Huawei expands OpenLab network to North Africa
Announces new facility in Cairo during the Cairo ICT 2017 conference
Huawei has opened its latest OpenLab in Cairo Egypt, a new focal point for its North African business ecosystem.
The facility, situated in the Smart Village office of Cairo, has been operating as an R&D facility for the past year. It is now officially open to customers and partners. The OpenLab is approximately 400 square meters at present and is expected to expand to over 1,000 square meters in the next two years.
Ni Zheng, president of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, Northern Africa Region, said Huawei seeks to leverage the benefits available in Egypt and serve all of Northern Africa. “First, the ICT industry market in Cairo is relatively mature and its marketing capabilities influence surrounding countries. Second, Egypt recognises the significance of industrial digital transformation, and the local industry chain ecosystem supports this transition for a number of industry enterprises.
“The education industry in Egypt is also relatively well developed, with more than half of the top 15 African universities of UK QS Ranking located in Egypt, also contributing to the advancement of the region,” Zheng added.
Cairo OpenLab focuses on public safety, smart grid, smart city, smart government and smart education. The centre operates through four functional centres: Partner development centre, solution joint innovation centre, talent training and certification centre, and industry experience centre. Huawei aims to develop hardware and software services as well as solutions with industry alliances and partners at the facility.
The Cairo OpenLab joins other facilities in Dubai, Suzhou, Munich, Mexico City, Singapore, Johannesburg, and Bangkok.