STATEMENT BY MR. LIRONG SHI, DIRECTOR AND SENIOR VICE
Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good Evening! On behalf of ZTE Corporation, I am highly
honoured to speak at this important event, and to discuss with you the
bridging of the digital divide around the world.
Bridging the digital divide is the joint responsibility
of government and business - in partnership.
ZTE strives to achieve this in six key ways - of course
by supplying products, but also by establishing partnerships - in
operations, in financing, in local manufacturing, in training centres, and
by cooperating with local governments to improve remote education.
In Nigeria, we built the country's biggest rural
area telecom network and established a handset manufacturing
In Pakistan we set up local manufacturing and R&D
In Indonesia, we cooperated with the biggest
telecom operator, PT Telkom, to build a training centre to expand
the country's pool of skilled telecoms technicians
In Zambia we provided financing to build telecoms
In Egypt we set up the country's largest remote
ZTE's long-term commitment to partnerships which provide
affordable advanced technology is also demonstrated right here in Tunisia.
The first ever 3G phone call on the African continent was
made right here in Tunis in September 2004. This country's first WCDMA 3G
network built by ZTE has been deployed by the Tunisian Ministry of
Communication Technologies. And yesterday we announced a further development
in Tunisia's leap into the future of wireless communications - trials of the
country's first 3G GoTa digital trunking communications system. These 3G
systems represent a major step forward for Tunisia's communications, and
place the country at the very front of African communications, with a
standard of telecommunications service equal to any in the world.
Partnerships like these, linking technology and
communities, can make a real difference. They are helping us build a
seamless information society and not just to bridge, but to remove the
digital divide around the world.