Multinational ICT firm Huawei has signalled its intent to drive advanced technology such as 5G, AI, IOT and cloud computing deeper into the East Africa market via its distribution alliance with Redington Gulf, a global provider of end-to-end supply chain solutions for ICT.
In 2018 Huawei Enterprise signed a Framework Distribution Agreement with Redington in Kenya, which implied Redington's dedication to Huawei products, and increased logistical capability in the region to accelerate ICT development in East Africa.
Regional media reports stated that Huawei would avail products including datacentre facilities, ICT hardware and software to Kenya.
Products, including a portfolio of consumer devices such as smartphones and wearables, would feature on Redington's supply chain for distribution to a wide market including consumers, retailers, SMEs and enterprises.
On 27 March 2019 the companies will host a joint partner summit in Nairobi, Kenya, to detail the alliance's market strategy for the year ahead.
The theme selected for the summit is 'building ICT ecosystem, creating shared value' and the company has also scheduled a Gala Awards Ceremony to recognise the contribution of enterprise partners.
Stone He, chief executive officer of Huawei Kenya, expressed confidence in the ICT ecosystem in the local Market. "Working with Redington and all partners in the Kenyan ICT sector has enabled us to bring world class ICT equipment and services to our local businesses, which helps them to fast track their digital transformation and adapt to their business needs in the 21st Century."
In early March 2019 Huawei announced that it had started offering commercial cloud services in South Africa, following confirmation in February that it would launch its first availability zone for cloud services.
Huawei plans to operate more datacentres in Kenya, as part of a broader expansion of its cloud services on the continent.
In the same month pan-African connectivity firm Seacom announced plans to avail a dedicated fibre connection from Kenya to South Africa's public cloud networks and datacentres, a move the company said was driven by the recent launch of Microsoft datacentres in South Africa.