Chinese telecoms Huawei Technologies promised to enhance further its investments for “digital transformation” in Africa.
According to the South China Morning Post, the first Africa 5G summit was held in Bangkok, Thailand, with dozens of industry executives and regulators participating.
The summit was viewed as a platform for introducing African nations to Huawei 5G technology, which Shenzhen-based Huawei powers.
Benjamin Hou, president of Huawei’s northern Africa business, said, “As the third wave of the global 5G market, Africa will open the 5G era in 2023.”
Hou added that Huawei would further increase its investment in Africa to support the steady development of 5G to facilitate digital transformation in the region.
Across Africa, Huawei has already constructed a massive information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure.
This move faces challenges in the United States and other Western countries in the northern hemisphere due to security concerns.
In 2018, U.S. prohibited tech exports to Chinese companies like Huawei Technologies, ZTE, and China Telecom, pushing allies to follow suit. It was because of alleged connections to the Chinese military or surveillance networks.
Moreover, in Britain and certain other EU countries, the company has been removed from supplier lists for mobile networks, including 5G.
Last month, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposed to ban approvals of China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE in the United States. According to an agency document, it was due to national security grounds.