Huawei, SATA pledge to enhance ICT literacy

| September 16, 2015

Huawei Technologies and the Southern Africa Telecommunications Association (SATA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly enhance the development of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure in Southern Africa.

The signing took place during the official opening of SATA’s 2nd Regional Customer Service, Quality of Service and Billing 2015 Conference in Gaborone yesterday.

Through the signing of the MoU, both parties pledged to drive ICT development by partnering to coordinate the development of ICT networks and services in support of SADC’s socio-economic development programmes.

Speaking after the signing, Huawei Technologies marketing manager Mr Yang Hongjei said his company believes that ICT technologies are reshaping Africa and other parts of the world and leading the next wave of sustainable social development.

With over 17 years of experience in Africa’s ICT industry coupled with its extensive industry global network, Mr Hongjei said Huawei is committed to building a better connected Africa.

“We believe the joint efforts between SATA and Huawei would help develop the social economy in Africa by expediting the digital transformation here,” he said.

Since entering Africa in 1998, he said Huawei has been partnering with excellent local operators in Africa “to provide the most innovative ICT solutions and services, striving to engineer broadband technology to the highest standards, faster than ever, for everyone, everywhere.”

Besides providing innovative ICT solutions to bridge the digital divide in Africa, Huawei marketing director said the company had also leveraged its global training resources to cultivate ICT talents for Africa.

Additionally, he said through its seven ICT training centres in Africa, Huawei has trained over 30 000 people and is working closely with governments and top tier universities to send excellent African students to China for ICT training and hands-on working experience with the most advanced ICT equipment. For his part, SATA chief executive officer Mr Jacob Munodawafa said their vision is to facilitate the building of a prosperous information society for the SADC region.

He added that ICT development will drive tremendous transformation in industries.

He appreciated the efforts that Huawei have making in ICT knowledge transfer. “We are looking for partners that can work with us.

Huawei, as an ICT leader in over 170 countries, must have a lot of global experience to share,” he added. SATA is a specialised institution of SADC focused on telecommunications and ICTs. It has a permanent secretariat based in Maputo, Mozambique.

The association was established in 1980 in pursuant of the SADC Treaty and the provisions of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology. The work of SATA is focused on technology, business, policy and regulatory advocacy, human capital development and coordination of the development of regional ICT infrastructure and services.

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