Huawei, Telkom connect homes to broadband
From DION HENRICK in George, Western Cape
GEORGE, (CAJ News) – SOME 1 million South African homes are set to enjoy fibre connectivity by 2018, following a partnership between Huawei and Telkom, the technology and communications firms.
Huawei is a strategic partner to Telkom and has been part of the largest network transformation project undertaken by Telkom starting in 2012.
Officials said the close cooperation between the two companies highlights Huawei’s continued leadership in the network transformation field, and helps promote the development of the ICT industry in South Africa.
“By 2018, as the major supplier to Telkom, Huawei will leverage its innovative ICT solutions and global experience to achieve 1 million homes passed in South Africa,” said Huawei’s Marketing Director for IoT Solutions, Dave Hoelscher.
He was speaking at the annual Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC), which Telkom is hosting in George, Western Cape.
The event came against the backdrop of the greatest infrastructure and architectural challenge of the 21st century being broadband and more importantly national broadband, which people see as being the platform that will effectively stimulate the growth of ICT on the African continent.
Hence the theme, Broadband Evolution: Unlocking the Internet of Things.
“IoT is indeed changing the world, and is becoming an important strategy for leading carriers with 60 percent of operators around the world actively developing IoT projects,” said Hoelscher.
– CAJ News
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