A mover by the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT), to launch free online and on-site training in 5G and fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies in on the cards. This is evidenced by a partnership formed between the department and Huawei SA, targeting 6 000 South Africans, who are either post-graduate ICT students or practitioners. The announcement was made in mid-August 2019 at the joint DCDT annual Seeds for the Future send-off ceremony at the Huawei Office Park in Woodmead, Johannesburg.
This as the Chinese telecommunications company has been caught up in the ongoing trade war between the US and China, which resulted in Huawei and its affiliates being blacklisted. The US, which put Huawei on an export blacklist citing national security issues, has been rallying its allies to cut Huawei out of planned 5G networks, citing “national security threats” due to the company’s close ties to the Chinese government.
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