By Nation Reporter
HUAWEI Technologies will this week introduce the latest cloud computing technology in Zambia aimed at increasing efficiency and enhancing affordability in the delivery of data solutions, says Minister of Transport and Communications Kapembwa Simbao.
Mr Simbao said Government was on course with the implementation of electronic commerce through provision of appropriate workable strategies that focus on development of broadband infrastructure and support innovation by both public and private sector organisation.
“The Government, under a project called Smart Zambia Phase 1, has embarked on the construction of a national data centre, public ICT training facilities and teleconferencing facilities for Government,” he said.
“These investments will spur utilisation of ICTs, generation of local digital content and innovations in the sector,” he added.
And Huawei Technology Zambia country director Emilion Ming said countries around the world including Zambia had entered into a new era of in-depth integration of ICTs, changing the way that organisations deliver on-demand services to the public, how governments operate and how institutions manage their businesses.
He said Huawei introduced 3G technology to Zambia in 2009, and this year it had signed a contract for the second phase of the project to design, supply, deliver, install and commission of communication towers in underserved and unserved areas of Zambia.
“Thanks to the Government’s foresight and Huawei’s technology, in the near future, everyone in Zambia will be able to enjoy modern telecommunication technology equally and conveniently,” said Mr Emilion.
Mr Emilion also confirmed that phase 1 of the Smart Zambia project began in January and will put Zambia on the fast-track of ICT development.
“The Huawei road show – under the theme Smart Zambia; Smart Nation – gave Government and industry experts the opportunity to see latest developments at first hand and learn more about the application and benefits,” he said.
He said Huawei started its operations in Zambia more than 12 years ago, and it has supported the development of Zambia’s telecommunications industry and is currently one of the leading pioneers within Zambia’s technology sector, providing the most comprehensive IT portfolio in the industry to customers in the telecom, enterprise and consumer space.