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Ramaphosa Backs Chinese Technology Giant Huawei

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa backed Chinese technology giant Huawei on Friday at the 4IRSA digital economy summit in Johannesburg, where he outlined his government’s strategy to unlock economic opportunities in the digital era.

 Near the end of his speech the President turned his attention to multilateral relations, which he said should also reflect an enabling posture for the global digital economy.

 Ramaphosa said the US action against Huawei was an example of protectionism which would affect South Africa’s telecommunications sector.

 “This standoff between China and the US where the technology company Huawei is being used as victim because of its successes is an example of protectionism that will affect our own telecommunications sector, particularly the efforts to roll out the 5G network, causing a setback on other networks as well.” He said.

 He said a number of telecommunication companies had written to him to express their concerns about trade restrictions that had been imposed on Huawei by the US government.  

“Telecom companies got together and wrote me a letter saying that this tussle between the US and China around the company called Huawei is going to hurt us because we can’t go to 5G and only Huawei can lead us to 5G,” he said.

 With the trade discussions between the US and China set to resume, Ramaphosa said the Chinese telecom giant was a victim.

 “We support a company that is going to take our country and indeed the world to better technologies, and that is 5G. We cannot afford to have our economy to be held back because of this fight. We are pleased that at the G20 Summit, China and US were able to meet and they said they will relax some of the constraints being imposed on Huawei, so that it can continue to deal with other various companies.”

 Full text off President Ramaphosa’s speech can be found at:


Huawei Warns Against Politicization Of IP Disputes After Releasing White Paper

Huawei today released a white paper on innovation and intellectual property (IP), and warned against the issue being politicized. Speaking at a press conference at the company’s headquarters, Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, said that IP is the cornerstone of innovation and its politicization threaten progress across the world.

“If politicians use IP as a political tool, they will destroy confidence in the patent protection system. If some governments selectively strip companies of their IP, it will break the foundation of global innovation,” said Song.

The paper, titled “Respecting and Protecting Intellectual Property: The Foundation of Innovation,” elaborates on Huawei's practices in and contributions to innovation and the protection of IPR.

It notes that innovation and intellectual property protection lie at the heart of Huawei’s success over more than 30 years. As of the end of 2018, Huawei has been granted 87,805 patents, of which 11,152 are U.S. patents. Since 2015, Huawei has received over 1.4 billion U.S. dollars in licensing revenue.

Aside from accumulating patents of its own, Huawei has also paid more than 6 billion U.S. dollars in royalties to legally implement the IP of other companies, with nearly 80% of that paid to American companies, according to the document.

Intellectual property is private property, protected by the law, and disputes should be resolved through legal proceedings, said Song, adding that in the past 30 years, no court has ever concluded that Huawei engaged in malicious IP theft, and Huawei has never been required by the court to pay damages for this.

Huawei’s collaborative and respectful approach to IP is demonstrated by the simple fact that many of its technology breakthroughs are incorporated into the open standards that govern 3G, 4G and 5G. As a result, even though some countries do not buy products directly from Huawei, they still use the essential patents of Huawei, and share in the benefits of the technology Huawei creates, said Song.

Song also addressed Huawei’s stance on its use of patents, saying the company will not weaponize its portfolio of patents. Rather, he said, Huawei will adopt an open and cooperative attitude and follow the FRAND principle, or “fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory,” when engaging with relevant parties in the industry on patents licensing.

“As always, Huawei is ready and willing to share our technology with the world. That includes 5G. It includes U.S. companies and U.S. consumers. Together, we can drive our industry forward and advance technology for all mankind,” said Song.

The document also elaborates on how sustained innovation has helped Huawei’s success; how Huawei’s innovation brings huge social value; and Huawei’s stance on the use of third parties’ IPR and its own.

E-commerce: Uganda Has A Lot To Do To Catch Up

Internet based trade in Uganda is growing but not at the speed of other economies in Asia and Europe due to infrastructural and cost of internet, Ron Kawamara, CEO Jumia Uganda said in an interview.

The Ugandan growth put at 0.5 percent by Boston Consulting Group research is being driven by consumer’s interest and willingness to use technology to buy and sell. The CEO said the e-commerce adoption rate is good due to option of technology and mobile phone uptake.

“There are people who are choosing to buy online but the reality is that we are still so far away unlike Asia and Europe where ecommerce is about 15 percent, in Africa it is less than 1 percent and in Uganda it is specifically 0.5 percent. We have a long way to go if we are to truly optimize the potential of ecommerce,” Kawamara said.

Kawamara was speaking to this website on the sidelines of a press conference to announce Jumia Uganda’s upcoming anniversary celebrations. Jumia will celebrate its anniversary between 24th to July 14th 2019, with mind-blowing discounts on all products.

In commemoration of its anniversary to mark major milestones achieved over the period of its operations in Uganda, Jumia is holding a mega birthday sale that will see customers get up to 77% discount on all products.


Jumia’s activities in Uganda may have only started in 2014, but the company has made great strides in the e-commerce scene. Growing from an average of 100 orders a day, the online marketplace now processes thousands of orders daily and collectively has over 2,000 active merchants in the country; including over 100 local partners that they have helped develop.


Igasira Neville Igunduura, the Business Development Manager at Jumia Uganda in another interview thanked consumers, partners and vendors who have trusted and traded on the platform. “It has been an amazing time. Every evolution takes a while but we have been able to change culture, now people can purchase over 20,000 items online.”

Jumia Celebrates Anniversary Of eCommerce Revolution In Uganda

The leading eCommerce platform in Uganda, JUMIA, will celebrate its anniversary starting this June in a celebration running from June 24th to July 14th 2019, with mind-blowing discounts on all products.

 In commemoration of its anniversary to mark major milestones achieved over the period of its operations in Uganda, Jumia is holding a mega birthday sale that will see customers get up to 77% discount on all products.

Jumia’s activities in Uganda may have only started in 2014, but the company has made great strides in the e-commerce scene. Growing from an average of 100 orders a day, the online marketplace now processes thousands of orders daily and collectively has over 2,000 active merchants in the country; including over 100 local partners that they have helped develop.

According to the Boston Consulting Group research, just 0.5 percent of all retail on the continent takes place online compared to about 15 percent in China - home to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and 5 percent in India. Now, Jumia has taken on the mantle of changing the ecommerce economic landscape for Ugandan and African entrepreneurs.

Ron Kawamara, CEO Jumia Uganda said: “Since launching in Uganda, we have revolutionized the economy through a sustainable impact on commerce in the country. We have added eCommerce as an alternative source of service provision through the platform such as food ordering, flight and hotel booking. But even as we celebrate these milestones, we continue to be innovative in finding more ways to solve problems faced by our vendors and customers.”  

Commenting on the celebration of this anniversary, Head of Growth Jumia Uganda, Mr. Paul Tesar, commended how Ugandans are increasingly embracing eCommerce and online shopping. He noted that top among reasons for this include availability of wider variety in assortment of products, affordable prices, convenience and trust.

Some of the many things to look forward to during the celebrations include the following;-


  1. Jumia Express: Enjoy very fast delivery when you shop Jumia Express. Here Customers get their order products within 24 hours in Kampala.
  2. Insurance: Customers can choose an insurance option for theft and damage of the products they have ordered for, starting from as low as 5,000 Ugx
  3. Additional Assortment: With the introduction of Jumia Global on the platform, customers now have an additional 500,000 products from which to order for.
  4. Mind-blowing discounts: All product categories will be marked down.
  5. Daily Flash sales and treasure Hunts: Get ready for daily flash sales and treasure hunts exclusive to the Jumia app. Imagine buying a Samsung Galaxy S10e for 1,899,000 Ugx.
  6. Discounts of up to 77% on 10,000+ products.




For this Anniversary celebration, Jumia has collaborated with its partners such as: Transtel, Reddington, Liberty Insurance, Samsung, MI, Nokia, BlueFlame and Skyworth. These partners will be headlining the anniversary sale, offering the very best prices on services and a wide assortment of products.

Students Get CADD Centre India Ethical Hacking & Security Training

A number of Victoria University students from the Faculty of Science and Technology recently received the much thought after Industrial Technology Expert Training under the topic of "Ethical Hacking for Organizational Info Assurance & Security".

The training was delivered by an invited guest lecturer Eng. Sakthivel Jeevarathinam from CADD Center India.

The CADD Centre, with head offices in Chennai, India, boosts of Asia's biggest network of skill training provider in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), and Project Management. It was founded 30 years ago in 1988.

The CADD Centre hosts a wide array of courses, certifications, placement assistance and career planning tools to help students get the most from their education. It also has over 1000 franchise outlets across over 30 countries.

It is this experience that students of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Victoria University tapped into when Eng. Jeevarathinam visited the university as a guest lecturer.

Under the Faculty of Science and Technology, Victoria University teaches professional course like CISCO (CCNA); undergraduate degrees like bachelor of information technology, bachelor of computer science; Diploma like diploma in business information systems, diploma in information technology; short course like foundation mathematics, basic computer applications, CISCO- IT essentials and CCTV installer course.

Victoria University, is one of the best universities in Uganda, and stands out as a centre of academic excellence.

Jumia Big Home Makeover Shopping Bonanza Ends

Jumia - Africa’s leading online shop - has proven to be the online shop Ugandans trust. After the successful Jumia Mobile Week, the much anticipated Jumia Big Home Makeover that ends on June 2nd has taken shoppers by storm.

With discounts on all Home Appliances and Electronics such as Cookers and TVs. Thereby, Jumia has created a unique opportunity for customers to upgrade their homes.   

As is the culture, Jumia every year has mind-boggling and irresistible campaigns with affordable prices on the finest smartphones under its promo dubbed the “Jumia Mobile week”.

Owing to the success of the subsequent Jumia smashing promos, there has been an increasing influx of demand for particular products and it’s in that regard that the unprecedented shopping destination for Ugandans is a great campaign in “The Jumia Big Home Makeover” 

The Jumia Big Home Makeover is the ultimate home shopping bonanza giving you affordable appliances and items to furnish your house at prices never seen before.

With you the customer playing a formidable role towards these decisions that Jumia has made, the products made available & with affordable prices range from; Small Appliances, Large Electronic Appliances, home groceries, furniture and much more. 

Jumia is giving a galore of products on its portal and are also promising same day delivery for all orders done before 1pm around Kampala via its amazing Jumia Express services to give customers a seamless experience. 

Ron Kawamara, CEO Jumia Uganda added that in a bid to serve better, Jumia is also increasing efficiency and capacity to handle overwhelming orders from clients through increasing the logistic team and pick up points after establishing a strategic partnership with Bata to have all Bata stores as pick up stations for clients.

Without any hustle and bustle, clients be able to smoothly pick their orders from the nearest Bata outlet near them.

Well as Jumia has always deeply focused on making the customer happy, our hearts too beat for the vendor who’s looking out to always use our platform as portal to grow too.

Jumia has started vendor trainings to teach the independent vendors on what clients want, how to ensure they have authentic products on the platform, how to market their products, opening new markets for them, increasing warehouse space for them & unlocking as many opportunities for them through the Jumia platform, added Ron.

Huawei calls on U.S. To Adjust Its Approach To Tackle Cybersecurity Effectively

Huawei has filed a motion for summary judgment as part of the process to challenge the constitutionality of Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (2019 NDAA). It also called on the U.S. government to halt its state-sanctioned campaign against Huawei because it will not deliver cybersecurity.

 Banning Huawei using cybersecurity as an excuse “will do nothing to make networks more secure. They provide a false sense of security, and distract attention from the real challenges we face,” said Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer. “Politicians in the U.S. are using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company,” Song noted. “This is not normal. Almost never seen in history.”

“The U.S. government has provided no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat. There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation,” Song added.

In the complaint, Huawei argues that Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA singles out Huawei by name and not only bars U.S. government agencies from buying Huawei equipment and services, but also bars them from contracting with or awarding grants or loans to third parties who buy Huawei equipment or services—even if there is no impact or connection to the U.S. government.

Song also addressed the addition of Huawei to the “Entity List” by the U.S. Commerce Department two weeks ago. “This sets a dangerous precedent. Today it's telecoms and Huawei. Tomorrow it could be your industry, your company, your consumers,” he said.

 “The judicial system is the last line of defense for justice. Huawei has confidence in the independence and integrity of the U.S. judicial system. We hope that mistakes in the NDAA can be corrected by the court,” Song added.

 Glen Nager, Huawei’s lead counsel for the case, said Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA violates the Bill of Attainder, Due Process, and Vesting Clauses of the United States Constitution. Thus the case is purely “a matter of law” as there are no facts at issue, thereby justifying the motion for a summary judgement to speed up the process.

 Huawei believes that U.S. suppression of Huawei will not help make networks more secure. Huawei expects the U.S. to take the right approach and adopt honest and effective measures to enhance cybersecurity for everyone, if the U.S. government’s real goal is security.

In line with a court scheduling order, a hearing on the motion is set for Sept. 19.

Huawei Founder Confident His Company Will Prevail

Huawei Founder and CEO Mr Ren Zhengfei expressed confidence in the company’s business and capacity, saying the company had been preparing in anticipation of situations as of now, and it is well- prepared.

“We will certainly be able to continue serving our customers. Our production capacity is huge, and adding Huawei to the Entity List won't have a huge impact on us. We are making progress in bidding worldwide.” Ren said.

The U.S. Commerce Department has announced it will add Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and its affiliates to its so-called "Entity List," a move aiming to ban Huawei from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without government-approved licenses.

The preparation he mentioned includes the company’s huge R&D investment and contingency plan. According to the 2018 EU R&D Investment Scoreboard, Huawei ranks fifth, with steady growth in its R&D investment. Huawei has a consistent Business Continuity Management System which has been certified by dozens of neutral third parties in Europe. The company has also been vigorously integrating BCMS into it global suppliers’ obligation.

Ren conceded that he expected Huawei’s growth to slow down, but expressed confidence in the company’s future prospects.

“In the first quarter of this year, our revenue grew 39% over the same period last year. This rate decreased to 25% in April, and may continue decreasing towards the end of this year. But the US ban will not lead to negative growth or harm the development of our industry.”

The leaders of Britain, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands said that their governments will not follow suit to ban Huawei from involvement in their networks.

French President Emmanuel Macron said it was not the aim of France to block Huawei, nor to launch any form of technological war. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said companies could participate in expanding Germany's 5G network if they met established safety criteria.

In an interview with CNBC Africa on Wednesday, Huawei Vice President of Corporate Communications, Glenn Schloss said.

 “The device in people’s hands are completely unaffected by what’s happening in the US. For owners of Huawei handsets it will be business as usual.” Schloss said.

“We remain positive, but we are preparing for various eventualities. We are stockpiling components and have been working with our supply-chain partners for some time.” He added.

Huawei Launches AI-Native Database

Following the announcement of its AI strategy and full-stack, all-scenario AI solutions in 2018, Huawei launched the AI-Native database GaussDB and the highest-performance distributed storage FusionStorage 8.0 today in Beijing. The aim of this launch is to redefine data infrastructure through a Data + Intelligence strategy.

 "Humanity is entering the age of an intelligent world," said David Wang, Huawei Executive Director of the Board and President of ICT Strategy & Marketing. "Data is the new factor of production, and intelligence the new productivity. Heterogeneous, intelligent, and converged databases will become the key data infrastructure of the financial, government, and telecoms industries."

 Committed to building a fully connected, intelligent world, Huawei is a major contributor to ICT infrastructure and smart devices. The leading ICT product and solutions provider continues to invest and innovate in AI computing power, algorithms, and labeled data with many breakthroughs.

Mr. Wang added, "AI-Native database GaussDB will help enhance HUAWEI CLOUD’s capabilities and fully unleash the power of diversified computing, which includes x86, ARM, GPU, and NPU computing. We aim to continuously push our AI strategy forward and foster a complete computing ecosystem. Together with our partners, we will move further towards the intelligent world."

 At the launch event, Mr. Wang also reiterated Huawei's commitment to advancing intelligent industries by innovating together with customers and partners and building a data industry ecosystem on the principles of openness, collaboration, and shared success.

GaussDB: The world's first AI-Native database

GaussDB represents two major breakthroughs:

First, GaussDB pioneers the embedding of AI capabilities into the full lifecycle of distributed databases, making their self-O&M, self-tuning, self-diagnosis, and self-healing possible. In online analytical processing (OLAP), online transaction processing (OLTP), and hybrid transaction/analytical processing (HTAP) scenarios, GaussDB uses the optimality theory to create the industry's first reinforcement learning self-tuning algorithm, improving tuning performance by over 60%.

Secondly, thanks to its innovative heterogeneous computing framework, GaussDB harnesses the power of diversified computing, including x86, ARM, GPU, and NPU computing. In the TPC-DS benchmark test, GaussDB ranked No.1 in terms of performance, 50% higher than the industry average.

GaussDB supports multiple deployment scenarios, including local deployment and deployment on private or public clouds. On HUAWEI CLOUD, GaussDB provides a full spectrum of high-performance data warehouse services for customers in financial, Internet, logistics, education, and automotive industries.

FusionStorage 8.0: The world’s highest-performance distributed storage

The intelligent world will raise standards even higher for the performance, scale, and manageability of storage systems. In response, FusionStorage 8.0 offers three innovative features:

First, FusionStorage 8.0 boasts the industry's highest distributed storage performance. In the SPC-1 test, FusionStorage 8.0’s read-write performance per node reached 168,000 IOPS in 1ms, powering distributed storage for the first time to support critical enterprise applications.

Secondly, FusionStorage 8.0 simultaneously supports block, file, object, and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) protocols, allowing a single storage system to manage an entire data center.

Thirdly, FusionStorage 8.0 integrates AI into full-lifecycle storage management, from resource planning and service provisioning, to system optimization, risk prediction, and fault location.

An industry ecosystem of openness, collaboration, and shared success

Huawei has redefined data infrastructure from computing, storage, and data processing. It leads diversified computing to make computing power more accessible and affordable. By redefining storage architecture, Huawei helps to increase storage efficiency and lead the way to intelligent storage. And a redefined data processing platform will make data analytics more intelligent and unleash the data of value faster.

So far, Huawei's GaussDB and FusionInsight big data solutions have been deployed in 60 countries and regions, serving over 1,500 customers. These two solutions have been adopted by over 500 business partners, and are widely used in industries such as finance, telecoms, government, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation.

HUAWEI CLOUD has launched 13 database services, including data warehouse services on the cloud for industry customers. Huawei FusionStorage was the market leader according to the IDC's software-defined storage market share report in 2018.

Upholding the principles of openness, collaboration, and shared success, Huawei actively works with customers and partners to foster a database and storage industry ecosystem consisting of industry applications, platforms and tools, and standards organizations and communities.

To this end, Huawei has established long-term partnerships with independent software vendors, including iSSTech, DCITS, DHC Software, E-Hualu, Yonyou, and AsiaInfo, to pursue data applications in vertical industries.

Huawei has conducted innovations in platforms and tools with partners such as Fanruan Software, ARM, Veritas, and China Standard Software. It is also an active contributor to standards organizations and communities, including OpenSDS, China Artificial Intelligence Industry Alliance, Open Compute Project, OpenStack, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

The Huawei Global Industry Vision (GIV) predicts that global data volume will increase from 32.5 ZB in 2018 to 180 ZB in 2025. Enterprise demand for AI computing power doubles every three months, and AI adoption will rise to 80% by 2025.

Looking to the future intelligent world, Huawei will continue to invest and innovate, and work with partners to redefine data infrastructure. Together, they aim to build a complete ecosystem for diversified computing and make intelligent industries a reality.

Huawei, Makerere University To Offer Free ICT Certification Courses To Students

Huawei, a leading global Information Communications Provider entered an agreement with Makerere University to establish an ICT Academy in Uganda.

The academy will offer free certification to students with the aim to improve and cultivate ICT talent, bridge the gap between universities and the corporate world by offering hands-on training, promote ICT industry technology certification, develop ICT industry talent and a strong learning ecosystem.

The event that took place at Makerere Guest House was presided over by Uganda’s ICT and National Guidance Minister Hon. Frank Tumwebaze. The ceremony was attended by the Chinese embassy Charge d ’affairs, Huawei Managing director, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere, and students from different Ugandan universities.

The academy, according to an MOU signed during the event, will run as a non-commercial cooperation project between Huawei and universities, colleges, and other educational institutions all over the world.

Huawei’s Managing Director Mr. Liujiawei stressed that Huawei would cooperate with the various universities of Uganda such as Makerere and those in the countryside to teach ICT courses to over 1,000 students, encourage students to get certified by Huawei and cultivate professionals with practical skills for the world and ICT Chain, without charge. 

He also added that, “Huawei has so far cooperated with more than 300 universities around the world and educates more than 10,000 students every year.”

“The Huawei ICT Academy course combines both theories and practical operations since some students hardly have project experience. These range from Enterprise Networks such as Routing and Switching, Advanced Network and Network technology, information technology such as Storage, Cloud computing and big data among others,” Mr. Liujiawei said.

The ICT academy will immediately enroll students in June this year after certifying the lecturers who will teach them. The lecturers are already undergoing training and will soon complete their certificates with Huawei.

Speaking at the ceremony, Hon Frank Tumwebaze commended Huawei for their consistency in skilling and talent nurturing because it is in line with the digital strategy of transforming Uganda into a middle income country.

He affirmed that, “through Huawei’s initiatives such as these, shall cultivate and pool together ICT professionals that are crucial to industry development, thus boosting ICT industry development, driving the development of different sectors and contributing to lower unemployment rates over the long term.”

Makerere University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe said that they are ready to work with Huawei to ensure that this programme is well implemented.

After Makerere, Huawei notes that they will move to other public universities to establish the same academy. Those include Kyambogo, Lira, Gulu, Muni, Busitema and Mbarara universities, among others.


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