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Protect your devices against sudden power outages

Electrical appliances will, of course, stop working if the power goes out. This is inconvenient but not necessarily harmful. When electrical power comes back after an outage, it goes through a surge condition. This “tidal wave” of electricity can damage appliances left turned on.

During normal electrical conditions, appliances use electrical current according to their purpose and rating. The AC line voltage is normal and stable, and the motors, heaters and electronics in an appliance behave the way they were designed. The appliance uses a nominal amount of current.

When the utility restores power to an area, the wires, which were empty of electrical current, experience an inrush called a surge. During the surge, electricity flows in rapidly to fill the empty wires. Momentarily, the current flowing in greatly exceeds the nominal current that appliances were designed to handle.

The line voltage can surge when the current does, spiking the normal 220 volt line with 200 volts or more for brief periods. This can happen after blackouts, from lightning strikes, or for other causes. Severe voltage surges can damage or destroy most electrical equipment.

If the power goes out for an extended time, switch off or unplug electric lights and any appliances, including computers, televisions and refrigerators. When the power comes back on, let the electricity stabilize for a few minutes before turning appliances back on. For computers and expensive electronics, invest in power strips with surge suppressors or similar protective equipment.

You can also invest in surge protectors ahead of time. Some power bars come with built in surge protectors, and it’s a good idea to use these especially in places like your entertainment unit and office where your electronics are being used.

Another option is to have a professional electrician come and install a whole house protector. This type of surge protector is typically wired into your service panel or fuse box. While it is a more expensive option, it can save you thousands of dollars in by protecting your appliances, and it can also give you peace of mind, which is hard to put a price on.

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Utande at NASH Conference

Utande exhibited at this years’ annual National Assembly of Secondary School Heads (NASH ) Conference. Over 1500 school heads from around the country attended the conference. The conference was, held in Victoria Falls and ran under the theme “Education: A panacea for middle income Economy”. The conference saw education stakeholders calling for a collective effort in harnessing education towards the realisation of vision 2030

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Are you running a lodge or hotel in a remote location? We have the perfect solution for you

Did you know that business travellers represent the second largest source of revenue for most hotels and lodges? The number one need for these business travellers is fast and free WiFi access. However, slow internet has consistently ranked as the number one complaint among hotel guests. Utande can provide the answer to these woes.

Utande can provide a solution that will keep your guests satisfied, through the new and improved satellite service which has state of the art technology. With speeds of up to 25Mbps, your business transactions will flow more smoothly, no matter how remote you are. Your guests can be guaranteed of reliable, stable and secure connections at any time. To further sweeten the deal, if you sign up you will receive free equipment and installation.

Utande also provides you with adequate 24/7 support so that you never feel stranded. To sign up for this cutting-edge service, please contact sales@utande.co.zw

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Utande participates in the ADMA Agri-Show

The Utande Sales team participated in the annual Agricultural Dealers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (ADMA) Agricultural Show, which was held as the Borrowdale Race Course. ADMA is an annual exhibition focused on goods and service displays from the agricultural sector. Utande was one of the exhibitors among the 170 exhibitions at the show.

Those in the agricultural sector can benefit from our new and improved VSAT service which offers over 35Mbps. In addition to the fast speeds, VSAT is the most practical connectivity option for agricultural businesses as it is reliable in remote locations. The advent of Smart Farming solutions requires reliable internet solutions. With our VSAT solutions you are guaranteed of taking your business to greater heights.

Contact sales@utande.co.zw to find out more about our VSAT Solutions

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Smartphone uses that are chewing up your data

Binge-watching your favourite film and television shows over your cellular network is obviously a terrible idea. The question is – how bad is it? Video-on-demand streaming services such as Netflix, use about 1GB of data per hour when watching standard definition video, and up to 3GB per hour for HD video.

YouTube automatically adjusts the streaming quality depending on your connection, but also allows users to adjust to meet their specific needs. At the top of the spectrum, steaming in full HD will use 2GB per hour, while the lowest end of the spectrum will use only 337MB per hour.

Music Streaming 

Streaming music on your smartphone is slightly more modest when it comes to data usage with Spotify and Apple Music using roughly 50MB per hour. While seeming reasonable compared to social media and video streaming, the services will still use around 1.3GB of data per month if you were to stream for one hour per day. Of course, this is only using your smartphone to stream in standard quality; a much higher quality stream (at 320 kbps) will use 144MB per hour or 4.32GB per month.

Maps

It might come as a surprise, but a mobile mapping service can work its way through a substantial quota of your monthly data allowance. While some of its maps might be cached, this is likely not the case when searching for untraveled routes. Travelling new routes will often see the apps continuously loading map info onto your device, which can use up to a 1MB a minute. While this isn’t too bad, using your map for 10 minute periods over 10 different days will still use 100MB of data.

This article was extracted from https://bit.ly/2wEWUrT

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Utande Mutare office hosts Cocktail and Business Breakfast

The Utande office from Mutare hosted a “Meet and Greet Cocktail” at Café 111 on Thursday 30 May. This was a chance for Utande clients to unwind the week and take a break. CEO of Dandemutande, Never Ncube, who delivered an address at the event, seized the opportunity to share what Utande has to offer for the Mutare market. Some of this included the upcoming commission of a new base station as well as the advanced VSAT services which have high speeds and reliable connections.  Executives from organisations in Mutare, Chimanimani and Vumba graced the event and also had the opportunity to network with the Utande team from Mutare.

The following morning on the 31st of May, Utande hosted a Business Breakfast. The focus of this breakfast meeting was to share technology trends, as well as to showcase Utande products and services that can enhance business growth. If you are in Mutare and would like hear more about what Utande can do for you, please contact sales@utande.co.zw.

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Get professional domain and web hosting services from Utande

 

 

Utande offers email and website hosting services which are backed up by servers. Our Professional web hosting services allow businesses to benefit from technical support and better web security. Protect your sensitive data and be assured of data backup and restoration. Utande also offers you with your choice of email packages and the latest cyber security solution versions, to ensure your website is fully secure. To find out more about Utande web hosting services contact sales@utande.co.zw or visit our website on http://www.utande.co.zw/hosting-services

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Utande Mutare office to host Cocktail and Business Breakfast

Utande will be hosting a “Meet and Greet Cocktail” at Café 111 on Thursday 30 May. This is a chance for Utande clients to unwind the week and take a break. The following morning on the 31st of May, Utande will host a Business Breakfast. The focus of this breakfast meeting will be to share technology trends and showcase Utande products and services that will your businesses grow. If you are in Mutare and would like join us for any of these events, please contact chipo.mandala@utande.co.zw.

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Beatrice Farmers Association Cricket Tournament

On Saturday 11 May, Beatrice Farmers Association hosted a cricket tournament at the Beatrice Sports Club. Utande was the official connectivity partner of the event. Utande provided a VSAT connection which had speeds of up to 25Mbps to over 150 attendees.  Other teams which participated in the event hailed from Hwedza, Chinhoyi, and Chegutu. However, the Beatrice Bush Pigs successfully defended their turf and won the tournament.

VSAT is a way of providing better connectivity to the internet or for private satellite communications networks in areas where there are unreliable communication networks. For the agricultural sector in Zimbabwe, VSAT plays a critical role in that it helps ease communication and enable smart farming based through IoT technologies. With the advancement of agritech, opportunities will open up in robotics, use of drones and AI to enhance and optimize food production. All this is enabled by fast and reliable connectivity, which can be provided by Utande VSAT.

To sign up for Utande VSAT, contact sales@utande.co.zw

 

 

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Young Farmers Federation Dinner

 

Utande were proud sponsors of the Young Farmers Federation dinner which was held on the 9th of May at Jam Tree. Young Farmers Federation is a group made up of passionate young farmers who believe in collaborative, collective efforts towards high yield agricultural systems. Notable guests at the event included commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Cde. Philip Valerio Sibanda, who emphasized the importance of agriculture in rebuilding Zimbabwe.