Huawei Deepens Cooperation with Botswana Police, Installing Cameras in Francistown

On August 26, it was report­ed that Huawei was assist­ing munic­i­pal author­i­ties in Fran­cis­town, Botswana’s sec­ond-largest city, with the instal­la­tion of cam­eras in pub­lic places.  The work is being done osten­si­bly as a strat­e­gy to reduce crime. The com­pa­ny had ear­li­er secured an agree­ment with Botswana Police in Novem­ber 2017 to com­plete a two-year pro­gram to improve urban safe­ty. Huawei has under­tak­en a num­ber of sim­i­lar projects in oth­er African coun­tries in recent years, installing the net­work infra­struc­ture and equip­ment to per­mit more inten­sive state sur­veil­lance.  On April 30, Kenya’s Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Tech­nol­o­gy signed an agree­ment under which Huawei will build a $173.1 mil­lion smart city project in Kon­za, includ­ing the estab­lish­ment of a sur­veil­lance sys­tem. Huawei also launched a safe city project in the Mau­rit­ian cap­i­tal of St Louis in July 2018, which also includ­ed the imple­men­ta­tion of a sur­veil­lance capa­bil­i­ty.