Huawei has launched its Africa’s first Innovation & Experience Center worth over 72 million rands, and signed a Cooperation Contact with the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Service (DTPS) in South Africa.
The centre is set to be the cornerstone of an innovative revolution in the local ICT sector and will showcase futuristic products and solutions across the Carrier, Enterprise and Consumer Business Groups.
Huawei currently has a vibrant program called the Huawei Seeds of the Future which has changed many lives and destiny of the African Child, where the multinational company sponsors top university students across the continent for a fully paid technical training program in China every year.
Huawei’s President of the East and Southern Africa Region, Mr. Li Peng said, “It is very exciting for us as industry leaders to provide a community environment for big players such as carriers to witness the potential of our offerings, and for SMME’s to gain opportunities to share their ideas in spaces like gaming, video, and APP development etc; where they can test and advance their solutions and gain exposure to various partnership opportunities.”
The DTPS endorsed centre is another milestone achieved through strategic relations between Huawei and the department, aimed at enhancing local ICT skills, job creation, and the bigger scope of securing South Africa’s position as Africa’s ICT hub.
The Minister of the DTPS, Siyabonga Cwele said,
“We thank Huawei for their contribution to South Africa, we are very excited to be part of this innovative platform that Huawei has created to give a feel of the potential we have as a sector and the goals we are working towards. The Cooperation Contract signed between us is a start of bigger things to happen in the industry, and it is through such partnerships between the public and private sectors that we can achieve a better connected South Africa.”
Huawei South Africa has invested more than 72 million Rands into the Innovation Centre to equip the centre with 5G/4.5G wireless communication technologies, Video( VR, 4K Video, Mobile Video), Smart Home solutions, Safe City solutions, Smart Metro solutions, Mobile Money Solution, VoLTE & VoWiFi, Transmission, IoT / NB-IoT, Cloud Service, Data Center, Smartphones and wearable devices amongst other technologies. It will also serve as an open lab to South African institutions of higher learning (UJ, VUT,TUT,DUT).
The agreement signed revolves around 3 key areas: capacity building, the joint Innovation Centre and ICT talent training. The Innovation centre will serve as an exhibition of Huawei Solutions, an open lab to university students, an incubation centre for upcoming ICT enterprises and much more. Huawei will also work closely with the DTPS to fulfill the target of 1000 ICT talents trained by Huawei by 2021. Huawei has planned to launch 10 global Innovation Centres, so far there are 6 operational Innovation Centres and this will be the 7th. Other centres are in Shenzhen (China), London (UK), Dusseldorf (German), Moscow (Russia), Warsaw (Poland), and Sao. Paulo (Brazil)
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