Huawei roots for speedy internet to spur economic growth
NAIROBI, Dec 06, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Chinese telecommunications firm
Huawei on Thursday called for increased access to high-speed
internet that can help to bridge the digital divide between
developed and developing countries.
Regional President for Huawei East and South Africa Li Dafeng
said in Nairobi on Thursday that ICT (information and
communication technology) is playing a critical role in
sustainable development in the global economy.
"Today, people and organizations are more efficient and
productive due to access to speed network, smart phones usage,
numerous applications, and cloud computing systems, making our
society more intelligent and energy-saving," he said during the
Broaderway Forum for Kenya held on the sidelines of the Cyber
Security East Africa Conference in Nairobi.
The Broaderway Forum, held in various countries by Huawei,
brings together leaders and experts from the country's ICT
industry to explore opportunities for the future of national
Kenya ICT Board chief executive Paul Kukubo said the country is
strengthening ICT as a driver of economic growth in line with
Visio 2030 economic blueprint.
He said a five-year Master Plan has been developed by the
Ministry of Information and Communication to increase internet
connections through a robust countrywide ICT infrastructure.
"The ICT master plan is a platform for partnership with
companies like Huawei to work together in order to achieve our
goals. By 2017, every citizen should be connected for Kenya to be
Africa's ICT hub," he said.
Huawei has held a number of Broader Way Forums around the world
this year, the Kenyan one being the 3rd in Africa after South
Africa and Uganda.
The Forums seek to promote dialogue on different industry
themes, including broadband's role in economic development,
closing the digital divide, network security, LTE technology, and
inspiring ICT innovation.
Li said a study conducted by the World Bank shows that for
developing countries, a 10 percent increase in broadband
penetration increases GDP by 1.38 percent.
The European Commission estimates that by 2015, broadband will
create more than 2 million jobs, with an increase of at least 636
billion Euros to GDP.
"Broadband has therefore become an important enabler for social
services and a key engine for economic growth," he added.
"Huawei is committed to support broadband development globally
and we are pleased to bring together some of the best minds in the
industry at our Broaderway Forum to steer dialogue on this
important topic and inspire actions that will enrich the lives of
Kenyans and the region at large."
Li, however, noted that many countries and continents still
lack basic network coverage. In Africa for instance, less than 10
percent of the population has internet access, which is far lower
than the global average of 30 percent.
The divide for broadband penetration is even larger with a
large number of developing countries with a penetration rate of
less than 1 percent compared with 30 percent in developed
"The digital divide has become a serious barrier to local
development, causing an even greater imbalance in global economic
development," he said.
Li said the elements critical to bridging the digital divide
include leadership and support of governments in setting
telecommunications penetration targets and facilitating equal
access to internet for everyone through innovative products and
"Huawei's national broadband solution, for instance, allows
households and enterprises to enjoy broadband access of up to 100M
and 1G bandwidths respectively with openness, high speed and low
costs," he said.
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