19/05/2024
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MTN and Huawei Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Joint Innovation Tech Lab to Boost Digital Transformation in Africa

MTN Group and Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a Joint  Innovation Technology Lab, aiming to deepen cooperation in technological  innovation. The signing ceremony, which held at MWC Barcelona, Spain was attended  by senior delegations from MTN and Huawei. 

This strategic partnership will see the creation of an Innovation Technology Lab at  MTN Group’s headquarters in South Africa. The lab will serve as a neutral platform  for collaboration within the Africa’s digital ecosystem, accelerating the development,  deployment and adoption of innovative digital solutions driven across the continent. 

Together, the two companies will leverage this initiative to focus their research and  development efforts on key areas such as 5G and beyond, Artificial Intelligence, Big  Data analytics, cloud computing, and digital financial services. The partnership aims  to accelerate the time-to-market of MTN’s products and services while addressing  the unique challenges faced in Africa, including improving network coverage in rural 

areas, enhancing energy efficiency, and affordability. 

Additionally, MTN’s operational teams will actively participate in the innovation  process, ensuring the solutions developed directly address real-world challenges and  drive meaningful digital transformation and sustainable development in Africa. 

Group Chief Technology and Information Officer Mazen Mroue expressed his  enthusiasm about the partnership stating, “The Joint Innovation Technology Lab is  more than a partnership between two companies; it’s an investment in the growth of Africa’s digital ecosystem. We believe that collaboration is essential for developing  solutions that truly meet the continent’s needs, and this Lab will pave the way for a  more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous future for Africa.” 

Li Peng, Huawei’s Corporate Senior Vice President and President of ICT Sales &  Service, said, “Huawei will continue innovating with MTN to ensure they have the  products and solutions required to best serve Africa’s unique market. This will not  only give MTN a competitive edge in terms of network quality, user experience, and  rapid deployment, but also help MTN achieve their own business objectives. We  believe that this newly-established lab will help supercharge both MTN’s R&D as well  as Africa’s digital economy, bringing more prosperity to the African continent.” 

This partnership further demonstrates MTN and Huawei’s shared commitment to  shaping Africa’s digital landscape, opening new pathways for innovation and digital  inclusion, and economic growth.

Source: MTN Zambia

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