Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through dedication customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, they have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s products and solutions are deployed in over 140 countries, supporting the communications needs of one-third of the world’s population and serving 45 of the world’s top 50 telecom operators. Huawei has over 140,000 employees with 150 nationalities worldwide, 72% recruited locally and 44% or 62,000 engaged in research and development (R&D).
In 2005, Huawei Technologies (GH) S.A Ltd got registered in Ghana and has positioned itself as the strategic partner for the ICT development in Ghana. The company has established excellent corporation with the government of Ghana, all the telecom operators, businesses and organizations as well as consumers.
Huawei has invested heavily in Ghana. The company has 20+ R&D specialists, a main warehouse in Tema and one of the most experienced deployment team in Ghana. Their total number of employees exceeds 350, with local employees accounting for 84%. Huawei also has over 110 technical engineers for on-site support service and project implementation.
In 2011, Huawei’s local procurement was USD 45,360,000 an increase of 18% compared to 2010. The company has 43 local partners bringing employment to 3700 people in related industries. In 2011, Huawei paid taxes of approximately GHC 14,000,000 to the government of Ghana.
Huawei’s business activities cut across all sectors in the ICT industry. In Ghana, they have provided ICT Solutions for the government of Ghana. They include an Integrated National Security Communication System Project and a Comprehensive e-government Platform Project. Huawei will also provide an ICT surveillance system for the gas plant to be built by government.
Huawei is also cooperating very well with leading network operators on innovation to promote technical development in the industry. They established the 1st Joint Innovation Center in Ghana with Vodafone for new application experiments and tests. The company is partnering with the top operators in the telecommunication industry for new sources of energy including solar, wind & hybrid energy base station implementation in Ghana. The purpose is to promote a greener world and industrial technical upgrading. Huawei is working closely with the operators in the research and experiment of new technologies in LTE for Ghana. They have deployed mass GPON high speed optical network in Ghana, which brings Ghana’s bandwidth and speed to No. 1 in West Africa. Huawei is leading the commercial deployment of 3G wireless access network, over passing its major competitors in Ghana. The company is also working on the implementation of a Unified New Application Deployment Platform.
Huawei continuously strives to achieve its goal of becoming the most influential device brand in the world and the preferred choice for Ghanaians. The company is steadily moving towards accomplishing its strategic goal of becoming the world’s leading mobile phone brand within the next three years. They are providing devices (modems, routers, tablets, fixed and cordless phones and mobile phones) for all the network operators in Ghana. Huawei now has the slimmest and the fastest phone in the world the ASCEND P1S (7.69mm thick, 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen, stunning 3D UI, 1.5GHz Dual-core CPU, Android 4.0ics, and weighs 130g). The aim of the company is to launch their latest range of devices in to the Ghanaian market middle of this year.
Huawei’s focus is not just on business. The company’s vision is to enrich life through communication and this is reflected in both their commercial and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Huawei’s Enriching Life through Communication program is an international CSR commitment to empower positive changes. They have made several contributions to reach that goal in Ghana. Their CSR activities since 2009 are as follows:
• Telepresence conference facility donated to the Government of Ghana to enhance communication between the seat of government and other state agencies.
• An annual christmas donation to Korle-Bu Children’s Ward.
• Huawei renovated and donated hospital equipment to Prampram Clinic. (Medical resources and equipment, an ambulance, a pick-up, air conditioners, a 150KVA generator and oxygen administration equipment)
• Donated an ICT laboratory to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
• Donated an ICT laboratory to University of Cape Coast.
• Donated to the National Security Council (Desktop computers, Moto rollers, body armor, laptops, colour printers, motor cycles, and walkie talkies).
• Huawei ICT training for Ghana Customs, Excise and Preventive Service.
• Sponsoring an annual Presidential encounter with well-behaved kids.
• Supporting the fight against cancer
In all, the company is growing steadily and has indeed come to stay. Huawei Technologies (GH) S.A Ltd will continue to support ICT development in the country and make its own contributions towards the growth of the economy.
Source: Gideon Obeng