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MTN and Huawei held unveiling ceremony of Joint Technology Innovation Lab. (Image source: Huawei)

MTN Group, in collaboration with Huawei, officially unveiled the Technology Innovation Lab at MTN Group's headquarters, marking a significant stride in their ongoing partnership spanning various digital domains 

Initially disclosed during MWC 2024, when the parties penned a Memorandum of Understanding, the establishment of the lab aims to deepen their collaboration further, expediting digital transformation and sustainable development across Africa.

The Technology Innovation Lab is positioned as a driver for digital advancement in Africa. By encouraging cross-regional collaboration, it will stimulate the African digital ecosystem and facilitate the swift development, deployment, and adoption of state-of-the-art innovative solution

Africa's technological evolution

This lab assumes a pivotal role in MTN's progression, transcending its conventional telecommunications operator role to emerge as a leading provider of comprehensive technology services. Research and development within the lab will focus on crucial areas including 5G and 5G-A technologies, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, cloud computing, FTTH, automation, and digital financial services – all catalysts for Africa's digital future.

During a tour of the facilities at the launch event, attendees were presented with several exemplary technology use cases across Network, Fintech, Information Technology (IT), and Security (IS).

Ralph Mupita, president and CEO of MTN Group, stated, "This lab further demonstrates our commitment to developing relevant, sustainable, and transformative solutions designed specifically for the African context and signifies a strategic investment in Africa's future - It's about solutions born in Africa, for Africa. It will catalyse the growth of the digital economy, fostering innovation and generating long-lasting opportunities to empower communities and advance the continent's development."

Mazen Mroué, chief technology and information officer at MTN Group emphasised during the ceremony, "The Technology Innovation Lab is more than just a hub for tech; it's a platform for collaboration, demonstrating our technology capabilities resulting from the continuous investment made by MTN during the last 30 years. It is a space where the best minds can come together, share ideas, and push the boundaries of what's possible. By working closely, we can leverage each other's strengths and the collective brilliance of Africa's innovators to create solutions that will transform lives. This collaborative spirit is what will unlock the true potential of this lab."

Cao Ming, president of Huawei's Wireless Solution, stated, "We will collaborate with MTN to create leading products and solutions for the African market, and together explore new business models to lead the industry forward. We believe that the establishment of the innovation lab will accelerate the development of Africa's digital economy and build a more prosperous and sustainable African continent."

The Technology Innovation Lab will function as a center for experimentation, demonstration, and skill enhancement. It is furnished with cutting-edge facilities and resources tailored to support advanced research and development endeavors. This serves as evidence of MTN and Huawei's commitment to Africa's future. It will pave the way for unparalleled innovation, digital inclusivity, and economic advancement across the continent.

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