A Memorandum of Understanding between MTN Group and Huawei seeks to advance their strategic partnership in political, social, and environmental issues.
The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed at MWC Barcelona, is consistent with both Huawei’s TECH4ALL effort and MTN’s Ambition 2025 corporate sustainability development plan.
“Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress can only be achieved through the power of partnerships,” said MTN Group Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer Nompilo Morafo.
“Working with companies like Huawei, we can pool our technologies and expertise to drive greater access to connectivity, digital skills and greener and more sustainable solutions to the benefit of all.”
Li Peng, a member of Huawei’s supervisory board and president of the carrier BG, stated that Huawei anticipates cooperating closely with MTN Group on achieving net zero, expanding rural coverage, and providing instruction in digital skills “We believe that digital technology will become an important force driving social development and making the world more inclusive and sustainable.”
For those who are in need, such as remote communities, the elderly, unemployed individuals, girls and women in particular, and rural communities in general, the Huawei DigiTruck offers free instruction in digital skills.
The DigiTruck is a movable school that has been converted from a used cargo container and is mounted on a truck. It is furnished with computers, cellphones, and 4G connectivity.
The Huawei ICT School is a supplement to it, teaching university students ICT abilities like 5G, cloud computing, and AI.
Around 150 000 pupils are served annually by the 1 900 Huawei ICT Academies, which are located in 110 nations.
To ensure that people on the continent are makers, users, and pioneers of digital technologies, MTN’s Skills Academy aims to strengthen the relationship between digital skills training and employment demand.
The collaboration deal signed today aims to speed up efforts to reach more rural and remote areas and to increase the variety of digital skill training programs accessible.
The majority of people in Africa live in rural regions, so MTN is dedicated to expanding its network to underserved neighborhoods and achieving its goal of 95% rural broadband penetration by 2025.
The relationship with Huawei will assist in achieving this goal and in our strategy to increase the variety of collaborations and partnership methods we use.
In order to provide distant and rural areas with cheap internet, MTN and Huawei are working together to implement RuralStar.
The method gets around conventional obstacles that prevent carriers from making money from network access in such circumstances.
Following the conclusion of the initial RuralStar proof-of-concept in Ghana in 2017, the parties will continue to work together.
Huawei will help MTN fulfill its promise to reduce its environmental effect and reach net zero pollution by the year 2040.
The collaborators will work to decarbonize MTN’s communication network, which includes radio access network (RAN) locations, transit networks, storage facilities, and data centers.
A combination of energy-efficient technologies and the use of cutting-edge green technologies will be used to decarbonize the network.