29 May 2018
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
KT to expand ICT African cooperation after Rwanda LTE project.
Korea’s KT has committed expanding ICT cooperation with African countries based on its successful nationwide LTE network in Rwanda, a first in Africa.
KT, formerly known as Korea Telecom, disclosed its ICT support plans for African countries at the 2018 Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Conference and the 53rd African Development Bank Annual Meetings in Busan, South Korea.
Business projects and success models in Africa were also introduced at the KOAFEC's Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Forum. As a panellist at the PPP Forum, Kim Hyung-Joon, head of the KT Global Business Unit, explained the company's nationwide 4G LTE network project in Rwanda, which was completed this month in cooperation with the Rwandan government, and emphasised the importance of ICT infrastructure for economic development in Africa.
"We will cooperate with African countries to pursue economic growth based on ICT as the Rwanda project has enriched our experience and gave us greater insight," Hyung-Joon said. "KT's delegation actively exchanged opinions on a wide range of matters for business cooperation between public and private sectors in major African countries with their representatives to the conference."
The forum discussed ways to promote cooperation between Korea and African countries for the fourth industrial revolution and to improve smart infrastructure in Africa. KT also introduced its public-private partnership blueprint for constructing nationwide public LTE networks in Africa, eliciting considerable interest from participants at the ICT Business Fair, organised by the African Development Bank.
The KOAFEC conference, jointly organised by South Korea's Ministry of Strategy and Finance and Export-Import Bank of Korea with the African Development Bank, is the largest event in Korea for economic cooperation involving Africa. The Ministerial roundtable and the PPP Forum are the highlights of the conference.
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