20th September 2018….. Huawei Technologies has signed a Framework Distribution Agreement in Kenya with Redington Gulf-a distributor of IT Telecom and Lifestyle products in this market. The two companies announced joint partnership for the ICT Ecosystem building.
Under this partnership, Huawei will work with Redington to provide cutting-edge equipment such as data centre facilities, and both IT and communications hardware and software for the Kenyan market. The products are backed by an experienced technical team to provide training and support to handle turnkey client solutions deployment.
On its part, Redington, a leading solutions and services reseller will handle the local channel development for Huawei Technological solutions through its extensive market network. Redington provides end-to-end Supply Chain Services and Solutions for leading Information Technology manufacturers and has hundreds of local ICT companies in its network.
Announcing the partnership at the Huawei-Redington Partner Summit that was attended by more than three hundred local ICT companies, Huawei and Redington committed to providing training and support alongside world-leading products and solutions, and enabling these companies to grow their business in order to provide ICT solutions to drive Kenya’s digital transformation.
Speaking at the Summit Huawei Technologies Kenya CEO Mr Stone He, stressed the need for companies to integrate digital technology into all areas of business in partnership with stakeholders in order to remain relevant in a rapidly changing business environment.
“In order to maximize Huawei’s robust ICT capabilities, Huawei has teamed up with partners and developers to explore the road to digital transformation. Huawei credits strategic partnerships to its growing success around the globe. As a result, this in turn creates business success for customers using Huawei’s competitive products.” Said Mr. Stone HeCabinet Secretary –Ministry of Information, Communication & Technology, Mr Joe Mucheru, emphasized on the government’s commitment to fostering partnerships in the IT sector to drive the Big 4 Agenda.
“Our government is working to develop ways for ICT companies to promote and provide their innovative solutions to the government through a whitebox initiative which will be launched soon. Our government is willing to partner with Kenyan companies to drive Kenya’s digital transformation. There are many opportunities for all of you as part of this especially in the Big Four.”
Huawei has become the leading telecommunication solutions provider in Kenya, working in cooperation with local partners including Government, Telecom Operators and Industry Partners for almost twenty years. The Presidential Digital Training Program conducted in conjunction with the ICT Authority, is an example of other programs Huawei is sponsoring to drive the local ICT ecosystem and build long-term capacity. In addition, since 2017, Huawei has partnered with local universities to provide cutting edge skills for professors under the Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (HAINA). At the Summit, 12 Universities attended and were officially certified as HAINA, also known as ICT Academies.
Redington Kenya Managing Director, Raj Shankar reiterated on the importance of partnerships in driving innovation among players in the telecom industry.
He said, “We are pleased with this new milestone in partnering with Huawei and believe that working together will enable new technology solutions to be brought to the market and reach across Kenya through our strong network and capabilities.. This, we are confident will play a supporting role in driving the realization of the government’s Big 4 Agenda.”
Redington, under the partnership, will offer end-to –end supply chain including wide spread distribution of IT products, including networking, storage, security and infrastructure and personal computing products. It will also ensure the swift and effective distribution of smartphones and wearables, ensures the successful preconnection logistics and facilitates the delivery of services to consumers, retailers, SMEs and enterprises.
To date, Huawei has had more than 13,000 channel partners, 860 solution partners, and 2,900 service partners working around the world to deliver solutions to enterprises. Huawei also established cooperation partnership with many companies, such as SAP, Accenture, GE, and continues to grow its partnership base Redington.
Redington’s partnership with Huawei will further propel Huawei’s reach, not just in Kenya, but also on the African continent.