Huawei has set up a dedicated office for emerging markets with a business programme to connect the unconnected, said Jianjun Zhou, vice-president of Carrier BG, Huawei Technologies.
Speaking at the ongoing International Telecommunication Union (ITU) summit in Durban, South Africa, Zhou said the company’s vision is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
According to Huawei, 3.4 billion are without Internet access, of which 830 million people live in Africa.
Globally, there are 870 million people without mobile connection, of which 660 million are in Africa.
Globally, there are 1.1 billion households without broadband connection, of which 242 million are in Africa.
“So you can see we still have a big job to do in Africa,” says Zhou. “However, businesses are reluctant to invest in the region.”
He added that working together, government, operators and vendors can create an enabling environment that is atractive for investment.
Zhou said all stakeholders need to work together to solve Africa’s challenges, which include lack of infrastructure, low levels of literacy and low population density and return on investments.
“Broadband deployments are a shared social responsibility,” he said.