Huawei aims high with Egyptian training centre
Networking vendor claims latest investment proves it is serious about Africa
Communications vendor Huawei is aiming to strengthen its African growth prospects by opening a regional training centre in Egypt.
The centre, which is based within Cairo's Smart Village ICT cluster, replaces the training facility that Huawei formerly operated at Nasr City.
The Cairo centre boasts 11 classrooms and laboratories, as well as the capacity to accommodate 150 trainees at a time. It is also furnished with more than US$20m of new equipment, allowing the company to provide a wide range of training programmes around areas such as WCDMA, GSM, CDMA, datacom, optical networks and broadband networks.
Ding Shaohua, president of Huawei Middle East and North Africa, insists the African market ranks highly on the company's agenda.
"Huawei will grow its investments and presence together with Africa," he declared. "The telecommunication sector is emerging as a driving force for local economies, in terms of creating income and jobs, and we at Huawei want to be a key contributor to African nations."
Huawei claims that its fixed assets investment in Africa over the past decade has exceeded US$1.5 billion and it is now one of the top-three suppliers of telecommunications equipment in the market.
More than 12,000 individuals are put through their paces at the vendor's six existing training centres in Africa every year and Shaohua is excited about the opportunities that its latest investment promises to offer.
"The move to the Smart Village is timely, as it evolves into a fully fledged business park in Egypt with its state-of-art infrastructure," he said. "We now have a sophisticated training centre that can cater to our customers' current and future needs."