In terms of immersive technologies, 5G Advanced (5G-A) has proven to be an all-rounder cutting-edge solution providing unbelievable experience to users, and the world’s first ever 5G Villa in Dubai, happens to be a spot where tech enthusiasts are trekking to get that unforgettable experience. On the sidelines of the just ended 2023 Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), Huawei and Mobile Service Provider, Du showcased the jaw-dropping 10Gbps network, at the 5G the newly commissioned 5G-A Demonstration Villa.
Located within Jumeirah Islands, the Villa provides a glimpse into the fast-paced digital future, where light-speed internet becomes a norm, not a luxury. It also demonstrates that the future of internet connectivity has once more taken a massive leap. Earlier this year, Huawei and Du had committed to enhancing the 5G and 5.5G technologies by signing an MOU. They have channelled their efforts towards technological innovations, application exploration, and developing an ecosystem that transforms the global digital landscape.
The Emirates based mobile service provider’s partnership with Huawei is a world class example of how revolutionary service providing could get with regards to super-fast connectivity. Zambia’s 5G deployment has shown great potential for growth and taking a leaf from such an initiative at some point will be a plus. Digital Transformation will be accelerated, consequently local communities will experience unparalleled internet speeds and connectivity.
The 5G-A Villa is not just a concept; it’s a revelation of the possibilities that Zambians can soon embrace. Imagine downloading a full HD movie in seconds or attending virtual meetings with zero lag, thanks to applications enhanced by naked-eye 3D and XR technologies. For our local businesses, farmers, students, and professionals, this means increased productivity, real-time information access, and global connectivity at a speed we have never witnessed before.
During the unveiling, Fahad Al Hassawi of Du shared his insights, painting a picture of a world where Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) transforms the way we access the internet. Zambia is not far from this reality. Our collaboration with global tech giants like Huawei promises to elevate our nation into a digital paradise where 10Gbps speed is accessible not just in Lusaka but extends to the serene landscapes of Livingstone, the bustling streets of Kitwe, and the majestic plains of Barotseland.
Li Peng of Huawei echoes this sentiment, emphasizing the limitless opportunities that 5G-Advanced technology will unlock for Zambian homes and businesses. Our youths, innovators, and entrepreneurs in Ndola, Kabwe, and beyond will harness this high-speed connectivity to innovate, create, and compete on the global stage.
The FWA² solution is a cornerstone of this new digital age. As Zambia embraces the 5G and 5.5G era, services like FWA Pro promise to support the incredible 10Gbps speed, transforming our homes, schools, hospitals, and offices into hubs of innovation and efficiency.
In every corner of Zambia, from the iconic Victoria Falls to the rich copper belts, the dream of a digitally connected nation is becoming tangible. With partners like Huawei, we are not just witnessing the future; we are walking hand-in-hand into an era where every Zambian enjoys the benefits of a connected, fast, and efficient digital nation. The unveiling at MBBF is a clear indication that the 10Gbps dream is not a distant star, but a rising sun, casting its first rays upon the Zambian soil.
MultiChoice launches GOtv Stream in Zambia. A new way to experience the best of sports and entertainment!
NO stranger to bringing entertainment into homes across the nation, MultiChoice is expanding its online offering, by introducing GOtv Stream to GOtv customers across Zambia.
“It is no secret that more and more people are leaning toward streaming services to experience uninterrupted entertainment that’s uninhibited by infomercials and ads. GOtv Stream is just another way MultiChoice Zambia is continuing our trend of upward innovation, as we strive to evolve with our audiences and their viewing needs.”, says Leah Kooma, Managing Director, MultiChoice Zambia
MultiChoice and DStv have already made their presence in the digital space with their online platform – DStv Stream, and now GOtv customers can enjoy the same user-friendly, and personalized streaming at their fingertips. The new feature allows viewers to seamlessly watch their favourite programmes and other content on electronic devices, keeping them connected at any time and from anywhere.
Ms Kooma reiterates that, “You may recall, GOtv was officially launched in Zambia on 5th September 2011, and now with the introduction of GOtv Stream customers will enjoy a great online service. What drives innovation for us, is providing our customers with the content they love, in the way that best suits them. As the home of the best sports and entertainment we will continue to deliver unrivalled value and choice for our customers”.
She adds: “GOtv Stream is an online service that will allow all GOtv customers take a subscription and enjoy our content anywhere and at any time. The launch of GOtv will allow us to expand our online offering and bring more great entertainment closure to the customers”.
Some of the functionality available are; Live TV, TV guide, CatchUp, use on up to four devices, downloading content to devices, and Live Chat. All paid up GOtv customers, with an internet connection can download and use GOtv Stream for free – available on Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
Government secures an equity partner for Mopani Copper Mines
FOLLOWING the ongoing negotiations to revamp operations at Mopani Copper Mines on the Copperbelt, Government has finally secured an equity partner.
The Equity partner being International Resources Holdings (IRH) an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding was selected after an extensive process.
The process was undertaken by ZCCM-IH, together with Rose Child and Company, a company based in South Africa.
In carrying out the process of revamping the mine, which started last year in June, the process focussed on assessing Mopani’s balance sheet due to high level indebtedness and also finding a suitable partner for sustainable development.
Announcing the development, Mines and Minerals Development Minister Paul Kabuswe said the selection of an equity partner will help restore life back into Mopani.
“I wish to announce and I am so glad and exited to announce that after extensive and thorough process, Government through the directors of ZCCM-IH have appointed a strategic equity partner for Mopani. The preferred partner selected is International Resource Holding Limited an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding company,” he said.
He said the partner selected is expected to inject funds into Mopani to stabilise short term work requirements, completion of the mine projects and unlock its potential.
Mr Kabuswe also stated that the equity partner will also reset the existing relationship with Glencore.
He further added that other details of the development at Mopani will be announced in due course when signing of the deal is being made.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
Over 30 people trapped after a mine accident in Chingola
MORE than 30 people are believed to be trapped in an open pit mine in Chingola district on the Copperbelt after a mining accident.
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu said the affected are trapped as a result of earth collapsing and has since asked the nation at large to put the affected in prayer.
Mr Mwiimbu speaking in Parliament said more than 30 people are trapped and the rescue team is on site
“May I just inform the nation that we have a tragedy that is brewing in Chingola where a number of our people have been affected by a collapse of the open pit in Chingola. We have more than 30 people under the rubble and we are struggling to retrieve them. We would like to ask all of us to put our citizens in prayer,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)