The first edition of the “Huawei Morocco ICT Day Summit”, an event dedicated to the presentation and study of solutions and technological progress in the sector of information and communication technologies (ICT), was held on Tuesday July 9, with the stated goal of inquiring about the latest technological novelties.
Organized by the Moroccan subsidiary of the Chinese manufacturer operating in the telecommunications sector, Huawei, the ICT Day Summit brought together several stakeholders of the company, from all over the world, in addition to several national and international economic actors, to discuss advances in the ICT sector.
This meeting was an opportunity to discover the WiFi 6, 6th generation of wireless connectivity that will gradually replace the WiFi 5, still widely used in the world.
According to Lulu Qiu, senior director of network solutions in the sales department at Huawei Morocco, the WiFi 6 promises performance 25% higher than the WiFi 5. Indeed, the WiFi 6 offers a constant speed, with low latency compared to the previous version of this technology. In addition, the costs are not high, since they do not exceed a hundred dollars.
He showed in a test that Huawei’s equipment, in this sense, is equipped with an artificial intelligence, which allows remote control of network equipment, but above all to manage and solve problems autonomously, without there being human intervention or stopping the service.
This technology is not yet available for Morocco, but the kingdom is well positioned to be one of the first countries on the continent to enjoy it.
In addition, one of the other interesting points was the modular Data Centers. These structures can accommodate multiple storage units, with artificial intelligence for managing, collecting and processing data. This does not stop there, since this AI autonomously plans different tasks, including providing real-time monitoring of the entire Data Center structure, maximizing efficiency, predicting, preventing and manage risks and potential problems, to offer more security, but also to be remotely controlled via smartphone for example. The goal behind the integration of such a technology is to replace mostly people by the AI for the performance of certain tasks, considered “simple”, therefore not requiring a constant human presence.
Huawei said in this sense that this type of structures has also been adopted by technology giants such as Google, Microsoft, IBM, Facebook and Amazon. This is because modularity makes it possible to meet specific needs by customers. Indeed, each structure is unique in that it can be mounted in any way, as long as it meets the expectations of customers, and it is possible to set up and make operational servers in 4 hours only.
Digital transformation: Morocco is well launched, but still far from the account
It is undeniable that Morocco is one of the most advanced countries in terms of ICT on the African continent and in the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The kingdom has always been one of the first countries in the region to adopt new technologies, the latest being the tests carried out for the deployment of 5G by the 3 operators of the country. In this sense, Huawei experts have indicated that the 5th generation of the network is the future of IT par excellence.
Chakib Achour, director of marketing and business development at Huawei Morocco, said that Huawei is working closely with the Moroccan government for the deployment of 5G in the kingdom. “We are already working on the deployment of 5G. We are ready, and we are just waiting for the green light from the government and the regulator,” Achour added.
Regarding the possibility of seeing modular data centers in the kingdom, Achour said that Morocco has a “real” and “huge” need for deploying nationally effective connectivity as well as setting up data centers and cloud solutions to host massive data, explaining “we have to pool infrastructures, but we also need policies to push Open Data to share data and implement place this ecosystem of digital transformation”.
Regarding the positioning of Morocco compared to what is done abroad in terms of digital transformation, Achour was not very enthusiastic, explaining that “in general, we have lagged far behind. Just visualize the ITU indicators that puts us behind countries such as Algeria and Tunisia. Unfortunately, everyone is talking about digital transformation, but it can only happen if there is a real broadband plan, as well as connectivity everywhere, available to citizens and at a reasonable price. Moreover, this connectivity must be profitable even for companies”.
“Today, the price of connectivity is very expensive in Morocco. In addition we need Data Centers and the Cloud. If we do not have these components, we can not talk about digital transformation,” he concluded.