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Huawei WTTx Wins 2018 ITU Global Corporate Award

At the ITU Telecom World 2018 held on September 10, Huawei's wireless to the x (WTTx) solution won the Global Corporate Award: Sustainable Development for the outstanding contributions in accelerating the global penetration of broadband connections and improving household and enterprise broadband connections.

This authoritative award aims to commend innovative technical solutions that improve global ICT indexes and speed up the development of broadband connections.

According to The State of Broadband 2017 released by the ITU, more than 53% of people around the world are connected to the internet. However, due to limited investment in ICT infrastructure and payment capability, 66.3% of households remain unconnected.

The home broadband penetration rate is only 42.9% in developing countries and 14.7% in underdeveloped countries. Improving home broadband penetration has become one of the top priorities for ICT transformation in all countries.

Innovative business models and rapid technological evolution are required to reduce the home broadband access cost and improve the population coverage rate. 

WTTx is a Huawei fixed wireless broadband access solution that supports continuous evolution. Based on existing mobile networks, WTTx uses Huawei's device-pipe synergy solution, service management and O&M tools, and innovative QoS differentiation technology.

These technologies help to provide stable, high-speed broadband access in various scenarios, such as households, small- and medium-sized enterprise VPN access, and wireless verticals.

Fixed broadband access on the mobile network with the largest population coverage will slash the costs of broadband deployment and user acquisition, increase revenue, and develop a win-win industry environment for governments, operators, and end users. 

The latest report published by Ovum, a market-leading data, research and consulting business, shows that WTTx has been deployed on over 200 networks in more than 120 countries to connect more than 50 million household users. WTTx is reshaping broadband connections, changing local communities, and economies.

WTTx also helps to provide better healthcare and education, create jobs, increase revenue, and is an important factor in building a smart city. WTTx aims to connect the unconnected and create a new and improved digital lifestyle for each household. 

General Manager of Huawei WTTx Domain, Qingwen Wang said: "It is a great honor for Huawei's WTTx solution to be so highly recognized by the ITU. WTTx can quickly provide basic broadband connections, upgrade the rate of existing fixed broadband connections, and continue to increase data rates.

Huawei hopes to strengthen WTTx industry cooperation with all its partners to bridge the digital divide and allow more household and individual users to enjoy an optimal WTTx wireless broadband experience." 

ITU Telecom Word is an annual telecom event attended by government telecom regulators, telecom operators, information providers, and small- and medium-sized telecom enterprises around the world. This global event aims to accelerate ICT innovations for economic growth, social equity, and social benefits.

The Global Corporate Award: Sustainable Development aims to applaud innovative solutions dedicated to enhancing the national broadband penetration rate, bridging the digital divide, and improving internet access. These solutions use ICT technologies to protect the environment, ensure social equity, and allow more people to access the internet.

Huawei Believes Healthy ICT Development Needs Support And Guidance From Governments

Huawei Technologies has launched a position paper during the ITU Telecom World 2018 in Durban, South Africa from 10-13 September.

The position paper states that ICT has the transformative power to boost sustainable socio-economic development and governments have a vital role to play in forming a favorable environment for the dynamic and healthy development of the ICT industry.

In the position paper titled “Telco: Investment, Innovation and Competition in ICT Infrastructure”, Huawei summarizes the development trends of ICT as observed around the globe and evaluates potential social economic development spurred by ICT, after conducting a regression analysis based on a data set of 125 countries for the period 2010 to 2016.

It concludes that every 16-20% increase in ICT investment brings 1% growth in GDP; so in order to fully unleash the potential of ICT in promoting economic growth and societal well-being, governments have a critical role to play in terms of supporting investment in ICT infrastructure, encouraging ICT innovation, and in guiding and regulating ICT competition.

At the launching ceremony, Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General, said government should make ICT policy not just sectorial but national. The development of ICT and relevant infrastructure cannot be realised by solely relying on participants in the ICT ecosystem. Instead, it requires support and guidance from governments.

 “Our objectives are clear: connecting the unconnected, providing people with more advanced technologies, developing new applications, and facilitating other ecosystems. And to succeed in this endeavor, we need more innovative public-private partnerships.” said Zhao. 

Phillippa Biggs, chief content coordinator of ITU Broadband Commission for Digital Development said policies for an enabling environment are a must for broadband, including enabling policies and regulation to help co-investment of cross-country interconnection, USF for broadband roll-out and promotion of utility infrastructure synergies. 

Zhou Mingcheng, Vice President of Huawei Global Government Affairs Dept., said ICT has become a fundamental feature of modern society, and fast and healthy development of ICT industry requires supports and guidance from governments in stimulating investment in ICT infrastructure, encouraging ICT innovation and regulating competitions.

 

Jumia, Picfare In Back To School Campaign

Jumia Uganda has partnered with principal stationery company Picfare, as part of their Back to School campaign that will run until 10th September, 2018.

This partnership is in addition to other existing partners like Sai Office, the official distributors of brands like Dell, Lenovo, Epson, Office Point and Nikon in East Africa, as well as shoes manufacturer Bata.

“With this partnership, Picfare will get closer to more customers who prefer to buy online. Online shopping provides an opportunity for customers to give feedback, something that Picfare is always open to.” Deepak Chadha, Picfare’s General Manager commented.

'Back to School' is a 10-Day Promo happening from the 27th of Aug - 10th September, 2018. This event promises to be fun with a whole lot of great deals for students at all levels, vouchers and amazing prices to be won.

Jumia says its customers will shop for deals of up to 75% off on Back to School items including stationery, personal care, groceries, mobile phones and electronics.

PHOTOS: Goat Races In Perfect Return At Speke Resort

The Royal Ascot Goat Races returned on Saturday at Speke Resort Munyonyo, six years after taking a sabbatical. By midday, Speke Resort lakeside was buzzing with the arrival of revelers who wore colorful and artistic fabrics representing a myriad of cultures and style.

 

The guests at this years Royal Ascot Goat Races were composed of people from different backgrounds. These included corporates, entrepreneurs, socialites, cultural leaders, media personalities and children. The plan was to have as much fun as the day could provide.

 

Many revelers used the event as a family day out. Many could be seen with their children having a good time. The kids play area with bouncing castles, swings was equally busy. 

The days’ MCs Patrick Salvado Idrigi and Malaika Nyanzi kept the crowd engaged through the day and offered commentary as the goats raced with the help of a cart pusher.

In total seven races were on card. Each goat that won a race, its owner took home a prize from the organizers and sponsors of the event, Tusker Malt Lager.

 

The day also saw prizes for Best Dressed Couple; Best Dressed man; Best Hat; Best Dressed Lady; Best Dressed Child, Best Goat Name, Best selfie; Best couple Selfie; Best Goat Impression and cute Group Selfie being given out.

The event under the hashtag #GoatRacesKla trended on social media for much of the day.The hospitality tents were equally active as guests were treated to sumptuous meals and silky drinks.

The owners tent, hosted by Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, was the most active. It was spacious, with free drinks and food. It was flocked by some of this city’s big celebrities and business tycoons.

 

Bebe Cool and Fik Fameica performed for the happy revelers who through the day had made use of the various alcohol selling points. Acrobats and various dance troupes had earlier entertained revelers during goat racing breaks.

 

The biggest prize was a return ticket for the best dressed couple to Dubai courtesy of Emirates Airlines. The best dressed man and best dressed lady won accommodation for two for one night at Speke Resort Munyonyo and Protea Entebbe respectively.

The best dressed child won a free pony camp treat at Speke Resort Munyonyo and the person with the best hat won a free outfit from Halo collections.

Huawei Recognizes Dr. Erdal Arikan, Father Of Polar Codes

Huawei presented a special award to Turkish professor Dr. Erdal Arikan, the inventor of polar codes for 5G, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of communications technology.

At the ceremony, held at Huawei's global headquarters in Shenzhen, the company also honored more than 100 Huawei scientists and engineers who are working on standards and basic research. Basic research is key to industry development. Theoretical breakthroughs, often made after decades of focused scientific effort, help set the direction of technological progress.

With 5G just on the horizon, the paper on polar codes that Professor Arikan published in 2008 defined an entirely new approach to maximizing the rate and reliability of data transmission. Polar codes are the world's first channel coding scheme to bring us up against the threshold of Shannon's limit, or the maximum rate that data can be sent with zero error at a particular bandwidth.

Polar codes significantly improve coding performance for 5G. At the same time, they reduce the complexity of design and ensure service quality. In 2016, 3GPP (the international standards body responsible for 5G standards) adopted polar codes as the official coding scheme for the control channels of 5G New Radio (NR) eMBB interface.

At the awards ceremony, Huawei founder Mr. Ren Zhengfei presented a medal to Professor Arikan. The medal, designed and manufactured by the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint), features an engraving of the Goddess of Victory with a red Baccarat crystal, symbolizing the importance of new communications technology in leading the world forward.

After receiving the medal, Professor Arikan delivered an acceptance speech. "I am honored to be here today receiving this award," he said. "It gives me pleasure to acknowledge that, without the vision and technical contributions of Huawei directors and engineers, polar codes would not have made it from lab to a standard in less than 10 years. And as engineers, there is no greater reward than seeing our ideas turn into reality."

Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu also spoke at the event: "5G standards are the result of a worldwide effort to drive progress in basic research and wireless communications technology. For these standards to take shape, it took more than 10 years of hard work from tens of thousands of scientists and engineers, along with dozens of companies around the world.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Professor Arikan, as well as his peers in academia, fellow scientists, and Huawei employees who have all contributed to 5G."

In 2010, Huawei recognized the potential in polar codes to optimize channel coding technology, so the company invested in further research to build on Professor Arikan's work. Through years of focused effort, the company has made multiple breakthroughs in core polar code technology, helping polar codes move beyond the realm of academic research and see the light of day.

"The birth of 5G standards is only the beginning of a new journey," Xu added. "We will continue to work hard to ensure that 5G technology – including polar codes – creates greater value for society, and sooner.

At the same time, we hope that the close collaboration between companies and the academia, like the one between Huawei and Professor Arikan, will continue, and give rise to more scientific marvels that drive the development of the ICT industry and society as a whole."

At the awards ceremony, Huawei also honored more than 100 of its in-house scientists for their work on basic research and standards. In particular, the company wanted to recognize their successful research in 5G New Radio and their eight groundbreaking innovations, including new waveforms and new coding schemes.

These scientists worked closely with industry partners to verify key technologies and drive the standardization process, making an important contribution to 3GPP's 5G Release 15 standards.

Thanks to their pioneering work, Huawei was the first company in the world to complete 5G testing for all phases of IMT-2020 development (a collectively held vision, set by the International Telecommunication Union, for mobile network evolution by the year 2020), with results that far outperformed the key indicators for all three 5G usage scenarios defined by the International Telecommunication Union – enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communications (URLLC), and massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC).

As a major contributor to 5G standards, and a core patent holder, Huawei is committed to following the FRAND principle for all patent licensing. That means Fair, Reasonable, and Non-discriminatory patent licensing – a principle that the company has adhered to in the past, and will continue to adhere to moving forward. Huawei aims to build a robust 5G ecosystem together with other players.

Strong R&D investment has been a core focus at Huawei for years, investing nearly CNY400 billion in R&D over the past decade. Moving forward, Huawei will increase investment in basic research by earmarking 20% to 30% of its annual US$15-20 billion R&D budget to basic research alone.

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.

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