At MWC Shanghai 2021, Huawei’s Deputy Chairman, Ken Hu spoke about the impact of the COVID-19 on the market and people around the world as well as the technologies that play a key role in fighting the pandemic.
“Innovation isn’t just about solving the challenges we face today,” said Hu. “It’s about lighting up tomorrow. Once we get the pandemic under control, we need to think hard about how we can innovate to improve quality of life, make businesses smarter, and create a more inclusive world.” He explained that, while unequal access to digital technology and digital skills has widened the digital divide, the pandemic has made the situation significantly worse. “We have to focus innovation on bridging the gap between the haves and have-nots, and on driving digital inclusion”.
Ken Hu said the world’s largest telecom equipment maker and China’s biggest smartphone vendor recorded “slight” growth on the back of continuous support from business partners amid the U.S. entity list restrictions.
“The past year was, indeed, very difficult [for Huawei], [but] I think it is the same for everyone. Huawei is no exception,” said Hu, without elaborating on the company’s financial performance last year. He indicated that operations last year were “stable” and met the company’s expectations.
“Innovation isn’t just about solving the challenges we face today,” Hu said. “It’s about lighting up tomorrow. Once we get the pandemic under control, we need to think hard about how we can innovate to improve quality of life, make businesses smarter and create a more inclusive world.”
Huawei’s revenue reached $136.7 billion last year, up 11.2 percent from 2019, while profits grew 10.4 percent to $9.9 billion, according to an earlier report by Shanghai-based publication China Business News.
Hu also presented some of the latest figures on Huawei’s growth over the past year, Huawei has worked with carriers to ensure the stable operations of over 300 networks across 170 countries. In Indonesia, Huawei employed a new digital delivery technology to deeply over 50000 base stations.
Hu also showed the audience Huawei’s Cyberverse app, an advanced AR application that demonstrates how 5G networks, 5G devices, and AR technology can coverage to create a more immersive virtual experience, whether it be a real-life forest or a simulation in outer space.
The new app makes it possible to seamlessly integrate virtual and physical realities with high-precision, centimeter-level positioning capabilities, massive computing power, and high-bandwidth transmission through 5G. Huawei expects Cyberverse to create many new growth opportunities in multiple sectors, including education, entertainment, tourism, transportation, and navigation.
New Technologies for smart business:
Technologies such as like 5G, cloud, and AI have begun playing an important role in manufacturing, accelerating the transition to more intelligent and flexible operations. Hu explained how Huawei’s own Dongguan South Factory is currently using 5G networks with cloud-based AI applications in its 5G smartphone production lines to drive huge productivity gains.
The Chinese tech giant predicts that, by 2025, 97% of all large companies will use AI. Other estimates for 2025 include that 55% of China’s entire GDP will be driven by the digital economy, and 60% of global carrier revenue will be derived from industrial customers. Hu noted that to achieve these projections, “all industries should focus on improving their capabilities, building out the ecosystem, and creating value with digital technology.”
According to the company, Huawei is focusing on 5G technologies to help develop the digital transformation in all industries. Hu noted that Huawei’s innovation is focused on three areas: Technology, Products, and Applications.
- Technology: Huawei’s new 5G Super Uplink solution delivers unmatched uplink speeds, helping companies break through a major bottleneck in the industrial Internet.
- Products: Huawei’s fully converged 5G edge computing products have sped up the deployment of edge computing sites by a factor of 10.
- Applications: Huawei’s Wireless X Labs incubates 5G applications with partners across a wide range of domains like manufacturing, healthcare, finance, and transportation. With these partners, Huawei is exploring how 5G can help different industries go digital more effectively.
Hu reported that Huawei is collaborating with its partners and regional carriers and signed over 1000 contracts for industrial 5G applications in more than 20 industries.
Huawei currently plans to deploy more than 2,000 RuralStar base stations in remote regions around the country. This will help increase mobile coverage in Ghana from 83% to 95% and bring previously unconnected communities online for the first time.
Similarly, new AI services deployed on HUAWEI CLOUD are being used to help a small company in Malaysia double its production capacity without increasing headcount during the pandemic.
Hu also shared how 5G networks have been used to enable remote ultrasounds and CT scans that help address imbalanced distribution and shortages of medical resources.
“While the pandemic closed many doors, innovation has opened new windows of hope,” He said “Huawei will continue to pursue open partnerships with its customers and partners to help industries go digital and make life better, businesses smarter, and the world more inclusive,” Huawei added.
At MWC 2021, Huawei is showcasing seven new ICT network concepts, including Wireless 1+N, Home+, All-optical Bases, and Cloud-network Smart Connection, as well as nine new products and solutions, including, gigabit home broadband, private lines, and intelligent cloud network.
Huawei released ‘MeeTime Space’ feature
The smartphone-maker Huawei offers a bunch of system apps for its devices including MeeTime. This is one of the most popular applications among them. It has a bunch of exciting features with HarmonyOS capabilities that made the video calling more fun.
Meanwhile, the Chinese phone maker continuously improving this app and provide more features. In the latest edition, it has released the latest 126.96.36.1996 version update for Huawei MeeTime users that has brought a new feature called “MeeTime Space”.
Now, it’s time to explore this new feature-
New Huawei MeeTime Space Feature:
After installing the 188.8.131.526 update users can spot this new feature on their respective devices. It will allow them to share mood dynamics with their associates. It’s a similar feature the can be found on WeChat Moments.
At the same time, users can also build exclusive group spaces gathering at one place with the allies who have the same kinds of things to share with you.
About Huawei MeeTime:
Huawei’s MeeTime is a video calling application that comes pre-installed on Huawei devices in the supported regions. It supports HD voice and video calls on various screen sizes that include smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and smart screens.
In addition, it offers a bunch of handy features such as call diversion, lo-light enhancement, beauty mode, screen sharing, and 360-degree background switching, and more. However, it’s only active in few counties at present, but the company will add support for the remaining regions soon.
Huawei strengthens cooperation with Indonesia cyber security
Huawei is deepening its collaboration with Indonesia cyber security and provide its knowledge and resources to empower local security arrangements. On 28th September, Huawei Indonesia, BSSN (National Cyber Security Agency), and IT Del Information Technology Institute carried out the signing ceremony in Jakarta.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei Indonesia Mr. Chen Min, President of Huawei Asia Pacific Liu Hongyun, and Minister of Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordination Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan marked the collaboration agreement.
Since 2019, the Chinese giant and Indonesian cyber security have jointly conducted a number of activities including training, web seminars, and some collective project. To date, more than 7,000 employees of government and civil sectors have attended and receive benefits from it.
During the signing ceremony, Indonesian Minister emphasizes that Huawei’s powerful and advanced technologies are quite popular in the country. Simultaneously, it’s working to contribute to the country’s digital infrastructure, and talents to welcome the green and smart future.
On the other hand, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei deems that Indonesia has a great potential for promoting “intelligentization” in everyday operations. Furthermore, the 5G, AI, wireless, and radar technologies are applicable in filed such as coal mines to higher safety standards. Moreover, the Chinese tech firm acknowledges the country’s long-term support for the team.
About Huawei Indonesia Branch:
Huawei took 21 years in reaching from five employees to 2000 plus in Indonesia. At present, 90% of its employees are Indonesian which is the main reason behind its popularity in the country. The company has opened an “I Do” project series focused on different aspects. It mainly includes,
- Society Welfare Project- I Do Care
- Public-Private Project- I Do Collaborate
- Digital Talent Project- I Do Contribute
- AI Technology Project– I Do Create
In particular, the I Do Contribute project aims to refine about 100,000 local digital talents by 2025. It’ll empower and made a solid framework for Indonesia in terms of skills, talents, and resources in advanced ICT technologies.
French Mathematician Laurent Lafforgue joins Huawei team
Laurent Lafforgue, a famous French mathematician and winner of the mathematics Fields Medal has joined the Huawei team, making it stronger in terms of research. In recent years, Lafforgue’s work on topos theory has led him to develop a collaboration with the research teams of Huawei France.
Discussions between Lafforgue and Huawei researchers, which began in 2017, first led to a two-year project, focused on topos theory and funded by Huawei, and then, in 2019, to the creation of the Huawei Chair in algebraic geometry at IHES, of which Professor Lafforgue was the first holder.
IHES reports, as of September 1, 2021, Laurent Lafforgue joined Huawei France to continue this work further in conjunction with the company’s research teams with whom he has worked so far.
About Laurent Lafforgue:
Laurent Lafforgue is a French mathematician who is known for making contributions to Langlands Conjectures. He received the Fields Medal in 2002 at the 24th International Congress of Mathematicians in Beijing and Clay Research Award in 2000 at Paris Millennium Meeting.
Huawei not only respects talents but also welcomes them for polishing their skills to jointly bring more convenience for the people. The company has always invested in scientific research and development of which is also counted first among the Chinese firms.
In this line, China has published the top 500 research and development Chinese companies that invest the most in research and development. Huawei is the first ranked research and development investor with an R&D investment of 141.893 billion yuan for 2020.
(Via – IHES)