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Minister of Transport and Communications officially launches demo truck

Minister of Transport and Communications Hon. Chinese Ambassador H.E. Zhou Yuxiao (left) and Huawei Country Director Stanley Chyn officially launch the Huawei “Connected Possibilities” demo truck.

Minister of Transport and Communications Hon. Chinese Ambassador H.E. Zhou Yuxiao (left) and Huawei Country Director Stanley Chyn officially launch the Huawei “Connected Possibilities” demo truck.

The most advanced communications technology in the world was showcased in Lusaka this week as Chinese communications equipment giant Huawei Technologies welcomed its “Connected Possibilities – Make it Possible” demonstration truck to Zambia.

Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga officially launched the Zambia leg of the company’s roadshow, which sees the truck covering thousands of miles across the continent to exhibit the latest state-of-the art information and communications technology (ICT) equipment.

“By harnessing this technology – and encouraging others to do so – my government knows that it will help Zambia achieve the middle-income status by 2030. And that in turn will bring prosperity, employment and transform the quality of life for all citizens. We need to turn these possibilities into reality in order to; we need to be ahead of the game. Technology is changing fast, we need to be ahead of it; we need to be faster than it. For this reason it is vital that we all learn from the latest technology trend brought to us by Huawei,” said Mr Mukanga.

The theme of the roadshow at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka is “Connected Possibilities” and the truck features some of the latest ICT equipment and ideas that will enable Zambia to stay at the forefront of telecommunications developments.

Topics in the demonstration truck include ICT solutions, soft mobile strategies, depth network optimisation, LTE backhaul convergence, IP microwave, green work, smart devices and enterprise solutions.

The roadshow was also supported by Chinese Ambassador H.E. Zhou Yuxiao, who told assembled dignitaries: “Thanks to Huawei for brining science and technology to the Zambian people. In this information age we cannot do without science and technology as it can connect possibilities with reality.”

Huawei is the world’s largest telecommunication and ICT solutions provider, serving 45 of world’s top 50 telecom operators. Its products and solutions are benefiting one third of the world’s population.

With the joint effort of 150,000 employees in more than 140 countries, Huawei is ranked 315th of the Fortune 500 companies. It has 14 regional headquarters, 23 R&D centres, 32 joint innovation centres and 45 training centres worldwide, creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services.

“Our aim is to connect Zambia to the incredible possibilities that Huawei has developed through this international experience and research. Huawei is bridging the digital divide with its technologies and solutions for telecommunications networks, consumer devices, and cloud computing,” said Huawei Technologies Zambia Country Director Stanley Chyn.

The demonstration truck comes just a few weeks after Vice President Dr Guy Scott officially made the first call to launch the first of a series of 169 base stations to be constructed by Huawei that will connect rural communities in Zambia to the mobile phone network.

The development will bring the latest mobile voice and data technology to thousands of people in remote locations across the country, enabling them to keep in touch with family and friends, find out what is happening elsewhere in the nation, and become integrated into the global community.