Global IT solutions providers – Sweden’s Ericsson and China’s Huawei – joined the world in celebrating ITU’s Telecoms Day as well as the World Information Society Day (WTISD).
In its message to the global ICT industry players, Ericsson said that the day represents “an opportunity to reflect and look at the path we are on towards a connected world.”
Read the Ericsson message: “In the Networked Society, connectivity will be the starting point for new ways of innovating, collaborating and socializing. It will bring significant economic, social and environmental benefits to hundreds of millions of people.”
On its part, Huawei partnered with Botswana’s Ministry of Transport and Communication in Maun to commemorate the 2013 edition of the ITU World Information Society Day under the theme: “ICTs and improving road safety”.
Huawei supported the initiative through sponsoring full sports kits to the community owned Maun Tigers Football club. In the past, Huawei has covered the Maun and its environs in the implementation of the Nteletsa II project, enhancing connectivity for thousands of citizens living the area.
“As a global ICT leader with local presence, Huawei is working continuously to improve the lives of people in Botswana and Africa at large, through our solutions and products. As a responsible corporate citizen, Huawei is committed to continue contributing to local communities in different areas such as social contributions, knowledge transfer, and environmental conservation to bridge the digital divide.” Said Mr. Abel Deng Feng, Huawei Technologies’ Botswana CEO.
Mr. Deng added that bridging the digital divide was a strategy and long-term goal of Huawei in the country to meet the needs and communication’s challenges through cooperation with local partners.
Huawei has had presence in Botswana for over 14 years, partnering with local leading operators such a BTC and Mascom to improve the lives of the people of Botswana through communication. Through the company’s localization strategy, Huawei Botswana has a 63% localization rate giving opportunities to local talent.