A recent study shows that since 2006, many developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America have signed agreements with Huawei to provide cloud infrastructure and e-government services. The report released by the Washington think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) shows that from 2006 to April this year, Huawei has concluded 70 deals on such services with relevant institutions or enterprises in 41 countries.
Cloud infrastructure usually refers to the deployment of data centers. In addition, e-government services mainly involve automated management functions for approval, medical care, legal records, and other government affairs.
The study stated: “Huawei’s cloud infrastructure and e-government services are processing data such as healthcare, taxation, and legal records.”
Most of the countries that have signed such agreements with Huawei are located in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Huawei said in a statement: “As a cloud infrastructure and service provider, our customers own and fully control all customer data…Network security and user privacy protection remain Huawei’s top priorities,” the company adds.
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Huawei’s e-Government cloud services
Huawei’s e-Government cloud services is doing quite well especially in China. The International Data Corporation (IDC), Huawei’s e-Government cloud tops in China in 2017. According to Huawei, it regularly customizes its e-Government cloud to ensure that it meets customers’ needs. The company also claims that its e-Government cloud meets security and stability requirements using international standards. Furthermore, its cloud service permits service upgrades during O&M (operation and maintenance). So far, the company has successfully implemented the e-Government cloud in a couple of regions.
The company said
“Government services are migrating to the cloud due to various features. While government services bring tangible benefits and improve the public’s well-being, there are limits on these services due to public concern. The cost and efficiency also affect the process of migrating government affairs to the cloud”.
“Cloud computing has overwhelmingly changed O&M and business models for enterprises. The O&M of e-Government cloud is a typical example. Due to its limitations, most governments cooperate with carriers instead of building their own O&M teams. Carriers have extensive experience in traditional data center O&M, however, they lack experience in cloud data center O&M”.
It is not a surprise that governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are jostling for Huawei cloud services. Of course, we know that Huawei’s solution will be cheaper than most of the alternatives in the market. However, in more advanced countries, Huawei’s solution will probably not be used.