Huawei South Africa has urged ICT policy makers to consider broadband connectivity not just for internet access, but as an enabler of cloud services which will leapfrog digitisation of Southern African economies.
“Today, information communication technologies have become key factors in contributing to economic growth in both advanced and developing countries,” said Dr. Bello Moussa, director of innovations and industries relations at Huawei South Africa.
Huawei reaffirmed its commitment to developing symbiotic partnerships with the relevant ministries from participating countries including South Africa to help them achieve their national ICT goals.
“The impact of ICT on the economy is mostly misunderstood in the developing world, as we tend to think that ICT can only contribute when it is incorporated in heavy industries such as manufacturing. However, even something like the smartphone has changed the way in which people; whether rural or urban, rich or poor – live, work and play,” said Moussa.
In its recently published ICT Sustainable Development Goals Benchmark report, the company found that there was a 90% correlation between ICT investment and progress in a country’s ability to meet six key goals as set out by the United Nations.
These goals include Good Health and Well Being, Quality Education, Smart Cities and Communities and Climate Action.
“Countries in the region should focus on ICT policies as part of a nation’s economic development strategy to encourage and incentivize digital transformation,” said Moussa.
“Broadband is not just about fast internet access; ultimately its role is to provide access to the cloud services that enables the digital economy – Big Data and Analytics, the Internet of Things, Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning and more.”