Taking Ethiopia as an example, in 2007, Ethiopia Telecom and ZTE signed a capital network expansion project (the Millennium Project), which needs to be completed within five months. At that time, no company dared to do this, because according to international practice, the construction period of such projects is usually 1 to 2 years. ZTE invested a huge amount of manpower and material resources to successfully complete this project. Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles once praised: "The Great Wall is a symbol of China, and ZTE's successful implementation of the Millennium Project in Ethiopia is a symbol of Ethiopia." This cooperation marked a good beginning for both sides.
As a member of the BRICS countries, South Africa is one of ZTE's most important markets. In the decade since ZTE entered the South African market in 2005, it has assisted in planning and constructing an optical transmission network covering the entire South African region, completed a backbone optical transmission network of 1900km throughout the entire process, provided over 2300 job opportunities, comprehensively promoted competition in the South African communication market, and effectively reduced communication tariffs. Through broadband and informatization, remote education is applied in remote areas such as Kuazulu Province and Northwest Province, enabling children in these areas to enjoy high-quality educational resources just like those in other regions.
ZTE has also launched a series of solutions for industry applications in Africa, including U-Safety public safety, U-Highway national broadband network, U-Government digital government, U-Power smart grid, U-Oil&Gas digital oil and gas, iRail rail transit, Smart Education, etc., promoting enterprise development, improving government efficiency, and building a safe and stable social environment, bringing significant economic and social benefits to local countries and people. For example, to assist the ZESCO department of Zambia Electric Power Company in signing the optical transmission backbone network, covering 80% of the country's population, including nearly 5000km of optical cables, and the communication network can provide 400G bandwidth; Assist Egypt, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, and Nigeria in building information technology education systems, and support education in Africa. Among them, ZTE has assisted the Egyptian government in establishing a distance education project, which has trained 700000 people, and Egyptian Ministry of Education officials highly praise this.
With the development of Sino African trade, cooperation between China and Africa in fields such as telecommunications and energy is constantly strengthening, and the prospects are even broader. What are your expectations for this? What are the future development goals in the African market?
ZTE's 20 years of cultivation in Africa have also been a period of rapid development in infrastructure such as telecommunications, energy, and transportation. We have helped multiple local telecommunications operators in Africa establish their own communication networks, breaking the long-standing monopoly and rule of multinational operators in Europe and America, enabling people to afford and use telephones, and continuously accelerating data networks towards 3G or even 4G; The public safety system we provide provides stable and reliable guarantees for the daily lives of African people; Our deployed solar power generation system allows residents in remote areas to enjoy basic electricity needs; We also collaborate with other Chinese enterprises to provide the latest supporting facilities for oil fields, railways, highways, and industrial parks they have invested in and built