Chinese tech giant Huawei have joined forces with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) to provide both on-site and online 5G training to IT students studying at Walter Sisulu University.
According to the DCDT, “The 5G training is designed to enable students to understand 5G protocol standardisation, key industry applications, ecosystems, network architecture and key technologies.”
The 5G training program will take place at the Mthatha, Butterworth, and East London campuses, with Mthatha training scheduled to take place on 21 and 22 February 2020, while the Butterworth and East London training programs will both take place on 24 and 25 February 2020.
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Along with offering students valuable knowledge and training, the Minister of Communications and Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, will engage with the media, traditional leaders, academics, and local business about the importance and feasibility of emerging 5G technology in the country.
Huawei’s South African CEO, Spawn Fan, said in a statement, “We’re proud to partner with Walter Sisulu University, We appreciate 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.
“This era is underpinned by the mass connectivity of 5G – hence Huawei’s commitment to 5G training. Fifth-generation cellphone technology is a key part of 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution), which is changing the way we live, work, play and consume services. Research predicts that by 2020, 70% of all jobs would have an ICT component.”
The training program will form part of Huawei’s ICT (Information and Communication Technology) global event, aimed at developing the talent needed for industry growth and Digital Transformation.