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MTN Uganda| CEO’s congratulatory article for UCC@25

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MTN Uganda congratulates UCC on its silver jubilee.

Sylvia Mulinge, CEO of MTN Uganda spoke to our journalist about the significance of the Uganda Communications Commission’s 25-year celebrations. UCC regulates the communications sector, which includes telecommunications, broadcasting, radio communication, postal communications, data communication and infrastructure.

Below are excerpts of the conversation;

Q: What message would you like to convey to George William Nyombi Thembo on his appointment as the Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and to UCC as they celebrate 25 years?

A: We extend our heartfelt congratulations to George William Nyombi Thembo and the entire team at the Uganda Communications Commission on their 25th anniversary. Their dedication and leadership have played a pivotal role in shaping Uganda’s telecommunications landscape and driving digital transformation. We look forward to continued collaboration with the UCC in advancing our shared goals of connectivity, innovation, and economic empowerment for all Ugandans. Cheers to 25 years of excellence, and here’s to many more years of success ahead!

Q. Let’s delve into some of the milestones achieved in partnership with the UCC. Firstly, could you elaborate on MTN Uganda’s support for UCC’s projects such as the Uganda Film Awards?

A: Thank you. Indeed, our partnership with the UCC has been instrumental in driving initiatives like the Uganda Film Awards. At MTN Uganda, we believe in the power of youth and creativity in propelling Uganda’s development forward. Supporting platforms like the Uganda Film Awards not only celebrates local talent but also empowers the youth to showcase their creativity on a global stage.

Q: That’s commendable. Another area where MTN Uganda has made significant contributions is the Uganda Communications Universal Service and Access Fund (UCUSAF). Could you shed some light on MTN’s involvement with UCUSAF and its impact?

A: MTN Uganda has always been committed to bridging the digital divide and ensuring that all Ugandans have access to essential communication services, because we believe everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. Since its inception Our contribution of UGX 36 billion alone to the Uganda Communication Universal Service and Access Fund in 2023 underscores this commitment. This investment has facilitated the expansion of communication infrastructure to underserved communities, ultimately enhancing connectivity and socio-economic development across the country.

Q: Let’s shift gears now to the groundbreaking announcement of MTN Uganda being granted 5G spectrum license by the UCC. What does this milestone mean for MTN Uganda and the country’s digital landscape?

A: Receiving the first 5G spectrum license from the UCC is a testament to our shared vision of driving economic growth and empowerment in the digital era. Embracing 5G technology opens up a world of possibilities for Uganda, from attracting more investments to fostering innovation and positioning the country as a digital hub in the region. We are excited about the prospects that 5G promises and remain committed to leveraging this technology to transform lives and businesses across Uganda. It’s these collaborations that inspire our brand’s clarion call that together, we are unstoppable in the pursuit of common aspirations to progress our communities.

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Huawei and Global Sustainability Stakeholders Discuss How to Thrive with Green ICT

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 Huawei held the Green Development Summit, themed “Thrive with Green ICT”, during MWC Barcelona 2024. At the summit, guests from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), MTN Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Kenya’s ICT Authority, and Indonesia’s Bandung Institute of Technology discussed how digital technology can be used to promote green development and enable an inclusive and sustainable digital world.

Jeffrey Zhou, President of ICT Marketing at Huawei, noted in his speech that digital technology has become a key enabler for global sustainable development. He stressed that Huawei would continually work on technological innovation alongside global partners to enhance digital inclusion, promote thriving digital talent ecosystems, and help enable an inclusive and sustainable digital world.

Bilel Jamoussi, Deputy Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) and Chief of TSB’s Study Groups Department, introduced the Green Digital Action (GDA). He said, “The promotion and implementation of international standards is a key enabler for ensuring both wide network adoption and sustainable development. ITU and more than 40 partners, including Huawei, launched the GDA last year. This aims to enhance collaboration, fast-track industry-wide commitments to addressing climate challenges, and put digital solutions at the forefront of climate action.”

At MWC Barcelona 2019, Huawei launched TECH4ALL, a long-term digital inclusion initiative and action plan. Over the past five years, Huawei has worked with global partners to develop innovative applications supported by digital technology. This has brought long-term positive changes to remote areas, the underprivileged, and environmental protection efforts.

At the summit, Ms. Susanne Pedersen, Director of IUCN’s Science & Data Center, said, “IUCN maintains a suite of global standards for measuring the state of biodiversity and conservation for the global common good. Technological advances within remote sensing, AI, machine learning and E-DNA can potentially help conservation agencies realize faster and more reliable access to data, and analyze data in a more efficient way to support more effective conservation.”

Dr. Miao Fengchun, Chief of UNESCO’S Unit for Technology and AI in Education, provided an update on the progress of the Technology-enabled Open Schools for All project, stating, “UNESCO’s human-centred principles for governing digital education include using digital technology to enhance human competencies, ensure digital inclusion, address digital gender inequality, and regulate negative impacts on human well-being.”

Friedrich Huebler, Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and Soledad Patiño, Coordinator of the UNESCO Global Skills Academy, both delivered speeches at the event. They pointed out that skills development is crucial for achieving SDGs 4 and 8 and fostering inclusive and sustainable economies. Digital technology can improve skill acquisition, empowering individuals and communities to thrive. Private sector engagement is also key for shaping a brighter, more equitable future for all.

At the summit, six European universities and colleges, namely the DTI Academy, Yalova University, Learneo-academie, Fondazione Cultura&Innovazione, Politecnico di Bari, and University of Alicante, received the Huawei ICT Academy plaque. These institutions will work with Huawei to facilitate digital talent cultivation in Europe.

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MTN and Huawei Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Joint Innovation Tech Lab to Boost Digital Transformation in Africa

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MTN Group and Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a Joint Innovation Technology Lab, aiming to deepen cooperation in technological innovation. The signing ceremony, which held at MWC Barcelona, Spain was attended by senior delegations from MTN and Huawei.

This strategic partnership will see the creation of an Innovation Technology Lab at MTN Group’s headquarters in South Africa. The lab will serve as a neutral platform for collaboration within the Africa’s digital ecosystem, accelerating the development, deployment and adoption of innovative digital solutions driven across the continent.

Together, the two companies will leverage this initiative to focus their research and development efforts on key areas such as 5G and beyond, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data analytics, cloud computing, and digital financial services. The partnership aims to accelerate the time-to-market of MTN’s products and services while addressing the unique challenges faced in Africa, including improving network coverage in rural areas, enhancing energy efficiency, and affordability.

Additionally, MTN’s operational teams will actively participate in the innovation process, ensuring the solutions developed directly address real-world challenges and drive meaningful digital transformation and sustainable development in Africa.

Group Chief Technology and Information Officer Mazen Mroué expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership stating, “The Joint Innovation Technology Lab is more than a partnership between two companies; it’s an investment in the growth of Africa’s digital ecosystem. We believe that collaboration is essential for developing solutions that truly meet the continent’s needs, and this Lab will pave the way for a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous future for Africa.”

Li Peng, Huawei’s Corporate Senior Vice President and President of ICT Sales & Service, said, “Huawei will continue innovating with MTN to ensure they have the products and solutions required to best serve Africa’s unique market. This will not only give MTN a competitive edge in terms of network quality, user experience, and rapid deployment, but also help MTN achieve their own business objectives. We believe that this newly-established lab will help supercharge both MTN’s R&D as well as Africa’s digital economy, bringing more prosperity to the African continent.”

This partnership further demonstrates MTN and Huawei’s shared commitment to shaping Africa’s digital landscape, opening new pathways for innovation and digital inclusion, and economic growth.

MWC Barcelona 2024 will be held from February 26 to February 29 in Barcelona, Spain. During the event, Huawei will showcase its latest products and solutions at stand 1H50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1. With the 2024 commercial launch of 5.5G, Huawei is collaborating with operators and partners around the world to pursue exciting new innovation in networks, cloud, and intelligence. Together, we will drive 5G business and foster a thriving industry ecosystem, creating a new era for intelligent digital transformation.

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