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Vodafone Introduces a 2GB weekend Bundle Offer

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:13

Telecom operator Vodafone Uganda has announced an exciting offer for it’s customers to enable them enjoy LTE 4G broadband internet during the Weekends at a slashed price. With the new offer, Vodafone customers get to have a 2GB bundle at only shs20,000 and according to Vodafone, users get to make proggie faster, share and post those special moments and a whole lot more with the 4G weekend bundle.

Last week, Vodafone Uganda rolled out Vodafone 4G Hour in Mukono and Seeta a promotion that will see residents in the newly launched sites have an unprecedented internet experience at absolutely no cost for certain hours of the day.

The said weekend bundle can be purchased from Monday – Sunday but used during the weekend from 00:00hrs on Saturday to 23:59hrs on Sunday. Bundle can be purchased alongside any other bundles like Daily,Weekly, Monthly bundles. To get this offer, you can visit a Vodafone outlet near you today, top up using MyVodafone App and web self-care for mobile money and credit/debit card payments, using USSD or any of our partners.

Vodafone also adds that even if you have your usual bundles, the offer is used up first then you can resume running on your previous bundle.

Note: This is a Sponsored Post by Vodafone Uganda

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The S2 PRO, A Phone With A Battery That Keeps You Powered All Day Long

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:33

We are now in a generation where a smartphone that can keep you powered all day long is more ideal to suit all your needs. The Infinix S2 Pro has the capacity to keep you powered all day long especially if you are using Wi-Fi and if you are using mobile data, the 3000mAh battery could at least take you a whooping 9 hours on 4G LTE usage.

The Infinix S2 Pro also boasts of fast charging that ensures that you will not have to wait for over 3 hours to get good charge on your phone. If you are on the go or in transit, the Infinix S2 Pro is the perfect companion to your destination.

It is funny how you can try the Infinix S2 Pro in gaming on a 5.2 inch phone and the device won’t get hot. Yes, a little warm but not hot and this could be attributed to the capacity of its battery, the superb software and whatnot.

For the time I have held the Infinix S2 Pro, I cannot say that I have any regrets yet. The phone is a gem a perfect innovation for these busy crazy times.

The Infinix S2 PRO is your best choice.You can get it at shs 569,000 on www.kilimall.co.ug

Other specs

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32 GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE
  • Octa-Core processor
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Dual Sim

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Google has a surprise for you if you type in “Spinner”

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:19

This fidget spinner trend has hit the Internet pretty hard. Google too has embraced it.

A company well known for pranks and Easter eggs has hit a fully functional but virtual fidget spinner in its Search Engine, am talking about Google.

All you have to do to access it is type the word “spinner” only. You will be able to spin it yourself and even see other options like a number spinner. After getting utmost gratification, or if your boss walks in, just click anywhere on the spinner to stop it instantly.

So the purpose of this is just to shade of a percentage of the entire world’s productivity after all an individual at the Google developer team had a few extra hours to put this idea into play.

Thanks a lot Google.

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Every Ugandan Must Own a Uganda Telecom simcard – Minister Evelyn Anite

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:33

Ugandans may soon be compelled to own a Uganda Telecom (UTL) line just like having the National ID,Minister Evelyn Anite says.

During the launch of the Uganda Telecom annual Blood Donation drive, The State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatisation Hon Minister Evelyn Anite noted that soon, every Ugandan shall be required to own a Uganda Telecom simcard as a must in order to re-awaken the “fallen giant telecommunication”

The minister further added, “On top of every Ugandan owning a national ID, every Ugandan should own a Uganda Telecom simcard as a mandate in order to help the sinking Telecom”

Uganda Telecom has been in a serious crisis and needs over 2billion to be brought back to its feet. Will this suggestion by the Minister be viable or it’s one of those jokes?

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Pepsi Uganda website hacked

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 18:43

This year has really been a hard drift for Pepsi and the brand is still struggling, at least in Uganda. Just months after the Company suffered a PR saga after the Kendall Jenner Pepsi commercial that sparked hatred and the Company suffered a backlash from fans all over the world forcing the ad to be pulled, Pepsi in Uganda suffered another mishap.

One of Pepsi’s flagship brands Mountain Dew was seen battling Harris International’s (Riham) Sky View as the adverts looked alike, and so did they taste alike which caused a lot of confusion among the consumers of Pepsi’s Mountain dew although no charges were pressed.

Now, Crown Beverages (Pepsi) in Uganda is facing another challenge after their website got hacked by NorilaClasse. NorilaClasse is a group of hackers alleged to be from Algeria who post exploits of popular content management systems on their social media pages.

As I was checking the Pepsi Uganda website (pepsi-cola.co.ug), for some information regarding their drinks, we found out that a segment of the website had been hacked. The hack is mainly based in their News sections.  We reached out to Mutamuliza Liz, the PR of Crown Beverages who told us she wasn’t aware of the hack and will respond to us when she has more details.

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Will Pepsi (Crown Beverages) survive this year in a market where everything seems volatile? Anyhow, it’s high time developers and website designers in Uganda became wary of hackers in a bid to protect their clients from embarrassment.

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Vodafone is giving Free 4G Internet but you have to be in these locations to enjoy it

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 16:35

On 9th May 2017, Vodafone Uganda officially announced that the 4G-LTE- high speed broadband data services had been extended to Seeta and Mukono towns and now people staying in the locality can fully enjoy 4G services.

Following its re-launch in November 2016, Vodafone recently unveiled a digital first approach targeting youth and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and are fast growing the feel of using high speed internet in Uganda.

In light to their previous expansion, Vodafone Uganda has made it even more exciting for the people of Mukono and Seeta by introducing an offer dubbed Vodafone 4G Hour that will see residents have an unprecedented internet experience at absolutely no cost.

Vodafone Uganda is spreading happiness in Mukono and Seeta with the 4G Hour and if you are a resident, you will enjoy 4G internet at various hours of the day all the way till July 14th. Below are the times, days and dates that you will enjoy this 4G LTE – high speed broadband data service from Vodafone;

  • Between 7pm and 8pm every Friday – free data starting Friday 16th June 2017 to14th July
  • Between 7am and 8am every Monday – free data starting Friday 16th June 2017 to 14th July
  • Between 9am and 10am every Sunday – free data starting Friday 16th 2017 to 9th July

The offer is however only limited to those that are in Mukono and Seeta areas.

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GTBank becomes the first bank to introduce MasterCard in Uganda

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:52

Guarantee Trust Bank is officially the first bank in Uganda to issue the Internationally branded and accepted MasterCard chip and Pin Cards which are known as smart cards. The Bank officially launched their new service at the Uganda Golf Club in Kampala in a colorful ceremony that was crowned off with a Masters Golf Tournament.

The MasterCard which has the Chip and Pin Cards makes GTBank Uganda offer their customers a more secure alternative to traditional magnetic stripe payment Cards as they contain an embedded microprocessor, which contains the information needed to use the Card for payment and is protected by various security features.

“The MasterCard is accepted currently in over 200 countries and because everyone is bringing VISA, we wanted to bring an even much better experience to Uganda. We are bringing superior services closer to our clients and as soon as you open an account, we make you a global citizen. We are the only bank issuing MasterCard in Uganda”, noted the GT Bank Managing Director Mr Olufemi in a media brief

GTBank Uganda will offer four (4) card types listed below;

MasterCard UGX Debit Card – This will be linked to customer’s’ bank account held with the bank.

MasterCard Dollar Debit Card – this will be linked to customer’s dollar account held with the bank.

MasterCard Platinum Card – this is a UGX card that will target the high networth individuals who will be privileged to MasterCard emergency services i.e. emergency card replacement and lost or stolen reporting wherever the customers destination at time of loss.

MasterCard Prepaid Card – to cater for all the non-account holders as one doesn’t need to have an account with GTBank to qualify for this product. This particular card can be used as corporate card, travel card, fuel card, normal everyday card, etc.

With the introduction of MasterCard by GTBank Uganda, its customers will have a simple alternative to cash payments therefore eliminating the need to carry large sums of cash.Customers will have International Acceptance at MasterCard acceptance points, Access to MasterCard Global Service (24 Hour service through which you receive emergency assistance by telephone) for Platinum card holders

To get yourself a MasterCard and use it smoothly, here are the offers from GTBank Uganda that you might want to off;

 

 

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Spotify surpasses 140 million global monthly active users

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 17:21

Spotify has finally hit the 140 million monthly active users. Back in March, Spotify service announced it had 50 million paying subscribers, which puts its free user base around 90 million.

The numbers are truly massive, and they show just how much of a lead Spotify has over Apple Music, which recently announced it has 27 million subscribers. Given its subscriber growth rate, Spotify should have no trouble keeping its lead as the biggest paid music streaming service over Apple. But while that may be comforting to Spotify, right now its troubles are largely financial.

Our experiences aren’t just highly personalized thanks to streaming intelligence. They’re also delivered within our premium environment, at scale. Spotify delivers multimedia video, audio, and display solutions, in an environment that our audience loves. All of our content is either licensed or created by our in-house team. If a brand is looking to make more authentic connections, rest assured that the same data fueling our personalization also brings that message to the right audience, in a safe environment”, A statement on the company’s site read.

Spotify is pushing to go public this year to avoid penalty fees from the $1 billion debt round it raised back in 2016. The company will reportedly go with a direct listing instead of an initial public offering, which would allow Spotify to avoid raising more money and let its employees and investors cash out as they wish.

Spotify still doesn’t have new licensing deals completed with Sony Music or Warner Music, and can’t go forward until those deals are completed. It has wrapped up a new deal with Universal Music, and the terms should allow it to bring in more revenue going forward. Landing similar deals with the other two major labels should help Spotify cut down on its annual losses.

 

Credits; The Verge, Spotify

 

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Africell,Vision Group partner as they bring Ramadan closer to Luzira inmates

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:17

Muslim Inmates at Luzira Prison are due for a good end of fasting. Africell Uganda has decided to partner with Vision group to deliver the hefty end of Ramadhan goodies.

Africell handed over the food items this morning to Vision Group Head of Promotions, Bills Mboijana. Everywhere across the world, the Holy Month of Ramadan is characterized by generous sharing and giving in all forms. It’s common practice for people to share meals especially for their main meals – iftar and daaku, all the way to the break of the fast on Eid.

Africell invoked this very tradition as they dug into their funds to buy rice, curry powder, sugar, cooking oil and baking flour to reach out to the Muslim inmates and enable them to get decent meals at least for this holy month.

’We are a company that looks out for neighbor wherever he or she is. This is an expression of love from us as Africell to our Muslim brothers and sisters in prison,’’ the Africell Commercial Director Milad Khairallah said.

Vision group started the initiative at the start of the holy month in which they reached out to corporate entities. Milad said it’s persons such as these muslims who will celebrate their end of fasting in jail that move them as Africell to do what they do every other time. He vowed that they will continue reaching out to anyone that needs support whenever they can.

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Ugandan Duo shines at the Global Photo Competition

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 21:27

Uganda is once again in the spotlight thanks to two flamboyant photographers that held the country’s flag up high after they emerged triumphant in a photo competition in Berlin. Miss Zahara Abdul and Mr Andrew Kartende from Uganda were on top of the charts walking away with the 1st and 2nd placements respectively after their submissions stood out at the Global Photo competition.

The Winning Photo.
© Zahara Abdul (Uganda) / Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation

In the wake of June 8, 2017, a jury at the global photo competition in Berlin dubbed “Confidence in the Future” that was organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung selected four winners. The 1st and 2nd place went to Uganda, the two third places to Germany and Uruguay.

The 2nd winner; Hope in the future
© Andrew Kartende (Uganda) / Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation

The 24-year-old Zahara Abdul from Uganda with her photo “Seeking Light” won the first prize worth 1,500 euros. 2nd place also went to Uganda, to 23-year-old Andrew Kartende. Elisa Mayer (17 years) and Mathias Olivera Rodriguez (23 years) shared the third place.

Top Winner Zahara Abdul couldn’t hide her excitement as she took to her Facebook page to share the good news;

The competition attracted around 200 (hobby) photographers who presented their photos for the first photography competition of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Viva Uganda!

Source: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

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0.2 seconds Is All It Takes You To Unlock Your Infinix S2 Pro

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 15:56

 

We have talked about the Infinix S2 Pro camera but with emphasis as to the capabilities of the dual front camera and the superb back camera. We have also talked about the different specs that the Infinix S2 Pro boasts of with great attention to it’s design features but we hadn’t yet told you about it’s speed, efficiency, price-performance, and power.

 

The Infinix S2 Pro, is fitted with a 64 bit octa-core processor. Octa- core means that it has 8 computing units thus enabling the phone to perform or execute 8 different tasks at the same time say; Music, Camera, text, notes, calendar, and system related things making it your super phone for Multitasking. The octa-core processor makes the phone perform faster and cuts out the possibilities of freezing due to heavy usage.

The fact that the the phone has responsive fingerprint capacity with recognition time of as fast as 0.2 seconds makes it possible to access your phone in record breaking time, making the Infinix S2 Pro easier and faster to use. In addition to this the fingerprint sensor can be used for various other functions like talking a photo, accepting a call, browsing through pics by sliding either left or right on the sensor, call recording and dismissing an alarm.

What more can you ask for in a phone?The Infinix S2 PRO is your best choice.You can get it at shs 569,000 on www.kilimall.co.ug

Other specs

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32 GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE
  • Octa-Core processor
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Dual Sim

 

 

 

 

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All you need to know about the Infinix S2 Pro Camera

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 19:00

The engineers at Infinix this time round had selfie lovers in mind, and they knew how important and vital selfies are to photo lovers, thats why they decided to create the Wefie camera in the Infinix S2 PRO to take the selfie taking experience to a whole new level.

The S2 PRO features dual front cameras. there is  a wide angle Wefie camera as well as the normal selfie camera and a dual tone flash. So depending on whether you are alone or with froiends, you can choose between the Wefie camera which is ideal for group selfies and it eliminates the need of a selfie stick or the normal selfie camera for the usual selfies.

The Wefie is an 8MP wide angle camera and can go up to an angle of 135 degrees, this is very good but it doesn’t perform well in low light and the images at times appear to be curved, but overall its performs well. On the other hand the 13MP selfie camera is pretty good and the pictures it takes are well detailed and the colors come out well.

The S2 PRO features a 13MP secondary camera takes pretty awesome pics too. With a dual tone LED flash the camera takes detailed photos, and the colors are brought out perfectly. It also has in built features like panorama, beauty and also manual mode for those who want to take control of their shooting. However low light performance isn’t that great.

The Infinix S2 PRO is your best choice.You can get it at shs 569,000 on www.kilimall.co.ug

Other specs

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32 GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE
  • Octa-Core processor
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Dual Sim

 

 

 

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MTN Uganda is rolling out new Mobile Money Rates; Here are the major changes

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 17:49

Giant telecommunication MTN which is arguably the biggest in the Mobile Money business in Uganda is rolling out new mobile money rates on 15th June 2017(That’s on this Thursday). The move comes a week after the Ugandan national budget FY 2017/18 was read and there was a critical mention of mobile money.

However, we can’t be quick to point out if the new rates are related to the budget talk or the ‘economy slump’ discussion because they have reportedly been in the pipeline even before the budget was read.

The rates of sending Money to MTN customers and non-customers has slightly been changed by the giant yellow network and we take a close and detailed look at how much has increased, what has remained the same and what has decreased in the rates. There have also been some significant changes in the withdrawal rates

In a nutshell, the Withdrawal rates from Agents have also be subjected to little changes; Those withdrawing shs5,001 – 15,000 will be charged a lesser fee of shs700 as opposed to the shs880, those withdrawing shs45,001 – 60,000 will charged an increased fee of shs1,500 from the old shs1,210.Those withdrawing shs250,001 – 500,000 will also be charged an increased fee of shs7,000 as opposed to shs5,775 and those withdrawing shs500,001 – 1,000,000 will be charged shs12,500 as opposed to shs10,450. The rest of the withdrawal fees shall remain the same in the new Mobile Money rates.

Here, we give a tabulated comparison on what reduced, what remained the same and what went up in the new rates that are expected to be released on Thursday this week;

Transaction Tiers Sending to MTN Mobile Money Customers

  Sending to MTN Mobile Money Customers

  Sending to Non-MTN Mobile Money customers

  Sending to Non-MTN Mobile Money customers Withdraw rates from Agent Withdraw rates from Agent Old Rates New Rates Old Rates New Rates Old Rates New Rates 500 – 2,500 500 250 900 830 330 330 2,501 – 5,0 00 500 500 900 940 440 440 5,001 – 15,000 1,000 1,000 1800 1880 880 700 15,001 – 30,000 1,000 1,000 1,980 1,880 880 880 30,001 – 45,000 1,100 1,000 2,520 2,310 1,210 1,210 45,001 – 60,000 1,100 1,000 2,520 2,310 1,210 1,500 60,001 – 125,000 1,400 1,500 3,960 3,325 1,925 1,925 125,001 – 250,000 1,400 1,500 7,560 4,975 3,575 3,575 250,001 – 500,000 1,400 1,500 9,900 7,175 5,775 7,000 500,001 – 1,000,000 2,200 2,000 18,900 12,650 10,450 12,500 1,000,001 – 2,000,000 2,200 2,000 36,000 22,000 19,800 19,800 2,000,001 – 4,000,000 2,200 2,000 63,450 37,400 35,200 35,200

 

 

 

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Africa set to reap big as Youtap partners with MatchMove to deliver open-loop payments for mobile money customers

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:36

Youtap, a global provider of contactless mobile money payments and financial services software, has announced a partnership with MatchMove that will provide Youtap’s customers in Africa and Asia with an off-the-shelf open-loop payment acceptance solution for closed-loop wallets.

Youtap has worked closely with MatchMove to provide integration to Youtap Pay, Youtap’s mobile money payment processing platform. The combined solution will enable mobile operators to issue Mastercard companion cards to their mobile money customers. Cards can be branded and integrated with an operator’s current mobile wallet app.

This partnership is in response to the growing demand for Mastercard companion cards connected with mobile money accounts globally. It provides for tight integration for the acquiring, processing and settlement of credit, debit and prepaid cards linked to a mobile money wallet.

Chris Jones, CEO and founder of Youtap, said, “Our partnership with MatchMove is yet another disrupter for cash transactions in growth markets. It makes it possible for customers without credit cards to buy products online and in stores with mobile money.”

Shailesh Naik, CEO of MatchMove, said, “MatchMove is committed to accelerating financial inclusion for the millions of people worldwide who are now connected digitally via their smartphones but remain unbanked and uncarded. Our partnership with Youtap will expand the availability of our secure cashless solutions for mobile operators around the world, thus creating a new channel to bridge the gap between mobile money and end users.”

Youtap’s mobile payments platforms are operating in multiple countries in Africa and Asia with various payment service providers and mobile network operators.

This is a Press Release from YouTap

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WorldRemit makes sending money Internationally easier with Android Pay Integration

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:08

WorldRemit, a digital money transfer service has added Android Pay to its service, offering a new way for WorldRemit’s Android Pay users to send money internationally and reach millions using mobile money accounts.

Pioneering a mobile-first approach to the $600bn a year remittance industry, the move sees WorldRemit bringing together the leading players in mobile payments from Silicon Valley and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Launching the global rollout of the service at MoneyConf 2017, WorldRemit will enable Android Pay users to safely and securely send money to +112 million mobile money accounts accessible via its network. The integration will make WorldRemit the only remittance provider offering international payments through Android Pay around the globe.

By connecting directly with Android Pay, WorldRemit customers can transfer money instantly across continents in just 5 taps – without entering credit card or 3DS details. Using mobile money, a recipient customer can then pay for school fees, utility bills and groceries among other things directly from their mobile phones – without the need for 3G or wifi. As Android Pay is supported by industry standard tokenization, payments are sent with a virtual account number providing an extra layer of security.

WorldRemit currently sends money to more mobile money accounts than any other operator in the world. The company enables migrants to send money from their smartphones to the mobile phones of the people they love, in over 140 countries to be paid out in cash, paid into a bank account or into a mobile money account.

Alice Newton-Rex, VP of Product at WorldRemit, comments: “Currently 60% of WorldRemit app users are on Android, which is also by far the most popular mobile operating system in the developing world, where 2 billion people are still unbanked, but critically half a billion use their mobiles as a bank account.

“This integration with Android Pay is the next logical step of our mobile first approach, and continues our commitment to providing greater financial inclusion.’’

Pali Bhat, Director, Product Management at Google, said: “We want to make it easier for organizations like WorldRemit to offer a simpler, faster in-app payment solution for their customers. With Android Pay, people will be able to speed through checkout with their Android phones in a few clicks”.

WorldRemit users make around 600,000 transactions every month, sending from over 50 countries to more than 140 destinations.

This is a Press Release from WorldRemit

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FSD Uganda gets new Executive Director, Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 14:06

The Board of FSD Uganda is delighted to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa as its new Executive Director, replacing Christopher Musoke who had earlier informed the Board of his intention to retire from the company, following the expiry of his contract on 31 March 2017.  Jacqueline takes up her new position in a full-time capacity from 12 June 2017.

Jacqueline is an international lawyer who in 2007 founded her own law firm, Hoja Law Group, which she still manages today.  In that capacity, she has worked on several commercial transactions across Africa and in the US, and on market entry and expansion strategy on behalf of corporate clients.  She has also taught private international law as an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Rwanda.

Jacqueline is reputed as an expert in African commercial affairs and innovative problem solving and brings to FSD Uganda broad international relations and public policy experience. She brings an in-depth understanding of how key players in the financial system interact to deliver sustainable solutions.

Jacqueline has a BA degree in Political Science from Davidson College in the US.  She studied Law at the Australian National University and at the University of Melbourne Law School.  She was a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellow at the World Trade Organisation, where she worked as an Advisor in the Office of the Director General.  She was a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of its Advisory Group and also Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow of the African Leadership Institute.  She has served on the boards of several financial institutions across Africa.

Ms Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa

Gertrude Wamala Karugaba, Chairperson of FSD Uganda said: “We are pleased to welcome Jacqueline as FSD Uganda’s new Executive Director. She arrives at a critical moment, where following recent regulatory and other changes in the market, Uganda is now well-placed to make major strides in combating financial exclusion and improving the lives of the poor by making financial services more accessible and affordable.
We offer Jacqueline our full support as she leads FSD Uganda through the next phase of its development. We thank Christopher Musoke for his service over the past two years, where he has helped lay the foundation for FSD Uganda to be the market leader in the deepening and broadening of the financial sector in Uganda and we wish him well in the future.”

Source:FSD Uganda

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Airtel Uganda & Facebook are rolling out over 800km of optical fiber in North West Uganda

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:55

As earlier reported by Guru8 about a pending major partnership announcement from Airtel Uganda with Facebook, the smartphone network has indeed confirmed that they shall be partnering with giant social media platform, Facebook to improve the Telecom Infrastructure in Uganda.

Telecommunications giant Airtel Uganda has this morning at Kampala Serena Hotel announced an investment partnership with Facebook and Bandwidith and Cloud Services(BCS)to improve the telecom infrastructure in Uganda. The partnership has been estimated at 12million dollars and the investment will see a total of 800km of optical fiber laid in North West Uganda – Covering Gulu, Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Nebbi and Kamdini areas which will be funded jointly by Airtel Uganda, Facebook, and Bandwidth and Cloud services

Speaking at the partnership announcement today morning at the Kampala Serena hotel in the country’s capital, Mr Yonus Maru the Managing Director commended Facebook and Airtel Uganda for realizing that coming together to build reliable communication infrastructure can only work to make sure that in the long run the customer, the country, and the entire humanity wins. Reliable and dependable communication.

Connecting Uganda, connecting East Africa and connecting the world is what we do every day at Facebook and to fully achieve this, we need to connect everybody. Noted Mr Kojo Boakye the Facebook’s African Public Policy Manager.

ICT is the fastest-growing economic element in Uganda and with appropriate partnerships like the one we are witnessing this morning, we the regulator are pleased that the underserved rural communities of Uganda are getting access to ICT.

The Partnership will also see Airtel Uganda work alongside Facebook to introduce Facebook Cache – technology that will foster an overall improvement in Airtel subscribers’ experience while using Facebook application and a great network and Data experience improvement in North West Uganda.

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Airtel Uganda set to announce major partnership with Facebook

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 23:06

Airtel Uganda is tomorrow expected to announce a major partnership with giant social media platform, Facebook in a bid to further its mission to bring internet access, as well as its platform, to millions of Africans.

In March early this year, the social media company said it will lay almost 500 miles of fiber cable in Uganda before the end of the year and partner with local telecoms to provide internet access and as far as we can see, Airtel Uganda could be in ‘things’


The Uganda plans are part of a wider push by Facebook to help accelerate the growth in Africa’s internet users which would ultimately also help Facebook’s own user growth.

Uganda, while much smaller, is a good test case for the kinds of challenges Facebook faces in Africa. Internet pene

tration is about 30%, in line with average internet usage across the continent.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the partnership shall see to it that fibre cables reaching Gulu shall be laid to ease internet access across the region.

Internet usage is held back by lack of infrastructure, especially in rural areas, the high costs of data, and low purchasing power for average citizens. To deal with the lack of infrastructure, Facebook has tested solar-powered drones and satellites to “beam down connectivity” in rural areas.

Tomorrow morning, Airtel Uganda is expected to hold a press conference to announce a partnership with Facebook and we think it’s likely about Facebook plans of boosting internet access in Uganda. The Minister of ICT Hon Frank Tumwebaze , the UCC Executive Director Mr Godfrey Mutabazi, officials from Facebook and Airtel Uganda directors are expected to attend.

More details on this story to follow during and after the Press Conference.

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Mixed reactions arise as MTN Uganda gives employees a UGX 40,000 increase in allowances

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 15:18

Uganda’s biggest Telecommunications company at least in terms of subscriber numbers has increased the salaries of its employees. Following an email sent out to all it’s employees, MTN Uganda will be adding an additional 40,000 Uganda shillings per month to employees who are eligible to monthly transport allowances.

The email was written by Wim Vanhalleputte the CEO MTN Uganda and forwarded to all employees by Micheal Sekade the General Manager Human Resources. It indicates that the increment was part of MTN Uganda’s ’employer of choice’ theme and is in response to feedback the telecom received in regards to the staff challenges brought about by inflation.

It should be noted that the additional 40,000/- is not tax free and therefore subject to tax because MTN Uganda adds all allowances to the total monthly gross salary and then tax is subjected. This in particular has angered a couple of employees within the telecom considering that they had been promised a increment in ‘salary’ and not ‘transport allowance’. It should also be noted that employees who have not been earning the monthly transport allowance will not receive the additional 40,000/-

During a conversation where MTN employees thought they were whispering, some were heard to have been mocking the 40,000/- saying that the increment are just peanuts for corporate employees. Another bitter employee was quick to point out that that amount is not enough for an Uber trip to and fro his residence. He added that; “It was worse if I even considered fueling my SUV (Well, he mentioned the model but will protect him by not saying it.). Another was heard saying that how can a big company like MTN not get ashamed by a small salary increment that may not be able to purchase a 1 gigabyte data bundle after taxation.

Below is the full text sent that was sent to all MTN employees;

 

Well an increment in any sum of money is good and you can let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Denied Unemployment Benefits? The Appeal Option

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:44

The technology sector is booming in Uganda and across East Africa, and in some locations, demand is outstripping supply. This is good news if you have been laid off, and means you have a great chance of finding a new position – but in the meantime, unemployment still exists for those in technology, and you need to keep putting food on the table while you look for that new dream job.

If you have been denied assistance, it can come as a shock to the system. The first thing you will be asking yourself is what to do next and whether there is any possibility to appeal the decision. Of course, the exact rules vary from place to place, but here, we take a broad look at principles underpinning benefits and appeals.

Why did they turn you down?

In the vast majority of cases, a claim is denied for one of two reasons. Either the person left their job voluntarily or they were fired for misconduct. We will take a look at each of these in turn.

Left voluntarily

There is no unemployment system in the world that will pay out if you simply decided to walk away from your job. However, it is not always that simple. If you were pressured into leaving by your manager, or found yourself in circumstances where it was impossible to do your job, then you could argue that it constituted constructive dismissal.

Likewise, you could still have arguments in your favour if you left for medical grounds. Both of these are examples of what you might call good cause to quit, principles that are enshrined in employment law the world over. The most important thing is having the documentary evidence to prove your case.

Misconduct

This is murky ground, as it covers such a variety of areas, and also as there is significant scope for interpretation between companies and indeed labour officials. Broadly speaking, if you were dismissed for minor misconduct or for poor work performance, you should still have a good chance of being eligible for financial support. If the reason was for gross misconduct, you are generally better walking away.

One of the key tests here is intent. If the incident that led to your dismissal was not wilful on your part, it is probably worth appealing the employment decision.

So is it worth appealing?

Of course, the decision whether or not to appeal depends on your own circumstances, but the above guidelines should help you decide whether it is worth considering. If it is, the first thing you need to do is speak to the Uganda Labour Office to request the necessary form and get the process started. Good luck!\

This Article was contributed to this blog by Miss Jackie

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