Webcom appointed sub-Saharan Huawei reseller
BUSINESS| Nov. 9, 2011, 11:35 a.m.
The Webcom Group (Webcom) has signed a reseller agreement with global ICT firm Huawei, providing the company with access to a range of Huawei's products, delivering new functionality and choice to its markets.
Webcom now has access to Huawei's range of video ATMs, networking, data centre and telepresence solutions in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.
Says Pieter le Roux, Technical Director at Webcom: "These four mainline product segments broaden our scope of offering, allowing us to deliver a Tier 1 brand to our customers. Huawei's product offering is competitive and complements our existing offering to customers."
"An example is the 4G capabilities on Huawei's wireless product offering which future proofs our customers ICT investment with the imminent introduction of 4G into the local market."
"In addition, the unique Video ATM is ideally suited to the local banking environment, a sector that we are already entrenched in. Video ATM technology will complement our current offering and services to this sector with the additional functionality of biometrics, video conferencing to banking call centres as well as scanning and print capabilities. Using a 4G backbone, Video ATMs can act as 'remote' branches in underserviced or rural areas. This technology is currently used in international markets successfully."
Huawei's offering will also enable Webcom to deliver mobile data centres to customers in industries such as mining where it is necessary to set up short-term data centres at sites that require access to and saving of large files including images. In addition, its telepresence solutions will provide Webcom with a differentiator as this solution consumes almost 50% less bandwidth than traditional solutions and feature an end-to-end offering including software, hardware, networking and management.
The agreement is described as being mutually beneficial, providing Huawei with an ideal partner to take its offering to new markets.
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