- Category: February 2016 - Digital Transformation
"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, just recently, besides announcing that “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."
The company predicts unprecedented opportunities for telecom operators, foreseeing a potential $100 billion video industry market and a $1 trillion enterprise cloud market, as well as the number of IoT connections to grow 10-fold.
Huawei unveiled in addition its five 'Big Initiatives' for the telecom industry, which the company designed to create new opportunities to accelerate its digital transformation, besides endorsing open platforms to enable collaboration so that shared success can be achieved in the telecom industry, and announcing innovative solutions for 4.5G, Internet of Things (IoT), 2K/4K video, and Safe City.
"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.
With its partners, Huawei is therefore 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 and 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’s five Big Initiatives for digital transformation are: (1) Big Video, (2) Everywhere, Big IT, (3) Enabling, Big Operation, (4) Agile, Big Architecture, and (5) Elastic, Big Pipe.
So far, 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 and focuses on building IaaS, enabling PaaS and aggregating SaaS, to empower their partners in application oriented and data driven high value creation.
During the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC), Huawei will showcase its innovative 4.5G, IoT, and Safe City solutions, which intend to help global telecom carriers and enterprises achieve agile innovation, accelerated transformation and business success, in the digital era.
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 and will be deployed commercially on a large scale in 2016.
Huawei's IoT solutions will drive the digital transformation of carriers' home broadband services by making the smart home a reality. Its LTE-based Narrow Broadband IoT (NB-IoT) technology will enable telecom operators to deliver ubiquitous, cellular IoT. This technology will spark new business opportunities in smart metering, smart parking, logistics tracking, and smart cities.
Huawei's Safe City solutions are powered by the latest IoT and mobile broadband (MBB) technologies to deliver smart, video-based security systems for cities. These systems enable governments and municipal authorities to prevent crises and improve their response to emergencies. To date, Huawei's Safe City solutions have been deployed in over 100 cities across more than 30 countries.
According to forecasts, 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. Huawei's long term commitment to building a Better Connected World through extensive collaboration in the industry is quite obviously on the right track.