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MTN Uganda extends roll-out of business automation tools for enterprises through the launch of MTN Cloud Services.

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MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager MTN Business Sales (Extreme left), Chief Marketing Officer, Ernst Fonternel (Standing) and Reginald Kafeero,General Manager MTN Business(Extreme right) during the launch.

In keeping with its Mission to ‘To lead the delivery of a bold, new Digital World to its customers’, MTN Uganda today announced the extension of its bouquet of Cloud Services to Uganda.

The introduction of MTN Cloud Services in Uganda comes on the back of a highly successful launch of the services in Ghana, Nigeria and Cote devoir earlier this year.

MTN Cloud Services provide business automation tools to enterprises across professional services, micro-finance, health and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sectors.

Speaking at the launch breakfast at the Kampala Sheraton hotel on August 23, 2013, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ernst Fonternel, said MTN Cloud Services is the first of its kind in Uganda, and expressed optimism that SMEs who have been looking for world-class tools to improve their business efficiencies will find the solutions attractive for their business growth.

MTN’ s focus is to contribute to the development of enterprises and the sustainable growth of economies in the countries of operation and MTN Cloud Services is integral to the company’s strategy to achieve this, particularly as enterprises are key economic growth drivers in most of our markets.

The MTN Cloud Services are aimed at satisfying the growing appetite of business for ICT solutions that are relevant, customized and affordable. To this end the impressive array of the services under this product include cost effective e-mail and collaborative software such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM, a customer’s relations management tool, as well as security powered by McAfee.

Fonternel said, “The aim of launching MTN Cloud Services in Uganda is to support the delivery on the company’s promise to make the lives of customers brighter by leading the delivery of a bold new Digital World to them”. The cloud services approach entails the centralization of access to services, wherein a third party, in this case MTN, acts as the single point of contact for customers.

The focus is on convenience as centralizing access to services eases the administrative burden for business where instead of dealing with multiple service providers, they now deal with only one.

The introduction of business automation tools in Uganda is part of the first phase of MTN Cloud services designed primarily for SMEs across professional services, and the health and micro-finance sectors. The second phase of MTN Cloud offerings will cater for major corporates and multinationals.

The uptake in Ghana and Nigeria has been positive and we are optimistic that MTN Cloud Services will receive a similar response in Uganda and in the other markets when it’s launched.

“It is MTN Uganda’s desire and commitment to continue developing tailor-made products and services that are in line with the growing and dynamic technological trends. We are hopeful that SMEs will utilize Cloud services to enhance business efficiency,” concluded Fonternel.

 

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MTN Uganda announces winners in the ‘MTN for Good’ campaign

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Douglas Smith of Sportrise is the overall winner in the "MTN for Good" campaign.

Douglas Smith of Sportrise is the overall winner in the “MTN for Good” campaign.

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Five lucky youth have won the public vote emerging as the winners of the MTN for Good campaign that was launched early 2020.

Following the story of MTN that started as a small SME to becoming one of the most admired brands in Africa, the MTN for Good campaign sought to awaken the youth to the fact that it is possible to realize your dreams if you pursue them.

Douglas Smith of Sportrise polled the highest public votes beating over 100 other participants to emerge winner in the inaugural campaign. Sportrise is a local company that is using plastics to make soccer balls. Other winners are Joseph Semayengo of Brick making, Julius Tusingwire a programmer, Brian Maw, a talented producer, and Tony Ayebare with the Online Butcher.

The winners will receive support from MTN in support of their dreams including MTN Mobile money to seed into their ideas, 60GB data per month for six months, Kigale fixed lines among others. MTN will also arrange for them to meet their idols.

In the campaign which targeted mainly the youth, they were asked to submit a one minute video showing their dream. The submissions were subjected to a public vote and the top five videos with the highest votes have been declared winners.

“We all have dreams. It’s a great thing to be a dreamer because the ones who dream are the ones who own the future. Like MTN, many of the leading businesses, companies and enterprises started from an idea that sprung from a dream. Youths have many dreams and MTN wants to help them bring their dreams to life under the ‘For Good’ campaign, said Somdev Som, MTN Uganda Chief marketing officer.

“The youths have many dreams. Since we are in the business of connectivity we wanted to be the link that connects the youth to their dreams. Our pledge to the public is whatever your dream, let’s create it together.” He added.

The ‘For Good’ campaign was rolled out by MTN Group in November last year and is running across the 21 countries in which MTN operates.

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MTN MoMo Nyabo promo is back, Ugx 1.2 billion in cash prizes up for grabs

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Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer unveiling the new promo.

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MTN Uganda has launched the 3rd edition of the highly rewarding MoMoNyabo promotion. Under the theme “MoMoNyabo Together”, this year’s promotion is designed to help MTN customers with the much-needed support following the negative effects of the covid19 pandemic on the wellbeing of many Ugandans.

Unlike previous editions which were characterized by fanfare around the country and giving away of cars, motorbikes and other prizes, this year MTN is focusing the promotion on supporting customers meet their most urgent needs such as domestic welfare, rebuilding small businesses or meeting outstanding obligations among others.

“Life has not been the same for many. Times are tough, and every Ugandan is trying to find a way to rebuild following effects of covid. It’s in this spirit that MTN is stepping in to be part of several efforts aimed at supporting Ugandans to rebuild”, said Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer.

“MoMoNyabo Together is one of several ways that MTN Uganda is standing with Ugandans in the midst of today’s disruptions,” he further commented.

The MoMoNyabo Together promotion will reward customers that have embraced MoMo, and use it to pay for airtime, bundles, utilities like Yaka, NWSC, TV subscription plus shopping, school fees among several other services, everywhere they go.

MTN has earmarked over UGX 1.2billion in mobile money prizes to be given away to lucky customers and MTN MoMo Agents and/or merchants. The winners will be chosen in draws to be broadcast on NBS and Bukedde TV every day, starting at 8:20pm.

Every week day, two customers that have used MTN MoMo to pay for airtime, bundles or another service, will randomly be chosen and each will win a guaranteed UGX 1m/- with a chance to triple that amount and also win an additional UGX 2m/- for friends and loved ones through an exciting game show. This brings the total amount available for each winner and their beneficiaries to UGX 5m/-.

All this will be broadcast on TV.

To win money for their friends and loved ones, customers’ will be given a chance to participate in a quiz in which they will be asked 5 general knowledge questions each with a multiple choice of answers, for the winners to select the correct one. Each question is worth UGX 800,000 which will be equally split between the winner and their preferred beneficiary. The winner has the option to choose one beneficiary for all the answers they get right or nominate several beneficiaries for each question answered correctly.

Nominated beneficiaries can be individuals, families, organizations/causes who should be active MTN customers.

“MTN MoMo not only saves our customers the inconveniences of having to leave their comfort to get airtime, bundles or other services, it also gives them the chance to win much needed money though this promotion”, Somdev concluded.

Customers don’t have to deposit all their money on the phone but just keep some on MTN MoMo to use it when they need it the most. For example, if you have 5,000/-, you can deposit 2,000/- on your MTN MoMo account and use it to pay for airtime, bundles or other services and enter the MoMoNyabo Together promotion for a chance to win money.

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ISBAT University, Airtel Uganda partner to provide free access to university’s Hybrid Virtual Learning Platform

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ISBAT University has announced a new partnership with Airtel Uganda aimed at providing students with free access to the University’s Hybrid Blended Learning platform.

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ISBAT University has announced a new partnership with Airtel Uganda aimed at providing students with free access to the University’s Hybrid Blended Learning platform using the Airtel internet platform.

The partnership that is in line with the Uganda government’s efforts to ensure safety for everyone as well as education and business continuity from home will see Airtel provide free access to student numbers provided by the university and will be available to all active students of the current semester (Spring 2020).

Commenting about this partnership during the launch, ISBAT University Vice Chancellor Dr. K.M. Mathew noted that World over Universities adopted such learning and assessment practices for the affected semester(s) in order to save the semester and progress academically.

“ISBAT University’s interactive live virtual classes attracted a vast majority of students with lots of encouragement from the University community. The University’s aim is to ensure that our students are not at disadvantage due to the prolonged closure of the University in the lockdown period and we sincerely hope to save the semester in a timely manner,” he noted.

Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar congratulated ISBAT University upon this essential innovation and encouraged the students to utilize this opportunity to further their education.

Since the lockdown of all Education facilities in March 2020, Airtel Uganda has put in place a number of interventions to ensure Ugandans continue to access their education materials. The telecommunications company recently partnered with Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA), as well as a number of online education providers to implement remote learning initiatives.

The collaboration between Airtel and ISBAT is going to be a paradigm shift in the higher education sector of Uganda, especially during this unprecedented pandemic situation.

Students will greatly benefit by this unique arrangement, as they will be able to continue with the academic progress in an uninterrupted manner with more enthusiasm and high academic spirit, without spending anything for expensive internet data.

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The Innovation Village opens new centre in Mbarara

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The Innovation Village has launched its new location in Mbarara City. This is their 3rd new location since the beginning of the year 2020.

According to CK Japheth, the Team Lead at The Innovation Village, “The Innovation Village is a promise to entrepreneurs. Our motivation is the potential that Ugandans have to contribute solutions to the problems challenging their country.”

“In Mbarara, we have set up a community where women and young entrepreneurs can come to network, connect and meet each other, and our mandate is to ensure that entrepreneurs realize their potential, work through their ideas until they scale into sustainable businesses.” Japheth added.

This launch comes at a time after Mbarara was recently awarded its city status. The district has earned its popularity as the land of milk and honey. This move will facilitate uniform and harmonized growth and development.

Mbarara town is a gateway to western parts of Uganda and Great Lakes region countries of Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo. Its population is about 480,000 people, and is second to Kampala in importance, industry, and infrastructure. Mbarara is also the home of one of Uganda’s biggest universities majoring in science and technology.

The Innovation Village seeks to partner with entrepreneurs that are not just technology enabled, but contribute to different sectors like farming, arts and crafts, agriculture to name but a few.

“Entrepreneurs do not know how to create sustainable businesses around what they do. The Innovation Village will help them sieve through their dreams until they settle for a good idea, that can grow and scale into other regions in the country.” He concluded.

The Innovation Village has other locations catering to the needs of entrepreneurs in Gulu, Jinja and Kampala.

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