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June 2015

Airtel Tugabane: A product for all your internet needs.

According to the 2000 World Bank report, Internet usage in Uganda was at 0.2% in the country. In 2013, internet usage was at 16.2%. The increase in internet usage can be highly attributed to the increase in the number of Telecom companies and internet service providers that are coming into and leaving the market like it is a bar.
Affordable smartphones and smart devices, coupled with the ever changing Internet prices, it has become possible for many Ugandans to afford an Internet connection.

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This has also been boosted by the number of internet service providers in the country. There are so many internet providers that one can be spoilt for choice. Undoubtedly, the Internet Service Provider (ISP) that provides the best Internet connection at the best price is the one that will take the bread home.
New Internet packages have been tailored based on what customers’ needs are. We have had data sharing by buying for a friend data but the latest Airtel Uganda Internet option has so far stood out. A couple of weeks back, Airtel Uganda introduced an Internet option of sharing actual data as opposed to buying mobile data for someone. One can be able to just add the their friend or family member to his/her list of subscribers. The list makes up to five people sharing mobile data that is provided by one person.
The Airtel Internet package is called ‘Tugabane’ which means to share.

The options that come with the package include; being able to stay connected to the internet even when the phone of the person who is sharing his/her data is off (our favorite). Using unlimited data. There is no cap on how much mobile data can be shared.

To subscribe to the Tugabane internet option, dial *175# and follow prompts. I hope that with this new offer from Airtel Uganda, we will have less excuses from people claiming not to have mobile data.

Microsoft brings the Lumia 540 and Lumia 640XL to Uganda.

Microsoft has delivered on the promise of optimized productivity for smartphone users with the introduction of a new range of Lumia phones comprising Lumia 540, Lumia 640XL and the most affordable Lumia device to date, the Lumia 430 Dual SIM in Uganda.

The Lumia 640XL 3G dual SIM will offer users more personal computing and increased productivity through seamlessly integrated Microsoft Office experiences which comes with one year free subscription, OneDrive storage and will retail at UGX 850,000.

Also unveiled today was the Lumia 540 Dual SIM for only UGX 575,000– a smart choice for value-conscious smartphone buyers. The quality-crafted Lumia 540 Dual SIM features a crisp, clear, 5-inch HD display; 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash; and 5-megapixel front-facing camera that’s great for taking wide-angle selfies.

Speaking at the launch, Kingori Gitahi, Product Manager, Microsoft East Africa said, “People are looking for a device which brings them more flexibility to switch easily between work and play, without breaking the bank. The Lumia 430, Lumia 540 and Lumia 640 XL offer exactly this.”

The Lumia 540 Dual SIM is a natural choice for people ready to experience their first serious smartphone providing the essentials you need to achieve more every day. On the other hand, with the Lumia 640XL, you can smoothly and quickly access important documents or run all of your favorite websites, apps and games, thanks to the on-board 1GB of memory and powerful quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

At the same event, Microsoft also unveiled Lumia 430 Dual SIM which becomes the most affordably priced Lumia and will retail at UGX 230,000. Built with Windows Phone 8.1 software and with a dual-core CPU running at 1.2GHz, you can now use Microsoft Office and Outlook for work and personal productivity. You can also access up to 30 GB of free cloud storage on OneDrive for safekeeping important content, experience the fun of video calls with Skype-integrated calling and a front-facing camera bringing essential smartphone experiences to budget-conscious buyers.

gives Ugandan Youths a Billion Reasons to Believe.

Coca-Cola’s Africa owned “Billion Reasons to Believe” campaign is back with a new twist. This year’s campaign will not only seek to enrich the lives of youth across the continent by encouraging and daring them to go after their aspirations but also get them to share their success stories and the journey in order to inspire others.

Coca-Cola believes that it has a responsibility to empower teenagers of the continent as they are rich in beautiful dreams to be realized and numerous achievements to celebrate. The massive optimism movement will further inspire them to believe in themselves and their full potential in order to motivate them.

“We believe that African teens can be unstoppable when given the right inspiration and opportunities,” says Coca-Cola Brand Manager Uganda, Rodney Nzioka.

“We want our teens to know that even the most successful people have had failures in their past and it is because of persistence and perseverance that they overcame those failures in order to succeed.” He added

Coca-Cola is doing more than talking about the reasons to believe, it is demonstrating its belief in the campaign through tangible programmes that will make a sustainable difference to youth.

Some of these include, the teen football legacy programme COPA Coca-Cola, Coke Studio Africa which promotes collaboration across the continent and celebrates the talents of Africa and the global 5 X 20 Project which will see the empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. The company is also partnering with local government on youth enterprise projects and providing kick-start facilitation to empower entrepreneurship.

Muhumuza Brian of Abryanz Collection is one of the Coca-Cola BRTB Ugandan ambassadors

“The Billion Reasons to Believe” campaign is a representation of what we as a company stand for and value. We want to share our confidence with teens and encourage them to believe in themselves,” concludes Rodney Nzioka. The campaign is already live on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Traditional interactive advertising on billboards, TV, Radio will also be a constant reminder to audiences during the period to keep trying because success comes through optimism.

The campaign comes after the successful “share a coke campaign” which gave Coca-Cola consumers the opportunity to swap the iconic Coca-Cola logo with personal names of their friends, relatives and family. The company printed over 200 of the most common names among Ugandan teenagers across its full brand Coke portfolio.

Coca-Cola as the World’s number 1 non-alcoholic beverage and the runaway market leader in Uganda is well known for breakthrough marketing campaigns and marketing innovations. In the recent past it has launched other highly successful campaigns such as the Coke Side of Life, Brrrr amongst others that have been very well received by Ugandan consumers.

Emirates to have busy Weekend ahead of the Summer Holiday Season.

Emirates expects higher than normal passenger traffic on its flights this upcoming weekend, as travelers head home or abroad for the summer holiday season.

Over 62,000 travelers will board an Emirates flight from Dubai on Friday 26th June, and consistently high passenger loads are also expected from 25 to 28 June.

Emirates is reminding customers to arrive at the airport at least three hours before flight departure, and plan extra time to get to the airport. Passengers can check in as early as six hours before departure.

Emirates is reminding customers to arrive at the airport at least three hours before flight departure, and plan extra time to get to the airport. Passengers can check in as early as six hours before departure. Emirates also recently introduced special areas for families consisting of 10 check in counters in Terminal 3 that are designed with their needs in mind.

Customers who check in less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel. These time checks are in place to ensure the minimization of delays and missed connections. Passengers are also advised to make sure they get to their boarding gate on time. Boarding starts 45 minutes before each flight and gates close 20 minutes before departure. If passengers report late Emirates will not be able to accept them for travel.

Customers are also urged to check-in online, use the convenient Self Service Kiosks or baggage drop facilities to expedite their airport experience. Those checking in online are required to check in their luggage no later than 90 minutes prior to departure. Customers holding an e-boarding pass and travelling with carry-on bags only, can proceed directly to passport control and security clearance.

Customers travelling to the United States, Canada and the UK are reminded to charge their electronic devices before getting to the airport, as they will be required to switch on these devices on at the relevant boarding gates where screenings will take place, or risk being denied access to fly. During busy travel periods passengers may experience longer queues due to heightened security measures.

Yaya Toure is the new Airtel Africa Brand Ambassador.

Bharti Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications service provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has today announced Yaya Touré as the new African face for its upcoming continental campaign.

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Airtel’s partnership with the Ivory Coast’s captain and Manchester City’s midfield will launch the brand’s “It’s Now” campaign which seeks to nurture and grow talent in Africa through various consumer touchpoints such as sports, lifestyle and music while providing customers with access to connectivity and technological solutions that will enable them explore opportunities around them.

Airtel Africa Chief Executive Officer, Christian de Faria, said that the campaign reiterates the company’s commitment to support the youth in Africa as well as drive economic growth by unlocking people’s potential.

“We are excited to be signing the pact with Mr. Touré who is respected in Africa and beyond. As the first player to win African Player of the Year four consecutive times,  Touré is an inspiration to everyone working to achieve their potential and striving to be their best every day,” said Mr. de Faria.

Speaking on his partnership with Airtel Africa, Mr. Touré said, “Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have a great deal of success on the field. However, I know that the strongest performances come only when you commit 100 percent to the task at hand and display the strength and mettle to give it your all.  “It’s Now” is a campaign that is close to my heart as it calls on Africans to embrace the opportunities around them to better their lives. I am glad to be working with Airtel, with its wide reach within Africa, in order to inspire many people.”

The partnership will see Mr. Touré support Airtel’s corporate social responsibility particularly in youth empowerment for development. Having entered the African market in 2010, Airtel Africa has steadily increased its customer base in Africa to reach over 70 million people. Airtel currently has Africa’s widest 3G footprint across 17 countries, coupled with the widest mobile commerce footprint in Africa with Airtel Money.

Airtel Uganda Launches Airtel Rising Stars Season 5.

Airtel Uganda has announced a new campaign which seeks to nurture and grow talent in Africa through various consumer touch points such as education, lifestyle and music while providing customers with access to connectivity and technological solutions that will enable them explore opportunities around them.

Dubbed ‘It’s Now’, the campaign has been simultaneously launched in 17 countries across Africa with Airtel operations by new Airtel Ambassador, Ivory Coast’s captain and Manchester City’s midfielder  Yaya Toure.

Airtel Africa Chief Executive Officer, Christian de Faria, said that the campaign reiterates the company’s commitment to support the youth in Africa as well as drive economic growth by unlocking people’s potential.

“We are excited to be signing the pact with Mr. Touré who is respected in Africa and beyond. As the first player to win African Player of the Year four consecutive times,  Touré is an inspiration to everyone working to achieve their potential and striving to be their best every day,” said Mr. de Faria.

Speaking on his partnership with Airtel Africa, Mr. Touré said, “Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have a great deal of success on the field. However, I know that the strongest performances come only when you commit 100 percent to the task at hand and display the strength and mettle to give it your all.  “It’s Now” is a campaign that is close to my heart as it calls on Africans to embrace the opportunities around them to better their lives. I am glad to be working with Airtel, with its wide reach within Africa, in order to inspire many people.”

To kick off the ‘It’s Now’ campaign, Airtel Uganda has launched the fifth Season of the Airtel Rising Stars – a Grass root football talent search that aims at identifying talent and nurturing upcoming footballers. The Airtel Rising Stars championship will provide an opportunity for budding stars around Africa to showcase their football skills and to gauge their raw talent against continental peers during the transcontinental African championships to be held later this year.

Speaking during the Uganda launch, Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Mr. Prasoon Lal said, “We believe emphatically that nurturing young talent is the means by which we will ensure our youth grow into passionate and responsible members of the country.”

“As part of this ‘It’s Now’ Campaign, Airtel Uganda will continue to support the Ugandan youth segment through their passion points – education, lifestyle and music with the ultimate goal being unlocking the power of potential in the hearts and minds of all our customers,” he added.

Under the new ‘It’s Now” campaign, Airtel Uganda will reinforce its vision and mission of connecting inspired Ugandans to knowledge and opportunities by providing them the tools they need to propel this great continent into the future.

Emirates Rewards Ugandan winners in the Value for Money Competition.

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has awarded 10 lucky Ugandan winners in the just concluded Value for Money Competition.

The competition which has been going on for two weeks, was held on Capital FM where people had to call-in and answer questions about Emirates and its services in order to be able to win different gifts. The winners included students of Makerere University, Makerere Business School, a lab technician and a business man.

Among the prizes were vouchers to the Kampala Restaurant Week, Movie Tickets and Emirates branded bags. The gifts were handed over to the winners by the Emirates Sales Manager Ms. Noelene Nyonga. Speaking at the handover, she said; “We are committed to the experience of our customers and fans. We now know that many people know a lot about Emirates and it is through this competition that we discovered that we are indeed a popular airlines in the country. Our decision to reward these fans reflects our commitment to everyone who knows about our business.”

“Emirates will continue to avail competitive price fares and campaigns to Ugandan travellers in all ways we can.” She added

Emirates flies to more than 140 destinations in 81 countries across six continents, and it’s the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 and A380 aircraft.

EK 729 departs Dubai International Airport every day at 0835hrs and arrives at the Entebbe International Airport at 1245hrs. The return flight, EK730, leaves Entebbe at 1535hrs and lands in Dubai at 2155hrs. Customers on board the aircraft can experience Emirates’ famous hospitality and service from its multi-national cabin crew, enjoy more than 1600 channels of on-demand audio and visual entertainment on its ice entertainment system, gourmet cuisine and generous baggage allowances. Economy Class customers get 30 kg, Business Class get 40 kg and First Class customer 50kg.

Jose Chameleone in Kenya for the Coke Studio Africa Season.

After concluding the Canadian league of the “Wale Wale” tour, Ugandan music king: Chameleon has arrived in Nairobi, Kenya via Uganda. He is set to film the new season of Coke Studio Africa, for the first time.

You would think that he would be exhausted after the long flight but the hard worker did not stop anywhere when he arrived, he went straight to the studios for work. It’s such hard work that has made the singer’s latest hit singles “Tubonge” and “Wale Wale” take over Africa and the world by storm. Several Nairobi journalists have booked Chameleon for interviews wanting to know more about what Ugandan flavour he will be bringing to the show this season.

In his Instagram account https://instagram.com/jchameleone an excited Chameleon was seen posting videos and pictures on his trip with the hashtag #CokeStudioAfrica He might be paired with a female musician from Kenya or Nigeria, even he’s yet to find out. Chameleon’s music has always resonated with fans across East Africa. His fan base has in recent years expanded to Europe and America. Several “Wale Wale” tours have been sold out.

Coke Studio Africa has this season brought together 28 artistes drawn from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Nigeria. They will all be tasked in duos to create songs made of mash-ups of two different songs. This means that they will for the first time produce songs Africa has never heard. Other Ugandan acts set to join the show include Julian Kanyamozi, Keko and Maurice Kirya among others.

NBA and FUBA promise a great future for Uganda’s Basketball.

The National Basketball Association (NBA), in partnership with the Federation of Ugandan Basketball League Association (FUBA), launched a Jr. NBA FUBA League in Kampala. The League will provide boys ages 12-15 and their coaches throughout 30 schools with the opportunity to learn and develop their basketball skills through a competitive league.

The Jr. NBA FUBA League will feature 30 teams from 30 schools across Kampala. The schools will be divided into Eastern and Western Conferences with the top eight teams in each conference qualifying for the playoffs. At the end of the season, a single-elimination playoffs and final will determine the Jr. NBA FUBA League champions.

Each of the schools will represent one of the 30 NBA teams and will receive corresponding NBA team-branded attire for their games, which will span eight weeks from June through August.

The NBA recently launched a similar League in Maputo, Mozambique earlier this month. The League is also played in Senegal and Abuja. Spain, Turkey and UK are among other countries that have the league already running.

The leagues is aimed at promoting core values such as teamwork, discipline, leadership, fitness and healthy living through the games and competition. The boys will be able to get the right basics at a young age. NBA and FUBA agreed to have boys playing first then the girls will come later after the development of the league.

Although, FUBA sighted a challenge of having the schools honoring the fixtures and traveling to other schools, the schools promised to be able to play as many or not all the games.

NBA hopes to grow the sport of Basketball and bring it at a level where fans are able to appreciate the sport. Present at the launch was the Vice President of Uganda H.E Edward Ssekandi who commended the NBA and FUBA for putting together such a competition that would keep the school kids fit and mentally disciplined.

The NBA was represented by Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President and Managing Director NBA Africa. He promised bigger things for Uganda and that the Jr. NBA FUBA League will run for four years.

Among the schools, notably, were; Lubiri SS as Golden State Warriors, Kibuli SS as Cavaliers, Crane High as Trail Blazers, Kings College Budo as LA LAkers and St. Peters Naalya as Atlanta Hawks.

The first game was played between Utah Jazz (St. Marys Kisubi College) and New orleans Pelicans (Mashariki SS). The New Orleans emerged as winners. The game’s MVP was 14 year old Zayed Bbale from Mashariki High School.

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