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ICT development in Sri Lanka gets a boost

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) company unveiled their brand new Office in concurrence with the establishment of Customer Solutions Innovation and Integration Experience Center (CSIC) last week. Both facilities are located at 16F, West Tower, World Trade Center in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The establishment of CSIC is one of Huawei further contributions to support Sri Lanka’s digital economy.

The opening was patronized by Chief Guest, Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure,  Yang Zuoyuan, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka and other government officials.

The newly-opened Huawei Customer Solutions Innovation and Integration Experience Center (CSIC) is a state-of-the-art center that enable customers to experience, architect, validate and build ICT solutions. CSIC is built on the concept of cloud and leading IT infrastructures, where customers can develop innovative ICT solutions, share Huawei global best practices and exchange ideas. It serves as a platform that enables joint innovation with customers based on their demands and business environments.

The CSIC is state-of-the-art center is furnished with 4K video, public safety demonstration devices, 120+ global show cases for business, technology and society. The center has been formulated with the aim of providing customers with an opportunity to experience, plan, authenticate and build ICT solutions.

Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando said, “As we progress to develop Sri Lanka to be a digitally empowered nation, the role of information communications technology becomes even more vital. The launch of the Huawei Customer Solutions Innovation and Integration Experience Center would further help us to innovate as we work together to bridge the digital divide and help the citizens enhance their living standards and quality of life.”

He further added, “Huawei is the first global high technology company to establish an innovation center in Sri Lanka which will support ICT development in Sri Lanka.  I very much appreciate and praise the efforts for the further contribution by Huawei. I visited Huawei headquarters and I am very impressed about Huawei campus and innovation capability. Huawei spend over 10% from sales revenue for R&D every year.  Huawei Customer Solutions Innovation and Integration Experience Center (CSIC) in Colombo is a great platform where we can develop innovative ICT solutions. I wish more youth and students can visit the centre and witness how a global ICT company innovates”.

Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang said:” The establishment of CSIC is the connections with the MOU that Sri Lanka government signed with Huawei during Hon. Prime Minister and I visited Huawei Headquarter in China last year. As a global leading ICT company, Huawei’s value and contribution will support ICT development in Sri Lanka. ”

Commenting on the opening, Shunli Wang Huawei Sri Lanka CEO said, “The establishment of CSIC is one of Huawei further contributions to support Sri Lanka’s digital economy and ICT development following the national broadband forum and Seeds For the Future program we organized last year. We are willing to share our global best practice and experience and work with the stakeholders to make innovations and support Sri Lanka to be a digitally empowered nation. We keep innovation and exploring new possibilities to drive the progress, and be openness to tap into collective wisdom.”

Huawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider, focused on the carrier networks, enterprise, consumer, and cloud computing fields. Huawei products and solutions have been deployed in over 170 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Huawei began its operations in Sri Lanka in 2005. At present, Huawei works with Sri Lankan operators to provide network service for about 70% population in Sri Lanka. Huawei’s smartphone are well welcomed by Sri Lanka consumers.

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