In marking its quindecinnial year of operation in Jamaica, Tech Giant, Huawei, has opened a brand new 9000 square foot location at 97 Hope Road Kingston. Among the invitees were the Honourable Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Deputy Prime Minister, Horace Chang, Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, Chen Daojiang, Minister of Education Fayval Williams, Minister of Transport and Mining, Audley Shaw, Huawei Technology partner Fosrich Company Limited CEO, Cecil Foster along with other members from the ICT industry and Entrepreneurs. With this 300 million investment, the company continues to demonstrate its long-term commitment to Jamaica as it invests significantly in opening this new space that will house the administrative, human resource, R&D and tech departments as well as meeting rooms and a restaurant. The new facility will allow Huawei to further its growth in Jamaica.

Since 2007, Huawei has been part of the digital development of Jamaica, from the development of robust and innovative technological infrastructure such as wireless and fibre to the home networks, digital TV services to the growth and penetration of smart phones while always maintaining the highest cyber security standards.

According to Neil Grant CEO, Carrier Network Business Group, Huawei Technologies (Jamaica) Co. Ltd. The new facility will allow Huawei to further its growth in Jamaica. “Huawei believes in Jamaica. We currently have a very strong customer base for our Digital Energy / solar line of products and we have partnerships with several local companies that are solidifying our presence and impact locally,” Grant said.

“As we continue to grow locally so does our investment. Our team comprises over 80% Jamaicans and we are proud of the accomplishments of our Jamaican outfit,” he added.

Speaking at the launch, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said “My intention to transform Ja into a digital society. I truly believe that creating a digital society will ensure that Ja can prosper in 21st century, where we must move towards using the technology to make ourselves successful. STATIN has revealed a record of a 4.8% growth in a quarter. Unemployment rate has fallen to 6.6% with more women getting more jobs in the economy, leveraging technology for prosperity”.

For the past 15 years, Huawei has worked together towards the transformation of the ICT infrastructure in Jamaica, from 2G to 4G with the main carriers as our key customers, in the process we have also accomplished a number of FIRST in the region, First 4G LTE, First 10GBps Home-Fibre, First Fibre rto the Home & IPTV and First 4K TV.

The company has also successful implemented Social Responsibility programmes that promote the development of students from the main universities in the country.

Since 2017, Huawei Seeds for the Future, has provided technological and cultural learning opportunities with experts in China to 67 young Jamaican nationals, has promoted the exchange of ICT knowledge and greater interest in the telecommunications sector, and has improved the local participation in the international digital community.

Additionally, Huawei’s ICT Talent Development and Internship Plan is an initiative that seeks to develop practical skills and knowledge in the graduate student’s skills sector. Huawei signed an MOU with The University of The West Indies, Mona to launch the Jamaica ICT Talent Hub Initiative and the HUAWEI ICT Academy will be expected to launch in the very near future.

As part of the 15th year anniversary Huawei will also be donating 15 IdeaHubs  to support the digital education of the country, The HUAWEI IdeaHub is a productivity tool for the smart classrooms that bundles intelligent writing, High Definition (HD) video conferencing and wireless sharing. It is designed to suit any environment and effortlessly turn classrooms or conference rooms into smart spaces for real-time collaboration and remote learning, the amount of this donation has an approximate value of 13,500,000 JMD.

Bob Zhou CEO Huawei Jamaica says that Huawei has a 15-year proven track record of providing high quality technology and services to support local ICT developments that speaks volumes for the company’s commitment in Jamaica, for Jamaica.  

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