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Affordable Smartphones Drive Digital Inclusion In Africa, Handset Adoption Can Guide Leap To 4G

Affordable Smartphones Drive Digital Inclusion In Africa, Handset Adoption Can Guide Leap To 4G

FEATURED, TECH
By Our Reporter With mobile connectivity now integral to the modern economy, a key part of any national development programme must be digital inclusion. This is being achieved by expanding mobile broadband coverage, but there is another important consideration: smartphone affordability. A recent GSMA report shows that smartphones make up 39% of the 774 million mobile connections in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is projected to grow significantly, but for Africa’s people to fully reap the dividends of mobile connectivity, it is critical that 4G-enabled smartphone handsets be made more easily attainable for the entry-level market. Many African youth have embraced the use of Smart Phones This calls for financial innovation alongside the technological innovation that characterise
Huawei’s ICT Academy, A Fertile Soil for ICT Talent Cultivation

Huawei’s ICT Academy, A Fertile Soil for ICT Talent Cultivation

Education, FEATURED, TECH
By John Peter Olinga Makerere University: In May 2019, Huawei ignited an Information Communications Technology (ICT) Academy in Uganda to improve the number and quality of IT professions in the country. The Academy was a result of a pledge offered by Huawei to H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during his visit to China, whereby Huawei pledged to train over 1000 Uganda ICT talents through its ICT Academy at no cost for students. Since its launch, the Huawei ICT Academy has attracted thousands of enthusiasts and students with multiple accreditation points mounted at Uganda’s top Universities. Initially, Huawei signed an MOU with Makerere University as the center of the ICT Academy, before seven more Universities joined the race to host regional Academies. Some of the students at the Huaw
Huawei’s Ryan Ding: Unleash Network Potential, Inspire Business Growth

Huawei’s Ryan Ding: Unleash Network Potential, Inspire Business Growth

Business, FEATURED, TECH
By Our Reporter Huawei's Executive Director and President of the Carrier BG Ryan Ding delivered a keynote speech at the Better World Summit 2020 today. According to Ding, as the COVID-19 crisis continues globally, carriers need to be prepared in four areas of network construction and business development to quickly unleash network potential and inspire business growth Carriers need to maximize the value of existing networks. They should make the most of their networks and rapidly expand their capacity by using software or adding boards or replacing RRUs. This can help them respond to the soaring data traffic during the pandemic and optimize site TCO. Carriers should focus on user experience and build the best 5G networks. The best network experience brings the biggest comm...
Tech Partnerships Offer Best Options For African Development

Tech Partnerships Offer Best Options For African Development

FEATURED, TECH
By Our Reporter Kampala Uganda: Technology offers the best opportunity for Africa’s advancement, and African countries have the right to choose which countries and companies they partner with in charting the technological development of their people. This was one of the messages emerging from a webinar hosted by the University of Johannesburg yesterday. Titled, “Gearing Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution: Patterns, Prospects and Lessons,” the event saw stakeholders from business, academia, civil society and the media share insights on the continent’s future, and the role of technology in achieving its developmental aims. The onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents enormous opportunities for African development. However, it comes against the backdrop of a t
Building The 5G Future On An LTE Foundation

Building The 5G Future On An LTE Foundation

FEATURED, TECH
By Keefa Nuwahereza The latest report from GSA shows, by the end of May 2020, 386 operators globally had announced they were investing in 5G, among which 81 operators in 42 countries/territories  launched 5G commercial services, including the most recent MTN 5G launch in South Africa. 5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks, will enable enhanced mobile broadband, mission-critical communications, and massive Internet of Things (IoT) communications between equipment. However, today the immediate need is for online, digital communications, which can easily be provided by 4G or LTE networks. The good news is that LTE is also the foundation for the revolutionary move to 5G. Narrowing the digital divide and empowering more of the world’s people with online connectivity
5G In A Post-pandemic World: Countdown To The Digital Blastoff

5G In A Post-pandemic World: Countdown To The Digital Blastoff

FEATURED, TECH
By Elite News Reporter At the GSMA Thrive event, Huawei's Rotating Chairman Guo Ping delivered a keynote speech titled "5G in a post-pandemic world: Countdown to the digital blastoff". In this speech, Guo Ping discussed the social value of ICT in combating COVID-19, as well as the practices and prospects of applying 5G in digital transformation for industries. Guo Ping said, "With the help of 5G, industries are going digital at a faster pace. Next, we will work with our partners on industry applications to help our customers unleash the potential of 5G, generating the first round of dividends from major 5G applications." GSMA Thrive is an online event, hosted by GSMA, which attracts the attention of many industry players and other online viewers. Guo pointed out that during t...
Huawei Officials Describe US Change Of Rules As Self-Contradictory

Huawei Officials Describe US Change Of Rules As Self-Contradictory

NEWS, TECH
By Keefa Nuwahereza Huawei categorically opposes the amendments made by the US Department of Commerce to its foreign direct product rule which target Huawei specifically. The US government added Huawei to the Entity List on May 16, 2019 without justification. Since that time, and despite the fact that a number of key industrial and technological elements were made unavailable to us, we have remained committed to complying with all US government rules and regulations. At the same time, we have fulfilled our contractual obligations to customers and suppliers, and have survived and forged ahead against all odds. Nevertheless, in its relentless pursuit to tighten its stranglehold on our company, the US government has decided to proceed and completely ignore the concerns of many ...
‘US Move Undermines The Entire Industry Worldwide’-Huawei

‘US Move Undermines The Entire Industry Worldwide’-Huawei

FEATURED, TECH
By Elite Reporter Huawei categorically opposes the amendments made by the US Department of Commerce to its foreign direct product rule that target Huawei specifically. The US government added Huawei to the Entity List on May 16, 2019 without justification. Since that time, and despite the fact that a number of key industrial and technological elements were made unavailable to us, we have remained committed to complying with all US government rules and regulations. At the same time, we have fulfilled our contractual obligations to customers and suppliers, and have survived and forged ahead against all odds. Nevertheless, in its relentless pursuit to tighten its stranglehold on our company, the US government has decided to proceed and completely ignore the concerns of many com...
How New Proposed US Restrictions On Chip-making Equipment Will Affect Africa

How New Proposed US Restrictions On Chip-making Equipment Will Affect Africa

FEATURED, TECH
By Abel Kawere Some senior officials in the Donald Trump administration have agreed to new measures to restrict the global supply of chips to Huawei Technologies, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic impacts economic growth around the world. Under the proposed rule change, foreign companies that use U.S chip-making equipment would be required to obtain a U.S license before supplying certain chips to Huawei.However, analysts say the proposed change of trade rules will backfire on U.S companies as the latter will soon develop their own supply chain.  A report by the Boston Consulting Group states further escalation in U.S. export control to Huawei will result in and end the leadership of U.S. in semiconductor and will consequently decouple the US and Chinese technology industries.
Huawei Announces Solid Business Performance, Commits To Creating Greater Value For Customers

Huawei Announces Solid Business Performance, Commits To Creating Greater Value For Customers

Business, FEATURED, TECH
By Abel Kawere Huawei released its 2019 Annual Report on Wednesday, detailing a solid business performance. The company's global sales revenue in 2019 rounded off at CNY858.8 billion, up 19.1% year-on-year; its net profit reached CNY62.7 billion; and its cash flow from operating activities topped CNY91.4 billion, up by 22.4% year-on-year. As part of a long-term, ongoing investment in technological innovation and research, Huawei invested 15.3% of its 2019 revenue – or CNY131.7 billion – back into R&D. Its total R&D spend over the past decade now exceeds CNY600 billion. "2019 was an extraordinary year for Huawei," said Eric Xu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman.  He added that; "Despite enormous outside pressure, our team forged ahead with a singular focus on creating