May 19, 2017

Nokia finds solutions in Rwanda and China

The third Transform Africa Summit was held in Kigali, Rwanda, last week where it was announced that Nokia will function as a strategic technical partner in deploying Smart City technology in Rwanda.
The third Transform Africa Summit was held in Kigali, Rwanda, last week where it was announced that Nokia will function as a strategic technical partner in deploying Smart City technology in Rwanda.
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Nokia is helping apply smart city technology in Rwanda, and has integrated its business in China under the name Nokia Shanghai Bell.

The announcement was made in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali last week, during the third Transform Africa Summit, which focused on developing ‘smart cities’ in Africa.

“We will be tapping into Nokia’s world-leading end-to-end solution portfolio to deliver to the Government of Rwanda a secure and effective smart city solution, that includes a mission-critical access network, IP and Cloud Core networks, as well as our Impact Platform with associated IoT applications,” says Mohamed Abdelrehim, head of solutions and business development for Nokia in the Middle East and Africa market.

The project is part of the Smart Africa initiative, which Rwanda is spearheading, and sets out to use technology to improve efficiency of cities in the continent.

“This partnership is a strong testimony that the public agency and private sector can work together to deliver a smarter future for Rwanda and for the African continent,” says Hamadoun Touré, executive director of Smart Africa. “Smart Africa is a big dream from our leaders who believe that our continent will be transformed using technology.”

Meanwhile, Nokia and China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center (“China Huaxin”) have inked the definitive agreements of the proposed integration of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell Co. (ASB) and Nokia’s China business. The new joint venture will be branded as Nokia Shanghai Bell (NSB).

According to the Finnish communications giant, “the joint venture will become Nokia’s exclusive platform in China for the continued development of new technologies in areas like IP routing, optical, fixed and next-generation 5G; and with the support of Nokia, NSB will continue to look for opportunities in select overseas markets.”

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