Published On: Thu, Sep 20th, 2018

Huawei, Redington team up for Kenya ecosystem growth

Najib Balala (L), Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Steve Chege (C), Director Corporate Affairs at Safaricom and Stone He, Huawei Technologies Kenya Image provided

Najib Balala (L), Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Steve Chege (C), Director Corporate Affairs at Safaricom and Stone He, Huawei Technologies Kenya Image provided

NAIROBI  – HUAWEI Technologies has partnered with Redington Gulf-a distributor of information technology (IT) and lifestyle products- to expand the ICT ecosystem in Kenya.

The Framework Distribution Agreement will see Huawei work with Redington to provide cutting-edge equipment such as data centre facilities as well as IT and communications hardware and software for the local market.

Redington will handle the local channel development for Huawei solutions through its extensive market network.

More than 300 ICT companies witnessed the signing of the partnership at the Huawei-Redington Partner Summit.

Huawei Technologies Kenya Chief Executive Officer, Stone He, stressed the need for companies to integrate digital technology into all areas of business in partnership with stakeholders in order to remain relevant in a rapidly changing business environment.

He said in order to maximize Huawei’s robust ICT capabilities, they had teamed up with partners and developers to explore the road to digital transformation.

“Huawei credits strategic partnerships to its growing success around the globe. As a result, this in turn creates business success for customers using Huawei’s competitive products,” Stone said.

Raj Shankar, Redington Kenya Managing Director, reiterated on the importance of partnerships in driving innovation among players in the telecom industry.

He welcomed the partnership with Huawei, saying it would enable new technology solutions to be brought to the market and reach across Kenya through the firm’s strong network and capabilities.
“This, we are confident will play a supporting role in driving the realization of the government’s Big 4 Agenda,” Shankar said.

The Big Four Agenda is Kenya’s economic blueprint.

Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary –Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, emphasized on the government’s commitment to fostering partnerships in the IT sector to drive the agenda.

He said the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta was developing ways for ICT companies to promote and provide their innovative solutions to the government through a whitebox initiative, which will be launched soon.

“Our government is willing to partner with Kenyan companies to drive Kenya’s digital transformation. There are many opportunities for all of you as part of this especially in the Big Four,” Macheru said.

Huawei has become the leading telecommunication solutions provider in Kenya, working in cooperation with local partners including government, telecom operators and partners for almost 20 years.

The Presidential Digital Training Programme conducted in conjunction with the ICT Authority, is an example of other schemes Huawei is sponsoring to drive the local ICT ecosystem and build long-term capacity.

In addition, since 2017, Huawei has partnered with local universities to provide cutting edge skills for professors under the Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (HAINA).

At the Huawei-Redington Partner Summit, 12 universities were officially certified as HAINA.
– CAJ News

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