Huawei Technologies Company Limited, a Chinese-owned firm and one of the world's leading Telecom equipment manufacturers has announced that it would, by November this year, start manufacturing Mobile Telephone Handsets and Telecommunication Terminals from its factory under construction in Lagos.

This was made known on Tuesday in Abuja by the Managing Director of Huawei Technologies, Mr John Wang during the graduation ceremony of the 500 Trainees from its training center in Abuja, from which the company has invested N1.4 billion ($10 million dollars) in training Nigerians and procuring training facilities in the last one year.

Wang posited that its decision to invest in Manufacturing in Nigeria has got to do with the Memorandum of Understanding that President Olusegun Obasanjo has entered into with the Chinese government in his last visit to China and the fact that not less than 80% of the Telecom equipment used by all the four GSM operators and other Private Telecom Operators are now manufactured by Huawei.

He added that the collaboration that Huawei has with the Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL) and other Fixed Wireless Operators in the wireless Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) has made it imperative for the company to manufacture Terminals and Hands.

"We would be helping NITEL to connect the rural areas with our equipment and handsets and we have started well", he said.

"We want to bring down the cost of telecommunication business in Nigeria as much as we can, looking at the fact that Nigeria has the greatest Telecom Potential in Africa", he said.

According to him, the Huawei Training Centre in Abuja is the best of its kind in Africa, stocked with reserved technologies of the future.

He explained that since most of the equipment used by telecom operators in Nigeria are made by Huawei, the company has decided to create training centre in Abuja with the same facilities and trainers that telecom companies could have sent their personnel at a greater cost to train.

Engr. Hayatu Nasir, Training Engineer and Deputy Manger Training at the center, told the press that the center receives trainees from all the Sub-Saharan countries and that it has 67 classes and graduated not less that 500 trainees who are personnel of various Telecom companies all over Africa.

He later took reporters round the facilities in the training center where they were shown Wireless equipment, datacom, fixed line and Intelligence Network (IN)

He praised China for its local contents drive, saying Huawei was the only telecom equipment vendor that had vision and goodwill to establish a training center that produced Nigeria Telecom Engineers at affordable costs.