Building the digital ecosystem


Reflecting our ambition to support knowledge-based economies and drive the development of the telecoms industry, Huawei is, for the fourth consecutive year, participating at the SAMENA Telecommunications Council Telecom Leaders’ Summit to be held on 30 April.

The event has become the seminal conference for private and government sector leaders and influencers in the telecommunications industry across South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, Europe and beyond.

As a company, we have long advocated the cooperation of a Win-Win Ecosystem to take the digital transformation forward. We have a vision of Building A Better Connected World. We believe our ROADS strategy (Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY (do-it-yourself), and Social) addresses the digital transformation future requirements and the new growth objective of operators and other sectors and industries. This is simply because we have built the ROADS strategy on four key pillars; Maximizing Network Value, All-Cloud Network, Cloud-Enabled Digital Operations, and Cloud-Powered Digital Services.

At the SAMENA Telecommunications Council Telecom Leaders’ Summit Huawei will set three activities, first is a conference to discuss the Huawei Global Connectivity Index (GCI), The index serves as an indicator of which countries are best poised for development and growth, and an ICT planning reference for policymakers looking to embrace the digital economy.

Second is the ‘Cloud Business Forum’ to discuss how cloud industry participants can collaborate and learn from one another to build a win-win world and a better industry environment for all. Third is the ‘Ultra-Broadband Summit’, which will highlight growth opportunities for telcos in the video sphere that are brought on by the implementation of ultra-broadband networks, and how Huawei will Enable Telco‘s video business in many ways.

To help operators lead in the digital age, Huawei is delivering All Cloud solutions, enabling them to transform to a dynamic and on-demand approach that will allow them to rapidly expand and meet customer demands. The crucial aspect of the cloud, and the importance it will play in the coming decade, cannot be underestimated. We forecast that, by the year 2025, every industry and company will employ cloud technology and cloud models, and more than 85% of enterprise applications will be deployed on the cloud.

There will be 100 billion connections globally, and the penetration rate of industrial intelligence will exceed 20%.

At the core of ‘Shape the Cloud, Win the Future’ is the full reconstruction of infrastructure networks in four respects – equipment, network, services, and operations. The strategy aims to create systematic strengths in pooled hardware resources, fully distributed software architecture, and full automation.

Huawei has established more than 10 open labs worldwide for joint innovation and rapid commercial deployment of services.

Strengthened ties between global telecom operators, industry leaders, product designers, and application developers have already led to increased connectivity, enabling verticals, and redefining network capabilities. This is nowhere more relevant than within the broadband space – and particularly within the ongoing development of 5G technology. Well-defined industry alliances will without doubt speed up commercial 5G deployment.

Ultra-broadband speeds are inextricably linked to user experience, particularly in the burgeoning area of video. In turn, user experience improvement continues to drive increases in operator broadband revenue and profits. Here we see advances in HD/4K and CloudOptix, which enables high-speed data traffic over long distances with low latency.

From a user viewpoint, video is arguably the key driver of the digital transformation.

We estimate that by 2020, video’s contribution to operator revenue will surpass 50%, and will drive up the revenue generated from all data to more than 70%. This means that the role of mobile operators needs to change. They can no longer limit themselves to being mobile network operators, but need to be digital content players also.

There are three aspects to our video launch planning strategy. First is to make video a basic service for carriers. This means defining video as a strategy rather than a value-added service. Monetization options include increasing broadband revenues and users through video, the revenues created directly from video operations, and revenue growth through value-added video services such as gaming, online Karaoke or VideoCall.

Second is to help carriers achieve business success in video. Initiatives include helping them develop business consulting knowledge, strengthening content aggregation capabilities to make it easier and less costly for carriers to acquire content, and building cloud-based converged video platforms to help carriers efficiently develop and manage video services.

Third is to build an open platform to deliver the best video experience. We have called this Huawei Envision 2.0, which bridges the gap between content providers and telecom operators.

Bringing everything together is Huawei’s Global Connectivity Index (GCI) report, which measures how 50 nations are progressing with digital transformation using ICT. GCI 2017 looks at the five primary technology enablers: broadband, data centers, cloud services, big data, and the Internet of Things. It provides an indicator of which countries are best poised for development and growth, and how countries with different levels of connectivity should have different development focuses. Within the GCC, the UAE at 18th in the GCI, was found to be amongst the top three developing countries in the rankings. Qatar followed in 22nd place and Saudi Arabia took 29th place.

To support digital transformation and Huawei’s vision is to build a Better-Connected World, we will continue to stay customer-centric, focus on ICT infrastructure, and provide innovative cloud technology. Through this process, we will strive to become a preferred partner that enables digital and cloud transformation, while actively contributing to the cloud ecosystem through openness, collaboration, and shared success.