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Huawei to bridge digital divide in Angola

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Huawei, in partnership with the Angola Ministry of Education and Unitel, yesterday launched E-Net Phase two.

Huawei aims to bridge the digital divide in Angola (image: file photo)
Huawei aims to bridge the digital divide in Angola (image: file photo)

“The objective of this project is to promote bridging of digital divide among Angolan youth, at the same time enhancing research and development in ICT leading to localized innovations,” said Leon Liu, Director at Huawei Technologies Angola Representative office.

He added that Huawei was committed to collaborating with local partners such as the government and Unitel to advance Angola as a knowledge based economy.

The digital inclusion project will benefit over 18000 youth, covering the 18 provinces of the country. The first phase has already connected Bie, Cabinda, Luanda, Benguela, Kwanza Norte, Malanje, Huambo, Uige, and Huila. The second phase is expected to cover the provinces of Zaire, Moxico, Kubango, Kwanza Sul, Bengo, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Namibe and Cunene.

Investment in infrastructure, competitive internet pricing, and an enabling regulatory environment are key in enhancing Africa’s connectivity. According to Internet World Stats, by the end of June 2012, Angolan internet users were 2,976,657 representing 14.8% penetration. Initiatives such as the E-net project are key in increasing the country’s connectivity and internet usage.

Staff writer

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