the launch of its premier digital entertainment platform in Uganda with industry leader MTN.

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The all new Kwesé iflix service offers users the ultimate entertainment experience, featuring Kwesé’s extraordinary content offering including live coverage of the world’s most elite sporting competitions, including the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – and much more on Kwesé iflix’s world class platform with the best international, regional and local content programs curated especially for African audiences, to stream or download.

MTN Uganda, Iflix and Kwese teams at the launch of the new app.

With thousands of programs available, Kwesé iflix’s vast library includes international first-run exclusive shows, award-winning TV series and blockbuster movies such as ICE, The Royals, Family Time, Love and Hip Hop, Chasing Life, as well as popular local and regional content – Telenovelas such as El Fantasma De Elena, Passion and Power and La Vuida Negra – children’s programs and lifestyle content. The service also offers Ugandans quality content they can watch for free, including short-form drama series, first episodes of TV shows, and local free-to-air TV stations, such as NTV Uganda and Bukedde TV.

Announcing the launch of the service, Kwesé iflix CEO, Mayur Patel, said, “Africa’s leading entertainment service, Kwesé iflix app, offers customers the best in entertainment, anytime and anywhere. Designed for the mobile generation, the Ugandan consumer now has unlimited access to all their favourite sports and shows in a way which suits their lifestyle – satisfying their need to be in the know, on-the-go and on their terms. We are excited to be working with MTN to deliver our content into the hands of even more Ugandans”

“Leveraging MTN’s Mobile Money for payment and its 3G& 4G network, subscribers will be able to stream Kwesé iflix’s world-class programming on their connected devices through innovative data bundles. When it comes to entertainment consumers are better able to associate it with time; we have therefore created time bundles dedicated to Kwese Iflix ranging from 2 hours of unlimited consumption at only UGX 1,600. These bundles are much cheaper than the normal data bundles making it more affordable for our customers to enjoy the great Entertainment on Mobile”, said Olivier Prentout, MTN Chief Marketing officer.

To subscribe for Kwese iflix and activate a Kwese data bundle, MTN customers simply dial *165*4*7#.

“As the leading Tech brand on the continent, we want to lead the revolution for digital innovation especially through services that enrich what our customers can do on a smartphone. Rich media content such as Video is one such service. Our partnership with Kwese iflix will enable us to deliver some of the best international and local sports and entertainment to our customers,” Olivier added.

iflix Co-Founder and Group CEO, Mark Britt, added, “This is a monumental milestone for iflix. Together with Econet Media, Africa’s top Pan-regional media company, we have created a platform specifically for African users, which makes every match of the World Cup available to users across the country on any mobile device of their choice.  Our Kwesé iflix service now offers users the largest library of the world’s best entertainment, all unscheduled and on demand, unlike ever before.”

“We cannot ignore the growth of streaming services across the African continent especially with the spike in mobile and internet penetration numbers. We do not only have to stay ahead of the trends but ensure we become the best provider of these services in the market. Kwesé iflix brings young people a combination of premium sports and entertainment content and we are excited to be at the forefront of this,” said Joseph Hundah, President and CEO Econet Media.

Kwesé iflix customers can choose between a variety of flexible VIP passes to access the Kwesé iflix premium content, including 1-Day, 3-Day, 7-Day and 30-Day VIP passes.

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StarTimes moves to empower youth at SOS Villages

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 Olive Lumonya (L) exchanges MOU with Andy Wang (M) as StarTimes PRO Christine Nagujja looks on.

Olive Lumonya (L) exchanges MOU with Andy Wang (M) as StarTimes PRO Christine Nagujja looks on.

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StarTimes has moved to empower youth at the SOS Children’s Village. The pay TV company on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with SOS during an event held at the NGO’s national office in Entebbe.

The three-year partnership will see SOS children get internship and job placement for qualified youths from the village, provide digital television and equipment for learning to the SOS villages so that the children can go e-learning and match with the competitive job market. In addition, StarTimes will use its platform to spearhead a campaign to encourage Ugandans to offer support to children’s homes.

Speaking at the event, the CEO of StarTimes Andy Wang said that this partnership is one of the few ways they can give back to Ugandans for the great support they have showed StarTimes in the past 8 years that has turned them into the largest market share holder.

“We believe this partnership will help the youth reach their full potential and contribute positively towards the development of this country,” Andy Wang also noted.

Ms Olive Lumonya, the Country Director SOS Children’s Villages expressed gratitude towards the partnership noting that with this support will go a long way in providing a more comfortable environment for the children.

“With the biggest population at the SOS Children’s Villages being youth, we have been grappling with youth unemployment among other challenges. We are grateful that StarTimes has come on board to help us deal with this.” She said.

“It is a great honor to partner with StarTimes which has committed to support us as we strive to create a comfortable home for our kids.”

SOS Children’s Village have branches in Kakiri, Entebbe, Gulu and Fort portal where they cater for 680 children. They also support over 10,000 more children with in the community.

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UBA wins Social Banking award for LEO Chat banking

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The UBA Uganda team receiving the Social media award for the Leo- Chat banking Innovation

The UBA Uganda team receiving the Social media award for the Leo- Chat banking Innovation.

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UBA Uganda has received recognition for its ground breaking Innovation -LEO Chat banking. This was during the annual Digital Impact Awards Africa (DIAA) which were held at Kampala Serena Hotel recently.

The 2018 Digital Impact Awards (DIAA) themed “Include Everyone” recognized and rewarded individuals and organizations that continue to spearhead the use of digital tools to enhance financial and digital inclusion while leading to economic transformation, across Africa.

UBA Uganda flourished in the social banking category, where the bank was recognized for the innovation of the first banking chat bot in Uganda and the World. UBA’s chat bot LEO impressed the judges, for bringing banking services to the apps where consumers didn’t have these services.

“This award is for the teams that have worked so hard to bring LEO to life. We are grateful to the customers that voted for UBA. In line with our ‘Customer First’ philosophy, we shall continue using technology to innovate products and services that empower customers and make banking more convenient.” said Johnson Agoreyo, CEO UBA Uganda.

LEO enables customers perform ordinary banking transactions such as account opening, funds transfer and airtime purchase while providing access to customer service on social media sites such as Facebook and Whatsapp.

Congratulating UBA Uganda on the award, Emeke E. Iweriebor, CEO UBA East and Southern Africa said, “Technology has remained central to United Bank for Africa’s business strategy, as we continue to enhance our product offering beyond brick and mortar locations, deploying lifestyle banking technology, to serve our customers. This accolade, is therefore a testament of our pledge for excellence in line with our vision, to be the undisputed, leading and dominant financial services institution in Africa”.

With the increased demand of convenience by customers and the growth in the use of social media, LEO is a necessary and welcome innovation.

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dfcu Bank threatens legal action over “fake news campaign”

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DFCU bank

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After continuously being shown in bad light in sections of the media, dfcu Bank has warned it will take the legal course to seek reparations if the media attacks continue. In a legal notice that has surfaced online, the bank accuses Rajiv Ruparelia of orchestrating the smear campaign against its business over the last 10 months since they took over some of the assets and liabilities of Crane Bank.

Through its lawyers, Kalenge, Bwanika, Ssawa and Company Advocates (KBS), dfcu claims Rajiv “sponsored, coordinated and propagated a fake news campaign” through online news sites and blogs with a motive to cause a bank run and eventual collapse of the bank.

“You have variously paid the operators of online news sites and blogs to spread malicious falsehoods about our client and its senior management, all to create an impression that our client is in a precarious financial situation and an ownership and management crisis whereas this is not the case,” reads part of the letter dated 5th October.

“Once the malicious false hoods have been crafted into sensationalist online content you have been repeatedly sending web links to the sites carrying these falsehoods using social media particularly Whatsapp,” the letter further reads. “You have done this repeatedly and to a very large number of recipients with a view to driving traffic to the false stories you had paid for and in the hope that the links would go viral and cause maximum damage to the reputation of dfcu Bank.”

KBS also outed several online publications and bloggers whom they claim are Rajiv’s vessel for executing the fake news campaign, which they say amounts to corporate defamation and economic sabotage.

“Your repeated conduct amounts to the civil torts of corporate defamation and interference with our client’s business by unlawful means,” KBS notes. “Your repeated attempts to destabilize the second largest financial institution in Uganda also amount to economic sabotage and have national security implications.”

dfcu bank is demanding a written apology from Rajiv as well as restraint from engaging in this “nefarious and malicious” campaign or it will initiate criminal complaint and commence civil proceedings against him.

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