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Thursday, November 24 2022 - 03:17
Huawei signs global ITU pledge to help 120 million people in remote areas connect to the digital world
SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Huawei has signed a global commitment to join the International 
Telecommunication Union's Partner2Connect digital alliance, which will bring 
connectivity to about 120 million people in remote areas in more than 80 
countries by 2025.

Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei, announced the decision at the company's 2022 
Sustainability Forum, Connectivity+: Innovate for Impact. The forum explored 
how ICT innovation could unleash the business and social value of connectivity 
and drive sustainability in the digital economy era.

Speakers at the event included senior leaders from the ITU and United Nations, 
telecom ministers and regulators in Cambodia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and 
Pakistan, and business leaders, partners, experts, and customers from China, 
South Africa, Belgium, and Germany.

"It is clear connectivity alone is not enough. It must be affordable, the 
content must be relevant and in the local language, and users must have the 
skills to make best use of it," said ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm 
Johnson. "Thank you to Huawei for their support of the Partner2Connect (P2C) 
Digital Coalition, and for their announced P2C pledges in the key areas of 
rural connectivity and digital skills."

Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator in China, called for 
"multi-stakeholder partnerships" to close "the sobering reality" of a digital 
divide which excluded a third of the global population.

"Our dynamic world urgently needs improved digital cooperation to capitalize on 
the transformational potential of technology to create new jobs, boost 
financial inclusion, close the gender gap, spur a green recovery and redesign 
our world to be more prosperous and inclusive," he said. "Now is the time to 

In his keynote address, Dr Liang stressed that access to a stable network was a 
basic requirement and right in the digital age.

"Connectivity will be more than just a tool for convenient communications," he 
said. "Together with digital technologies like cloud and AI, connectivity will 
help bring everyone into the digital world, and provide them with access to 
more information and skills, better services, and wider business opportunities. 
This will, in turn, drive further social and economic development."

Cao Ming, President of Huawei Wireless Solution, said: "Huawei integrates the 
full-technology innovation potential of equipment, sites, energy, transmission, 
and antennas to address the difficulties faced by traditional site deployment, 
such as high costs, restricted transportation, lack of power, and maintenance 
challenges. We have continuously upgraded the RuralStar and RuralLink solutions 
to extend quality coverage to remote areas, enabling more people, community 
hospitals, schools, local governments, and small- and medium-sized enterprises 
to enjoy the same high-speed broadband connectivity experiences as those in 

The RuralStar series have provided connections for more than 60 million people 
in remote areas in more than 70 countries.

In Cambodia, the ITU's first P2C partner country, Huawei will work with 
government departments through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and 
universities to provide 10,000 training opportunities for ICT professionals in 
the next five years.

SOURCE: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd

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   Caption: Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei announced the company had joined ITU 
P2C Digital Alliance

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