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Kwesé and iflix partner to strengthen SVOD service in sub-Saharan Africa

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:53

iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, and Econet Media’s pan-African media company, Kwesé, are thrilled to announce an expansion of their ground breaking partnership in sub-Saharan Africa.

Kwesé has acquired a significant stake in iflix Africa, which will now form part of Kwesé’s diverse broadcast offering, as the core vehicle to deliver seamless mobile experiences to millions of viewers in Africa. Having set up operations in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, iflix offers users the region’s most extensive collection of highly acclaimed local African and international series and movies, including first-to-market exclusive programming. This, in partnership with Kwesé’s broadcast operations and footprint, will create an exceptional mobile offering for consumers on the continent.

Both companies have committed extensive resources with local and international expertise in mobile entertainment to serve Africa’s diverse markets. Econet Group Founder and Executive Chairman, Strive Masiyiwa remarked: “We are thrilled to deepen our operating partnership with iflix to lead the transformation of media in Africa. Our companies share a mutual passion for innovation, along with a deep understanding of the culture and evolution of digital businesses. Mobility in content consumption has grown exponentially in Africa and by partnering with iflix Africa we are ensuring that we are not only taking part in the evolution, but are leading the movement.”  

The partnership between iflix and Kwesé ensures the delivery of relevant and compelling content on the best possible platforms. iflix Group Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Britt said: “The strengthening of our relationship with Econet Group is a huge milestone for iflix. Following the initial phase of building our business in Africa, we have seen tremendous growth across our operating markets, far exceeding our expectations. Econet’s deep experience and success in media and telecoms, will be a huge advantage and enable us to continue to grow rapidly.”

The deal cements Kwesé’s commitment to deliver premium content through unrivalled TV programming, leading sports, up-to-the-minute news and the latest in entertainment. This coupled with iflix’s vast collection of international and African SVOD content, will offer users an unparalleled viewing experience, tailored to meet the needs of Africa’s diverse markets.

Kwesé is currently available in 13 countries with its ground-breaking pay-as-you-watch Pay-TV service, and has built the largest pan-African free-to-air broadcast network showcasing Kwesé Free Sport in over 25 countries. The operating partnership will see iflix drive Kwesé’s go-to-market mobile delivery in each of its territories.

Now available to over one billion consumers across 24 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, iflix has established itself as the clear market leader in video streaming. Offering consumers, a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian and Middle Eastern regional, and local TV shows and movies, including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

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Parliament permits NITA-U roll out the National Backbone Infrastructure – Missing Links Project

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:18

Parliamentary Committee on ICT has this morning permited the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) to carry on with the National Backbone Infrastructure – Missing Links Project.

In a session that was hosted to update on the enquiries raised on Uganda’s Missing Links project.

The Government of Uganda (GoU), through NITA-U, is implementing the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) project to connect all major towns across the country including Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies via an optical fiber cable network so as to reduce the cost of public administration, support delivery of secure e-Government services as well as enhance communications services in the country.

Following the successful completion of Phases I – III of the NBI/EGI Project, as part of a deliberate effort to ensure the network is able to consistently provide 99.9%, the Missing Links project was started upon. The Missing Links project details laying out of concentric rings connected through optical fiber cable that will ensure self-resilient National Communications Infrastructure.

Following up on queries raised by the Budadiri County West Member of Parliament, Hon. Nandala Mafabi, specific to the Missing Links project, NITA-U was requested to provide responses to the queries raised.

During this morning’s discussion, the Chairperson of the ICT Committee, Hon Annette Nyakecho welcomed views from the committee members on how to proceed in-light of two letters from the World Bank and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority that provided guidance that the procurement was ongoing and the Evaluation report wasn’t available to enable the investigation into the allegations made. It was further noted that according to Paragraph 24.7 of the World Bank Guidelines 2014, NITA-U is barred from sharing information in any form relating to the evaluation until the publication of the award of the contract.

It was therefore against this background that the Parliamentary ICT Committee Chairperson directed that NITA-U be excused from the meeting and would be invited back once the Missing Links procurement process had been concluded.

NITA-U welcomes this guidance from the Parliamentary ICT committee, World Bank and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) as it will allow for the conclusion of the procurement process of the national strategic project, Missing Links.

The expected benefits of this project include:
• Improve redundancy for the existing National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) by creating more rings on the NBI and create redundant routes across the country geographically.
• Extend the reach of the NBI/EGI to other major towns and regions that are not covered under the current scope of Phase I – III. It was a process undertaken over several years and borne out of existing high level requirements to cover the West Nile and some of the Northern Uganda Regions not covered in previous phases.
• Extend connectivity to the major border points across the country and achieve the objective of regional connectivity.

NITA-U remains steadfast in its resolve in collectively driving economic development in Uganda through the leveraging of ICT an enabler to spur growth and improve livelihoods across the nation.

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Mondo ride is giving riders UGX 20,000 worth of Unlimited rides, here is how to redeem this offer

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:05

The taxi hailing business in Uganda is increasingly becoming quite fierce since Uber paved the way for others in June 2016. Since then, a number of taxi hailing companies have popped up to try getting a sizeable piece in the taxi business in Uganda.

Mondo ride has not yet officially launched in Uganda but has already done underground establishments and driver/rider sign-ups in Uganda and has started rolling offers to woo as much users to join the kenyan based platform.

The Kenyan based taxi hailing business is giving riders up-to UGX 20,000 worth of Unlimited rides from today 16th Friday February all the way to Sunday 18th Feb as source told Guru8. The offer is open to all Mondo Ride users who use the app between those days.

“Mondo Ride will be paying for all rides for users from any fee to 20,000UGX and if they fare exceeds, the rider will have to top up the rest. However, this is regardless of whatever number of rides they take.”, a source told this website.

The three day offer is open to all those who order for a mondo ride and is not in any way to limited to the number of rides. Anyone can take whatever number of rides they want and they will still get the discounted offer.

Mondo Ride has also slowly started mapping out areas in Uganda that may have their potential customers and has gone ahead to deploy a number of drivers around. However, it should be noted that they have not yet amassed as many drivers on their platform hence there could be cases of no drivers in your locality.

Mondo Ride despite not issuing a formal release on their operations in Uganda yet has their app already functional and one can already order for a cab or Boda Boda in the country’s Capital Kampala. Mondo Ride is both available if iOS and Android enabled devices.

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Pixan Corp set to hold it’s first ever Developers Convention at The Innovation Village

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:52

Pixan Corp is positioning itself as a brand Ugandans can Identify with, designing both software and hardware products that create value of field in society, environment as well as empowering local innovators or dreamers to achieve their vision and gain a competitive advantage that will help in the commercialization in to global economy.

The company is hosting its first ever Convention “The Pixan Corp Developers Convention” that’s focusing on bringing developers and designers together to learn about opportunities the Pixan Developers platform is bringing to them; a community or a platform that supports or helps them in commercializing their amazing ideas, prototypes and market.

With a vision of building the first and the biggest design/ startup launchpad in Africa, PixanCorp envisions to help more than 30 startups by 2020, using structures platforms that help developers/designers/startups and innovators grow to scale.

The event is championed by Pixan Corp in Partnership with Fund Africa Inc, participation is event is absolutely free for all and we invite you join us in a 4hr Evening Meetup to learn what the Pixan A-Team has to share, network and learn from you as well.

The Pixan Corp Developers Convention will be at the Innovation Village Ntinda Complex C-Block on Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 4:00 PM and is absolutely Free Participation for. Those interested in attending can Register here

Pixan Developers is a platform that aims at building a community of developers. It was created to achieve the vision of empowering innovators and inventors in Africa, focusing on Uganda with the theme “Building Communities: A Competitive Advantage for Ugandan Innovators in the Global Economy.” This is one of the founding principles of Pixan Corporation––empowering the dreamers in Uganda so that they can achieve what they have in mind. It’s therefore a joy that this principle that the company was founded on has actually been fulfilled.

This online platform shall avails tools and expertise to individual developers and organisations in Uganda to boost their innovations as part of the tech community. Pixan Corp. Ltd aims at helping over 30 startups by 2020 through this great platform.

It is on that day that we shall explain to the world exactly what Pixan is all about, unveil the Pixan Developers platform, and interact with the general public for the first time. This event is a culture that’ll be there annually where the community of developers meet and take stock of the previous ones while unveiling plans for the future, all thanks to Pixan Corp. Ltd.

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MTN Uganda turns 20 years, launches youth focused MTN Pulse platform

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:16

MTN Uganda made its pitch to the young, tech-savvy growing population through a new proposition, MTN Pulse. Uganda’s population demographics indicate that Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world. According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) at least 77% of Uganda’s population is under 30 years. For MTN Uganda, this presents an opportunity to meet the growing demands of the young, energetic and technology driven people.

“The MTN Uganda brand is 20 years old in Uganda today. That is as old as most of the young population in the country. We have decided through MTN Pulse to customize products and solutions that are appealing to them and that they can identify with,” said Wim Vanhelleputte, Chief Executive Officer MTN Uganda.

MTN Pulse was launched at the #NOFEAR party at Legends Rugby Grounds in Kampala.
Wim noted that MTN Uganda took the time to gather insights into the youth market and noticed that brand needed to identify further with them. The future in the country in terms of technology will be driven by data. MTN Pulse is all about how affordable data that will enable the young Ugandans to express themselves.

“Young people want to be creative. They want to communicate. The Fear Of Missing Out – FOMO can be real. MTN Pulse will be able to allow them do gaming, listen to music, create sharable video content, get the latest updates to parties and offer data bundles that suit all their plans,” Wim added.

To join the MTN Pulse movement and become a “Pulser,” customers can dial *157#.
“For the first time ever, we are introducing a weekend bundle that can only be accessed through our Pulsers community code *157# and the MTN Pulse website on pulse.mtn.co.ug.

We understand that the weekend is filled with activities that must be shared. Those moments can now be shared with an affordable youth friendly weekend bundle,” said Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Uganda.

Prentout also revealed that “Pulsers” will have access to free gaming days on Game+, music streaming and downloads on Deezer, watch and create short video content on MTN Shortz.

The launch of MTN Pulse marked the conclusion of a month-long teaser campaign called #NoFear. During the campaign, MTN had several of its billboards in Kampala ‘defaced’ and sprayed with the words #NoFear in what was viewed as a bold, fearless act of expression, which are desirable traits sought in the Pulsers’ movement.

“The young people like living life on the edge, looking for opportunities to grow and associating with success. With MTN Pulse, we offer them a dynamic gateway to express themselves and interact freely. We would like them to use the movement to seize the opportunities with #NoFear,” Prentout said.

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Kenya’s Little Cab app could be on it’s way to Uganda to take on Uber and Taxify

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:28

Little Cab, the ride-hailing app that is increasingly giving Uber a run for its money in Kenya could be on it’s way to Uganda.  

The Kenyan ride-hailing app Little Cabs, which is backed by giant telecom operator Safaricom, was considering expansion into Nigeria or Uganda in the first quarter of 2017 but that never got to see the light of the day.

“We plan to go by the first quarter of next year. Most probably it will be either Nigeria or Uganda. We are thinking of one of the two countries,” Kamal Budhabhatti, chief executive of Craft Silicon, told Reuters early last year.

Little Cabs was launched by Safaricom and Nairobi software firm Craft Silicon in July to compete with Uber. Safaricom essentially launched Little Cab as a competitor to Uber, with cheaper and more localized solutions. Safaricom also sees the app as part of its plans to diversify its products and create brand loyalty.

A driver shows Safaricom chief executive Bob Collymore how the ride-hailing Little Cabs application works, following its launch in Nairobi, July 6, 2016. /ENOS TECHE

Little Cab allows customers to pay for their ride or for others through the Safaricom’s mobile money service, M-Pesa; buy discounted airtime during the trip; access free Wi-Fi; allows non-smartphone users to hail a cab through a USSD system; and lets women exclusively request for female drivers from 6 pm to 6 am for safety issues.

In 2016, Quartz reported that “Little Cab’s arrival and drastic cuts in fares have raised questions on whether it aims to drive the multi-billion dollar, San Francisco-based Uber out of Kenya—assertions that Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore said “bemused” him.

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REVEALED: Mondo Ride is coming to Uganda with Boda Boda and Taxi services

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:39

Recently, we reported that online taxi hailing app Mondo Ride will be launching in Uganda to join the already competitive market that has Uber, Taxify, Friendship and Quick Taxi. Mondo Ride a multinational online transportation network company founded in UAE by Troels Andersen and based in Nairobi, [Kenya] is set to come to Uganda with even a bigger bang.

The Dubai-based Romania-founded company, which will be launching soon in Uganda will be rolling our both a taxi and boda boda service. The service will allow its customers to request for either a taxi or motorcycle, seeking to cash in on their growing popularity due to their ability to manoeuvre through traffic.

Motorcycles have become highly popular mode of transport in major cities because they navigate through traffic jams much easier and faster than cars. With the coming of SafeBoda, commercializing the Boda Boda has gone ahead to attract the likes of Taxify and reportedly Uber set to launch theirs soon.

Mondo seeks to connect passengers with nearby drivers and ensures getting a ride within a short amount of time, as well as, guaranteeing safety and comfort for the passenger. Mondo Ride is available on Android and iOS. Mondo continues to expand across Africa, connecting friends, families and communities.

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DFCU Bank Uganda joins FMO’s FinTech initiative “FinForward“

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 14:30

DFCU Bank, a subsidiary of dfcu Limited, is set to accelerate the digitization of its operations and financial products by joining FMO’s “FinForward”, an acceleration program where global Fintech companies and Financial Institutions (FIs) and Mobile Money Providers (MMPs) in Africa are matched and integrated.

FinForward is an initiative powered by FMO, the Dutch Development Bank, Miami based Fintech and digital transformation strategists above & beyond (a&b), and strategic partner, Arise. The FinForward platform launched in 2017 and with the addition of dfcu, now reaches 36 African countries with seven Financial Institutions. The FinTech community consists of 145 screened international FinTechs.

The objective of FinForward is to accelerate the digitization of the financial industry in Africa by supporting innovation of the core business with digital solutions. The matching and integration tool will make global Fintech companies accessible and in doing so, support in reducing costs, spurring innovation, the rolling-out of new services, accessing new revenue streams and working towards an open banking approach to their businesses.

dfcu Bank has an omni-channel banking platform ensuring a seamless customer experience and is one of the main agents for financial Inclusion in Uganda. The Bank focusses on serving SMEs with long-term funding and delivering financial products to underserved segments such as agribusinesses, farmers and women in business. dfcu also provides non-financial services to entrepreneurs such as financial literacy programs and advisory services.

By joining FinForward, dfcu expects to accelerate the process of getting new and innovative technologies into production. This to the benefit its customers and in order to bring greater efficiency to the way the bank works.

dfcu Bank’s Chief of Business & Executive Director, William Sekabembe says: “Today’s consumers are increasingly sophisticated and are accustomed to targeted offerings and seamless experience.  Joining this program provides dfcu with an opportunity to be matched with innovative FinTechs all over the world and test possible solutions that will enhance its product and service offering.”

FMO‘s Huib-Jan de Ruijter, Director Financial Institutions indicated that “with the rise of FinTech, the digital transformation of financial institutions has become inevitable and urgent. FinForward is the first program of its kind in Africa supporting collaboration between Financial Institutions and FinTechs through matchmaking and the digital integration by API technology. Through FinForward, FMO aims to be a partner in dfcu bank’s digital transformation journey.”

FinForward partner Arise’s CEO Deepak Malik added, “This is why Arise is so excited to be a strategic partner of the FinFoward initiative. Fintech is turning traditional banking on its head and is disrupting the way ordinary Africans manage their money. Digital innovation in banking offers potential rewards for banks and can lead to increased revenues from innovative offers and new business models”.

This is a Press Release from DFCU Uganda

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Jumia Partners with NBS TV’s Another Round to reveal exclusive offers

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:16

Jumia, one of the leading online shop in Uganda has partnered with NBS TV’s Another Round to unveil exclusive offers during the show.

As part of the company’s Valentine’s promotion, this week, Jumia will disclose a voucher code that awards customers a 20% discount on any item on Jumia or through the free Jumia app. The voucher code is redeemable during this week’s episode of Another Round, which airs at 10.30pm on Wednesdays.

To keep the partnership exciting, Jumia will reveal a new type of offer every week. In the upcoming weeks, the Another Round audience can expect: flash sale offers, where popular items are heavily discounted for a limited amount of time; and treasure hunts, where items are marked down to unbelievably low prices but hidden in the wrong product categories for customers to look for.

Another Round is a lifestyle show that airs on NBS TV every Wednesday at 10:30pm. Currently in its second season, Another Round features two friends, seasoned host Gaetano Kaggwa and Marcus Kwikiriza in their favourite bar, where they talk about everything from sports, entertainment, politics, trends and relationships.

“As NBS continues to connect with more viewers across the country, we look forward to tapping in to their audience with attractive offers,” Jumia Uganda’s Country Manager, Ham Namakajjo, revealed in a statement on Monday. “Not only will Another Round’s audience have access to exclusive offers, but like the rest of our customers, they will benefit from: nationwide delivery; varied payment options including cash on delivery; and a 7 day free returns policy’’ Namakajjo stated.

Over 20,000 products including mobile phones, computers, TVs, home appliances and fashion are currently listed on the Jumia platform.

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Attitude And Belief Determine The Success Of Exercise

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 14:27

The power of the mind is paramount when it comes to exercising. It has been observed through studies that those who exercise derive more benefits from exercise if they believe it will have a good effect on them. The extent to which an exercise will have a positive impact on your body, brain and mental health depends to a large extent on your attitude, thoughts, and feelings towards exercise. To have a fit body, you need to exercise with a positive mindset and ensure you take good diet. You may also give steroidi a thought as they help to enhance the metabolism and building of muscle, resulting in a healthy body.

The impact of positive thinking

You cannot get fit by thinking of yourself as fit, but the mind can be very powerful and will help you exercise in a better mood. We should respect the power that our mind possesses. Many people rarely have a positive attitude towards exercise. People say all manner of things like “Exercise is not my thing,” and “I need to shed off some weight.” Furthermore, the tones with which they say those words bring out a feeling that doing exercise is an obligation they need to do under duress. Such persons will surely struggle to exercise.

Cure for negative mindset

If you have been struggling to exercise, there is a simple remedy for that – stop doing any exercise you loathe, and only undertake those sports you enjoy doing. You may have decided that you do not enjoy any sort of physical activity, but that’s not true. You haven’t yet discovered what you enjoy doing. There are huge variations in how different people enjoy physical activity, but it’s difficult to say that you were born hating any and all activity. The hatred for any form of exercise is learned through the development of negative emotional relationships, most of the time unintentionally, due to past negative experiences.

Expectations and beliefs about the results of exercise

The expectations and beliefs that one holds about exercise can probably enhance, or at times hinder, its benefits. Two groups of people were observed doing exercise. One group was informed that their physical activity was sufficient to meet government guidelines. This group’s results were impressive, and they portrayed better physical change than the other group who performed the same activity at the same level but were not told anything about their activity meeting or not meeting predetermined guidelines.

Exercise, as everything else in life, will prove terrible or unbearable if you convince yourself that it is bad and you will not like it. When you convince yourself that it is for the betterment of your life, exercise seems to get easy and fun to do.

Final word

Exercise is affected by physiological factors that emanate from your attitude. In addition, there are probably other intangible factors that also affect exercise. Failure to enjoy an activity or finding an activity miserable can dampen motivation and prevent you from putting in a little effort. Over a long time, this results in great transformation. To guarantee that you to exercise all your life, learn to enjoy exercise. Try new things – enroll for a new training class, do activities with a different person or get a pet that will require daily walks, until you find that one activity that you enjoy and can do with a smile almost effortlessly.

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Vivo Energy Uganda’s Visa-enabled EasyGo card aimed at easing Ugandan Lives

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:47

Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants last week launched its groundbreaking Visa-enabled fuel card dubbed EasyGo. The card is called EasyGo because it will deliver ultra-convenience to motorists and shoppers. It allows them to budget and plan for their expenditure, monitor and track usage, get discounts for their purchases and earn usage rewards on a secure platform.

The EasyGo card is designed to enable Shell customers to shop at Shell service stations when buying fuel, car service, shopping, gas refills and at any outlet all over the world that accepts Visa payments. This means that the task of planning and budgeting for fuel for individuals and for commercial motorists including Uber drivers, boda-boda riders, taxi operators, and fleet owners is made easier.

Barclays staff showing off the new EasyGO card

The EasyGo card has best in class security features of Chip & Pin. The in-built ultra-secure technology secures your transactions, both at the service stations, shops and online. EasyGo card holders will have access to a self-service online portal where they can view their real-time account balances, transaction statements and also change their pin whenever they desire.

Managing Director Vivo Energy Uganda, Mr. Gilbert Assi, The Managing Director of Barclays Bank, Mr. Rakesh Jha and Country Director VISA, Victor Ndlovu launching the EasyGO fuel card

Customers get instant SMS alerts on their mobile phones after every transaction so they can track their transactions. It further removes the need for motorists to carry cash for fuel and shopping, thus reducing the risks that come with carrying cash.

To get the EasyGo card, customers will only need provide either one of these identity documents: National ID, passport or driver’s permit, along with their mobile phone number.  The card will then be processed and issued immediately, making it hassle-free and convenient to register and top up. Customers can top up the card at Shell service stations, as well as through mobile money by dialling the code *233*40#yes to follow the prompts.

Speaking at the launch of the EasyGo card, the Managing Director Vivo Energy Uganda, Mr. Gilbert Assi, said “Unlike other card payments that come with charges, our fuel card has no transaction fees or subscription fees. The card is also designed to give you rewards and discounts on your purchases at Shell service stations. This card also enables people who don’t have a bank account to access Visa services without a bank account. It is an opportunity for financial inclusion for all our customers.”

Vivo Energy’s Retail Manager, Issa Karanja added that “The introduction of the EasyGo card amplifies Vivo Energy’s position as an innovator and customer-centric company in the fuel  industry. A wide range of our customers participated in the product development process and the end product includes features requested by customers – it is no wonder the product has had great traction already.”

“The EasyGo card was developed because of the growing trend of cashless and online transactions in Uganda. It has also been developed with a reward on loading and cashback for every use at the forecourt for Shell loyal customers, as well as amazing discounts for subsequent promotions Vivo Energy will run. The EasyGo card works across borders and some of our customers have used the card at Shell service stations in Kenya.” He further highlighted.

The Managing Director of Barclays Bank, Mr. Rakesh Jha pointed out that, “The EasyGo card is the only fuel card on the market that is Visa enabled thus giving user access to a wider range of services.”

“By extending outside traditional banking boundaries, this partnership creates opportunity for us to support the acceleration of financial inclusion since prepaid products play a vital role in reducing the dependence of cash, while allowing us to reach more people,” he added.

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Leaked Images reveal that Tecno Mobile set to release a full- screen smartphone dubbed the Camon CM

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:24

Whenever a smartphone company announces a new device, the arguments amongst most people these days are always “how many more megapixels does Phone A have over Phone B” or“how is Phone A selfie camera better than Phone B camera in low-light situations” and so on. They mostly don’t argue about how heavy or lightweight the phone is-it’s mostly about the camera.

The Camon series from TECNO which is remarkably recognized for changing the selfie game in the smartphone industry today, has over the years released some outstanding smartphones with out-of-this-world camera specs.

The next Camon smartphone which is rumored to be dubbed the TECNO CAMON CM, will launch pretty soon (date, time and location not yet confirmed) and it is rumoured to flaunt not only one of the best Camon selfie camera but stomachs an extra feature that will revolutionize the selfie business in the first quarter of 2018.

Tecno’s latest handset, which is rumored to flaunt a massive screen of between 5-6-inch Full Screen, will actually hit the shelves this year and very reliable industry analysts were able to confirm the full meaning of the abbreviation “CM”, which they said is called the C-More- which literally means “the see more smartphone”.

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Taxify Uganda Launches Boda Boda option

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:16

Taxify has today launched its boda boda feature on the Taxify app today in Kampala, Uganda with hundreds of boda boda riders signed up to the platform and ready to accept rides anywhere in the city.

“At Taxify, we are always sensitive to the needs of local markets. Our main goal is to provide the most convenient, affordable and reliable way to move from place to place within cities.

Boda is a good product for the people of Kampala as it fits well into the culture and is a category that has great potential to provide a steady source of income to many people in Uganda.” Shivachi Muleji, East Africa’s Regional Supply Manager, said.

Taxify has taken measures to ensure that certain guidelines are followed to protect both the boda boda riders and the passengers by carrying out due diligence pre-trip, first aid training for riders and providing rider gear (helmets, first aid kit and reflector jackets). “We most certainly believe that these trainings will equip boda boda riders to handle any situation that arises in their day to day work and will emphasize on the importance of driving safely” added Shivachi.

Happy drivers means a great experience for riders. Taxify believes in treating its drivers with respect, allowing them to earn more than what they receive on other platforms and providing a range of safeguards and features that help them work in the way that suits them best. Taxify Boda will charge 500 UGX Base fare, 70 UGX per Minute, 400 UGX per KM, and 1000 UGX Minimum Fare.

Proper registration is a requirement for riders to join the platform and Taxify is working closely with government agencies to enable boda riders go through the registration process smoothly which also helps ensure safety and reliability.

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Celebrities Anita Fabiola and Douglas Lwanga to deliver Jumia products to lucky Winners this Valentine

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:45

Valentine’s month is upon us and Jumia Uganda is spreading love in the form of free delivery for customers in Kampala, plus irresistible deals and prizes for customers across the country.

Launched on 5th February, the ‘Jumia Loves You’ promotion continues until 11th February with discounts of up to 60% off electronics, appliances, fashion and more, plus daily flash sales – where popular products are discounted even further for a limited number of hours.

This time, Jumia has gone to the extent of giving away mobile phones at the super low price of just 5,000 UGX, however customers are required to spend time looking for these mobile phones since they are hidden in the wrong product categories on the Jumia website and app.

The treasure hunts have resulted in 3 lucky customers finding a Tecno Spark K7, Infinix Hot 5 Lite and Nokia 3310 priced at just 5,000 UGX on www.jumia.ug this week.

Uganda’s leading online shop hardly misses a reason to offer deals to its customers – and the Valentine’s period is no different. Jumia has also given customers the opportunity to win vouchers worth up to 100,000 UGX every day by spinning the Wheel of Love.

Furthermore, fans of Anita Fabiola and Douglas Lwanga are in for a treat, as customers who order during the Jumia Loves You sale stand a chance to win a Valentine’s delivery by one of these celebrities. Discounts of up to 60% off are available on Jumia now.

 

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Dei Technologies shows Interest in acquiring Vodafone Uganda

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 15:50

Dei Technologies International the technology arm of Dei Group of Companies International Limited (DGCIL) has written a letter with an intention to acquire Vodafone Uganda Limited.

Vodafone Uganda has been a subject in the media lately with pundits and news floating around indicating that they could close shop before end of January or early February, fanning uncertainty in the internet service market. It was also noted that Vodafone has since closed most of its outlet points at Metroplex Shopping Mall, Victoria Mall Entebbe and Freedom City.

In a letter dated 01-02-2018, Dei Technologies confirms that it is ready and willing to engage in any discussions that may lead to the purchase of Vodafone. Dei Technologies International intends to acquire Vodafone including its offices, warehouses, shops, equipment, its brand identity and logo as well as customer lists.

The details of the financial statements and tax returns as well as the customer lists before finalizing the purchase and giving the deposit shall be discussed.

Dei Group is a consortium of companies dealing in mining, manufacturing, value addition, food processing, oil and gas, medicine research, import and export, farming and ICT. Dei Technologies International has produced a number of interesting innovations, the most recent one being Deiplaces a social networking site developed to market Africa’s tourism potential more aggressively to the rest of the word.

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NITA-U hosted by the Parliamentary Committee on ICT to update on the progress of the Uganda’s National Backbone Infrastructure

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:39

This morning, the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) was hosted by the Parliamentary Committee on ICT to appraise them on Uganda’s Missing Links Project.

The Government of Uganda (GoU), through NITA-U, is implementing the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) project to connect all major towns across the country including Government Ministries,Departments and Agencies via an optical fiber cable network so as to reduce the cost of public administration,support delivery of secure e-Government services as well as enhance communications services in the country.

Following the successful completion of Phases I – III of the NBI/EGI Project, as part of a deliberate effort to ensure the network is able to consistently provide 99.9%, the Missing Links project was started upon. The Missing Links project details laying out of concentric rings connected through optical fiber cable that will ensure self-resilient National Communications Infrastructure.

As is the normal procedure with Government procurement that are donor funded, NITAU embarked on the Missing Links procurement process as per the World Bank guidelines for International Competitive bidding.

NITA-U was requested to respond to a letter from the Budadiri County West Member of Parliament, Honorable Nandala Mafabi. The letter sought clarification on the procurement of the Missing Links project.

NITA-U’s Executive Director, James Saaka, shared with the Parliamentary Committee on ICT that the procurement process was adhered to with the requisite quality checks along the way.

Below is a summary of the events in the procurement process that he shared:

Develop Standard Bidding Document; Submit for review and no objection from the World Bank – Completed

Conduct Environment & Social Impact Assessment for the project; Submit report to NEMA for approval- Completed

Put out a general procurement notice (International Competitive Bidding (ICB)) –Completed.

Print adverts run on 14th August 2017 in the East African newspaper and on 17th August 2017 in the New Vision newspaper Organize for pre-bid conference/meeting with all interested suppliers, capture and address all queries/issues raised- Completed

Submit all amendments to the document (based on the pre-bid issues) for review and no objection from the World Bank – Completed

Confirm and communicate the bid submission date to receive bids- Completed

Receive and open bids- Completed

Undertake the Technical Evaluation – Ongoing

Submit Report of Evaluation Report to the Contracts Committee – Scheduled

Submit Approved Report to the World Bank for Review and Approval – If any queries these are addressed and resubmitted until a NO OBJECTION is received Scheduled – Scheduled

Undertake Post Evaluation Review on Likely Best Evaluated Bidder – Scheduled

During the pre-bid stage, all suppliers were invited to view the bid specification and it is at this stage that if a particular supplier had concerns with the bid specification detail,they would raise concern. It should be noted that no concerns were registered and this signaled the transition to the next stage of the procurement process.

It therefore infers that should have any impropriety been registered, it would have been picked up and addressed. In addition, the Word Bank uses its global technical experts to audit/review and subsequently approve the documents and the completion of each and every stage.

The Honorable Member of Parliament, Hon. Nandala Mafabi, raised additional new inquiries that prompted the Chairperson of the ICT Committee, Hon. Nyaketcho Annet,to provide guidance that NITA-U would be accorded an another opportunity to respond to these new inquiries.

NITA-U would like to reassure its stakeholders that all bid specification documentation was prepared internally by a technically competent and highly skilled team of knowledge matter experts.

NITA-U is always mindful that our continued progress in driving the digitization of Uganda has not only been due to the success of our infrastructure roll-out. We therefore remain committed to maintaining solid partnerships with the private & public sectors and communities to build a sustainable ICT ecosystem that contributes to the growth of the Ugandan economy.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus launch nears, Check out leaked photos, release date and price estimates

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 17:52

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are both set to be released in a few weeks after Samsung confirmed that its 2018 flagship will be launched on 02.25.2018 at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress.

However, trust Samsung to never keep their flagships from leaking to the media. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ recently leaked and it was revealed that neither the 5.8-inch S9 nor the 6.2-inch S9+ will be significant departures from their predecessors.

According to a leak via Evleaks, pre-orders of the Galaxy S9 will begin just days later on 1 March, and the handset is tipped to start shipping two weeks later on 16 March.

Expectations

The Samsung Flagships are set to be Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the U.S. and China, and Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 systems-on-chip in the rest of the world, the first differentiator between the S9 siblings (codenamed Star and Star 2) lies in their memory configurations: 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage for the S9+, but the same 4GB/64GB pairing as last generation for the standard S9. With this distribution of basic components, Samsung is making it more difficult for users, some of whom may even want a smaller screen, to choose the basic S9 without additional trade-offs.

As the Unpacked invitation suggests, the main highlight for both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be refreshed imaging hardware and software — a notion confirmed by two people briefed on Samsung’s plans. Besides motion-detected, “super slow-mo” video capture (rapid movement triggers 480fps recording at 720p), both devices are said to feature variable aperture on their primary 12-megapixel cameras. It’s a mechanical adjustment that switches between f/2.4 and smallest-in-class f/1.5.

A TechRadar source in the ‘mobile phone deals industry’, reports that Samsung’s incoming flagship will be £100 more expensive than last year’s Galaxy S8. By the same logic, the Galaxy S9+ will likely be available from £879 SIM-free.

The Galaxy S9+ adds a second 12-megapixel rear module, but this one has a standard fixed aperture. In what will be important to many, all of the phones’ rear elements are aligned vertically, instead of horizontally like the S8, with the fingerprint scanner located more naturally at the bottom of the stack. Around front, both 2018 S-series models sport 8-megapixel selfie cams. On the bottom, another welcome change: stereo speakers.

Credit: VentureBeat

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MoMoPay is MTN’s service allowing you pay for Goods and Services at zero charges

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 16:53

You have probably seen mini boards lying around bars, grocery shops and various locations embroidered with the ‘MoMoPay’ in yellow colors and you have automatically dubbed it ‘one of MTN services’ and not gone ahead to pay attention. Well you should pay attention!

MoMoPay is MTN newest development towards a cashless economy as the service allows you pay for services at absolutely zero charges using Mobile Money. This service enables merchants receive payment for goods and services using MTN Mobile Money. It is accessible using *165*3# for both customers and merchants.

Customers use the service for free and while at it, the service reduces risk of carrying cash, No issues of small change amounts and Customers and merchants can deposit and withdraw funds from their bank accounts.

For Merchants, the service comes off an additional advantage for them and gives them additional revenue for Merchants who can earn commission by selling airtime or making payments for customers. With MoMoPay, merchants can sell airtime and earn commission, pay suppliers, pay salaries as well as transfer money to the bank.

To start using MoMoPay, merchants need to fill out a MoMoPay application form and to provide us with some business information, visit the nearest MTN Service Centre, or email customerservice.ug@mtn.com or call 122. MoMoPay is Free for customers but Formal merchants are charged 2% of the payment received and Informal merchants are charged 1% of the payment received.

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Sauteez App: Is the Ugandan Music industry ready to earn much more?

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:58

As the government continues to focus on building the much needed infrastructure such as roads, dams, schools and health facilities in a bid to drive the country into a middle income economy by 2020, there is immediate need to widen the domestic tax base where finances to fuel this cause should be derived.

Government expenditure for the 2017/18 financial year was estimated to be UGX 29 trillion. Uganda Revenue Authority was expected to collect about UGX 15 trillion in taxes. The tax base is definitely small and the government continuously has to find external sources of money to fully finance its expenditures.

The music industry has potential to contribute to tax revenue, job creation and investment but it’s free flowing gold and honey haven’t been tapped to realize a significant rise in tax revenue. But that’s all about to come to an end, maybe.

The music industry has developed an application that could earn the government millions of shillings in tax revenue while improving the welfare of musicians.

This comes as an effort to professionalize the industry which has for so long not directly contributed to tax revenue. “We believe it’s time to start paying taxes and at the same time earn decently from our sweat” said President of save Ugandan music and Swangz Avenue Boss, Julius Kyazze.

Sauteez app was launched last year in December. Once fully operationalised, it will carry all Ugandan music and will be the sole purchase point. A song will cost UGX 1,000 locally and USD 1 for those in the diaspora. Uploading the Music on the app is free of charge. The payments are integrated on mobile money, credit and debit cards in Uganda and abroad to make it even more convenient.

On purchase of a song, the musician gets 60%, the government 18% and the remaining 22 percent is retained for maintenance of the application.

Uganda Musicians Association says there are over 500 musicians in the country and over two million records have been recorded over the past five years. Free music download sites let tens of millions of downloads to the people which if they were through the Sauteez app would fetch the government billions of shillings in tax revenue.

The only bottleneck the full operationalizing of the app faces is enforcement of the copyright laws whose infringement denies musicians and the government legitimate income. Currently the app can be used on smartphones but will be integrated for feature phones, for those who do not have smartphones.

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EXCLUSIVE: Uber set to launch “UberBoda” in Uganda

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:00

Uber is expanding its services from four wheels to two with the U.S. based company set to be launching a motorbike taxi on-demand service in Uganda.

Following a successful launch in Uganda in 2016 and steadily seeing itself grow among Ugandan movers, Uber is set to make a new addition to the transportation sector with the launch of “UberBoda” a new service that gives riders an affordable and convenient motorcycle ride at the push of a button, through the Uber app.

‘UberBoda’ which is a replication of a pilot service in Bangkok, a city where motorbike taxis are already a popular way to beat the city’s dreadful traffic and get from A to B quicker dubbed ‘UberMoto’. Riders receive driver and bike details just as they do for other Uber rides, as well as all standard safety features before, during and after the ride.

It has not yet been confirmed when the service will be rolled out but GURU8 can authoritatively report that Uber is working on the option and are already testing it with a few select beta users. The service is already a success in some countries such as Bangkok, Thailand and India that have a wide usage of Motorbikes.

If launched, UberBoda will be a direct competition of SafeBoda the pioneer motorbike on-demand service in Uganda after it’s inception in 2014 and has since itself grow and give Uber a run for their money last year.

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