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Huawei Africa Fact Sheet


As a key global market, Huawei has established strategic partnerships with major telecom operators in Africa and is now one of the top three telecommunications equipment providers on the continent. Huawei is able to continuously meet rising market demands through its customer-centric innovation, cutting-edge technologies and customized services.

Since entering the market in 1997, Huawei has established four regional headquarters, 20 representative offices, two R&D centers and six training centers across Africa. Huawei's fixed assets investment in Africa over the past decade has exceeded USD 1.5 billion.

As of January 2009, Huawei has more than 4,000 employees in Africa, 60% of whom are locally recruited.

To fulfill the company's vision of "Enriching Lives through Communication" and achieve its goal of "Growing with Africa", Huawei has invested considerable resources towards the development of the African economy and local telecom industry, to bridging the digital divide, and to the protection of the local environment.

Broad Product Portfolio

Advancing the Local Economy and Telecom Industry

  • Shared technical expertise with African carriers for more than 10 years
  • Helped to create more than 10,000 jobs through collaboration with approximately 1,000 local sub-contractors
  • Established six training centers in Africa that provide instruction to 12,000 students annually
  • In 2009, Huawei invested USD 20 million to expand its training center in Egypt in order to provide training programs on the latest technology, including WCDMA, GSM, CDMA, NGN, Datacom, optical networks, broadband, and intelligent networks
  • In 2008, local procurement from the African market totaled USD 480 million

Bridging the Digital Divide

Created innovative solutions to help African operators extend their network reach and endowed data communications, education networks and other related equipment to African nations
In 2008, initiated "Telecom Seed for the Future" programs and "Huawei Day" in more than 10 African countries to equip local students with a better understanding of new telecommunication technologies and trends
In 2008, established scholarship programs to recognize outstanding engineering students in telecommunications disciplines

Environmental Protection, Energy Savings and Emission Reduction

  • Huawei's renewable energy solutions, utilizing solar, wind and a combination of solar and diesel, have been widely deployed in Africa
  • In 2008, delivered 200 solar-powered sites across Africa in 2008
  • Together with Safaricom, the biggest telecom operator in Kenya, Huawei reduced oil consumption in Kenya by 95%, utilizing an innovative hybrid of wind, solar, and low-emissions generators
  • Together with Etisalat, built solar-powered base stations in Ras Mohamed National Park, a protected area along the Red Sea with no access to the power grid, reducing the operator's total cost of ownership and meeting the Egyptian government's requirements for clean energy 

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