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FIRST IN AFRICA: ICT INNOVATION CENTRE, JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA

FIRST IN AFRICA: ICT INNOVATION CENTRE, JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA

In a first for the African continent, Huawei together with the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) launched the Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Centre (Innovation Centre) in July 2016. The Centre showcases futuristic ICT products and solutions across Huawei’s Carrier, Enterprise and Consumer business groups, and serves as a new platform to advance development and innovation of the ICT industry in Africa. Built at a cost of R72 million, the Innovation Centre, is equipped with technologies, like 5G/4.5G wireless communication networks, 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.

HUAWEI AND DTPS SIGN STRATEGIC COOPERATION CONTRACT

The joint Innovation and Experience Centre is a platform for industry players to explore what the ICT world has in store allowing them an experience of what is available in the developed world and what is to come. Huawei’s Regional President of the East and Southern Africa region, Mr. Li Peng said, “The center is one of our long-term investments in Africa. It will provide governments, telecom operators, academies, enterprises better understandings of the latest ICT solutions. Huawei will leverage the center to produce joint innovation with ICT stakeholders in Africa. Huawei focuses on innovation and is committed to empowering Africa’ digital transformation with continuous strategic investment.”

ICT SKILLS AND JOB CREATION HUAWEI, DTPS AND UNIVERISTIES COMMIT TO ICT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

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. Minister of the DTPS, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele said, “Thank you very much Huawei, for the important contribution to the development of ICT in South Africa, we are pleased to strengthen our cooperation with Huawei, to achieve digital transformation in South Africa. The signing of Cooperation Contract today is the beginning of DTPS & Huawei collaboration, to bridge the digital divide in South Africa.”
The Chinese Ambassador Tian Xuejun also praised Huawei by highlighting, “The seed from last year’s Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is being harvested; ICT is truly the driving tool of any economies development. The Chinese government always encourages excellent enterprises from China, like Huawei, to work closely with South Africa to achieve a win-win result.” The centre located in Sandown, Johannesburg will also serve as an open lab to 5 local universities, namely: University of Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology, Durban University Technology and Vaal University of Technology. Huawei SA has also committed to training 1000 ICT professionals in South Africa by the year 2021.

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