Huawei digital transformation initiatives
February 17, 2016
By Colin Mann
Global ICT firm Huawei has unveiled its five ‘Big Initiatives’ for the telecom industry to accelerate its digital transformation. Huawei also endorsed open platforms to enable collaboration so that shared success can be achieved in telecom industry. In addition, the company announced innovative solutions for 4.5G, Internet of Things (IoT), 2K/4K video, and Safe City. The Big Initiatives and the innovative solutions represent Huawei’s long term commitment to building a Better Connected World through extensive collaboration in the industry.
Huawei foresees a potential $100 billion video industry market and a $1 trillion enterprise cloud market. The number of IoT connections is expected to grow 10-fold. There will be unprecedented opportunities for telecom operators. Huawei’s Big Initiatives are designed to create new opportunities. The five Big Initiatives are Big Video – Everywhere, Big IT – Enabling, Big Operation – Agile, Big Architecture – Elastic, Big Pipe – Ubiquitous.
“Digital transformation is a new engine for telecom industry growth, and it will also empower the innovation of other industries,” said William Xu, Executive Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei, in London, “Huawei will continue to open up platform capabilities to help carriers to build an open, collaborative, and win-win industry ecosystem to accelerate digital transformation.”
With its partners, Huawei is setting up open labs for joint innovation, to support rapid commercial use of new services. More than ten open labs across China, Europe and other regions have brought together over 600 partners. For developers, Huawei has built an eSDK platform delivering flexible and easy-to-use development tools and support services. The company has also launched a $1bn Developer Enablement Program to build a facilitating environment for innovation. For the digital transformation of vertical industries, Huawei is collaborating with consultants and software partners to build industry-specific ecosystems so as to provide integrated solutions to industries such as transportation, energy, government, and finance. Huawei is also innovating with upstream and downstream partners to help them adapt to new telecom trends such as 5G, SDN/NFV, and digital operations.
Huawei has developed open platform solutions for 2K/4K video, which aggregate content and enable innovation in video services. In cloud computing, Huawei’s priority is working with telecom operators to provide cloud services. Huawei’s cloud strategy is to co-build an open cloud ecosystem with its partners: Huawei will focus on building IaaS, enabling PaaS and aggregating SaaS, to empower its partners in application oriented and data driven high value creation.
“Huawei focuses on its core businesses and is committed to empowering carriers’ digital transformation with continuous strategic investment. We believe long-term focused efforts and perseverance will lead to breakthrough,” said Ryan Ding, Executive Director of the Board and President of Products & Solutions of Huawei, in Beijing.
Huawei says that 4.5G will deliver mobile broadband data rates of up to 1,000 Mbit/s, enabling HD voice, 2K/4K HD video, and virtual reality experiences to be available anywhere. 4.5G will also make possible the IoT, which will make our lives smarter, and help telecom operators expand into industry markets. GigaRadio, one of Huawei’s key products launched at this year’s MWC, is a crucial technology for 4.5G. GigaRadio will be deployed commercially on a large scale in 2016, and will help to accelerate the global adoption of 4.5G.
According to forecasts, Huawei reports that by 2025 there will be four billion new broadband users, more than 100 billion things will be digitally connected, and every person’s consumption of data will increase more than 500-fold. The digital and physical worlds are rapidly converging; and consumers are demanding the ROADS experience (Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social) as the new norm.
For the telecom industry to deliver the ROADS experience and meet its customers’ diversified needs, requires expanding its own vision, opening up pipes, data, and services to partners, embracing the Big Initiatives for digital transformation, and sharing resources in complementary partnerships.