Huawei to assist Ukraine developing broadband communication

Agence France-Presse . Kiev | Published: 14:57, Nov 27,2019


The Huawei logo is pictured at the IFA consumer tech fair in Berlin, Germany, September 6, 2019. — Reuters file photo

Chinese telecom company Huawei is ready to provide the Ukrainian government with a draft plan for the development of broadband communications, a Huawei official said in Kiev on Tuesday.

‘We are ready to share our technologies and expertise in building broadband on a country scale,’ Li Jian, president of the company’s European area, said at the Huawei-initiated one-day Ukraine Digital Transformation Forum 2019.

Over the past three years, Huawei, in collaboration with local operators, has helped Ukraine move from 2G to 4G and increase its mobile broadband penetration from 8 per cent to 65 per cent, Li said.

‘Ukraine still has great potential to increase broadband penetration and improve coverage in rural areas. If it is possible to increase mobile penetration from 65 per cent to 85 per cent, the country’s GDP will grow by three per cent,’ he said.

Li said that broadband development is the main prerequisite for ensuring Ukraine’s digital economic growth.

‘We are ready to work closely with the government of Ukraine to jointly create a digital platform, develop sectoral ecosystems and stimulate Ukraine’s socio-economic development,’ he said.

Cloud-based technologies are the foundation of e-governance, he added.

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