Huawei is seeking to move the industry forward through collaboration and the use of open standards, it said at its 12th Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, China, today (21 April 2015) – an event attended by over 400 analysts and business leaders from the telecom, Internet, and finance industries.
With transformation taking place in all industries, cross-industry collaboration has become a new trend. Huawei said it has 'spared no effort in building a robust ecosystem'. Through joint innovation with partners throughout the ICT industry chain, Huawei asserted it is playing a constructive role in moving the industry forward.
“We are now in a new era of revolution, shifting from a traditional society to an information society,” remarked William Xu, chief strategy marketing officer, Huawei. “The ways in which end users work, live, and learn are vastly different from what came before. They are growing more reliant on the Internet. They need an experience that can be summarised as ‘ROADS’ – Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social.”
According to Xu, the ROADS experience will reshape network architectures, operation models, and business practices. Huawei said it will follow this trend to lead industry development and help customers transform.
At the summit, Ryan Ding, Huawei’s chief products and solutions officer, said: “In the Better Connected World, there will be tens of millions of industry-specific applications. Openness and innovation will be the way forward. Huawei will focus on network infrastructure, IT infrastructure, and digital infrastructure, and will partner with industry players to develop highly competitive solutions.”
Huawei noted it has also been actively involved in building the ecosystems of standards organisations and open source communities. This kind of engagement has led to a more open ICT industry, thereby helping more partners to efficiently and easily develop industry-specific applications on Huawei’s open platforms. Through these efforts, Huawei has contributed to the prosperity of the entire ecosystem, it claimed.
First service strategy
Also at the summit, Huawei’s rotating and acting CEO Eric Xu explained the company’s first service strategy. He said: “We’ve redefined our carrier business strategy. Instead of prioritising products over services, we are now attaching equal importance to both of them. We will invest more in services to provide customised commercial solutions that suit the different requirements of carriers at different development stages.
“We are committed to becoming a strategic partner that facilities carriers’ transformation towards Internetised operations; a primary integrator that supports carriers’ ICT infrastructure transformation; and a leader in network planning, network optimisation, and customer experience management (CEM).
“We will lead the modernisation of the managed service industry, shifting the industry’s focus from networks to services and experiences, and from OPEX saving to value creation.”
2015 Global Connectivity Index
At the event, Huawei also released its 2015 Global Connectivity Index (GCI). In this report, Huawei increased the number of evaluated countries from 25 to 50, and the number of indicators from 16 to 38.
By focusing more on ICT connections rather than just CT connections, Huawei hopes to provide more scientific and objective references for national ICT planning. In the GCI, the US, Sweden, and Singapore ranked the highest. With an average ranking among the 50 surveyed countries, China ranked second among developing economies.
There are many reasons for this: China’s Internet economy is booming, its e-Commerce market is growing explosively, and vertical industries are investing more in cloud computing and data centres.
In addition, GCI analysis shows that a 20% increase in ICT investment will increase a country’s GDP by 1%. As resource scarcity becomes a major obstacle to development, connectivity is a powerful force behind national competitiveness.
William Xu added: “An era of massive connectivity is coming, influencing all countries, industries, organizations, and individuals. Enhanced connectivity and open collaboration have raised globalisation to a new level.
“Huawei will tap into its innovative technologies, pool resources worldwide, and collaborate openly with customers and partners to assist the ICT transformations of carriers and enterprises. Through open co-operation, Huawei aims to build a robust ecosystem for this Better Connected World and ensure the sustainable development of the ICT industry.”