On July 18th, China Unicom (South Africa) Operations (PTY) Limited (hereinafter referred to as “China Unicom South Africa”) was officially launched in Johannesburg, South Africa. More than 100 people including representatives of the South African government, representatives of the South African China Economic and Trade Association, media representatives, telecom operators, and representatives from Chinese companies in South Africa, attended and witnessed this opening ceremony.
In attendance at the opening was Dhiren Mehta Chief Strategist of UniMedia and Andre Van Rensburg CEO Pexmart to congratulate President of China Unicom Global Limited, Ms. Meng Shusen on her vision to include South Africa and the rest of Africa in Unicom’s global expansion model.
Mr. Derrick Kissoonduth, MMC of Community Safety, City of Tshwane said in his speech, that South Africa is the starting place in Africa to grow business interests. It is a wise choice for China Unicom to choose to establish the first African operations company in South Africa. Hopefully we will work together to make South Africa and the African Continent a better place for its people and citizens.
Mr. David Kramer, the Deputy Director and CIO of the Department of E-Government of Gauteng Province, said that the Fourth Industrial Revolution has come to Africa. The digital economy has become an important engine for the growth in the African economy. It’s a good opportunity for China Unicom South Africa to join the African digital family. He believes that China Unicom South Africa will play a key role in the digital transformation of Africa.
Mr. Wan Jun, Executive Deputy President of the South Africa-China Economy and Trade Association, expressed congratulations to the establishment of China Unicom South Africa when China and South Africa celebrated 20 years of diplomatic relations, which will further enhance the information link between China and South Africa and also other African countries. It will certainly promote a win-win cooperation between China and African countries in the field of ICT.
South Africa is the starting point of the Belt and Road Initiative to connect Africa. China Unicom South Africa is established at a time when the 10th BRICS Summit is about to open in South Africa, which reflects the determination and ability to actively respond to the Belt and Road Initiative and promote China-Africa cooperation with international information and telecommunication services.
Up to now, China Unicom has deployed 17 PoP nodes in Africa. The SAIL submarine cable connecting Cameroon and Brazil, which is jointly invested by Cameroon Telecom and China Unicom, is the submarine route with maximum transmission capacity and the shortest latency between Africa and South America. While China Unicom is strengthening its network infrastructure investment and construction in Africa, it will also work closely with African telecommunication operators and equipment manufacturers to provide products and solutions such as cloud computing, big data, IoT, innovative ICT services, premium Internet and global networking solutions, and will help local companies to develop informatization and digital transformation and provide high-quality ICT services for Chinese companies opening business in Africa, and for African companies expanding business globally. The establishment of China Unicom South Africa is a new milestone in China Unicom’s international business development.
Ms. Meng Shusen, President of China Unicom Global Limited, presided over the opening ceremony.
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