Photo - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman witnesses the signing ceremony between Huawei and the state government. (From front left) Datuk Bruno Vun, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Resource Development and Information Technology; Abraham Liu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Malaysia; From back left: Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Chief Minister of Sabah; Madam Chen Lifang, Senior Vice President and Director of the Board of Huawei.
Sabah state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China's ICT solutions giant Huawei to help develop the ICT infrastructure necessary to achieve the Malaysian state's regional smart hub objectives.
The signing in Shenzhen, which was witnessed by Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Madam Chen Lifang, Huawei senior vice president and member of Board, is for a collaboration between both parties to enable Sabah achieve its target of becoming a regional ICT hub and smart state.
Datuk Siringan Gubat, minister of Resource Development and Information Technology for Sabah said a joint Working Group will be formed to oversee the implementation of this collaboration.
"The partnership with Huawei will help Sabah achieve its target of becoming a regional ICT hub and smart state by leveraging Huawei's ICT industry expertise," Siringan said.
"It is imperative that Sabah is able to provide world-class connectivity and technology to empower Malaysians and this can be achieved through this collaboration," he said.
The minister said Huawei will provide expertise on smart state planning, including smart tourism, safe city solutions, talent development, to strengthen Sabah's border security and key industries such as tourism.
"Through this partnership, we are also looking forward to working with Huawei to develop Sabah as a smart state and safe city to ensure that we are able to strengthen the state's border security and benefit key industries such as tourism," added Siringan.
Abraham Liu, chief executive officer of Huawei Malaysia, said, "Huawei is very proud to have contributed significantly to the ICT and skill development initiatives in Malaysia and we are committed in getting Malaysia, especially rural areas like Sabah and Sarawak, ready for the era of Internet of Things."
"This partnership with the Sabah state government is a step forward in that direction," said Liu, adding that Huawei will be providing consultancy and recommendations to develop a best fit and future-proof ICT infrastructure with high-speed broadband, wider wireless coverage, new submarine links and world-class data centres.
"In the next 10 years, the ICT industry will experience exponential growth, which will bring tremendous opportunities and changes to every industry," he said. "We look forward to working with the Sabah state government, enabling the state to become a regional ICT hub and smart state. We are also honoured to be able to continue fulfilling Huawei's objective of building a better connected Malaysia."
Huawei's regional hub and its 11 sharing centres are located in Malaysia. To date, Huawei also has 2,500 staff in Malaysia where 70 percent of them are recruited locally. The company also serves all major telecom operators in Malaysia as a key contributor to High Speed Broadband (HSBB), 4G and other ICT developments in Malaysia. In 2015, Huawei launched the Smart City Solutions in Malaysia and launched the Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Centre (CSIC) in Cyberjaya as a commitment to Malaysia's transformation into a Smart Digital Nation.
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