Opportunities that Work for You

The national poet Shaaban Robert expressed the deep love for his motherland and his language in the poem ‘YAITWA TITI LA MAMA’. He wrote:

‘Ni sawa na manukato, moyoni mwangu na pua, Pori, bahari na mto, napita nikitumia, Titi la mama litamu, jingine halishi hamu.’

Shaaban Robert has perfectly woven this love and his serving for the country into his writings, which are all about the greatness of humanity and the great country.

Economically, Tanzania has realized annual growth between 6% and 8% in the past decade due to strong and consistent economic management. Culturally, Tanzania is one of the most diverse countries in the world, from a delightful mix of influences with over 120 tribes...

Under Tanzania’s Second Five Year Development Plan 2016/17–2020/21, almost all major sectors have witnessed fast growth. Manufacturing is gathering momentum after years of decline. Tanzania now produces cement, textiles, ceramics and machinery. Mining and manufacturing have attracted foreign direct investment of at least $1bn a year in the past 5 years.

When it comes to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, the Tanzanian Government, through the National Information and Communications Technology Policy, recognizes that effective use of ICT is a critical foundation that cuts cross all sectors for rapid socio-economic growth, in its aspiration to become a middle-income country by 2025. As we all know, this target was achieved 5 years earlier than expected.

The efforts made by the Government as well as those from the Private Sector in ICT have boosted the industry and socio-economic activities. The number of mobile phone subscribers have increased by 23% in the past 5 years to 49.2 Million by 2020 while the number of Internet users has increased by 62% in the same period to 27.9 Million by 2020.

In 2017 Oxford Economics released the Digital Spillover report on the impact of the digital economy. Their analysis suggests that over the past three decades, a USD 1 investment in digital technologies has, on average, led to a USD 20 rise in Gross Domestic Product. In the next five years, we envision and firmly believe that, with the leadership of the newly established Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, ICT will be adopted and utilized widely in all major economic activities and continue to bring great changes to the country.

People are always at the center of change. In the series of short films that we produced recently, you can see real impact on people’s lives. There is a girl, Noreen Kira, who has utilized ICTs to transform her family business into a digitally managed business. She said, as an entrepreneur who studied Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, that she is always seeking to innovate new ways of doing the same old things.

A lecturer at Huawei’s ICT academy in Dar es Salaam University, Emanuel Chaula, after winning the Huawei Global ICT competition in 2019, decided to dedicate himself to passing his knowledge and skills to students with the same talents and passion in ICT to prepare them for the opportunities brought by the digital era.

You can also see a businessman, Dr. Gilliard Loth, whose company in the telecommunications business has grown ten-fold to 100 employees in the past decade, thanks to the fast pace of growth of the ICT sector in Tanzania. The growth of his business, he says, teaches a great lesson that an opportunity shared is actually an opportunity doubled.

It was so touching when I saw one day one of our Tanzanian solution managers, Benson Kyambile, trying to teach his 7-year-old daughter to draw a picture of a communications tower. He then told me he inherited the dream of becoming a telecommunications engineer form his mother. With the dream realized, now he wants to pass the passion down to his two daughters.

These are real people with real changes happening in their lives. I believe their experiences reveal how powerful ICT is in connecting us with great ideas and opportunities for a better life and a bright future. It is tens of millions of these hard working and entrepreneurial ‘U’ make up this great country. This what the theme of the film production project ‘Opportunities that work 4U’ means.

As a leading global ICT company, Huawei is ready, willing and able to be part of Tanzania’s successful story. The reason why I say so is because of what we have done and achieved. Since we entered Tanzania in 2007, Huawei has a track record of bringing reliable and secure connectivity to Tanzanians.

In line with Tanzania’s national strategies, we have worked with industrial and academic partners in upgrading Tanzania’s network from 2G all the way to 4G, built optical fiber broadband networks that connect all 26 regions, trained over 2,000 ICT engineers and civil servants, and established 14 ICT academies with top universities over the past 14 years.

The beauty and greatness of Tanzania resides not only in its spectacular landscape, strategic location and diverse resources, but also in its people, not just the ‘poet laureate of Swahili’, but every ordinary Tanzanian citizen. With ICTs, the most power tools in our hands, let us work hard to grasp the opportunities that they can provide for us.


Innovate New Ways of Doing the Same Old Things

Noreen Kira

For Noreen Kira, the cake is really big out there and she just needs to take advantage of the digital tools.

At 24, Noreen owns a bakery. After graduated from the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2019, she embarked on a journey of the digital transformation of the family business.

“I took this business from my mom, who owned a shop close to our home in Kiluvya, the outskirts of Dar es Salaam since 2013. In the beginning, my mom used to sell cakes and bread at home, mainly depending on neighbors and passers-by to buy,” she says...

As a graduate of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, she started to think about how to apply her knowledge and digital skills to expand the family business, which was being done traditionally for many years.

When she was in the second year at the college in 2018, she was selected by Huawei Tanzania, to attend a Corporate Social Responsibility program of the company called ‘Seeds for the Future. The program aims to help cultivate young ICT talent, ensuring that the tech-savvy and change-resilient young people have the skills and mindsets needed to be competitive in the workplaces of the future.

In the 14-day sponsored trip to China, Noreen got exposure to cutting-edge technologies and received hands-on technical practice at Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen, China. The trip inspired Noreen to think creatively. “While in China, I learnt a valuable lesson on how business is being conducted through mobile transactions. People hardly carry cash in China,” she says.

Coming back from China Noreen started to move some operations of her business online. Noreen uses social media platforms to reach her customers. She keeps updating her customers’ records so as to allow them to place orders and get prompt delivery. As a result, she sees her business gradually transforming. “ In the past, we were limited to few customers, but for now, life has changed, I am able to score potential customers digitally,” she says.

“I have now built a network of customers, some I know and I some I do not know. I can share with them pleasant photos of my products. I have also joined paid advertisements, and it helps a lot in increasing orders especially during festival seasons. Since then my business has grown so rapidly,” she says. She does prompt cake delivery services around Dar es Salaam and Coast regions, and in some cases, she supplies beyond the two regions. She is now able to drive her life and that of her family through her business.

As digital entrepreneurship is growing in Tanzania, Noreen believes that to a large extent, equipping the youths with digital skills is key to increase their competitiveness in the job market, since digital skills are usually the essential entry requirements. “It is important for youths to place themselves advantageously in this digital era. It is time for them to get digital skillsets to be more competent in the job market or to be able to start their own businesses,” she advises.

With the online business growing, Noreen plans to open another 2 shops in Dar es Salaam. “I am so happy to see my business growing, but what makes me happier is I am also able to employ fellow young people and share my experience with them,” she says.

Digital Skills Open the Way for Opportunities

Emanuel Chaula

ICT is usually considered as General Purpose Technologies that can affect an entire economy at both national and global levels. ICT skills are also General Purpose Skills that transversally enable us to master other key competencies, including communication, language, art, mathematics, and science.

With ICT skills, people can participate more broadly in social and economic activities, access more opportunities, and create their own values instead of consuming others’ ideas...

This is the reason why Emanuel Chaula believes it is important to impart ICT knowledge to students because it is inevitable in their life nowadays. Chaula’s ambition to the ICT world has driven him to have a passion for it and drive that passion to other people around him.

He, together with two other Tanzanian college students, won the 2019 Sub-Saharan African Finals of Huawei ICT Competition held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The competition covered the latest ICT technologies such as Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Networks, and Big Data. Huawei ICT Competition 2019-2020 has covered over 70 countries worldwide, with 150,000 contestants from more than 2,000 universities and colleges.

Launched in the African region just five years ago, Huawei ICT Competition has developed into the largest ICT skills competition in Africa. Nearly 30,000 students from over 100 universities in African countries signed up for the competition, including about 5,000 Tanzanian students from 14 universities.

Chaula feels proud of winning the competition, what is the most important for him and his team is to represent well his country on this international stage. “Our triumph showed that Tanzania is an up-and-coming ICT player and we feel happy to be associated with that fact,” Chaula says. The supply of ICT professionals in Tanzania is considerably less than the current demand, especially in terms of those who boast higher skills and rich experiences like Chaula and a few others.

In recent years, The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) has embarked on supporting ICT innovation through Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi). This initiative has allowed local start-ups to partner with their counterparts in other countries and thereby contribute to job creation.

In recent years, The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) has embarked on supporting ICT innovation through Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi). This initiative has allowed local start-ups to partner with their counterparts in other countries and thereby contribute to job creation.

Digital skill transfer will result in job creation and economic growth. With this in mind, Huawei invests heavily in ICT skill transfer. Through its Huawei ICT competition, the company provides a stage for trained students to demonstrate their capability and also encourages them to dive deeper into this fascinating area.

Winning the Huawei ICT Competition has completely changed his vision of life, leading him to encourage more young Tanzanians to venture into this world. “I always ask myself as to what I could do to push this ICT industry to fellow Tanzanians, but being a lecturer is one of the best ways to impart ICT skills to many Tanzanian students,” he says.

Since he won the ICT competition with his team, Emanuel has to pose himself as a role model for new students with the ambition to become ICT champions, encouraging them to study hard and master skills so as to achieve better results in work and also in life. “Being an ICT engineer and a trainer helps me to offer my students the best experience on how to utilize equipment and tools. I think this is just the beginning of so many other things which I could do,” he says.

Currently working as a lecturer at Huawei ICT Academy in the University of Dar es Salaam, Chaula hopes that there will be hundreds of young people like him to lead the skill transfer to new ICT learners in the country. “I will always emphasize on learning further of ICT, training them more of what I learnt from Huawei so that they can grab the opportunities offered by the digital market,” he says.

An Opportunity Shared is An Opportunity Doubled

Dr. Gilliard Loth

Since it is establishment 13 years ago, Power & Network Backup Co. Ltd has made big strides in the telecommunication industry, gradually moving from a simple service provider to a tech-savvy company now.

Looking back at the company’s growth path, Dr Gilliard Loth, the Managing Director, remembers clearly how it started.

“We started with a very small office at Kidongo Chekundu and later we shifted at Lugoda Street in Dar es Salaam way back in 2008. We started with only ten employed staff,” he says...

Power & Network Backup entered into a partnership with Huawei in 2013; by that time, the company was already engaging in the telecommunication industry. “Initially, we had very few masts we were working on especially in Southern Highlands,” he recalls.

“Huawei is a company we’ve been on a journey with for over seven years. Working with Huawei has helped us a lot, we have learnt from their ever-evolving technology and been able to improve our efficiency. The partnership has significantly helped our company grow both financial and technological wise,” he attests.

Speaking of the company’s extensive capabilities, Dr Loth introduced that not only they conduct passive management of sites, such as the provision of generators and attending problems related to power in telecommunication towers; but also they do the active part of the towers, namely improving radio communication, which is their major task nowadays.

The company also does the installation of various tools. Currently, the company is working on the upgrading of a mobile company’s services.

During the course of cooperating with Huawei, Dr Loth’s company also has opportunities to deploy its staff to China to learn new technologies. After they come back with more experience, some of them are allocated to work in the field with higher efficiency, the others work as trainers to pass their experience to more employees.

“After a capacity building supported by Huawei, including expertise transfer and introducing modern ICT equipment, we are able to deliver quick, efficient, and better services to our clients, and have managed to spread our wings at almost every corner of this country. We have engineers all over the country,” he adds.

Dr Loth said the partnership with Huawei has seen the company registering robust growth and has achieved the stature of being an international brand that matches up with international standards. “After partnering with Huawei, we have grown up almost ten folds with at least 100 employees and with a much more good office at this magnificent newly built NSSSF Tower here at Sam Nujuma Road,” he says. Over time, the company has built a strong reputation and received more opportunities to further expanding its business.

It has plans to expand into neighbouring countries, including Zambia, Mozambique, and South Africa, it is also invited to conduct business in Ethiopia. Recounting on the company’s growth from a meagre one-room office to a regionally recognized company, Dr Loth pays a glowing tribute to the government of Tanzania for providing an enabling environment for local companies to grow and partner with foreign companies for a broader vision. In return, the company also strives to repay the country.

“We are proud to have created 100 direct employment opportunities, which means that behind each of our employees, there are at least five to six dependents and this is a huge thing to our country’s economy,” he says.

Unlock the Greatness in Tanzanians’ Genetic Inheritance

Benson Kyambile

Tanzania’s telecommunication sector is one of the driving forces of the national economy as several entities in this sector have worked hard on promoting socio-economic development and creating many employment opportunities.

Benson Kyambile, a 36-year-old, is one of those who got involved in the telecommunications sector, saying his mother, who had previously worked in the telecommunication industry for nearly three decades, inspired him to devote himself to it as well...

“My mother would like me to step into her shoes because she knew that the ICT sector could be demanding in the future and this is exactly what is happening now,” he says.

“A mother is a good mentor to her child,”

He says very few Tanzanians had an idea by then that the world could technologically be so fast-changing to let ICT running the world.

Having considered that fact, in 2005, he secured a scholarship to go to China, where he made his undergraduate studies in telecommunications.

He then returned home, got employed by a local television station as a graphic designer and information technology (IT) specialist.

He later quit the job to join Huawei. At first, he worked at the East and Central African regional office from 2011-2013.

He was later relocated to Dar es Salaam, working in the Solution and Sales unit where he was responsible for providing services to Huawei’s customers.

“Huawei trained me on various aspects of telecommunications-related issues for me to become an expert. Now I’m fully capable of handling all challenges and requirements of our customers,” he says. After working hard and learning from experts in the company for years, he is now managing the unit. According to him, there are also plenty of Tanzanians like him within Huawei.

“Huawei is willing to transfer skills to Tanzanians to help them become experts in the industry,” he says.He says the communications sector in Tanzania has grown to a great extent, not only for the investment it brings but also for the operational expertise, which accompanies the investment. "Because of the expertise I attained from Huawei, I was one of those who participated in shutting down the old CDMA analog system in 2013, one of the major steps of our country to align with the global level of technology development,” he says proudly.

"We work with a lot of clients to make sure that they provide reliable and modern services to Tanzanians," he says. He also mentions that while Tanzania is in the 4G internet system, some of the other countries have already strides into the 5G era, bring disruptive effects to people’s life and world development. “The innovators in the telecommunication sector are sleepless, brainstorming how far they can go to make things faster through the internet. We, Tanzanians, should not lag behind, we should also go parallel with global demands since technology changes the World so rapidly,” he says.

He believes working with the world’s leading ICT Companies such as Huawei is an effective way to keep pace with technological advancement. "Huawei is like a college, it values employee capability and career development, helping them grow together with the company and achieve shared success with ample and equal opportunities for training and promotion,” he says.

Believing telecommunications is the driving force behind global economic growth, he calls on Tanzanian youth to make the most of digital opportunities to do business and other good connections. "I would also like to see my children stepping into my shoes, like what I have done with my mother, to venture into the telecommunication industry because it drives the world,” he says.

Huawei Tanzania

Huawei Tanzania commits itself to increasing connectivity and accelerating digital inclusion across the country for the realization of the Tanzania Development Vision 2025.

Since entered Tanzania in 2007, Huawei has provided its clients with end-to-end ICT solutions for secure, reliable, resilient and efficient operations of communications networks in the country. In addition, it has introduced advanced digital applications and services to the country and devoted itself to knowledge and skill transfer, to make ICT more available,accessible and affordable to Tanzanians.

Since entered Tanzania in 2007, Huawei has provided its clients with end-to-end ICT solutions for secure, reliable, resilient and efficient operations of communications networks in the country. In addition, it has introduced advanced digital applications and services to the country and devoted itself to knowledge and skill transfer, to make ICT more available,accessible and affordable to Tanzanians.

Boosting ICT infrastructure

By rolling out networks consists of data center, fiber and base stations, Huawei Tanzania works with its partners in connecting Tanzanians from different regions of the country, closing digital gap and laying solid foundation for sustainable socio-economic development.

  • Upgrading Tanzania’s network from 2G all the way to 4G with operators.
  • Building optical fiber broadband network that connects all 26 regions in Tanzania.
  • Connecting over 2 million people living in rural areas with operators.
  • Introducing Mobile Money services to Tanzania with operators, achieving 27 million subscriptions nationwide.
  • Providing efficient and reliable wireless communications system for SGR in Tanzania.

Connecting rural areas

Digital services e.g. digital payment uptaking

Promoting knowledge transfer

Huawei Tanzania is committed to ICT knowledge and skill transfer to Tanzanians to cultivate a healthy ICT ecosystem in Tanzania and build a digital talent pool needed for sustainable development in partnership with industrial and academic partners.

  • Huawei Tanzania has upskilled over 2000 ICT engineers and civil servants over the past 14 years.
  • Establishing 14 ICT academies with top universities in Tanzania and providing certification programs to 4000 Tanzanian students.
  • 4000+ Tanzanian students registered for Huawei ICT competition since 2018. In 2020, 3 Tanzanian university students have emerged as winners of the first prize at Huawei ICT Competition sub-Saharan Africa regional finals and 3 others scooped the second prize at global finals.
  • Since 2016, around 100 Tanzanian students have benefited from Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program.

Huawei ICT Academy Tanzania students who won the 2nd Prize at Huawei ICT Competition Global Finals

Prime Minister of Tanzania presenting awards to Huawei ICT Competition winners

Creating a dynamic ICT ecosystem

Working with local business partners, most of which are SMEs, Huawei Tanzania integrates local businesses into global value chains.

  • Working with 50+ local business partners.
  • Total worth of Huawei Tanzania’s local purchases for the last three years reaches 27 million USD.
  • Huawei Tanzania works to ensure sustainable development by offering its employees with equal opportunities to work, learn and develop, so that they can grow together with the company and achieve shared success.
  • As a responsible corporate citizen, Huawei Tanzania keeps giving back to society with various CSR programs

Local business partners training

Seeds for the Future program