Huawei Africa division has launched it’s first Innovation and Experience Center in South Africa. This project’s estimated cost is US$5 million. It comes with cutting edge technology like 5/4.5G wireless communication, Mobile money solutions, VR and 4K Video, Safe city solutions, Smart Home solutions, Cloud services, data centre among others.
At the unveiling of the Innovation Centre, Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Science and Technology Park in South Africa which forms part of the five year agreement between South Africa’s Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services and the People’s Republic of China to train 1000 small and medium enterprises in ICT skills.
According to techloy.com, VUT was also inaugurated as the Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy program (HAINA). VUT will be an internationally accredited institution that will provide short courses in ICT among others. They will train professionals in HAINA and other professional courses.
VUT will also host Huawei technology professionals and professors to cooperate with the most advanced ICT industry technologies broad and converging ICT coverage and promote VUT HAINA as the lead training Academy in Africa.
The partnership between Huawei and VUT seeks to equip trainees and entrepreneurs to keep up with the current ICT trends and also gives them the platform to trial their innovative technologies. The program entails internship for top HAINA from VUT and Huawei certification will be given priority when given opportunities for Huawei employment et al.
The Centre will also serve as an open lab to Institutions of higher education such as University of Johannesburg.
The centre in South Africa is among the ten centers that the Company wants to launch, with six already in existence in Poland, China, Brazil, Germany, Russia and UK.