|The CEO of Huawei Technologies, Nairobi Office, Mr. Dean Yu (left) and Abdoulkarim Soumaila, Secretary General of ATU.|
The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) signed an agreement with the Chinese Telecommunications Company, Huawei that aims to boost broadband connectivity in African countries, especially in the most remote areas, according Soumaila Abdoulkarim Secretary General of ATU based in Nairobi, Kenya. "We want to create and strengthen the capabilities of a network of African journalists specialized in ICT, well equipped to inform the public about the progress and benefits of the use of ICT," he said.
He added that the journalists should be able to explain how ICT has contributed in the development of the continent.
The Secretary General of ATU was speaking during the opening of a five-day training workshop involving twenty journalists drawn from five East African countries Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and southern Sudan. He stressed that the African countries should open up their ICT sector to allow the Private Sector Telecommunications operators invest in the development of infrastructure with broadband.
This is the goal that the countries of the East African Community (EAC) has set for themselves to achieve the internet at high speed by 2020.
"All countries must take resources specialized in ICT private companies installed at home 2% of their turnover to develop broadband the most remote rural areas. This money is a universal access fund the high-speed internet ", said the Secretary General of ATU.
The CEO of Huawei Company based in Mr. Dean Yu, said Huawei is a leading company specializing in ICT and business in the world. It is present in 170 countries and regions. It has more than 170,000 employees.
|Workshop participant group Photo|
"Huawei specializes in the manufacture of tablets, mobile phones, and portals. It uses the ICT to promote health, education, productivity and income improvement at work, all in order to transform positively and improve people's lives ", stressed Soumaila Abdoulkarim.
During the training provided by Huawei ICT expert, Ian Ellis, it was noted that by 2020, massive data growth will be available. New behaviors have brought opportunities and challenges. One will need the computer speaker. He said in five years, we will need internet with 4.5 G.
The training workshop was organized and held in Nairobi at the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI), in partnership with ATU and African Media Initiative (AMI)from 21-25 September, 2015.