Guinea is about to experience a new wave and growth in technology as Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, is set to construct 4,000-km fibre optic cable network in the West African country.
When constructed, the infrastructure is expected to not only usher in new communication possibilities in the Anglophone country, it will help Guinea join the digital world, the Guinean president has said.
President Alpha Conde while launching a national programme to lay the fibre optic cable, which will cost $238 million, with 90 per cent of it provided by China Eximbank in form of preferential loans, stated:
“The project will enable Guinea to join the digital world and develop its information and communication technologies (ICT) sector”
Chinese telecom giant Huawei will carry out the installation of the fibre optic cable.
The fibre optic cable will help to connect the town with villages, thus enabling rural populations to embrace technology in their socioeconomic development process, he added.
“Our country will experience technological revolution in sectors such as health, education, environment and governance,” the president said.
Chinese Ambassador to Guinea, Bian Jianqiang at the launch ceremony, described the fibre optic project as the largest project ever in telecommunication sector under China-Guinea trade relationship.
The project will promote the country’s modernisation, boost its economy and create thousands of jobs for local people, he said.
Noting that China and Guinea have had fruitful cooperation, the ambassador said China would encourage more Chinese companies to invest in Guinea to deepen bilateral cooperation in various sectors.
Huawei has been operating in Guinea since 2002. The vice-chairman of Huawei West Africa, Li Xiangyu, said the company aims to enrich the lives of Guinean people.