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Published on : Sep 23, 2015

Recently, chinadaily.com.cn announced that Huawei, a Chinese telecommunication firm is set to sign a deal with the African Telecommunication Union (ATU) to spread their business in the telecommunication and wireless industry. Huawei and the African Telecommunication Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will aim at enhancing and promoting Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacy and capability in the areas of Africa. 

The report from chinadaily.com.cn revealed that Dean Yu, the Huawei Technologies Kenya Country Manager stated that the company is signing this deal to provide technical support to the African states in order to increase their uptake of information and communication technology. The company will leverage their resources to introduce trending and most innovative ICT solutions to the African region, stated Dean Yu during the media training workshop of ICT. As per the report shared, according to the agreement signed, the Chinese leading company from the telecommunication and wireless sector will be sharing their technical knowledge to the companies in the African region to promote the development of information and communication technology on the African continent. With its presence in almost 54 African states, Huawei will be extending its support to the telecommunication firms in Africa in order to develop coverage mobile telephony. 

Huawei aims to make sure that Africa uses ICT to improve the effectiveness of all different sectors of the economy, stated the country manager. There is an optimistic correlation between the level of economic development and the level of information and communication technology, added the country manager. Soumalia Abdoulkarim, the Secretary General of ATU, stated that Africa has the lowest broadband penetration rate across the globe and Huawei aims to help the African states to change and implement their broadband strategies. Africa aims to achieve global broadband access by 2020. The secretary general advised the government to provide incentives to the private sector in order to rollout broadband to the rural areas.