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October 31, 2007
KIGALI, Rwanda -- 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."
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
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