Huawei marks 20-year milestone in Africa

November 21, 2018 5:17 pm2 comments
South Africa’s Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr. Siyabonga Cwele (Left) presents an Award of Excellence to Huawei Southern Africa President, Li Peng, for the company’s outstanding contribution to ICT

South Africa’s Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr. Siyabonga Cwele (Left) presents an Award of Excellence to Huawei
Southern Africa President, Li Peng, for the company’s outstanding contribution to ICT

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – THE global of information and communications  technology (ICT) infrastructure provider and smart devices maker, Huawei, is celebrating 20 years of operations in Africa.

Africa was among the first few locations Huawei chose as it started to expand out of China.

In 1998, it sent a team from the Asian powerhouse to set up its business in this continent.

Li Peng, Huawei Southern Africa President, said over two decades of
working with partners to enhance ICT infrastructure and empower African people, Huawei had witnessed and contributed to changes and progress that had revolutionized the way people connect, learn and entertain.

“ICT plays an increasingly important role in enhancing development,” Peng said.

“As a reliable ICT partner in Africa, Huawei is dedicated to innovating around the needs of our customers and continuously pushing the boundaries of ICT to develop a diverse range of services tailored to local needs for the rapid growth of the telecom industry and realisation of national development strategies. We are committed to leapfrog the process of building a better connected Africa.” said Peng.

Celebrations kicked off with a gala dinner at the recently-concluded
AfricaCom event in Cape Town, South Africa.

Speaking at the event, Dr Siyabonga Cwele South Africa’s Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services, lauded Huawei as one of government’s most important partners.

“Huawei has grown to be one of the biggest technology companies today. We are inspired by the fact that it started out as an SMME (small, medium and micro enterprise),” Cwele said.

The minister pointed out in the past two decades, in partnership with governments and telcos, Huawei had boosted ICT infrastructure in the region, deploying first 2G, 3G, 4G and 4.5G networks respectively in various countries and conducted Africa’s first outdoor 5G field trial.

“Huawei also deployed ICT solutions including smart city and safe city in some countries to make them better destinations for living, visiting and investing,” Cwele added.

He presented an Award of Excellence to Huawei South Africa.

In addition to providing customers with communications networks, Huawei proactively fulfills its corporate social responsibility using its core technologies and capabilities.

It has two innovation centres and four training centers in the region.

These enable the firm develop and nurture an ecosystem for joint efforts with industrial and academic partners in tailoring ICT solutions bridging the digital divide and build a strong ICT talent pool.

“Huawei will continue its contribution to growing Africa’s telecoms
industries and fully releasing ICT’s enabling power to enhance social
economic development and to empower Africa’s most important asset, its people, with ICT knowledge and skills, with the goal to Bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world,” Peng concluded.

– CAJ News

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