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Huawei Appoints New North Africa President

Huawei Announced The Appointment Of Mr. David Pan Fan As President Of Huawei’s North Africa Region

The significant appointment of Mr. David Pan Fan as President of Huawei’s North Africa region is a step that reaffirms Huawei’s long-term commitment and investment in this strategically important region.

As president, Mr. Pan will be responsible for Huawei’s overall business and development in North Africa. Mr. Pan’s appointment will strengthen Huawei’s consumer business in different key areas as the company gains momentum to be a recognized leading global brand in ICT industry. In addition to a key objective to ensure the fulfillment of corporate strategies; take responsibility for the overall business results and customer satisfaction of the region; ensure the achievement of the global business goals and competition goals of the key account departments in the region.

Mr. Pan brings with him significant industry experience including within the African continent, having most recently held the position of General Manager of Huawei Nigeria, based in Lagos, where he was oversaw the management and administration of Huawei’s operations in the country.

“I am honored and excited to be given this opportunity to lead the Huawei team in North Africa. ICT has been identified as one of the key economic growth drivers for the region and many governments have made this a priority sector for strategic investments in the next 3 to 5 years. Huawei believes that the digital makeover of the region’s ICT infrastructure will create significant employment opportunities and spur socio-economic growth and investment, and we look forward to contributing to this sustainable development,” said Mr. Pan.

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, entirely employee-owned private company, Through the company’s 150,000 employees and dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, Huawei has established end-to-end capabilities across the carrier networks, enterprise and consumer markets by providing competitive solutions and services, which have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one-third of the world’s population.

Huawei’s Vision is to enrich life through communication and overall strategy is to focus on customers concerns, to become the best business partner of customers, has done great achievements in the three business areas, Carrier network, Enterprise business and Consumer devices, Huawei has been capitalizing on introducing new technologies in the digital world to bridge the digital divide and serve the digital revolution in the North African region

Huawei established its North Africa Headquarter in Egypt 13 years ago; Huawei North Africa has over 2000 employees of which 70% are local in offices active across 20 countries. The countries in which Huawei is actively involved are Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Eritrea, Syria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia, Chad, Niger, Senegal, Mali, Cape Verde, Djibouti and Ethiopia. The telecommunication sector in those countries is an emerging driving force for local economies, in terms of economic sustainability for the region.

Huawei has invested considerable resources to consolidate its presence and establish a strong network with key operators in the region such as Orascom Telecom Group, Maroc Telecom Group, Algeria Telecom, MTN Sudan, Vodafone, Orange, Mobinil, Etisalat, Sudatel Group and Libyana amongst others. Huawei’s equipments, products and solutions are deployed across the region. Huawei provides a range of tailored products, solutions and consulting services for Wireless, Core Network, Application and Software along with Fixed Network, Terminals and Devices, Managed Services & enterprise solutions.

Huawei’s overall strategy is focus on customers concerns, to become the best business partner of customers, Huawei has been capitalizing on introducing new technologies in the digital world to bridge the digital divide and serve the digital revolution in the North African region. We provide innovative and value-added E2E ICT solutions for our customers, to help customers to increase revenue and reduce cost. At The same time, considering the characteristics of the North Africa region, we provide flexible business models and cooperation models, and share global successful experiences, to help customers quickly deploy business and get business success.

The region continues to be a promising market for complete digital makeover where the correct and well-studied investment in the ICT infrastructure development and construction will play an important role in shaping the coming period for the flourishing countries.

Giving that ICT can promote economic growth; increase employment, and hatch high-tech enterprises, ICT development has been set as a top priority strategic investment direction for the next 3 to 5 years by many governments across the NA region. Constructing the high-speed broadband network in the Arab region and establishment of e-government are the two main focus areas to narrow the digital gap between urban and rural areas as well as build basic enterprise information network for the next step.

Huawei looks forward to a stable business environment, having a stable political environment in any country affects all businesses positively as more investment opportunities will be realized which will lead to attracting more and more investors. This will reflect positively and directly to the country businesses.

Huawei has made strategic adjustments to better serve its customers and adapt to the revolutionary changes that are taking place in the information industry in North Africa region. Huawei has extended the reach of its innovative offerings from the telecom carrier network field to the enterprise and consumer fields to remain focused on customer and market needs. In enterprise field, Huawei has established the cooperation with majority of channels, to provide a one-stop information service for multinational enterprises, medium and small enterprises

Telecom consumption is small consumption, and the telecommunications industry is fully competitive with few bubbles. The telecoms pipe market will continue to grow: Telecoms networks have not yet met the requirements for ubiquitous connections, zero wait time, ultra bandwidth, and smartization. Networks are complex and maintenance is costly. Mobile user scale and bandwidth demands are increasing and spectrum resources are becoming increasingly scarce; therefore, technological innovation is required.

Carrier investment is no longer driven by technology, but by business; service market continues to grow, Huawei's core strategy is to focus on the pipe business, facing the forthcoming era of data floods, Huawei is committed to enlarging the diameter of the pipe, providing ubiquitous pipe coverage and improving user experience.

It has increasingly become a common view among governments and the public across the world that NBN (National Broadband Network) of a country is critical to its development and competition. Broadband development can help countries better tackle many challenges in the 21st century, including poverty, climate change, population aging, and the international financial crisis. According to studies, a 10% increase in broadband penetration rate will lead to 1.3% GDP growth and 2% ~ 3% employment growths.

"Despite that broadband construction is in full swing in many North African countries, there are some problems and challenges such as broadband service operation, industrial value chain building, and service development. As a world-leading broadband solution provider, Huawei has supported or undertaken 13 national broadband projects worldwide (out of a total of 14 projects in the last 5 years). With this global rich experience, we are able to provide professional end-to-end consulting services to carriers and help customers better implement their development strategies.

Huawei is definitely willing to participate in the implementation of the broadband in Egypt and is ready to work on the construction of national broadband and e-government network through comprehensive cooperation, being the most experienced national broadband construction partner.

Worth mentioning that the construction model of National Broadband Network needs to be selected based on the actual development situations of the telecommunications industry in a country. No matter what construction models are selected, equipment vendors with the capabilities to provide end-to-end (E2E) product solutions and operation consulting are the best strategic partners for national broadband construction.

At the end of 2011, Egypt's telecoms authority released the National Broadband White Paper, in which mobile broadband has been defined as an important part of national broadband construction and the number of mobile broadband users is planned to reach 14 million before 2012 with the user coverage rate reaching 15%.

Huawei is definitely willing to participate in the implementation of the broadband in Egypt and is ready to work on the construction of national broadband and e-government network through comprehensive cooperation, being the most experienced national broadband construction partner.

“Huawei is committed to being a globally responsible corporate citizen, and we believe we have a social role and responsibility towards the society in North Africa. To fulfill the company's vision of "enriching life through communication" and to achieve its goal of "Growing with Africa", Huawei contributes extensively to the development of North Africa. Huawei's CSR strategy for North Africa focuses on: "bridging the digital divide", "promoting environmental sustainability", and "contributing to the societies in which we operate".

In North Africa Region, Huawei actively promotes energy conversation and driving positive changes for a better society and continuing to creating value to local communities in different countries. Huawei is committed to working with both industry and government to contribute towards increasing mobile penetration in the region while stimulating socio-economic investment through our Corporate Social Investment programs. To date we have six training centers in Africa, providing training to 13,000 students each year.

And worth to mention that In order to speed up the process of building advanced telecommunications networks with a greater interconnected society in North Africa, Huawei has proactively taken part in devising a comprehensive, full training program geared at local specialists through the setting up of ICT training centers, the promoting of collaborative teaching and distance learning, and the donating of electronically equipped teaching facilities to successfully achieve its strategic objective of being a responsible corporate citizen.

Huawei launched its regional Training Center in 2005 in Egypt as it is the key country in North Africa region. This training center supports training for fresh engineers with around 1000 Engineers graduating yearly. Till now, Huawei has provided training for more than 5000 students all over the region.

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