Huawei launches $5 million global innovation centre in Africa

Huawei lounge at Mobile World Congress 2013

Huawei has launched its first Innovation and Experience Centre in South Africa, which cost R72 million ($5 million USD) to build and which is equipped with cutting-edge technologies like 5G/4.5G wireless communication, VR and 4K Video, Mobile Money solution, Smart Home solutions, Safe City solutions, Cloud Service, Data Center and wearable devices amongst others.

At the unveiling of the innovation centre, Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Science and Technology Park, in Sandton, South Africa, which forms part of the five-year cooperative agreement between South Africa’s Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and The People’s Republic of China to train and mentor 1000 local small and medium-sized enterprises in ICT skills.

The Vaal University of Technology was also inaugurated as the Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy program (HAINA), which will provide internationally accredited ICT related short programmes, in addition, the programme will promote VUT as a certified training organization to its students and customer base for both HAINA based programmes and selected professional programmes.

The VUT will also be hosting the Huawei technology professionals and professors to cooperate with the most advanced industry ICT technologies with broad and converging ICT technology coverage and promote VUT HAINA as the lead training academy in Africa.

The partnership between VUT and Huawei aims at enabling and preparing students, entrepreneurs and those in the ICT business to meet the challenges and opportunities created by the ICT industry’s fast moving innovation, providing a platform to trial their innovative technologies. The programme entails internship opportunities for top HAINA certified students from VUT; and Huawei certification will be given priority when offering job opportunities within Huawei or Huawei’s Channel partners.

The centre will also serve as an open lab to South African institutions of higher learning such as University of Johannesburg and Tshwane University of Technology.

Huawei’s innovation centre in South Africa is one of the ten global Innovation Centres that the company is planning to launch around the globe with six other operational Innovation Centers already in Shenzhen (China), London (UK), Dusseldorf (German), Moscow (Russia), Warsaw (Poland) and Sao Paulo (Brazil).

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