Huawei Technologies has signed a framework distribution agreement with Redington Gulf to distribute its products in Kenya. Redington is a distributor of IT Telecom and Lifestyle products.
Under the partnership, Huawei will provide products such as data centre facilities, and both IT and communications hardware and software for the Kenyan market. The products will be backed up by an experienced technical team to provide training and support.
Redington on the other hand will provide end-to –end supply chain of Huawei products 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, successful preconnection logistics and facilitates the delivery of services to consumers, retailers, SMEs and enterprises. The company provides end-to-end Supply Chain Services and Solutions for leading Information Technology manufacturers and has hundreds of local ICT companies in its network.
The partnership was announced at the Huawei-Redington Partner Summit that was attended by more than three hundred Kenyan ICT companies. At the event, Huawei and Redington committed to providing high quality products and training and support.
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 He
Cabinet 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.”
The ICT Minister also noted that “Huawei has implemented various projects for the Government and other players and has over the years demonstrated its ability to deliver high quality, cutting-edge solutions.”
Redington regional sales head – East and South Africa, Zahid Sumar 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.”
Huawei set up in Kenya in 2005 and has become the leading telecommunication solutions provider in Kenya and its clients include Government, Telcos such as Safaricom and Telkom among others. They have also sponsored programs to catalyze the Kenyan ICT sector such as the Presidential Digital Training Program conducted in conjunction with the ICT Authority and the Digital Skills For Life Program. Since 2017, they have also partnered with Kenyan 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.