Huawei banks on 5G tech to achieve SDG goalsFriday March 12 2021
Kenya will eradicate poverty, inequality, hunger, climate change and social injustices by adopting 5G technology.
This is according to Huawei senior vice president and board member Catherine Chen, who noted that accelerated societal developments are possible through science and technology.
“Large social changes tend to happen in lockstep with breakthroughs in science and technology. But today, technological advancements are hyped and politicised – as has sometimes been the case with 5G,” the VP said.
This comes at a time when the US sanctions on the company has slowed down deployment of the 5G network in the globe.
America claims the firm’s equipment could be used to spy Americans and other countries that the company disputes.
Ms Chen reiterated the company’s support of the SDGs and building a green, innovative and inclusive world.
MS Chen said it is essential that people reach agreement around technology, which held significant potential for achieving development goals.
Kenya is a signatory of the United Nations sustainable development goal (SDG) whose goal is to eradicate all forms of challenges facing the world by 2030. However, it faces an innumerable of challenges such as low bandwidth connectivity, nepotism and deforestation.
Huawei is leading in UN’s SDGs through the deployment of digital solutions to empower people and meet especially the goals of innovation, reduced inequality and quality education.
In Kenya, for instance, Huawei’s Digitruck, which is a mobile, solar-powered classrooms, offer digital skills to remote and underserved communities through free classes, resources, and materials
Each Digitruck is equipped with 20 laptops, 20 virtual reality (VR) headsets, and in-built Wi-Fi.