EBS 2018 Huawei to open Brussels Transparency Centre
Huawei Rotating Chairman Ken Hu speaks at the European Business Summit (24 May)
Huawei will open a Transparency Centre in Brussels, the tech company announced at the European Business Summit
Ken Hu, Rotating Chairman of Huawei made a major announcement at the European Business Summit on 24 May, while speaking about Huawei activities in Brussels.
“Here in Brussels, we will open a Transparency Centre in the near future. It will serve as a platform for customers and industry partners to work together on security and privacy protection. This will help all stakeholders consolidate strengths – and consolidate trust – in the digital world”.
Praise for GDPR
Furthermore, Ken Hu also elaborated on the importance of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): ”The GDPR is the most comprehensive data privacy law in the world, and it sets a very positive example for all countries.
“For the past two years, Huawei has closely examined the GDPR, and we have embedded its requirements into all of our business activities. We have trained all of 180,000 employees on GDPR requirements, and we have appointed Privacy Protection Officers where needed.
“To ensure compliance, our internal audit teams have completed thorough reviews in all EU countries. Huawei is ready for GDPR, and we remain committed to privacy protection.”
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Participants at the European Business Summit listen to Huawei Rotating Chairman Ken Hu's speech.
Digital Europe is already here
Europe in a strong position to lead way, says Ken Hu
Europe has a window of opportunity to build on progress made in digital and secure its leadership, Huawei Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO Ken Hu told the European Business Summit on 24 May.
Speaking at the Closing Plenary of this year’s European Business Summit (EBS) on 24 May, he stressed that strong industry, research capabilities and forward-thinking governance meant that Europe was in a solid position to lead the way forward.
“Digital Europe is here,” Mr Hu said. “Let's be proud of what we have accomplished together. And let's do more to reinforce Europe's strengths.”
He highlighted a number of successful examples of digital progress in the region, including the digital transition of Estonia’s government, which offers 99 % of its services online, and the rapid growth of broadband access throughout Europe, including in rural regions where high-speed broadband access jumped 10 % in just one year.
"Regarding future infrastructure, he said: “5G, fibre, cloud and IoT are key to Europe's long-term digital objectives. However, investment is a real challenge. We need to build greater market certainty, and that should be a joint effort,” explaining that Huawei was delivering technology innovation to help carriers maximise returns on their existing investments in digital infrastructure.
He stressed that new applications were also vital for the new ecosystem in order to create demand, mentioning IoT solutions used by traditional winemakers to reduce water waste, and the National Opera of Paris using digital platforms to promote art and education, as two cases in point.
“Europe has a strong and proud industrial base. We need to work together to build awareness of digital technology,” Mr Hu said. “We need to show how it can enhance human effort, improve quality and multiply the value of traditional expertise.”
This year’s EBS, Europe’s number one business event, focused on European leadership in a changing world, with the overarching role of digital technology high on the agenda. The event brought together business leaders, policy makers, research organisations and civil society to discuss current global trends and challenges and their effect on the EU.
A 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA)
Huawei is one of 26 founder members of the 5G-ACIA, a new industry alliance designed to establish 5G in industrial production to take Industry 4.0 digital transformation to the next level.
The alliance was set up at German industrial body ZVEI last month and includes representatives of traditional automation and manufacturing industries as well as leading organisations from the ICT industry.
The current 26 members include: Beckhoff, Bosch, Deutsche Telekom, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Endress+Hauser, Ericsson, Festo, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Harting, Hirschmann Automation & Control, Huawei, Infineon, Institute for Industrial Information Technology (inIT), Institute for Automation and Communication (ifak), Intel, Mitsubishi, Nokia, NXP, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R3 - Reliable Realtime Radio Communications, Siemens, Trumpf, Vodafone, Weidmüller and Yokogawa.
Factories of the future
5G-ACIA has already begun contributing to the standardisation and regulation of 5G. At the same time, it is identifying and analysing possible use cases and the associated requirements from the perspective of the industrial domain.
“5G will become the central nervous system of the factory of the future and will have a disruptive impact on industrial production,” commented Dr Andreas Müller (of Bosch), Chairman of 5G-ACIA.
“For the first time, the 5G-ACIA brings together all the major players worldwide. This enables us to work in a concerted and targeted manner to ensure that the interests of the industry are taken into account accordingly.”
The report also envisions a world of "+Intelligence" platforms, which in conjunction with high-speed connections, Internet of Things and AI-based cloud, will help industries achieve leapfrog development through intelligent analysis, decision-making and assistance. The third of Huawei’s visions described in the report heralds an era of mass innovation, reshaping industries and enabling them to go beyond current growth trajectories.
Huawei is pulling its weight in EU effort to step up data protection
Europe’s much talked-about new data legislation came into effect on 25 May. Updating and upgrading data rules for the Digital Single Market, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) relies on a joint effort on the public and the private side to deliver on objectives and improve privacy and transparency while creating business opportunities in the process. Huawei is strongly committed to being a part of this process and has taken action to ensure full compliance – not just across the EU, but worldwide.
We aim to go beyond compliance, using our position as a leading global provider of ICT solutions to advance and promote privacy and rebuild consumer trust. The company uses a privacy-by-design approach, protecting the user, by handling the minimum amount of private data to deliver the best possible experience for information-based services.
To put this in practice, Huawei uses a 5-step implementation process for PBD, involving:
Leadership: this starts at the top, and executive support is critical. In Huawei, the tone is set by our Rotating CEO, Ken Hu, who chairs our global privacy committee and takes an active interest in the topic
Business Conduct Guidelines (BCG): privacy is incorporated into our BCG, which all members of staff sign. It is also included in our disciplinary code, to ensure that PBD is not a one-off initiative, but a standard way of conducting business
Awareness and training: this is key to ensuring ongoing attention is paid to the subject at all levels of the organisation, as every employee must play their part
Development: Huawei adopted the Privacy Impact Assessment Framework (PIAF), published by the EU in December 2012. This is now embedded into our product and software development lifecycle and extends into operations
9 Underpinning Principles include transparency at all levels, along with informed consent, minimal data, integrity and ownership retention.
Ninian Wilson, Global Supply Chain Director & CEO of VPC (second from left), presented the award to Vincent Pang (third from left), President of Huawei Western European Region, and Eric Yang (first from left), President of the Huawei Vodafone Account
‘Supplier of the Decade’
Huawei scoops prestigious Vodafone award
The company has been named ‘Supplier of the Decade’ by Vodafone. The award recognises Huawei’s outstanding contribution to Vodafone’s business growth as a long-standing strategic partner.
Ninian Wilson, Global Supply Chain Director & CEO of Vodafone Procurement Company (VPC), said: “Huawei took the initiative to set up operations in Luxembourg to support VPC right from the very beginning. Over the past decade, our strategic partnership has grown and flourished thanks to Huawei’s commitment to growing hand in hand with VPC and building trust as a reliable partner gradually over time.”
Eric Yang, President of the Vodafone Account at Huawei, said: “Huawei takes pride in this commitment which has forged our unique partnership with Vodafone. I believe this partnership will continue to thrive and achieve even greater success in the next decade. In the upcoming 5G era, we look forward to working closely with Vodafone to build an even faster and better network for consumers as well as for vertical industries.”
The Vodafone Supplier Awards recognise companies that have performed outstandingly in supporting Vodafone Group’s drive to improve efficiency and deliver greater benefits to its customers.
Huawei ICT student competition draws over 40 000 participants from 32 countries
Students from Italy, Spain and the UK were among the 40 000 participants in the Huawei ICT Competition 2018, which is part of the company’s efforts to bring academia and business closer and build tomorrow's connected world.
The contest attracted entries from more than 800 universities and colleges in 32 countries. The first two prizes went to teams from the Shenzhen Institute of Information Technology and Shenzhen Polytechnic.
Under the theme “Connection, Glory, Future”, the annual competition gathers government organisations, higher education institutions, training partners and businesses to set up a platform for students to compete and communicate with each other as they are about to enter the ICT industry. The competition not only rewards students' achievements in the ICT field, but also provides guidance for their future career development. For contestants, it’s a journey to explore the latest ICT technologies and products and to understand industry trends.
“Leveraging our technologies, knowledge, experience and successful practices gained from years of dedication to the ICT industry, Huawei will continue to invest in building platforms that enable sound development of the ICT talent ecosystem and establish a complete set of globally influential standards for ICT talent development and certification,” said Ma Yue, Vice President of Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group.
The academia-enterprise cooperation programme promoted by Huawei ICT Academy is in full swing around the world. Through various contests, talent alliances, job fairs and other events, the cooperation aims to strengthen links among schools and enterprises to bridge the gap between talent development and demand and promote development of a global talent ecosystem.
This is also the aim of the company’s Seeds for the Future talent programme, which selects gifted students for a study trip to China.
Deutsche Telekom and Huawei have erected 5G antennae in Berlin
Deutsche Telekom, using equipment from Huawei, has put up its first six commercial 5G antennae in the Mitte and Schöneberg districts of the German capital and, it is reported, the telco plans to install another 70 across 20 sites in the city this summer.
The result will be a major 5G testbed right in the centre of Berlin.
The implementation is using commercial 5G equipment from Huawei, as well as software and terminals, based on the 3rd-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard for 5G New Radio (in the non-standalone version). The antennae are the first in Europe to fully support the 5G NR standard, says DT.
“5G New Radio in Berlin is another major step towards 5G for all”, explained Walter Goldenits, Chief Technology Officer at Telekom Deutschland. “This 5G cluster in Berlin will serve as the basis for our future commercial 5G rollout in Germany.”
“The antennas are providing important test results,” he added. “At the same time, they are real elements of what will be our future 5G network. We are preparing the ground so that our network will be ready when the first 5G-capable smartphones appear on the market.”
Building on earlier results
Earlier this year, Deutsche Telekom, Intel and Huawei achieved the world's first verification of 5G NR interoperability in an operator environment.
In that demonstration, the partners verified that 5G standard compliant components from different manufacturers can function properly together.
With the first standard-compliant, commercial 5G systems now available, their integration into a live network represents the next decisive step in 5G development.
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The Huawei 5G truck attracts interest and visits from government officials, professionals, teachers, students and journalists as it tours Europe.
5G demo truck tours Europe
Huawei’s 5G roadshow will tour ten European countries over the next three months
Huawei’s demo truck is hitting the road again to showcase the latest in 5G innovation on your doorstep. Visitors will get a first-hand look at concrete solutions and products for the future 5G ecosystem.
The truck stopped in Madrid on 4 May, attracting visits from government representatives, top technical universities’ teachers and students as well as journalists. “We demonstrate our commitment to develop 5G technology [through] a consistent investment strategy, end-to-end portfolio of 5G products and solutions and cooperation with local partners, to build an intelligent and totally connected world,” said Tony Jin Yong, CEO of Huawei Spain, at the opening event.
Huawei is a driving force in developing 5G wireless technologies with and for Europe. It works with industry leaders, consortiums, universities and innovation platforms and participates in numerous 5G research projects with European partners. The company completed the first 5G trial in the city of Turin, Italy in February 2018. In late April 2018, it obtained approval to ship 5G base stations to the EU. The German certification body TÜV SÜD confirmed that Huawei’s 5G base stations have fulfilled all the technical conditions required for the deployment in the European Union, making it the first company to receive an examination certificate for its 5G products in the EU.
Members of the Huawei team who took part in the 20km Brussels Run on Sunday 27 May.
Team Huawei take on 20km Brussels Run
16 staff participated in the city’s legendary half marathon
On Sunday 27 May, the streets of Brussels were full of people. Some 40,000 runners and thousands of spectators gathered in the Belgian capital, also the EU’s political centre, to indulge in a collective celebration of sports and endurance: the legendary 20km Brussels run, organized for nearly four decades now.
Team Huawei consisted of 16 runners proudly wearing the Huawei t-shirt with the motto “Make It Possible”. Leading the Huawei team was Xiaoxiangyuan (Adam), a passionate runner who came over for the event with his family from Düsseldorf in neighbouring Germany.
“Recreational running is one of my big passions. The atmosphere during the 20km of Brussels is intense, and this year it was a hot and humid race. Everybody who finished is a great achiever,” said Adam after the race, which started and finished below the arch of Parc Cinquantenaire, erected in 1880 to commemorate 50 years of Belgian independence.
More than a race
This 27 May was not only about the runners, though. In a great team spirit gesture, Tang Yan from the Huawei Belgium Rep Office distributed bananas to runners at the 17km mark, just before the last uphill stretch towards the finishing line.
“Huawei is reinforcing its presence in the EU. In line with our commitment to Europe and to Belgium, we are proud to participate in the 20km of Brussels with our own team”, said Tony Graziano, Vice-President of the EU Public Affairs office, which is located close to Parc Cinquantenaire and within walking distance of the EU Institutions.
The Brussels 20k is a high-profile event which also attracts top EU politicians. This year Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, also participated. “I survived! It was a hot, humid and hard 20km race. Still, it was such a great moment to share with other runners from Brussels,” Mr Tusk tweeted after the run. “And at the end, it felt much easier than running some of the EU Summits.”
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Zhao Yue (right), Vice President of Huawei Cloud Communication Product Line, receiving the awards at the IMS World Forum in London
Huawei wins more ‘best solution’ awards
The company won three awards at recent industry events for its support for carriers
Huawei won awards at two important industry events in April, the IMS World Forum and MVNOs Congress.
At the 2018 IMS World Forum in London, Huawei’s Vo5G solution won the award for the Best 5G Real-time Communication Evolution Strategy and another for Best IMS (IP Multimedia Services) Solution.
The Huawei Vo5G solution aims to evolve real-time audio and video communication smoothly from 4G to 5G, improve individual communication experience and meet industry communication requirements in an agile manner.
The Huawei IMS solution supports unified access of all networks, broadband and narrowband, fixed and mobile, to the IMS, helping carriers build an integrated network (Single Voice Core) to provide IP-based multimedia services.
Creating business value for customers
“We really appreciate the industry recognition of Huawei Vo5G and IMS solutions. We will continue to put forth our utmost efforts in business innovation, technical architecture and evolution strategies, constantly creating business value for our customers,” said Zhao Yue, Vice President of Huawei Cloud Communication Product Line, on receiving the awards.
Meanwhile, at the MVNOs World Congress 2018 in Madrid, Huawei’s Dealer Agent Cloud was named ‘Best Solution Provider’.
With the development of digitisation, MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) and other operators are facing a series of challenges including high customer churn, high IT investment and low productivity.
Huawei’s Dealer Agent Cloud provides a digital service subscription platform for MVNOs and other operators that will enable them to realise faster business development.
Several key Huawei partners received awards at the Huawei UK Channel Conference on 10 May.
Win together in the digital era
Huawei UK hosted over 150 partners at its Channel Conference on 10 May
Huawei hosted over 150 partners at the annual Huawei UK Channel Conference on 10 May, which was held under the theme “Together, We Win”.
In its seventh year, the event showcased how Huawei allows resellers and managed service partners to increase their strategic importance and value by incorporating its end-to-end technology into their own managed service offerings - providing customers with a future-proof, cloud and IoT ready platform for digital transformation.
During the conference, Huawei held two sessions focusing on storage and networking as the technology pillars for digital transformation. Several key Huawei partners received awards in recognition of their exceptional contributions to developing Huawei’s channel business in the UK.
5G training for key partners
Huawei UK went on to hold a Partner Convention on 17 May in London, at which it signed an MoU with four companies to provide them with training in 5G: SITEC, ARCC, Mono and WHP. The training programme is the latest step in Huawei’s campaign to drive knowledge and innovation around the upcoming 5G ecosystem across the UK.
Yao Fuhai, Huawei Board Director and Chief Supply Chain Officer, said: “Huawei is committed to supporting the growth of communities and industries by ensuring that we all move forward together to a better connected, intelligent world. The Partner Convention reminds us of the crucial role our partners play in the ICT ecosystem, and that excellent partners and suppliers are an intangible asset.”
The MOU, which includes both deployment and 5G training for partners, builds on Huawei’s commitment to procure £3bn from UK businesses over the next five years and is evidence of the significance of the UK’s digital market.
The number of broadband public safety networks worldwide deploying Huawei’s eLTE (enterprise Long Term Evolution) high-speed, wireless critical communications solution. The figure came to light at Critical Communications World in Berlin in May, where Huawei launched its new eLTE multimedia system for the public safety sector.