Huawei brings its new technologies to the African market

Huawei Connect 2022, the Chinese giant’s flagship event, is being held in Bangkok this year from September 19 to 21, with the theme “Unleash the Digital.”

This annual industry-focused event is an opportunity for Huawei Group to showcase how new technologies can adapt to new challenges facing industries and enable technology to create value in terms of development and growth.

As part of this event, Huawei organized a remote regional press conference hosted by Adnane Ben Halima, Vice President of Public Relations, Huawei North Africa, to answer questions from participants on the topics of physical and digital infrastructure, the SPARK program, artificial intelligence. , 5G, etc.

“Digital is the only tool that will allow us to move faster, and this has been proven in several regions of the world in the last three years, when the traditional economy has struggled to grow, while the digital economy has experienced its full expansion,” emphasizes Ben. Halima.

E-gov: What is Huawei’s contribution to accelerating digital services in African government?

Digital consumption affects both the private and public sectors, especially now that public administrations need this tool to digitize themselves and manage citizens’ lives in an efficient and virtual way.

As far as the project is concerned, the main component is the infrastructure necessary to provide technologies for the digital management of services offered to citizens. As a result, it would be necessary to have the means to store, process and present the information. A good infrastructure would also be needed so that all administration points of contact can offer this service properly.

The first layer to achieve this is to talk about a national data center, a national cloud, and a connection between the data centers of all government branches.

We are currently conducting research with our local partners to propose a clear roadmap for the development of this infrastructure, taking into account local constraints and funding schedules.
On the other hand, the state of progress varies from one country to another, but the trend remains the same. It is good that almost every country has a conscience at the highest level of the state: digital is a priority.

Cloud: Which countries are you currently in discussions with and what is going on?

Huawei is a cloud provider from two perspectives, it provides cloud infrastructure and at the same time has its own public cloud offering that is deployed in almost all 170 countries.

Discussions are ongoing and I cannot provide more information as the topic is still under development. But I can tell you that there are quite a few countries in the region that have made good progress on this and some are in the process of implementation. This is very good news, especially since the national cloud is the basis and foundation for the future e-gov service development.

SPARK: Which industries is Huawei targeting?

SPARK is an international program that started last year in the Asia Pacific region and will be implemented in the North Africa region later this year.
It aims to help startups grow by providing them with our know-how, our products and our exposure to help them shine. We primarily offer several offerings that include cloud capabilities. This will be in the form of free access to startups that need these resources.

We will support the selected startups in terms of trainings and prepare workshops and brainstorming sessions to improve their “go to market” and business plan development. The brightest startups will be able to participate with us in all the main events of the world.
It will be a boost, be it in terms of technical skills or international visibility.

ICT Academy: What is the purpose of this program?

This training program dates back several years and includes the development of cooperation with universities of all countries, in the training of teachers to be able to conduct training through new technologies such as Big Data, AI, Cloud. , 5G…
Huawei also offers certification opportunities for accredited individuals to enter the world of work.

5G: Is it related to cyber security?

I would like to point out that there is no commercial application of 5G in Africa, there is only one in South Africa, while other countries are only experimenting with 5G networks but are yet to enjoy a commercial launch.
I think 2023 is going to be an extremely rich year at that level, we’re going to detail that with a number of countries, whether it’s in North or South Africa.

Furthermore, 5G represents a continuum, not an isolated technology. It’s not specifically related to cybersecurity, which has been around for a long time, at least when it comes to data on the Internet.
On the one hand, Huawei complies with all international regulations and all applicable laws in terms of cybersecurity compliance. In addition, the group has built more than 1,500 networks with operators around the world, and more than 3 billion people use them.

So far, there have been no reported cyber security failures in Huawei’s networks. This is the result of great awareness of this issue, because it is not news, but a matter of priority.

It should be remembered that Huawei is a major player in terms of providing infrastructure, from cloud and connectivity to the “device” part. The Chinese group combines many advanced technologies in a portfolio of more than 26 products.

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