North Africa Com: Lighting up digital North Africa
[Casablanca, Morocco, July 20, 2022] North Africa Com, the most influential integrated ICT industry event in the North Africa region, was organized by Informa Tech, with the theme “Uniting North Africa’s digital ecosystems to boost sustainable and inclusive growth”. Government and regulator delegates, operators and business representatives, analysts and KOLs from the region had in-depth discussions on the vision of digital North Africa. During the event, Huawei shared experiences and insights into global industry practices, discussing how to bridge the digital divide and unleash the potential of the digital economy. in North Africa.
Dr. Philip Song, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Carrier BG, said in a keynote speech titled “5G lighting up North Africa” that the digital economy has become an important pillar of national economic and social development, and that 5G is a key lever for the development of the digital economy. According to joint research conducted by Huawei and industry organizations, it is expected that by 2030, $1 investment in “5G and fiber” will yield about $26 in emerging economies. Currently, 5G is advancing at a pace well beyond 4G, which also creates opportunities for digital leapfrogging in emerging markets such as North Africa. In addition, Huawei offers the “5A code” model for 5G development in North Africa, which is an affordable device, amazing 5G services, attractive price plan, agile marketing and advanced network. In conclusion, Dr. Philip Song said that Huawei is committed to the business success of its customers and has always maintained a high level of R&D investment. Take 2021 as an example, Huawei’s R&D investment exceeds 20% of its annual revenue to support the company’s continued leadership in key technologies such as 5G and optical technology. 5G networks built by Huawei in 13 key cities around the world rank first in all of them.
Digitization of industry is another key driver to enable the digital economy. Corbin Cao, vice president of Huawei’s North Africa transportation business department, said that with the rise of the global digital economy and the transformation and upgrading of the industry, countries in North Africa have upgraded digital transformation into national strategies. Carriers provide a solid foundation for the development of the national digital economy and enable the digital transformation of thousands of industries. Huawei will work with carriers to explore new business opportunities and development paths in the future, and strive to ensure customers’ business success.
In the To-C domain, digital finance holds huge opportunities and will help unlock the potential of the digital economy in North Africa. Feng Bin, vice president of Huawei Software Product Line, said Huawei’s comprehensive financial technology solutions include wallets, payments and microfinance services. They have served over 380 million users in over 20 countries. Through contactless online payment, they reduce the risk of epidemics, and in many countries they help the government to provide subsidies to tens of millions of citizens and to provide financial services such as microcredit to the population. . Currently, North Africa is at the golden stage of FinTech business development. Huawei is willing to work with carriers and partners to bring digital financial services to every organization and individual.
Inclusive connectivity is the key objective to bridge the digital divide. Ms. Jenny Sun, Director of National Broadband Industry Development at Huawei, stressed that the popularization and development of broadband infrastructure will greatly promote the country’s economic and social development. Therefore, the government should assume the corresponding facilitation role and responsibilities. The governments of Egypt, Tunisia and other countries have adopted positive policies and measures for the popularization and development of broadband in their countries. In addition, Jenny Sun said: Huawei will continue to support the development of broadband in Africa in areas such as solution innovation, application development and dissemination of national broadband concepts to accelerate the reduction of digital divide in the region.
Finally, Huawei won the Connectivity Champion Award at North Africa Com, which recognizes Huawei’s outstanding contribution to promoting ICT network connectivity and industry development in North Africa through continuous technological innovation. Huawei will continue to adhere to its value proposition “In Africa, for Africa, continuous innovation and reliability”, and bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected and intelligent Africa.