Huawei Symantec has invested in a subsidiary office in Johannesburg to service its growing customer base in South Africa.
The network security and storage appliance solutions supplier also recently announced the appointment of Mustek as a distributor, joining Drive Control to bring Huawei Symantec products to market.
Edmont Rao, GM of Huawei Symantec Southern Africa, explains that the company works exclusively through the channel, and the distributors are an important route to market.
“The South African economy is enjoying tremendous growth, in particular, medium and large corporations in the telecom, finance, manufacturing, government, and resources sectors," Rao says. "We are pleased to bring to South African enterprises Huawei Symantec’s cutting edge yet practical innovations that help meet their growing need for scalable and reliable data storage and network security solutions.
“South Africa is an important market for Huawei Symantec, and the opening of our subsidiary office emphasizes our commitment to and our ongoing investment in the region. A rising star in the network security and storage space, Huawei Symantec will be working tirelessly with our partners and customers to realise rapid growth.”
The Johannesburg office will serve as the management and service hub for Huawei Symantec’s growing South African customer base such as Walter Sisulu University, Telkom, MTN, Cell C, Vodacom, FNB, the Aveng Group and other enterprises.
Huawei Symantec has been represented in South Africa for the past two years, although it has previously operated out of Huawei's offices. Yesterday's announcement sees the company opening a seperate subsidiary with its own offices housing up to 30 employees
The South Africa subsidiary office further expands Huawei Symantec’s global reach as part of the company’s aggressive growth plans. Huawei Symantec’s products and solutions are deployed by over 1 000 key customers from various industries, covering more than 40 countries and regions around the world.
Kevin Taylor, vice-president of Huawei Symantec, says the company offers products and services in three market segments: large enterprise and government; mid-tier solutions; and volume distribution.
He adds that Huawei Symantec, with its Chinese pedigree, is experiencing a lot of godwill in the African market and its products are welcomed for their high quality and cost-effective price points.