China’s Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest telecom-equipment maker, plans to invest 1 billion yuan or $145 million over the next three year to develop artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for its cloud business.
Zheng Yelai, president of Huawei’s cloud unit, said the company planned to start offering public cloud service in South Africa, as it is “a strong base from which to develop cloud business in the African continent”.
Huawei established BU in 2017 to go into the public cloud service market in China, currently dominated by Alibaba.
Huawei already offers cloud services in Hong Kong, Russia and Malaysia outside mainland China.
Huawei earlier this week unveiled two AI chips that it said are more powerful than existing chips in the market in an attempt to boost its cloud business.