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First African Carrier Cloud Transformation Summit held in Marrakech to discuss how the Cloud will transform industries

Jun 01, 2023

[Marrakech, Morocco, June 1, 2023] Today, Huawei hosted the first Africa Carrier Cloud Transformation Summit, themed ‘ + Cloud, Grow Together .’ representatives from governments, carriers, and consulting companies came together to discuss consequential topics such as IT development trends the telecom industry, carriers' cloud transformation strategies, and successful business practices of B2B cloud based services. The Summit was held to help carriers accelerate adoption of cloud technologies, create a new businesses, and unleash Africa's digital productivity.

At the conference, Huawei released the carrier-oriented distributed cloud solution, which helps carriers efficiently cloudify internal IT systems and better support carriers in building on-premise B2B clouds. Through cloud-network integration, the solutions accelerate carriers' network monetization and open new industry markets.

In his opening speech, Hou Wei, President of Huawei Northern Africa Carrier Business Department, pointed out that cloud technology has been integrated into the digital transformation of various industries and has become a key force in restructuring their economic structure. Africa, he noted, has huge opportunities with digital transformation. He advised carriers to adopt the "CT+cloud" mode for cloud-based transformation, fully exploit the advantages of the telecom industry, and leverage cloud-based transformation to unleash the full value of telecom networks and services.

Hou Wei speaks

Hou Wei, Director of Huawei Northern Africa Carrier BG, delivered an opening speech at the summit

Kris Szaniawski, Research Director of Omdia, said that the compound growth rate (CAGR) of the enterprise cloud service market in the Middle East and Africa is expected to reach 21% in the next five years, higher than the global average of 17%. The development of cloud services in Africa is still in the initial stage, he said. With the deepening of digital transformation strategies in African countries, enterprises' requirements for cloud services are increasing rapidly.

Tariku Demissie, CTO of Ethiopia Telecom, observed that cloud services have become a key engine for Ethiopia Telecom to achieve new levels of business growth. Huawei’s cloud-based industry scenario solution has helped Ethiopia Telecom quickly open up the digital market for large and medium-sized enterprises. In November 2022, Ethiopia Telecom released the B2B cloud solution for all industries. Five days after its cloud went live, all phase 1 cloud resources were sold, reflecting the huge pent-up demand for digitalization in the industry.

Demissie speaks

Tariku Demissie, Senior Chief Technology Officer of Ethio Telecom, delivered a keynote speech

To close the event, Chen Xuejun, Director of Huawei Carrier IT Marketing Solution Sales Department, pointed out that the core of carrier cloud transformation is to understand data, networks, and applications. Huawei’s distributed cloud architecture meets African carriers' internal service transformation and B2B service growth requirements. It is the best partner for carriers' cloud transformation, Chen asserted.

Chen Xuejun

Chen Xuejun, Director of Huawei Carrier IT Marketing Solution Sales Department, delivered a closing speech at the summit.

By the end of 2022, Huawei had carried out in-depth cloud transformation cooperation with more than 140 carriers around the world. Carrier cloud transformation is an evolutionary path that integrates information technologies with communications technologies. Huawei has a solid track record of collaboration with global carrier partners in cloud transformation to achieve common growth.

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