The 2nd edition of the SSC Interactive Series took place on 7th April 2017 and the guest speaker was Mr. Derrick Etuusa who is currently the Director Products and Solutions at Huawei (U). He oversees the latest trends and innovations in the ICT and telecom sector while working closely with Enterprise and Government institutions to stay ahead in this new technological era.
During his presentation, Mr. Etuusa took time to highlight on some of Huawei’s strategic approaches and areas of focus for the Uganda market in the next 10 years. Some of the areas included;
A new standard to improve user experience and satisfy user demands in every industry through an initiative called ROADS;
- R: Real-time (a one-click-away service which allows users to enjoy a new service in just seconds).
- O: On-demand (users can customize their own services based on their needs).
- A: All-online (users have access to online services/entertainment etc.).
- D: Do It Yourself (users participate in the development of services).
- S: Social networking platforms that allow users to share experiences, insights, and provide feedback).
Ensuring that 75% of the population have access to broadband solutions that can guarantee speed and reliability.
Increase the number of smart devices on the market especially with the advent of internet of things.
Ensure that all companies embrace the use Cloud computing services.
Partner with different institutions in Uganda to improve on the research and development strategy that is primarily focused in China at the moment. E.g. the introduction of the Huawei's Seeds for the Future program.
He also spoke about his experiences within the ICT industry in Uganda where he noticed that people are not willing to adapt and embrace technology that is readily available to them. Some of the student participants in the series were also encouraged by him to learn as much as possible in ICT and were advised to not specialize so as to stay relevant within the ICT industry.
In closing the organizer of the SSC interactive series Dr. Benjamin Kanagwa thanked all the participants who took time out to attend the event. He specifically thanked Mr. Etuusa for honoring the invitation by issuing him with a Certificate of appreciation and welcoming him to return again for another series.