Mr. Ebenezer Asante, the MTN Group Vice President of Southern & East Africa and Ghana (SEAGHA) region, has handed over a cheque worth UGX 20bn to the Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Cabinet Minister of Information Technology and Communications (ICT), that will go towards the work done by the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF).
Speaking at the handover that took place at the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications Technology and National Guidance, Mr. Ebenezer Asante stated that whereas it was a regulatory requirement to contribute to the RCDF, MTN Uganda was more than pleased to be part of the advancement of the ICT sector in the country.
“We are extremely happy with our contribution to the RCDF which has been able to achieve progressive penetration of ICT infrastructure into previously un-served and under-served areas of Uganda”, said Mr. Ebenezer Asante of MTN Group. The RCDF is a Universal Service Fund (USF) established in 2003 that is managed and administered by an independent board set up by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). The main purpose of the RCDF is to address issues of Connectivity, Access, Affordability and Equity within the ICT sector. UCC retains the roles of oversight and policy over the RCDF. Some of the projects implemented by RCDF include; Internet points of presence, Internet Cafes, ICT Training Centres, Public Payphones, District Web Portals, Multi-Purpose Community Tele-centres, Postal Services, School ICT laboratories, Health ICT facilities, Voice Network Sites, Content Development Projects and Local Governance Projects.
Hon. Frank Tumwebaze reinstated the Governments position in advancing ICT opportunities to Ugandans irrespective of their social, physical or economic background. “The Government strongly believes that no one should be kept out of the ICT space; everyone should be able to exploit the opportunities that arise within the ICT sector irrespective of their location, physical inability, age, gender, level of literacy, technology literacy, or language. That is
why the RCDF is very important in advancing the benefits of the ICT sector to the larger Ugandan population; we therefore thank MTN Uganda for their continued dedication in meeting their obligations towards this fund” said the Hon. Minister. Frank Tumwebaze.
Prior to his appointment as VP of the SEAGHA Region, Mr. Ebenezer Asante was the CEO of MTN Ghana and MTN Rwanda. For both operations, he was responsible for providing sound human resource leadership and ensuring financial and organizational profitability and sustainability of the operating units. The MTN SEAGHA region comprises the mobile operations in Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, South Sudan, Botswana and Swaziland, as well as the MTN Internet service providers in Kenya, Namibia and Botswana.
“We have been known to be the only telecom operator that always complies and consistently contributes towards the RCDF. Since 2003, MTN Uganda has contributed over Ugx 121 billion to UCC towards the RCDF. This, in addition to being the top tax payer in Uganda contributing over Ugx 3.9 trillion shillings, makes us very proud of our leadership role towards the development of the country and also investing in the ICT sector. This is in line with our strategic vision of leading the delivery of a bold new digital world to our customers and the markets we operate in” continued Mr. Ebenezer Asante of MTN Group.
The visit by the MTN Group VP of SEAGHA is part of a two day working visit. While here, he will meet and engage with various stakeholders within the ICT industry including UCC and also meet MTN senior management and staff.
The Minister of ICT and the MTN Group VP of SEAGHA discussed at length on various pertinent issues affecting the ICT sector and the larger telecom landscape. The meeting ended on a high note with both parties agreeing to work closely together towards the advancement of the ICT sector in Uganda.
The MTN Group VP of SEAGHA was accompanied by MTN Uganda’s CEO Wim Vanhelleputte, MTN Uganda General Manager for Corporate Services & Chief Legal Counsel Mr. Anthony Katamba and MTN Uganda Senior Manager in charge of Corporate Affairs Ms. Justina Ntabgoba. Director Legal Affairs. Mrs. Susan Marian Atengo Wegoye, UCC Secretary and Director of Legal Affairs, represented the regulatory body at the event.
TECNO CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO launched at special Christmas Price
By Staff Writer
Christmas is around the corner and so are all the juicy deals from top brands in Uganda. Today, TECNO Mobile Uganda has launched two new smart smartphones called the CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO at a special Christmas price. The new phones have been described as the drivers for the future of selfies by some thanks to the ability to take bright and clear selfies with high quality powered by the new AI Technology.
The CAMON 11 duo exploits improved AI technology for selfie photography among many more AI- powered operational features like AI Bokeh effect, AI HDR, and AI automatic scene detection. Together with the super Notch Screen of 6.2inches and upgraded multi-tasking software, CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO offers consumers a better user experience.
Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in-built in the CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO is capable of doing a lot more than what previously seemed to be impossible by smartphones.
The revolutionary AI technology embedded in the CAMON 11 PRO and CAMON 11’s camera elevates the smartphone selfie experience.
For the Selfie-lovers, the high-end 24 or 16-megapixel front camera gives a whole new dimension of selfie experience. AI-technology smartly allows customers to create high-quality self-portraits with natural skin colour by optimizing the image, thereby achieving brighter colours and sharp contours.
The new CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO does not pride only in the new AI technology but also showcases its ability to give customers an impeccable experience right from the slick beautiful diamond fire design to the space and many more fantastic specs.
The new phones comes sealed fully accessorized with new headsets, charger, tempered glass, (screen guard) and pin.
CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO have been favourably priced to not only enable customers access it but it’s also time for giving and celebration, therefore the price is to give customers a reason to celebrate their festivities in style with a new super smart gadget. The new phones will be at a Recommended Retail Price of CAMON 11 UGX 578,000 and CAMON 11 PRO UGX 899,000.
The new CAMON 11 and Camon 11 PRO will be available country wide in all TECNO exclusive shops starting today 10th December 2018.
Below are the some of the spectacular features of to look out for;
AI Technology Captures More Beauty of You
New AI technology advances include more accurate facial recognition capability. CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO cameras are able to improve self-portraits with the help of AI Beauty by recognizing up to 240points on the face of the subject, delivering better beautification effects no matter the gender or age, and enabling self-learning capabilities based on user preferences, plus other added fun features. It also supports Face Unlock option and is equipped with its own powerful AI adjustable front LED flashlights, which allows to get beautiful and realistic photos with a certain flash level customized for you.
Taking selfies has never been better, thanks to the advanced 16 MP front camera for the CAMON 11 and 24 MP for the CAMON 11 PRO. These front cameras have the widest dynamic range due to the AI feature in HDR mode, guaranteeing perfect shots in any light. In low light conditions, the camera takes several pictures at once, combining them into one clear shot, which guarantees accurate detail processing and eliminates the problem of image blur. AI is also able to automatically recognize scenes and adapt to shooting conditions, as well as select the optimal parameters for a wide variety of shooting modes from sports to portrait.
The dual camera is designed for impressive shots to gain popularity in social networks. Night shooting mode is also based on AI-technology and provides high detail photos, even in conditions of limited lighting.
The storage- 6GBRAM + 64GB ROM
Set the pace with the new CAMON 11 PRO, powered by a ground-breaking 6GB RAM and 2.0 GHz Octa-Core processor, taking your “speed” to the next level. Feel free to watch your favourite videos, download content, play games, and with the help of machine learning technology, CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO are able to accelerate the game and put the phone into anti-disturb mode for users, which will bring a more immersive gaming experience.
More Fun with Animoji
Animoji combines human expressions with 3D virtual expressions through Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and creates dynamic cartoon images in keyboard, which is embedded in the typewriting and allows for usage in all major instant messengers and social networks – Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Google+, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype, etc. Animated emoji reads facial movements and recreates them, making chatting with friends so much more fun!
Advanced HiOS Software – Favorite Apps at Your Fingertips
The HiOS software is intelligent enough to recognize your favourite apps and have them open in just 0.3s through your different fingerprints. One can set up “Google + Facebook + YouTube” to open using your forefinger print or access “Instagram + Google Map + Snapchat“via your mid-finger print, all at your personalized convenience.
Call Recording by Fingerprint
Conversations embody our relationships, fuel career growth, offer evidence for justice, and more. From helping us keep alive the memory of loved ones, to keeping records of legal discussions, conducting interviews or even making customer service calls, the CAMON 11 or CAMON 11 PRO makes recording calls a breeze. By just a simple tap of the fingerprint scanner, the call will be recorded immediately.
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Buganda Kingdom products to begin selling on Jumia
Jumia and Majestic Brands Limited, Buganda Kingdom’s official investment arm, have announced a new partnership where all kingdom merchandise will be readily available on Jumia.
The Buganda Kingdom product assortment on Jumia includes, portraits of His Majesty – the King, Maama Nnaabegereka , marriage certificates, totems and memorabilia. All sales revenue will go to support the kingdom development projects.
The partnership was announced at a press event in Bulange, Mengo, and attended by Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikkiro of Buganda, Majestic Brands CEO Mr Ronald Kawaddwa, and Jumia CEO Ron Kawamara.
“The Buganda cultural and brand products are highly appreciated by millions of consumers globally. Today we are pleased to offer a new distribution channel for our customers to own the symbols and memorabilia that make up the norms and culture of this great kingdom”, Jumia CEO, Ron Kawamara said.
Mr Ronald Kawaddwa, Majestic Brands CEO said, “ We hereby request our people to conveniently make use of this platform to get these products.”
The eCommerce space in Uganda is on the rise, with Jumia receiving an average of 500,000 visitors per month, a 120% increase from last year.
Immersion Uganda Sets Dates For Midnight Party Bus
By Demo Reily
Immersion Uganda’s midnight party bus experience to Entebbe will officially set the tone for the party month of December. The party bus experience which is basically a tour bus fitted with lighting and sound, dancing, glow sticks, lots of alcohol and pizza, will be happening on Saturday, 22nd of December.
The fun is not just in the journey but the destination. The tour will involve hopping from bar to bar in Entebbe’s renowned joints like Riders, Street Club and De’Bar included on the itinerary. There will also be music mixes by DJ Chapat on the bus.
Partiers will be welcomed with shots on arrival at the bus included on the ticket price and guaranteed free and secure parking dedicated for all partiers at Hotel Africana, where the departure is slated at 6-7pm.
The bus will then return to Kampala with all the music, raving and drinks, pizza and bar hopping where Uber and designated driver rides will be available at the arrival.
ABOUT IMMERSION UGANDA
The ImmersionUG city tours agency is a brain child of Arthur Mwanje who has put a distinctly Kampala city in touch to epic tour offerings. Their best known tours are the ‘Kampala-On-Foot’ free city walking tour, the ‘Kampala-After-Dark’ tour rated by trip advisor as Kampala’s number one nightlife attraction, and their ‘SavourUganda’ food tasting tour.
They intend to provide a great way to get a first and engaging introduction to the city and spirit of it’s people, for visitors. The agency is run by passionate young locals, and are conducted in a fun, quirky and casual way. They allow guests to have an unusually intimate experience of Kampala and surrounding towns. More recently immersionug now arranges monthly events tailored towards locals and the Night Party Bus is a prominent example.
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