Huawei launches ICT train­ing cen­ter, Seeds for the Fu­ture

CSR ini­tia­tive by Chi­nese tech­nol­ogy com­pany

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS - By Ben Gar­cia KUWAIT: In­no­va­tion Cy­ber Threat

Huawei Kuwait an­nounced the cre­ation of an In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) train­ing cen­ter as well as the Seeds for the Fu­ture pro­gram, a cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tive promised by the com­pany to Kuwait as a long term feed­back. Huawei, a Chi­nese multi­na­tional telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment and ser­vices and fastest grow­ing smart­phone com­pany, continues to sup­port Kuwait am­bi­tions and de­vel­op­ment strate­gies by pro­vid­ing end-toend ICT so­lu­tions that give Kuwait or­ga­ni­za­tions cut­ting-edge com­put­ing and con­nec­tiv­ity ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Speak­ing with re­porters at its head­quar­ters at Al-Hamra Tower, Trevor Liu, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Kuwait, said with the launch of the Huawei’s global CSR pro­gram, the com­pany is ex­cited to be con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of young Kuwaiti tal­ents, while in­tro­duc­ing them to new ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in ICT. our fo­cus for the com­ing years is to work with the Kuwait govern­ment on key smart city ini­tia­tives and In­ter­net of Things (IoT) adop­tion and de­ploy­ment, as we be­lieve that these tech­nolo­gies are in­stru­men­tal to achiev­ing its 2035 strat­egy and plan, Liu said.

He also lauded Huawei’s plan to launch its first train­ing cen­ter in Kuwait be­fore the end of 2016 to ad­vance ICT skills among Kuwaiti pro­fes­sion­als, help­ing to sup­port lo­cal­iza­tion ini­tia­tives to in­crease the ra­tio of Kuwaiti pro­fes­sion­als in the pri­vate sec­tor. The tar­get is to train more and more Kuwaiti young peo­ple on ICT tech­nol­ogy, said Liu.

Liu noted that Huawei Kuwait continues to grow in the Mid­dle East. We are the fastest-grow­ing com­pany in the Mid­dle East. In a short pe­riod, we were able to cap­ture the market quickly, and we are now the third largest smart­phone/mo­bile tele­com com­pany world­wide. We ac­knowl­edge the chal­lenges and com­pe­ti­tion in the market, but we will over­come them by sup­port­ing our cus­tomers with our best ef­forts. We have made a great im­pact on the market, he said.

As the com­pany faces chal­lenges, in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions and the prom­ise of longterm com­mit­ment to cus­tomers are be­ing rec­og­nized. We be­lieve that if we have a long-term com­mit­ment plus a sta­ble team in Kuwait - we have around 800 peo­ple cur­rently work­ing at the Kuwait of­fice alone - it means a lot to the com­pany, said Liu. He be­lieves that the cus­tomer is the most im­por­tant part of their ev­ery­day business in Kuwait. We do not want to fo­cus on how our market share grows - we are more fo­cused on how to sat­isfy cus­tomers. If you have a sat­is­fied cus­tomer, then au­to­mat­i­cally you will have a fair share of the market, he said.

Since the new in­vest­ment law was es­tab­lished in Dec 2014, Huawei has ben­e­fited in re­ceiv­ing its Kuwait com­pany li­cense. Huawei is proud to be one of the first com­pa­nies to ob­tain a com­pany li­cense as a 100 per­cent-owned lim­ited li­a­bil­ity com­pany in Kuwait. Con­sid­ered to be the Pearl of the Gulf for its strate­gic lo­ca­tion, Kuwait’s econ­omy has large growth prospects that can be helped through an ad­vanced ICT in­fra­struc­ture that can help the state to fully cap­i­tal­ize on the eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties. This is where Huawei is keen to sup­port through con­tin­ued in­vest­ments in ed­u­ca­tion, knowl­edge-trans­fer and by sup­port­ing the Kuwait govern­ment trans­form its en­ergy-driven econ­omy to one that is based on knowl­edge, he said.

Since it en­tered the market in 2005, Huawei has had long-stand­ing part­ner­ships with many govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, reg­u­la­tors and op­er­a­tors, to pro­vide them with lat­est tech­nolo­gies while pro­vid­ing cut­ting-edge com­mu­ni­ca­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties to all Kuwaitis. Kuwait’s Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion com­mis­sioned Huawei in 2015 to com­plete the sec­ond phase of the GPON project, which saw more than 5,600 build­ings and 60,000 houses con­nected through a high-speed, fixed-line fiber net­work. On the con­sumer side, Huawei is also see­ing tremen­dous growth in sales of its Mate 8 and P9 smart­phones, which are en­joy­ing great suc­cess in Kuwait, Liu added. Ac­cord­ing to Liu, Huawei de­vices are cur­rently ranked third in Kuwait with a 15 per­cent market share.

On the is­sue of cy­ber threats, Liu noted that ac­cu­sa­tions against Huawei are ground­less. To date, not a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual or or­ga­ni­za­tion that has ques­tioned our in­tegrity has ever pro­vided any ev­i­dence to sub­stan­ti­ate their al­le­ga­tions. We did noth­ing wrong, but let us ac­cept the fact that cy­ber tech­nol­ogy is quite a chal­lenge to all of us, to many coun­tries and par­ties. We be­lieve all gov­ern­ments, in­dus­try stake­hold­ers and cus­tomers should work to­gether in an open and trans­par­ent man­ner to jointly ad­dress global cy­ber se­cu­rity chal­lenges and raise those stan­dards in or­der to en­sure that net­work tech­nol­ogy ben­e­fits con­sumers, he said.

He pointed out that Huawei’s ef­forts in cy­ber se­cu­rity have been widely rec­og­nized, and in fact they have re­ceived the fol­low­ing awards: Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Year Award from the Malaysian govern­ment, 10-Year Ex­cel­lence in In­for­ma­tion Se­cu­rity Test­ing Award by ICSA Labs and Trans­parency Award for cy­ber se­cu­rity in Ger­many. We have co­op­er­ated with Cig­i­tal, a third-party se­cu­rity eval­u­a­tion com­pany in the US, in BSIMM. Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est BSIMM eval­u­a­tion re­sults, we have per­formed well above in­dus­try av­er­age across 11 of the to­tal 12 ar­eas and on par with in­dus­try av­er­age in the re­main­ing area, Liu noted.

By the be­gin­ning of next year, sev­eral new smart­phones will be launched by Huawei. We have sev­eral cut­ting-edge smart­phones ready to be un­veiled by Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary next year. The fea­tures are yet to be an­nounced as we do not want to pre­empt the launch, but it will be bet­ter than other prod­ucts in the market and even bet­ter than we al­ready have, Liu con­cluded.

Trevor Liu, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Kuwait.

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