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Second Edition Of The Huawei Global ICT Competition Kicks Off In Uganda

Huawei global ICT competition has kicked off in Uganda with a road show in Makerere University.

 With the theme “Connection, Glory, Future”, the Huawei 2019-2020 Global ICT competition aims to provide a platform for global ICT talents to showcase their ability, compete and communicate, encouraging ICT-related study and drive the growth of a robust ICT talent ecosystem.

Over 6000 students from the various Universities all over Uganda are expected to participate in the contest with various subjects including network, Cloud Computing, artificial intelligence and big data.

Mr. Liujiawei, the Managing Director of Huawei Uganda noted that ICT skills gap has increasingly become a bottleneck for embracing opportunities in the digital era, as across all industries are poised to grow with rapid advances in emerging technologies, changing the very nature of the jobs.

He emphasized that it is important to foster an open and sustainable ICT talents ecosystem that involves different stakeholders to equip youths with employable skills and increase competencies relevant in the labor market.

 “We need a comprehensive approach of skills development for employment, enhanced productivity and growth. Training contents must be aligned with skills requirements in the job market.

That is why we re-dedicate ourselves to working even more closely with universities across the country to better equip students with the next generation of technologies and create the platform for the Ugandan students to demonstrate they are capable of maturing into world-class experts.” Liu said.

 Skills gaps across all industries are poised to grow in the Fourth Industrial Revolution globally. There will also be strong demand for ICT-related skills.

According to the World Economic Forum, at least 133 million new roles generated as a result of the new division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms may emerge globally by 2022. In Uganda, the ICT skills gap is also a challenge.

Report by National Information Technology Authority shows that within MDAs, ICT personnel account for only 1.9% of the total work force.

To bridge the ICT skills gap and fostering ICT talent pool needed for national social economic development, Huawei Uganda has been working with government, industrial and academic partners in upskilling engineers, providing certification courses, sponsoring aboard studies and supporting government’s initiatives in promoting innovation and ICT learning.

Huawei Uganda has so far signed up six universities across Uganda in launch establishment of academies, where students can access to industrially-recognized certification courses.

 This is the second executive year for the global leading ICT solutions provider to bring the global event to Uganda. First round of registration will take place from 26th August to 30th October at Makerere, Kyambogo, Muni, MUST, Lira, Gulu, Busitema and many other private Universities respectively.

The registered students through are expected to access learning material and certification portfolio provided by Huawei free of charge. Winners of the contests in Uganda will have opportunity to participate in the regional finals in South Africa and global finals at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China.

Huawei Predicts 10 Megatrends For 2025

Huawei launched its Global Industry Vision (GIV) report, continuing its predictions for technology and industry development up to 2025.

Drawing from Huawei’s own quantitative data and real-world use cases of how intelligent technology is permeating every industry, this year’s report identifies 10 megatrends currently shaping how we live and work. GIV also predicts technology trends up until 2025, including 5G coverage, AI deployment, home robot adoption, and smart assistant use rates.

The 10 trends and examples of GIV’s key predictions for 2025 are as follows:

  1. Living with Bots: Advances in material science, perceptual AI, and network technologies are powering the uptake of robotics in a variety of home and personal scenarios. GIV predicts a 14% global penetration rate of home robots. 
  1. Super Sight: The convergence of 5G, VR/AR, machine learning, and other emerging technologies will let us see beyond distance, distortion, surface, and history, opening up new vistas for people, business, and culture. GIV predicts that the percentage of companies using AR/VR will increase to 10%. 
  1. Zero Search: As data-driven and sensor-equipped appliances and devices begin anticipating our needs, information will find us. Future searches will be button-free, personal social networks will be created effortlessly, and industry will benefit from “zero-search maintenance”. GIV predicts that 90% of smart device owners will use intelligent personal assistants.
  1. Tailored Streets: Intelligent transport systems will connect people, vehicles, and infrastructure, creating zero congestion, rapid emergency response, and other functions that will make life smoother. GIV predicts that 15% of vehicles will have Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology. 
  1. Working with Bots: Already transforming many industries, smart automation will take on more hazardous, repetitive, and high-precision tasks – a boon for safety and productivity. GIV predicts that there will be 103 robots in industry for every 10,000 employees. 
  1. Augmented Creativity: Cloud AI will cut the cost and barrier of entry to scientific experimentation, innovation, and art, opening up a goldmine of creative potential that’s available to all. GIV predicts that 97% of large companies will have deployed AI. 
  1. Frictionless Communication: AI and big data analytics will create seamless communication between companies and customers and break down language barriers. Accuracy, understanding, and trust will underpin tomorrow’s communications. GIV predicts that enterprises will fully use of 86% of the data that they produce. 
  1. Symbiotic Economy: Companies across the planet are adopting digital tech and smart applications on unified access platforms – that means greater collaboration, resource-sharing, stronger global ecosystems, and higher productivity. GIV predicts that every company everywhere will be using cloud technology and 85% of business applications will be cloud-based. 
  1. 5G’s rapid rollout: 5G is here and it’s landing far faster than any previous wireless generation – the potential for individuals, businesses, and society is enormous. GIV predicts that 58% of the world's population will have access to 5G. 
  1. Global Digital Governance: Advancements in digital tech must be balanced by shared data standards and principles for data use. GIV predicts that the annual volume of global data will reach 180 ZB (1 ZB = 1 trillion GB). 

According to the CMO of Huawei ICT Infrastructure Kevin Zhang, "Human exploration will never stop. We should set our sights beyond what we see now and look to the future, shifting from innovation to invention.

We’re seeing rapid changes to life, work, and society as every industry adopts AI, 5G, cloud computing, and other emerging technologies. Huawei is committed to building digital platforms, user experiences, and intelligent technology that power ubiquitous connectivity in every scenario.

It’s our mission to offer every person, home, and organization an intelligent future and the benefits of entirely new opportunities for growth." 

With the first report released in 2018, GIV @2025 is designed to analyze industry development trends and serve as a strategic guide for ICT deployment.

Huawei Announces H1 2019 Revenue: 23.2% YoY Growth

Huawei announced its business results for the first half of 2019: CNY401.3 billion in revenue, a 23.2% increase over the same period last year. The company's net profit margin for H1 2019 was 8.7%.

 According to Huawei's Chairman, Liang Hua, operations are smooth and the organization is as sound as ever. With effective management and excellent performance across all financial indicators, Huawei's business has remained robust in the first half of 2019.

In Huawei's carrier business, H1 sales revenue reached CNY146.5 billion, with steady growth in production and shipment of equipment for wireless networks, optical transmission, data communications, IT, and related product domains. To date, Huawei has secured 50 commercial 5G contracts and has shipped more than 150,000 base stations to markets around the world.

 In Huawei's enterprise business, H1 sales revenue was CNY31.6 billion. Huawei continues to enhance its ICT portfolio across multiple domains, including cloud, artificial intelligence, campus networks, data centres, Internet of Things, and intelligent computing. It remains a trusted supplier for government and utility customers, as well as customers in commercial sectors like finance, transportation, energy, and automobile.

 In Huawei's consumer business, H1 sales revenue hit CNY220.8 billion. Huawei's smartphone shipments (including Honor phones) reached 118 million units, up 24% YoY. The company also saw rapid growth in its shipments of tablets, PCs, and wearables. Huawei is beginning to scale its device ecosystem to deliver a more seamless intelligent experience across all major user scenarios. To date, the Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem has more than 800,000 registered developers, and 500 million users worldwide.

 "Revenue grew fast up through May," said Liang. "Given the foundation, we laid in the first half of the year, we continue to see the growth even after we were added to the entity list. That's not to say we don't have difficulties ahead. We do, and they may affect the pace of our growth in the short term."

 He added, "But we will stay the course. We are fully confident in what the future holds, and we will continue investing as planned – including a total of CNY120 billion in R&D this year. We'll get through these challenges, and we're confident that Huawei will enter a new stage of growth after the worst of this is behind us."

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.

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