As many sector players gear up for the 14th Mobile Broad-band Forum (MBBF) slated for Dubai on October 10-11, Huawei anticipates many riveting lessons that may inspire Zambia’s Digital Transformation journey, says Bette Chen, Huawei Managing Director for Zambia Country Office.
The MBBF is an annual event where key industry players such as Huawei, Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), SAMENA Telecommunications Council and many others come together to discuss the development direction of the mobile communications industry and the infinite possibilities of mobile connectivity.
“We have a pulsating theme for this year, centred around 5G, 5.5G in relation to mobile connectivity, and highlighting the gains that the industry has made over the years. We have a lot of lessons to learn because Zambia has a budding 5G project which we feel can be greatly inspired by this forum. It will be a platform to benchmark and replicate best tech practices learnt from the forum” Ms. Chen said.
She added that Connectivity at whatever level affects our societies immensely and forums to do with continuous improvement in that regard must be followed and embraced with keen interest.
“Earlier last month, we just signed an MoU with the Government of Zambia on Digital Transformation Partnership in China, and the upcoming forum equally has best lessons we can use to further strengthen our partnership. There are so many positive developments taking place in the tech space and I urge especially journalists to bring these stories closer to home and inspire change” she explained.
The MBBF originally started in Oslo in 2023, since then it has been an annual event that provides a platform for the captains of the industry to discuss mobile communications at length and also share best insights and trends across the world. This year’s forum will incorporate both online and onsite activities, providing an exciting opportunity for players in the mobile and adjacent vertical ecosystems to explore 5G business success, promote ecosystem maturity, and accelerate 5.5G commercialization.
Miner succumbs to injuries at Kansanshi Mine
A MINER at Kansanshi Mine lost his life when a rock fell on him in the underground dewatering decline portal, part of the mine’s ongoing development in the main pit.
The incident took place on Thursday around 20:00 hours.
The victim, Stephen Musukwa, employed by the mine’s contractor Reliant Drilling, sustained injuries and was promptly attended to by paramedics.
According to the Mine’s corporate affairs department, Mr Musukwa was subsequently evacuated to South Africa for treatment, where, he succumbed to his injuries.
“The relevant authorities have been informed and are at the scene of the incident.Our sincere condolences go out to his family, workmates and friends.Our priority for now is to ensure that his family receives our support during this difficult time,” reads the statement.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 25th November, 2023)
Police say over 50 people swindled in fake roofing sheets scam
OVER 50 people swindled after they paid more than K700, 000 in order to buy Iron sheets.
Chongwe man nabbed for allegedly smuggling 16 Ethiopians
FOUR people among them Geoffrey Chumbwe have been arrested for suspected migrant smuggling involving 16 Ethiopians.
Mr Chumbwe 32 in company of Samson Masuka,34 believed to be the master mind, Kakoma Masumba aged 31 and Renson Sinkala aged 25 were nabbed during an operation which began as a routine patrol.
In a statement, Department of Immigration public relations officer Namati Nshinka said the operation took place on Wednesday, November 22nd.
“The operation quickly escalated when Immigration Officers received information that a White Fortuner Registration number BBD 671 carrying suspected illegal immigrants had been spotted near Water Falls Mall in Lusaka’s Silverest Area. Following this lead, the Officers rushed to the scene and eventually located the vehicle, which was empty at the time most likely after the driver had dropped off the passengers at an unknown location,” he said.
Mr Nshinka said the Officers started trailing the vehicle until the Driver, Mr Chumbwe, parked the vehicle which appeared to have been modified by removing the back seats to maximize carrying capacity.
He said Mr Chumbwe initially expressed ignorance regarding the whereabouts of the suspected Ethiopians.
“He instead led the officers to Kaunda Square, where Kakoma Masumba and Renson Sinkala, whom he alleged had transported the Ethiopians from Kasama, resided. The officers picked the two suspects and further investigations led them to Geoffrey Chumbwe’s Residence in Silverest where the officers found 16 undocumented suspected Ethiopians in a Gazebo,” he said.
Similarly, the Department of Immigration in Mansa on November 18th and 19th apprehended 35 persons during a clean-up operation dubbed ‘Operation Kolopa’.
Mr Nshinka explained that the operation was mainly on the Pemba Islands on the Luapula River, which is believed to have an influx of suspected illegal immigrants engaged in agricultural and fishing activities.
‘Those apprehended were 33 Congolese, 32 of whom were nabbed for illegal entry and unlawful stay and one for engaging in business without a Permit, and two Chinese for failure to observe the terms and conditions of their permits,” he saids.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 24th November, 2023)