KIGALI, Rwanda, October 31 /PRNewswire/ --

- Huawei and ITU signed MOU at Connect Africa Summit

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. ("Huawei"), a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to jointly promote ICT development in developing countries. The MOU was signed by Mr. Sami Al-Basheer, Director of Bureau of Development of Telecommunication (BDT) of ITU, and Mr. Fan Hui, Vice President of Huawei at the Connect Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda from 29th-30th October.

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Under the MOU, Huawei and ITU will work together to improve connectivity in rural and remote areas in emerging markets, as well as to close gaps in broadband backbone networks. Both parties will also co-operate to improve interconnection between regions, and develop local telecoms expertise by offering training programs focusing on the maintenance of established networks. These initiatives will be implemented based on an analysis of existing and planned infrastructure.

As a first step, the two parties will use Huawei's existing training centers in India and Nigeria to provide telecommunications training for local talent. Huawei operates 22 training centers across the world, with 12 strategically located in developing countries including India, Nigeria and Egypt.

In welcoming the signing of the MOU, Mr. Al-Basheer said, "We are greatly impressed by Huawei's contributions to developing countries in Africa and other parts of the world to help close their digital divide and enhance their connectivity to the developed world. The signing of the MOU demonstrates the commitment of both parties to work together to further promote communication development in developing countries."

"We are confident that through ITU's established global network and Huawei's deep experience in successfully delivering world-class telecommunication solutions in global markets we will be highly instrumental in advancing ICT capabilities in developing countries. This is one of the central tenets of Huawei's mission - enriching lives through communications," said Mr. Fan Hui.

In line with this, Huawei also donated telecommunication equipment worth USD130,000 to the Rwandan government, to provide quality broadband services in support of the Connect Africa Summit.

About ITU

ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services. For more than 140 years, ITU has coordinated shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world, and established the worldwide standards that assure seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. For more information, visit http://www.itu.int .

About Huawei Technologies

Huawei Technologies is a leader in providing next generation telecommunications networks, and now serves 31 of the world's top 50 operators, along with over one billion users worldwide. The company is committed to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and growth potential for its customers. For more information, visit http://www.huawei.com .

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