Altech signs value added partner deal with HUAWEI
29 August 2012
Altech signs value added partner deal with HUAWEI :
JSE-listed Allied Technologies Limited (Altech), with an annual revenue of R10 billion, today announced it has signed a long term Value Added Partner agreement with Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider.
Under the agreement Altech will provide Huawei Enterprise products and services to customers and offer post-sales professional services and support. The agreement covers a number of countries including South Africa, Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Craig Venter, Altech CEO said: “We are extremely pleased with this partnership with Huawei, which extends our existing solutions into the enterprise market. We recognise that our customers demand better value and more flexibility from the information technology industry and this partnership helps us to work with our customers to provide the best possible solutions for their information technology infrastructure requirements. We look forward to continuing to develop our long-term relationship with Huawei.”
Commenting on the new partnership, Lauren Fan, president of Huawei Enterprise Business Group in the Eastern and Southern Africa region, said: “This agreement is an important step in the development of our African Enterprise business. Altech is a well-respected and leading technology company which will be a reliable and professional partner in the provision and ongoing support of efficient ICT solutions and services. Working together on this new collaboration is mutually beneficial and will enable Altech to extend Huawei’s Enterprise’s extensive portfolio of services and products to its customers in Africa.”
Huawei Enterprise offers solutions for vertical industry and enterprise customers including government and public sectors, transportation and logistics, power grids, energy, healthcare, and finance, and include ICT solutions such as cloud services, unified communications and transmission solutions, network and application security services, data centre networking and storage solutions and ICT infrastructure services.
“Combining Altech’s impressive range of market-leading technology services with a product portfolio of Huawei’s calibre will massively impact our public and private sector customers. It is a partnership that will drive them towards meeting their challenging targets through technology, service innovation and cost effectiveness. Altech will provide end-to-end managed services and technology solutions that address the unique challenges faced by enterprise companies. Altech’s customers and partners across the public and private sectors will benefit from Huawei’s expertise in design, implementation, lifecycle and managed services,” added Venter.
According to Fan, Altech was selected due to the well established relationships that it has in the enterprise market. Altech is also a leading provider of value-add vertical solutions to the market which will be enhanced by the product portfolio of Huawei. The enterprise market in South Africa is a new area of focus for Huawei and they have partnered with Altech in order to grow the market for their wide portfolio of enterprise products.
“This partnership with Altech is the culmination of Huawei’s search for a company that has the ability to implement systems integration and vertical application-led selling such as transforming the future of banking applications and enabling applications such as electronic health services and functions such as health and safety for the mining sector,“ said Fan.
With the partnership with Huawei, Altech, through its operations in the telecommunications, multi-media and information technology (TMT) sectors will be able to provide high-end fleet management services, traffic monitoring applications and cloud infrastructure services, to name a few.
Another component of the partnership is Altech’s ability to distribute Huawei devices, such as smartphones and tablets, through its existing Altech Autopage Cellular national distribution network.
“Huawei is a $32-billion business empire and is the world’s largest telecoms-equipment manufacturer and is one of the world’s ten largest mobile-phone manufacturers. Through this partnership with Huawei, we will implement a broader focus on the TMT sectors where we already have a significant footprint,” said Venter.
Dr Willie Oosthuysen, Altech Chief Strategic Officer and Chief Technology Officer is confident that the partnership will not only result in enhanced services for Altech customers, but will also provide them with access to quality, affordable technology supported by a partner that is well aligned with Altech’s focus on customer service and innovative technology solutions.
“As part of this agreement, Huawei Enterprise will provide its recognised worldwide expertise to Altech to further develop the service experience of our customers. Coupled with our expertise in local market conditions, this is a relationship that will positively impact our enterprise services and solutions,” said Oosthuysen
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About Allied Technologies Limited
Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The company focuses on the Telecommunications, Multi-media and Information Technology (TMT) industries with a global footprint in 14 countries and employs more than 4 000 employees.
As a leading South African multi-billion rand group, Altech is involved in the design, development and convergence of Telecommunications, Multi-media systems and IT solutions.
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About Huawei Enterprise Business Group
Huawei Enterprise Business Group ("Huawei Enterprise") is one of the three business groups of Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider.
Leveraging Huawei's strong R&D capabilities and comprehensive technical expertise, Huawei Enterprise provides a wide range of highly efficient customer-centric ICT solutions and services to global vertical industry and enterprise customers across government and public sector, finance, transportation, electric power, energy, commercial businesses, and ISPs.
Huawei Enterprise's innovative and leading solutions cover network infrastructure, unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), cloud computing & data center, enterprise information security, and industry application solutions.
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