Multinational ICT company Huawei officially launched AI Integrated Public Cloud Offer Africa AfricaCom 2018 in South Africa, Cape Town, and confirmed that the Datacenter will be located in Johannesburg to offer comprehensive cloud services at the beginning of 2019.
At the beginning of November 2018, Huawei issued a statement announcing its intention to launch its first public cloud data center in Africa.
According to Huawei, across the globe, the cloud business unit Huawei Cloud has implemented more than 120 cloud services in 18 categories and covers 60+ generic solutions including SAP, high-performance computing (HPC), the Internet of Things (IOT), security and DevOps.
The Huawei cloud in Africa has now come true.
Edward Deng, Vice President of Huawei Cloud, confirmed that the immediate strategy is to increase regional presence in South Africa before moving to other African countries, strictly defining Nigeria as short-range radar.
Dens said Huawei's strategy is to deploy the cloud to help Africa build a fully-fledged, digital Africa, and specifically offer the cloud with AI's "making the cities and industries of Africa more intelligent."
The Huawei Cloud will offer a full range of HMI solutions, and the company feels that its offering is different from competition because it is "very fast and very simple".
However, the executives emphasized that the company was focusing on the customer and on a "non-competitive market".
Dun said that, like mobile technology, the continent has another chance to break cloud services.
The company predicts that globally 85% of enterprise applications will be deployed in the cloud by 2025.
"This is a great opportunity for us here in Africa," Denn said, emphasizing that the cloud will offer a new way for companies to accept applications and use a model that offers cost savings, market speed and security.
He added that if the cloud is an "aircraft treadmill", technology such as AI, IOT and 5G is an engine.
Director General of South African Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) Robert Nkuna said that the introduction of Huawei clouds in Africa is a timely contribution to the South African digital transformation process.
Nkuna mentioned a number of current and planned projects for which the national government has set priorities, including high-frequency spectrum release and licensing (at 600 MHz, 700 MHz and 800 MHz frequencies) and is in a "progressive phase" and is likely to be concluded at the beginning of 2019.
In addition to the deployment of infrastructure, DTPS has anticipated the state of 5G readiness and development of this ecosystem, as well as preparations for the forthcoming 5G Symposium.
With South Africa's participation in the World Radio Conference, the country will continue to work on the creation of a Digital Industrial Revolution Commission involving the private sector and civil society to take advantage of the benefits of ICT, as announced by President Cīril Ramafoosa.