As part of a partnership to equip South African students to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Huawei and the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies launched a free 5G training programme at Walter Sisulu University (WSU) on Friday 21 February 2020
The launch is part of an ongoing campaign to help South Africa’s young people experience the possibilities 5G offer. The programme started at Wits University and the University of Pretoria last year, and will train up to 5 000 students online, and 1 000 students on site at partner universities across South Africa.
The event was attended by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams; Huawei South Africa CEO Spawn Fan, and representatives from the Eastern Cape government and the university.
Spawn Fan said that Huawei appreciates that WSU is a developmental university, focused on urban renewal and rural development through science, technology and innovation, which aligns perfectly with Huawei’s vision. “It forms part of our ICT Talent Ecosystem Programme to grow and support ICT training in South Africa, especially in the latest technologies of 5G, artificial intelligence and Cloud and Data Services”.
5G – or fifth-generation cellphone technology is a key part of 4IR, which is changing the way we live, work, play and consume services. Research predicted that by 2020, 70% of all jobs would have an information and communications technology (ICT) component.
Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said,” Digital skill is a priority that requires all role players to collaborate in massifying skills throughout society. In 2018, we set a bold vision to train one million young people on data science and related skills. We have therefore sought to collaborate with various partners, including Huawei, to realise this vision.”
The programme’s two-day courses are open to students both in the Mthatha (Umtata) area and online. They include components about 5G applications, network capabilities and key technologies to assist students understand 5G and its potential.
“This 5G training comes at an opportune time as we are seized with preparing South Africa for the licensing of IMT Spectrum. We will therefore need a capable army that is equipped with relevant skills to assist government in achieving its mandate of ensuring that South Africa is poised to aptly respond to 4IR requirements”’ the minister said.
Huawei is widely acknowledged as the global leader in 5G technology and is the only equipment provider with end-to-end 5G products and solutions, including 5G CPEs for commercial use and 5G smartphone devices.