Accelerating the digitalisation of Namibia to build a better connected world

by Wallace Yin

Accelerating the digitalisation of Namibia to build a better connected world


The digital and physical worlds are becoming deeply integrated. This will mean connections not just between people, but also between people and machines, and between machines and machines, and not just connections, but smart connections, which will enable smart applications, smart homes, smart cities, and even smart nations. A better connected world is at hand.

In Africa, the growth potential for mobile and broadband penetration is huge. Over the past five years, the telecommunications market space has increased by 38 percent, which is far higher than the global average, and still the full potential for information and communication technologies has not been fully realised.

Most countries in Africa have added ICT investment to their national strategies as they begin to see that the ICT industry is an engine that will drive national and regional economic growth.

Governments are beginning to see that by providing an enabling and supportive ICT environment they will stimulate infrastructure synergy, reduce costs, keep return of investment at a reasonable level and encourage investment.
Information and communications technology (ICT) represents an enormous opportunity to introduce significant and lasting positive change across the continent.

Therefore, it is essential to improve connectivity in rural and remote areas, as well as to close gaps in broadband backbone networks, to provide the ICT infrastructure that enables the multitude of converged services including e-services that will follow.

It is an indispensable component in the development of the information society and the building of a knowledge economy that will facilitate a better connected Africa.

Huawei’s strategy is to focus on ICT infrastructure and become the enabler of the information society, which is, in fact, focused on ICT infrastructure, with an emphasis on three main areas: networks that transmit and distribute information; computing and storage devices that process and save it; and smart devices that generate and consume it.

With our 18 years of experience on the African continent coupled with our extensive global experience, Huawei is well positioned to share the best practices and latest ICT solutions.

Huawei has a presence in most of the 54 African countries where it works closely with telecom operators to modernise their respective networks and with governments to support ICT infrastructure deployment and digital transformation practice.

During the 3rd National ICT Summit of Namibia which was held at the Windhoek Country Club from 10-12th October 2016, Huawei has, via our Demo Truck titled ‘Open Roads To Better Connected Africa’, exhibited our latest innovative solutions in the network, enterprises, devices and ICT spaces.

During the summit, Minister of Information, Communication and Technology Tjekero Tweya, the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia, major telecom operators, media, students and the general public were invited to visit the ‘Open Roads To Better Connected Africa’ truck to witness the various technical solutions on show.

To reinforce our commitment and dedication to the government of Namibia with regards the development of the ICT industry in this beautiful country, an ICT partnership MOU between the Minister of ICT of Namibia and Huawei was signed, in which Huawei will officially become the ICT partner of the Namibian government and the parties will cooperate in the areas of capacity building; infrastructure; policy framework and the Seeds for the Future training programme. Through this programme, Huawei commits to provide ICT training to 10 Namibian students at Huawei’s headquarter in China in the following year.

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