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Huawei, Audi Sign MoU For Strategic Cooperation

Huawei, a leading information and communications technology company, gained a strong partner for the development of intelligent connected vehicles after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a strategic cooperation with Audi, the German automobile manufacturer, last week.

The agreement forms part of a broad-based partnership between the companies in the two countries initiated by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“We are entering a new era of intelligent vehicles that will see the emergence of new technological synergies between information and communications technology and the automotive industries,” said Veni Shone, President of LTE Solution, Huawei, adding: “With increased innovation in mobile connectivity, Huawei is committed to transforming the driving experience.” 

The cooperation between Huawei and Audi is also intended to facilitate the ongoing advancement of intelligent driving and the digitalization of services in the vehicle environment. To this end, the parties have additionally agreed to jointly develop training programs in order to strengthen the skills of technology experts in both of these areas.

Intelligent connected vehicles allow relevant information to be exchanged between the vehicle and the surrounding environment. To achieve this, cars need a high-quality, stable data connection. The expansion of this communication requires intensive research and development. 

“We are intensifying our joint research with Huawei in the area of intelligent connected vehicles,” explained Saad Metz, Executive Vice President of Audi China, adding: “Our aim is to improve safety and optimize traffic flows in order to create intelligent cities. The concepts will be concentrated initially on the Chinese market.” 

Working in cooperation with Huawei and the Chinese authorities, Audi became the first foreign automobile manufacturer to participate in the first-time deployment of “LTE-V” on public roads in the megacity of Wuxi in eastern China in 2017.

“LTE-V” is a mobile communication standard, which is specially tailored for connected cars. Drivers were provided with real-time traffic information via connections to traffic light systems and video monitoring at intersections. 

In September 2018, the project will enter its next phase at the “World Internet of Things Exposition” in Wuxi with an even broader range of applications. 

Before the signing of this MoU, Huawei and Audi have cooperated in many areas related to intelligent connected vehicles in recent years. The two companies initiated the telecom-vehicle cross industry organization 5GAA and have held several joint demos/trials in various countries including Germany, Spain and China, ensuring the vibrant growth of the intelligent connected vehicles industry.

Report Says ICTs Are Key Enabler Of Global Sustainable Development

Huawei  released its 2017 Sustainability Report demonstrating the initiatives undertaken in the year across four areas: Bridging the Digital Divide; Supporting Network Stability and Security and Protecting Privacy; Promoting Environmental Protection; and Building a Healthy Ecosystem.

Over the past year, Huawei has actively benchmarked its operations against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to achieve its strategic goals in sustainability. 

"At Huawei we wish to leverage our expertise to build a sustainable, fully connected, and intelligent world. We see a future where every person, home and organization enjoys the benefits of innovation and connection," said Huawei Chairman Dr. Howard Liang. "As we encourage more inclusive and sustainable global economic growth, we sincerely hope to contribute more to our world and the future." 

ICT technologies have become a key enabler of global sustainability. As part of Huawei's contribution to sustainable development, it continues to increase its R&D investment, innovate in ICT, and bring the fruits of this innovation to more people. 

In 2017, Huawei's innovative WTTx solution helped resolve last-mile access issues in both densely populated cities and sparsely populated rural areas. This solution reduces connectivity costs by 75% and makes network roll-out 90% faster. The company also deployed RuralStar 2.0, a solution for rural networks, for 12 carriers in eight countries, including Thailand, Ghana, and Mexico.

This solution helps increase network coverage in rural areas, allowing more people, especially those in under-developed regions, to access the online world. Huawei's Mobile Money solution enables carriers and banks to deliver innovative, reliable mobile banking services without adding too much to their asset base. It has been deployed in 19 countries and serves over 152 million users. This solution makes financial services simpler and more accessible, driving financial inclusion. 

"We actively benchmark our operations against best industry practices to keep ourselves up-to-date. We now intend to set more aggressive goals and pursue innovation in sustainability practices, as this can help improve the sustainability of the whole industry," said Kevin Tao, Board Member and Chairman of Huawei's Sustainable Development Committee, when discussing Huawei's future plans for sustainability. 

"The road to sustainability must be one of openness and growth for the whole ecosystem. Only in this way can businesses generate commercial value sustainably and share success with other industry players," Tao said. 

The report by Huawei was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Huawei engaged Bureau Veritas, an external assurance provider, to verify the reliability, fairness, and transparency of the report. 

The 2017 Sustainability Report can be found at: http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/sustainability/sustainability-report

Huawei Identified As Global Market Leader For Third Consecutive Year

In the latest annual Gartner Market Share Analysis for Communications Service Provider (CSP) Operational Technology, Huawei has been identified as the market leader for the third year in a row. Building upon year-on-year growth, Huawei’s market share now stands at 13% of the OT Software market valued at $16.3 billion.

Huawei’s OT product and services portfolio supports over 200 CSPs across the world, enabling their business to serve over 2.1 billion customers in more than 114 countries. In recent years, these numbers have grown further by existing customer service growth and new customers using Huawei OT products as part of their digital transformation programs.

Customers such as Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) who employed Huawei's cloud-based Business Enabling System (BES) solution in “Project Earth” for the digital business transformation of HKT's operations, aiming to enhance customers' experience throughout the customer journey with HKT. And a leading German CSP who deployed Huawei Online Charging System (OCS) to transform their offering agility and monetization as a foundation of their Digital Transformation. 

Market momentum and customer success has been underpinned by continuous innovation and sustained double digit (% of revenue) investment in R&D across the OT Product portfolio delivering new releases of Huawei industry leading Revenue Management and Customer Experience products, together with investments in driving and enabling industry ecosystems and standards.

Huawei cloud native software innovation accelerates high value transformation in domains such as Huawei’s Dealer Agent Cloud - Awarded ‘Best Solution Provider’ at MVNOs World Congress 2018 - which has transformed the dealer experience for a leading Malaysian CSP:  reducing subscriber registration time by 90%, significantly improving end-user experience, increasing operation efficiency with over 80% of customer activations now processed online, and enabling revenue growth. 

Huawei is the leading contributor to the development of 5G Charging (3GPP) Standards which has accelerated 5G-Ready enablement2 across its OT product portfolio - Huawei contributed 44% of proposals for the Technical Report and 46% of proposals for the Technical Specification so far.

Aiming to enable open and agile business operation as well as asset monetization and building eco-system, Huawei released over 200 standard based API’s, over 100 micro services enabled, and supported over 2,000 team members in their personal and professional development to obtain Certification under the TM Forum Frameworx program. 

Ali Shi, President of Software Business Unit, Huawei, said, "The leadership we have created in the OT market is driven by our focus to serve our customers today and investing in R&D which accelerates their Digital and Operational Transformation, allowing them to: deliver digital service experiences, monetize their product and service innovation, transform their business performance, enable industry ecosystems and fundamentally reducing their risk of transformation.” 

 

Huawei Mobile Money Wins Best ‘Mobile Innovation For Emerging Markets’ Award

Huawei’s Mobile Money Solution was named ‘Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets’ at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018 by GSMA. Winning this award indicates the industry’s recognition of the solution’s leading capabilities and excellent performance.  

Currently around 1.7 billion of the world’s adult population does not have access to a bank account, leaving them without access to basic financial services. This means that they need to finish money transfers or remittance through face-to-face meetings or via a post office.

To help solve this problem, Huawei is devoted to helping operators and banks provide efficient and low-cost mobile financial services, allowing more convenience on transfers, payments and other services.

To make this possible, Huawei’s Mobile Money Solution implements a series of innovations through its platform, experience, and marketing, including by providing:

1) A trusted platform: Adopts advanced HSM hardware encryption technology certificated by PA-DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standard), ensuring transaction integrity and zero data leakage for users.

2) A better experience: Supports read-write separation, over 1,200 concurrent transactions per second (TPS), enabling operators to provide a real time and seamless user experience.

3) Service innovation: Uses over 20 configurable parameters, enabling rapid and flexible new service creation and response to market events.

4) An open ecosystem: Provides over 400 APIs to third parties using multiple protocols including SMPP, HTTP, Diameter, sFTP, ISO 8583, MT940/942 and SOAP.

Huawei’s Mobile Money Solution has already been deployed in 19 countries, serving over 193 million users globally, including in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. 

Alex Ma, President of Huawei Software Marketing & Solution Sales Department, said, “It is our honor to win the award of ‘Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets’ at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018.

It indicates the industry’s recognition of the secured, trusted and convenient mobile financial services for customers provided by Huawei’s Mobile Money. In the future, Huawei will keep optimizing its Mobile Money solution, to provide better inclusive finance services for the 1.7 billion unbanked population.”

MWC Shanghai 2018 runs from June 27 to 29 in Shanghai, China. Huawei is showcasing its products and solutions at booth N3.B40 in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), and booth N5.ICA01 Innovation City. For more information, please visit:

http://carrier.huawei.com/en/events/mwcs2018.

 

Liujiawei Replaces Stanley Chen As Managing Director At Huawei

Huawei, a leading information and communications technology (ICT), has appointed Mr. Liu Jiawei as its new managing director for their Uganda Operations.

Mr. Liujiawei who replaces Mr. Stanley Chyn comes with a working experience of approximately eight years in senior management positions in countries such as South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Malawi and Mauritius.

“He has been working as a director for the Mauritius representative office before joining Huawei Uganda,” revealed Ms. Lina Cao, the public relations manager in the statement.

On why the office tenure of Mr. Stanley Chyn, who has been Managing Director of Huawei Uganda since 2015, had been cut short in less than two years, Ms. Lina Cao, said:

“This is a normal and regular transfer in Huawei and for Mr. Stanley Chyn. He has been working as an excellent MD of Huawei Uganda for two years, and our Uganda representative office achieved very good performance with his hard work and effective management, our vision and goal of enabling Uganda to embrace a digital society is still growing stronger and we are still also fostering ICT talent development in Uganda .”

Ms. Lina Cao praised Mr. Liu as a veteran engineer with a lot of expertise to add to the ICT industry in Uganda.

“During his sevenand half year’s tenure in Africa, he has managed to expand our business in Mauritius and other African countries to a great extent. With his rich engineering experience, we have no doubt that Huawei Uganda office will have a better performance and service delivery in the future” Ms. Lina Cao said of the new Managing Director Mr. Liujiawei.

Artificial Intelligence Redefining New Cycle Of Economic Growth, Huawei Report

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is driving a paradigm shiftinhow nationsprepare for the digital economy and could almost double the value of the global digital economy to $23 trillion by 2025 from $12.9 trillion in 2017 when it accounted for 17.1% of global GDP. However, a scarcity of AI talent worldwide threatens this growth, says new research from Huawei.

The Global Connectivity Index 2018, now in its fifth year, found that industries are embedding AI in key enabling technologies – Broadband, Data Centers, Cloud, Big Data and IoT – to turn connectivity into Intelligent Connectivity, unleashing innovation to propel a new wave of economic growth.

Today, the digital economy is driven bythe consumer-driven internet. Increasingly, industriesare leveraging Intelligent Connectivity to create whole new business models, products, processes and services that will breathe new life into the GCI S-curve and open a new cycle of economic growth.

The GCI 2018 also discovered that to effectively deploy AI on a large scale, countries need three equally important components in place: computing power, labeled data, and algorithms. Today, Frontrunners –the most advanced of three clusters of nations in the GCI – due to their robust ICT infrastructure lead the Adopters and Starters’ clusters in all three components.

But the big challenge for all three GCI clusters is scarcity of AI developer talent. Governments need to re-think education for a future workplace redefined by AI and start building a healthy, collaborative, and open AI ecosystem to attract and retain competitive AI talent.

This year, the GCI broadened its research scope from 50 to 79 nations, marking the second time it has enlarged its purview since 2015. Based on GCI scores, the newcomers are classified as 20 Frontrunners, 37 Adopters and 22 Starters –according totheir level of economic development.

The research continuously shows thatwhen a nation’s GCI score reaches 35 points, ROI in ICT infrastructure experiences a strong multiplier effect. The Philippines is a prime example. From 2014 to 2017 the Philippines significantly boosted smartphone use and extended primary internet access to a greater portion of the population fostering new business opportunities. Its GCI score moved from 34 to 35, pushing the Philippines over the threshold from Starter to Adopter status.

For the first time, every nation in the Index saw scores improve, but growth in the countries across the GCI S-curve was uneven. In 2017, the GCIidentified a trend of growing inequality it termed the Matthew Effect, where in Frontrunners see ICT infrastructure investment benefits compound over time to position them as unassailable leaders.In 2018, the digital divide described bythe Matthew Effect continues to grow.

As AI evolves into a practical enabling technology, new economic potential awaits countries in all three clusters.Whether addressing stagnating growth among Frontrunners or limited resources for Starters, AI is redefining what “connectivity” looks like and steering the focus towards Intelligent Connectivity which can help every country unlock new growth.

“We are now witnessing a paradigm shift initiated by AI,” said Kevin Zhang, President of Huawei Corporate Marketing. “According to the GCI study, advanced economies that saw growth from ICT development plateau are using Intelligent Connectivity to open new opportunities, whilesome developing economies are also finding ways to tap the new technology to speed up their own strategic growth plans.”

In 2018, Huawei will publish the GCI series including: the GCI 2018 report (Tap into New Growth with Intelligent Connectivity), Digital Spillover report (Measuring the true impact of the Digital Economy), and ICT Sustainable Development Goals Benchmark report.

ICT Investment And Partnership Key To Fuelling Africa's Digital Growth.

By Li Peng

President of Huawei Southern Africa Region

Rapid advancements in information communications technologies (ICT) over the past 20 years has substantially altered the ways in which people live, work, play and interact with one another.

The World Bank’s World Development Report shows that ICT has a positive effect on a country’s economy, with a 10% increase in broadband penetration being associated with a 1.4% increase in gross domestic product (GDP) growth in emerging markets.

Digitisation also has the greatest employment effect. According to the World Bank statistics, every 10% increase in broadband penetration will lead to 2% to 3% increase of employment rate. In 2016, China's digital economy created 2.8 million jobs, accounting for 21% of the total new jobs; Japanese government's 2015 White Paper on Information and Communications indicates, if small businesses can fully adopt ICT technologies such as cloud services, they will be able to create about 200,000 jobs.

Similarly, research shows a 90% correlation can be seen between investments in ICT and a country's’ success in meeting several key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The African Union Agenda 2063 has acknowledged the importance of Digital Inclusivity for African countries to bring the continent on par with the rest of the world as an information society.

However, there are still some challenges in availability, accessibility and affordability including geographic challenges of reaching small, remote communities, poverty and lack of basic knowledge and skills. Statistics from GSMA shows that, approximately 53 percent of the world’s population is still unconnected, and 80 percent of the unconnected population is located in Asia-Pacific and in Africa. On average, 69 percent of the African population do not have access to internet, with many of those unconnected living in rural areas.

Challenges always come with opportunities. To solve these challenges, we need to take a cross-sector approach and we need to think differently about how to address the business model challenge. To tackle this issue, some of the solutions available include:

First of all, it is important to have a master plan to direct investment and attract the best talent. For instance, Germany's Industry 4.0 and the Made in China 2025 initiatives have been designed to make the manufacturing industries in these countries intelligent by using ICT. Under the Smart Community strategy of the Malaysian government, the digital economy has grown to make up 17% of total GDP within just 3 years, which makes it one of the world's highest ranking countries in this regard. In this information age, development of ICT should be prioritized on a par with other forms of infrastructure and basic services crucial to society such as electricity, water, roads and bridges.

Second, we need new innovations that enable lower cost but similar performance solutions that can shorten the time needed to recover investment costs and hence provide the private sector with an incentive to invest. For example, given the significant investment costs and inability of the revenues to cover both the set-up and operation costs, telecom operators do not have an incentive to invest in building rural networks. Innovative technologies can help make it viable for operators to invest in rural areas.

Third, it is necessary to provide policies that can lower the barriers of digital transformation. For example, Thailand provides subsidies to encourage ICT infrastructure construction in rural areas; Italy encourages carriers and electric companies to work together in laying out optical fiber; Saudi Arabia allows carriers to mount sites on streetlamps and regulations in Germany requiring the installation of fiber-optic cables in all new houses and roads. Allocating more resources and providing supportive policies including streamlining approvals, usage of Universal Service Funds, reducing taxation, and using ICT to deliver public services more efficiently, effectively and equitably will allow for more sustainable and inclusive development.

Fourth, we need innovative business models that can generate more benefits for users and to provide users with the skills to use and benefit from smartphones. This will enable telecom operators to generate more revenue. Mobile money is one of the best examples. With the right skills and content, users can also access educational content, learn how to improve yields on their farms, and get better prices for their cattle or crops. This will directly enable them to increase their incomes and both drive and enable greater spend on communications, hence improve the investment rationale.

Embracing these solutions requires cross-sector partnerships and new thinking. These can directly translate into higher availability, accessibility and affordability of ICT services. This will lead to a future where everyone can is able to access the Internet to unleash their own potential to create value and create economic and social gains for themselves and to exercise and enjoy their rights to a better quality of life, dignity and equality.

 

Technology Group Voith Opens East Africa Hub In Addis Ababa

Technology group Voith opened its new East Africa Hub in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on May 11, 2018. In doing so the company is highlighting its active contribution to the development of electricity generation from hydropower in East Africa.

From now on, the technology group will be planning and coordinating projects in nine countries in the east of the continent from this new facility.

The opening ceremony was attended by Ethiopia's State Minister of Water, irrigation and Electricity Dr. Frehiwot Woldehanna, German ambassador to Ethiopia Brita Wagener, Uwe Wehnhardt, CEO of Voith Hydro and Member of the Corporate Management Board, and numerous guests from the business and political arenas.

In his opening address, Uwe Wehnhardt emphasized the enormous potential of hydropower in the region. "Voith has been supporting the development of clean energy generation in Africa since the 1940s. We are reinforcing this commitment through the opening of our facility in Addis Ababa," says Wehnhardt.

Voith will work with customers and investors to continue to play an active role in developing a sustainable energy supply in Africa.

With a hydropower potential of 45,000 MW, Ethiopia has one of the largest resources on the African continent. Since 2011, the country has been boosting the development of renewable energies and aims to be the energy hub for East Africa in the medium term.

"Due to the longstanding history of hydropower projects in Ethiopia there are a large number of well-trained experts in the country. Some of these experts are now supporting us in our new East Africa Hub," says Wehnhardt.

The good logistics are also a point in favor of Ethiopia. For example, all the countries serviced – Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia can be reached by direct flights in just a few hours.

Already, Ethiopian hydropower plants with Voith technology are supplying up to 900,000 households in the country with clean, sustainable electricity. One of these power stations is Gilgel Gibe I, which went onto the grid in 2004.

Its three Francis turbines from Voith have a capacity of more than 180 MW – sufficient output to supply electricity to over 120,000 households in the rural Oromia region around 260 km to the south-west of Addis Ababa.

For the Gilgel Gibe II power plant Voith also supplied four Pelton turbines and generators and the electrical and mechanical equipment. It also trained the power plant personnel. Before Gilgel Gibe II was operational, only 15 percent of Ethiopian villages had electricity. Nowadays half of all rural communities are connected to the grid.

Numerous other hydropower projects are currently under construction in Ethiopia. In the coming years they will increase the installed capacity by a further 1,500 MW and also bring Voith's share of electricity generation from hydropower to around nine percent of the country's entire power generation.

Voith is also playing a leading role in hydropower projects in other East African countries. For example, the company is currently upgrading the small power plant Wanjii in Kenya.

Voith is replacing the turbines, generators, control technology and all electrical and mechanical equipment. This will increase the capacity of the power plant by around 20 percent. The comprehensive upgrade is set to be completed by mid-2019.

How Computers Are Aiding Learning At Kampala Parents’ School

In this digital era, schools are increasing deploying computers as tools to facilitate their students learning. And schools like Kampala Parents’ School have done this precisely and have seen the positive results it can yield.

The School’s computer - child ratio, estimated at 2-1, provides an opportunity for children to acquire independence and competence, which can be applied across the whole curriculum. The School’s Principal Daphne Kato explains that science activities in early grades of school are what lay groundwork for student’s learning.

“At Kampala Parents’ School, we believe that a good computing capability is an essential skill for life. Our aim is to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Computing and to encourage pupils to have open, inquiring minds and to perceive Computing in the context of a wider body of knowledge.

“Our computer suite uses dual-boot computers so children can learn Windows. Children also learn how to best use the internet for learning, at the same time as keeping themselves safe. Our aim is to create digitally literate citizens as well as highly skilled users of technology,” the Principal said.

Daphne Kato explains that young children learn by being actively involved in the process, through exploring and experimenting, through copying and acting out.

Kampala Parents’ School believes that hands-on research through laboratory experimentation is the best way to introduce pupils to scientific inquiry- the process of asking questions and conducting experiments – as a way to understand the natural world, which is the foundation of science education.

While they advance the use of technology to deliver their education, the school has not withdrawn the traditional methods of teaching. The school’s emphasis on neat handwriting and reading are some of the basic skills they are deploying in classrooms.

“We help our pupils in writing improvement and ensure that they have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. We train the pupils to be proactive and fast thinkers so that they can handle this ever demanding and fast changing world.

With state of art learning facilities, your child has plenty of options to attain skills, ranging from computer and science lab. Our Admission are ongoing bring your child to register today.” Daphne Kato stated.

Marine Survey For Huawei Marine’s PEACE Project Is Underway

Huawei Marine has announced that the marine survey for its PEACE (Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe) project is now underway. The PEACE submarine cable system will connect Pakistan, Djibouti, Kenya, Egypt, and other countries along the Red Sea with a total system length of 8,800km. The project was signed in November 2017, and is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Huawei Marine is working with its long-term partner EGS Ltd.to conduct a hydrographic and geophysical survey of the seabed along the planned cable route. EGS’ specialized survey vessel theRV Ridley Thomas, has arrived in the region to commence offshore survey operations.

Zhang Hongxiang, Project Director for Huawei Marine said: "Implementation of the PEACE project has reached another important milestone which is testment to our project delivery capabilities as Huawei Marine continues to provide efficient, high-quality network solutions for our customers. Our200G WDM technology that will be deployed in the PEACE cable system will support the rapid development of the East African regionaleconomy and facilitate connectivity between Asia, Africa and Europe”.

Chris Welsh, CEO of EGS Survey Group stated that: "It is a great honor for us to participate in the PEACE submarine cable system project and work once again in partnership with Huawei Marine. EGS brings more than 25 years of extensive cable route survey experience and adheres to the highest professional standards. We are delighted to contribute to the construction of the new information highway."

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