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Chinese multinational ICT firm Huawei announced it would embark on training 120 youths affiliated to Kenya’s Presidential Digital Talent Program (PDTP) into skilled network professionals. The PDTP began back in 2015.

The 120 trainees join the Huawei network training program which has so far seen 40 trainees graduates, 10 of whom got the distinction of earning the Huawei Certified Network Associate (HCNA). In a statement, Huawei said:

The trainees will undergo intense two-day wireless technology training on LTE and WCDMA at the Huawei Training Center (in Nairobi). At the end of the training, the group will be able to understand the basic principle of LTE, air interfaces, LTE/EPC network architecture, Huawei eNodeB product family, and applications, as well as basic operation about Huawei eNodeB among others.”

Huawei reiterates the need to have more trainees in Kenya as it champions the broadband transformation that has been witnessed across the country over the past few years. The setting up of fiber optic submarine cables in conjunction with network upgrades by the big network service providers has primarily sparked this wave of broadband transformation across Kenya.

“(The) majority of the broadband connections are made via WCDMA/third generation (3G) mobile networks whilst also using the Long Term Evolution (LTE) that has been growing rapidly countrywide since 2014 alongside the growth of mobile radio digital technologies,” said Huawei.

One of the beneficiaries of the PDTP, Kevin Nyakundi, expressed his gratitude with the endeavors of the program. Nyakundi said:

The developed economies are currently onto 5G, and as Kenya progresses towards upscaling from 4G, we need to be prepared.”

The PDTP program also enjoys support from other multinational companies including Google, ZTE, Oracle, HP, and MultiChoice.

Related: The U.S. cautions consumers against buying Huawei devices

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