Chinese technology giant Huawei will deploy 5G for the first time in Egypt at the African Cup of Nations (CAN-2019), which will take place in the country this summer, the Egyptian Telecom Minister announced Sunday.
“Huawei will implement the first 5G experiments at the Cairo stadium during CAN matches,” Telecom Minister Amr Talaat announced in a government statement.
“Egypt wishes to cooperate with Huawei in the field of artificial intelligence, technology transfer and 5G,” he added.
Several countries are conducting an intense campaign around the world against the Chinese manufacturer, citing risks of access by Beijing’s intelligence services to 5G communications, the ultra-fast new generation of mobile Internet. Huawei denies these accusations en bloc.
Mr. Talaat attended a meeting on Sunday between Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli and officials from Huawei in Cairo, according to the statement.
In February, the Ministry of Telecommunications announced that the Chinese company had expressed its intention to create its first data platform for cloud computing services in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East.
The CAN will take place from June 21 to July 19. The Cairo International Stadium is one of six fields that will host the 24 teams qualified for the competition.