Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei has opened its first store in Africa at Vodacom World in Midrand, Johannesburg, offering customers direct access to its devices and technical support.
Huawei Key Account General Manager for Vodacom, Mr Bruce Wong, says the store cements the device maker’s “commitment to South Africa and the continent.”
“We have expansion plans in place to open additional stores in other parts of South Africa in the very near future. The launch of our store in Johannesburg is just the beginning,” he said.
While acknowledging the fact that Africa has great potential and is a key market for Huawei, Wong added that: “Launching a local store is a key element to cater to the growing demand from our customers and further establishes our brand in the country.”
The launch of its Johannesburg store also coincided the introduction of the E5730 Mobile Wi-Fi, a high-speed packet access mobile hotspot for customers who own multiple Wi-Fi enabled devices.
“We are committed to providing great technology access to our customers in South Africa. This Wi-Fi device is high in speed and connectivity, and convenient to use and carry when travelling or in the office,” Key Account Manager: Channel Sales, Jasper Zhan said, speaking on the launch of the WiFi device.
Despite fierce competition from other device makers like Tecno, Samsung, Nokia, Apple, the Shenzhen-based company appears determined to increase its market share across Africa’s emerging markets.