“We want to grow in a number of different areas, definitely on the consumer side as we see consumer devices getting more and more dominant. We’re seeing them expanding again with a lot of solutions in enterprise,” Ellis, group executive of business development at Allied Technologies Limited (Altech), told CNBC Africa on Monday.
“I don’t know where it could end. This relationship is long term. I think it’s going to grow and prosper for many years to come, and I think we’ll see them developing a lot of newer technologies that to date, aren’t even out there.”
[DATA ALT:Altech] and global information and communications technology solutions provider, Huawei have established a service and support-focused business unit. It will be branded as Altech Collab and is expected to drive growth in the enterprise space.
“Looking at it from where Huawei has come from, they’ve been a communications company for many years and they’re now the number one player in the carrier space. For them it’s a natural progression to move into the enterprise space and also into the consumer side,” Ellis explained.
He added that a lot of customers and corporates feel tied in by their existing suppliers and that this deal can make a tremendous difference to that.
“From the bottom line we see tremendous growth in the enterprise space in the networking environment. From a revenue growth point of view we see a huge potential. I think also getting into new markets – Huawei is very focused around certain vertical markets,” Ellis indicated.
“I believe to broaden our opportunities right now, not only in South Africa but in Africa, a company like Huawei can assist us in doing that.”
Ellis alluded to the fact that Huawei has been in the market for a number of years but stated that they may not necessarily overtake traditional providers in this space.
“I don’t think they’re going to play in the space of being an actual provider and competing with their customers. I think they’ll just expand their offering. If you look at Huawei and the number of people they have developing new innovation, there’s around 60,000 engineers that they have in Shenzhen focusing on developing new products,” he said.
“I think it’s going to be complementary to what is being done with the carriers as we move into LTE, and then beyond – I think that’s the role they’re going to play.”