On the opening day of the online Better World Summit, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman Guo Ping elaborated on how synergy across five major tech domains will help unlock the full potential of 5G to drive commercial success. Guest speakers from carriers, industry organizations, and standards bodies, such as China Telecom, Etisalat, MTN, GSMA, and 3GPP/ETSI, were also joined by several thousand online attendees from more than 80 countries to explore how information and communications technology (ICT) can power new economic growth both now and in a post-pandemic world. Guest speakers from China Telecom, Etisalat, MTN, GSMA, and 3GPP/ETSI were also joined by several thousand online attendees from more than 80 countries to explore how information and communications technology (ICT) can power new economic growth both now and in a post-pandemic world.
Working together to fight the pandemic with technology
The pandemic has reshaped how we live and work, and has dealt a heavy blow to the world economy. Fortunately, ICT offers a concrete set of tools to aid in the fight against COVID-19 on multiple fronts.
“As an ICT company, it’s our responsibility to use the technology we have to help contain and defeat this pandemic,” said Guo. “Together with our partners and customers, including carriers and enterprises of all types, we can use technological solutions to effect a positive impact on our communities.”
“By drawing on our experience in early hotspots, we have developed nine scenario-based solutions that use ICT technology to help combat the pandemic. Whether it’s hospital network deployment, remote consultation, online education, or restarting governments and businesses, we’ve been sharing our experience and capabilities to help control the spread of the virus and reopen economies.”
Unlocking the full potential of 5G: Synergy across five major tech domains
There are already more than 90 million 5G users worldwide. “As global 5G deployment begins to wrap up, we need to strengthen our focus on industry applications,” Guo said. “This will help us unleash the full potential of 5G.”
The business case for 5G is not just better connectivity. When technologies like 5G, computing, cloud, and AI come together, they reinforce each other and create numerous opportunities across five major tech domains: connectivity, AI, cloud, computing, and industry applications.
“Huawei has in-depth strengths in each of these domains,” Guo continued. “We can mix and match them to create scenario-based solutions that meet the unique needs of our customers and partners. This is key to unlocking the full potential of 5G and driving commercial success.”
For 5G to succeed commercially, the entire industry needs to work together. Vertical industry applications can be replicated at scale only when unified industry standards and a collaborative ecosystem are in place. “Moving forward, Huawei will double down on efforts to equip our partners with the capabilities they need,” Guo said. “We will promote joint innovation, and drive growth for everyone in the value chain.”
Balancing short-term and long-term goals: Precise deployment for maximum value
Guo said, “Given the current economic environment, carriers need to focus on both short-term and long-term goals. More precise deployment is how they can maximize the value of their networks.” Huawei has three suggestions for this.
- First, carriers should prioritize user experience and spend money where it’s needed most to maximize the value of existing networks.
- Second, carriers should make the most of existing 4G and FTTx networks, and integrate them with new 5G networks through holistic coordination and precise planning.
- Third, 5G deployment plans should prioritize hotspots and key industry applications.
Day 1 speakers
Liu Guiqing, Executive Vice President and Executive Director of China Telecom, shared the carrier’s strategy and applications for driving digital transformation across industries through convergence of cloud and networks.
Hatem Bamatraf, CTO of Etisalat International, presented Etisalat’s experience using ICT to fight the pandemic and drive economic recovery.
Bernice Samuels, Executive: Group Marketing of MTN, explored how MTN will speed up their digital transformation process to extend the benefits of a modern connected life to everyone in the post-pandemic era.
Alex Sinclair, CTO of GSMA, shared insights into how ICT can enable new economic development.
Adrian Scrase, head of 3GPP MCC and CTO of ETSI, emphasized that an open, transparent, equal, and impartial environment for industry collaboration is crucial for setting unified standards and promoting shared success worldwide.
The Better World Summit was broadcast live in Chinese, English, Spanish, French, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Arabic. For more information, click here.
Huawei and Partners Launch the First Batch of 5GtoB Ecosystem
At the “5G for Good, Innovate for New Value” summit, Huawei and 5G industrial partners jointly launched the first batch of 5G industrial applications. This initiative accelerates the development of 5G, marking the maturity of the 5G industry ecosystem.
Around 50 partners joined the ecosystem so far, including those specialized in both industry and general equipment domains. The scope spans multiple verticals, including 5G industrial communication modules and terminals, 5G antennas, smart manufacturing, smart logistics, smart coal mining, smart healthcare, new media live broadcast, smart city, and smart power grid.
“Year 2020 will see scaled global commercial rollout of 5G and nation-wide deployment in China. The era of rapid 5G development has come. An essential part of the digital foundation, 5G will drive the upgrade in five industries: connectivity, AI, cloud, computing, and industrial applications. 5G is set to realize digital transformation across industries to trigger a new round of high-speed development. With the growing maturity of the 5G industry ecosystem, 5G module shipment has started on a massive scale. After half a year of R&D conducted by industry equipment and module vendors, a large number of 5G terminals for industrial applications have advanced to the project testing phase. Over 100 types of 5G industry terminals are expected to be launched this year. To better support the incubation of the industry ecosystem, Huawei will open up its 5GtoB lab, which will be predominantly used for testing the capabilities of 5G vertical industry terminals. Huawei aims to build a robust platform for developing industrial applications in collaboration with industry organizations, and to promote industry chain development and application promotion together with partners. Our vision is to enable the ecosystem to thrive, explore new fields, and create new value,” said Mr. Xu Weizhong, Wireless Network Chief Strategy Officer of Huawei.
5G drives the digital transformation of industries, facilitating the adaption of 5G network capabilities (from eMBB to URLLC to mMTC) to achieve scaled commercialization of industrial applications. We look forward to working with industry partners to advance 5G across industries toward bigger success.
Huawei Launches Digital Payment Cloud Solution
Huawei launched a new Digital Payment Cloud Solution recently at its Better World Summit 2020 designed to help digital payment service operators build super app centered payment ecosystems that will accelerate digital financial inclusion in emerging markets.
“According to GSMA , mobile money today has over 1 billion registered users after more than 10 years of development,” said Ryan Wu, Director of Huawei Software Marketing & Solution Sales Dept. “However, merchant payment is still at its infancy. We all know that the key to success in the mobile payment business relies on the ecosystem. Super app is a critical platform and engagement point for ecosystem partners and provides an efficient merchant marketplace. Huawei’s digital payment cloud is designed to provide a payment platform and super app that helps mobile payment operators build an ecosystem quickly and efficiently.”
Huawei’s digital payment cloud solution brings value to payment operators from three aspects:
- Extremely Digital Experience: With the digital architecture, both user and transaction data can be opened in real time, ensuring real-time query experience for users and merchants. In addition, real-time risk control can be built based on AI analysis capabilities to identify fake transactions and avoid cash-out risks.
- Expedite Service TTM: With the open ecosystem, the solution provides API (application programming interface), H5, mini apps, and UI bricks technologies that enable partners to launch the service on super app within one week and marketing campaigns from idea to launch within three weeks.
- Agile Iteration: With a cloud native platform, the solution supports container/micro-service, auto-scaling, grayscale release, and enables software updates in days.
In Myanmar, Huawei has cooperated with KBZ Bank to launch KBZPay and within 18 months successfully grew the service to six million registered users, over 1000 partners, and more than 290 thousand merchants. KBZPay’s transaction value has reached over $7 billion, cementing KBZ as Myanmar’s number 1 mobile payment service provider.
HONOR 2020 H1 Business Achievements in International Markets
Huawei announced its business results for the first half of 2020. The company generated CNY454 billion in revenue during this period, representing a 13.1% increase year-on-year, with a net profit margin of 9.2%. Huawei’s carrier, enterprise, and consumer businesses achieved CNY159.6 billion, CNY36.3 billion, and CNY255.8 billion in revenue, respectively. As part of the Huawei Consumer Business Group’s dual-brand strategy, global technology brand HONOR also announced its brand and business performances in its international markets. According to brand equity researcher BrandZ™, HONOR ranked 21st in the “BrandZ Top 50 Chinese Global Brand Builders 2020” list and saw a 34% increase in its brand score comparing to 2019.
HONOR “1+8+N” All-scenario Strategy Made Solid Progress in International Business Development
• In 2020 H1, HONOR ranked Top 1 smartphone brand with 25.9% market share in terms of sales units in Russia. HONOR has been consistently crowned Top 1 smartphone brand in Russia since November 2019.
• In 2020 Q1, HONOR ranked Top 5 in terms of smartphone shipment in Saudi Arabia and ranked Top 3 in the mid- to -high-end smartphone category ($200-$600).
• In 2020 Q1, HONOR ranked Top 5 in terms of smartphone shipment in Czech Republic.
• In the wearable market, HONOR ranked Top 5 in Russia, Malaysia, Czech Republic and India in 2020 Q1.
• In June 2020, the HONOR MagicBook Series ranked Top 1 best-selling ultrabook at DNS in Russia.
• The HONOR MagicBook 14 ranked Top 2 best-selling product at datart.cz, Top 4 best-selling newly launched product at notebooksbilliger.de, Top 5 best-selling laptop, Top 10 searchable products at Boulanger and Top 10 best-selling newly launched product with 4.9-star customer rating on amazon.co.uk.
Smartphones with Huawei Mobile Services Ecosystem Experienced Robust Growth in Market Share in Russia
In 2020, HONOR launched seven smartphones with Huawei Mobile Services Ecosystem in Russia, including the HONOR 30 Series, HONOR View30 PRO, HONOR 9C, HONOR 9A and HONOR 9S. The market share of these smartphones achieved 8% increase in sales units by the end of 2020 Q2. In June 2020, the HONOR 9A and the HONOR 9S both ranked Top 5 best-selling smartphones in Russia.
Huawei Mobile Services Ecosystem is growing rapidly, reaching 700 million global Huawei device users, with a year-on-year growth of 32%. Until 25th July, The number of registered Huawei developers worldwide has reached 1.6 million, up 76% year-on-year, with more than 81,000 innovative applications integrated HMS Core open capabilities.
In Russia, the ecosystem is continuously growing and developing strong and successful partnerships across segments represented on the AppGallery such as Yandex, Mail.ru, Sberbank, S7 Airlines, Wildberries, Alfa Bank, Ozon and many others. Recently Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank and a leading global financial institution, launched its contactless payment solution SberPay to all NFC-enabled smartphone users, notably HUAWEI and HONOR users. The service is a feature of the Sberbank Online mobile application, available in the AppGallery, for Visa cardholders. In the near future, this service will also be available to other payment systems. Linking a card with SberPay via Sberbank Online will allow users to make contactless purchases, withdraw cash, and top-up money into their bank accounts at NFC-equipped ATMs. Each transaction is authorized with fingerprint scanning or via a digital code. This partnership with the AppGallery is a vital step to build a more well-developed and seamless ecosystem for global users.
HIHONOR.COM Retains Solid Programs that Drove month-on-month Sales Growth and User Registrations
As the official online store, HIHONOR.com delivers a one-stop shopping experience that offers a comprehensive range of HONOR products and customer-centric services. After upgrading the online shopping experiences in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Netherlands, HIHONOR.com experienced an average 146% month-on-month sales growth among those countries in the first half of 2020. It also contributed to 30% of the HONOR MagicBook Series sales revenue and 20% of HONOR MagicWatch 2 sales revenue in Western Europe, playing an essential role in HONOR’s business development. Globally, HONOR has established 14 HIHONOR.com online stores with over 2.79 million registered users across its international markets.
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