Huawei does seem to be getting their fair share of the limelight these days, and with good reason too. During Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, prime minister of Sri Lanka’s visit to Huawei Headquarters, the prime minister witnessed the signing of a MoU on ICT cooperation between the Sri Lankan Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and Huawei
The MoU demonstrates the Sri Lankan government’s commitment to furthering its cooperation with Huawei. In addition, the prime minister also visited Huawei’s new ICT industry exhibition hall and had a friendly meeting with Mr. Li Jinge, senior vice president, Huawei.
Mr. Li Jinge, senior vice president, Huawei, explained how the company would actively respond to Hon. prime minister’s call and would continue contributing to ICT development and digital economy in Sri Lanka. He went on further to say how pleased they are to bring their global experience in ICT industry and provide leading ICT solutions and consumer devices to Sri Lanka. As such, they would continue to accelerate the local ICT talent development. As such, in 2016, they would also establish a Customer Solution Integration and Innovation Center in Sri Lanka where they can share its global best practice with Sri Lankan customers. Customers can have an interactive engagement with the experts from Huawei Headquarters and other countries and even exchange ideas, make innovation and build up cooperation with industry players at the innovation center.
At the meeting, Mr. Yi Xianliang, the ambassador of Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka indicated that he will greatly support the cooperation between Huawei and Sri Lanka, especially in international financial city, industry zone in Hambantota. Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development welcomes them to participate in ICT planning and infrastructure construction for Smart Colombo. After the meeting, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Mr. Yi Xianliang and Mr. Li Jinge jointly witnessed the signing of a MoU on ICT cooperation between the Sri Lankan Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and Huawei.
The technology giant has been operating business in Sri Lanka since 2005. At that time, the local mobile penetration rate was only 16.85%, and the household broadband penetration rate was 0.4%. Over the past 11 years, they have partnered with local operators to focus on innovation and bridging the digital divide. As such, Sri Lanka’s mobile penetration rate now reaches 112%, and the household broadband penetration rate reaches 12%. Huawei’s networks have served 70% of total population in Sri Lanka, and Sri Lankan customers can now enjoy the high-speed 4G networks.In addition, smartphones have also been well received by Sri Lankan consumers, with the second largest market share in the local smartphone market.
With more than 400 employees in Sri Lanka, of whom 86% are local hires. Huawei has indirectly created over 1,000 jobs. Over the past 11 years, the company has developed large numbers of local ICT talent and will also launch its Seeds for the Future program in Sri Lanka to sponsor a study trip to China for 10 local university students in 2016. Students will have the opportunity to study the latest ICT technologies at their headquarters in China and experience Chinese culture at a university in Beijing.