Brussels centre opens Huawei Cyber Security Transparency Centre
Huawei opened a landmark transparency centre in Brussels on 5 March, to engage EU institutions and technical experts on cyber security issues.
Over 200 representatives from regulators, telecom carriers, enterprises and the media attended the event. Representatives from the European Union, the GSMA and the World Economic Forum spoke at the opening ceremony.
The Huawei Cyber Security Transparency Centre, located at 9 Rue Guimard in Brussels, will offer government agencies, technical experts, industry associations and standards organisations, as well as Huawei partners and customers, a platform where they can communicate and collaborate to balance out security and development in the digital age.
Trust in cyber security is a major challenge that the world faces in the digital era. Mr Ken Hu, Huawei's Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO, said at the opening. "Trust needs to be based on facts, facts must be verifiable, and verification must be based on common standards. We believe that this is an effective model for building trust for the digital era."
Huawei Rotating CEO Ken Hu met EU Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip on 4 March to discuss cyber security standards,
5G and the opening of the Huawei Cyber Security Transparency Centre in Brussels.
Three major functions
First, the Centre will showcase Huawei's end-to-end cyber security practices, from strategies and supply chain to R&D and products and solutions. This will allow visitors to experience cyber security with Huawei's products and solutions, in areas including 5G, IoT and cloud.
Secondly, the Centre will facilitate communication between Huawei and key stakeholders on cyber security strategies and end-to-end cyber security and privacy protection practices. Huawei will work with industry partners to explore and promote the development of security standards and verification mechanisms, to facilitate technological innovation in cyber security across the industry.
Thirdly, the Centre will provide a product security testing and verification platform and related services to Huawei customers.
New developments in All Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and software-defined everything are posing unprecedented challenges to the cyber security of ICT infrastructure. A lack of consensus on cyber security, technical standards, verification systems and legislative support further exacerbates these challenges.
Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, speaking to a reporter at the Politico AI Summit on 19 March. The event was sponsored by Huawei
When change comes, embrace it
Huawei wants to accelerate the popularity of AI
Policymakers, innovators, industry representatives and academics gathered in Brussels for the 2nd Politico AI Summit on 19 March, at which Huawei was prominent as a presenting partner and exhibitor.
In a keynote address opening a session on The Future of Work, Mr Abraham Liu, Huawei’s Chief Representative to the European Institutions, said AI had now emerged as a general-purpose technology and "can bring about important productivity improvements in most industries. On this basis, new jobs will be created, and many professions will evolve," he pointed out.
"Our aim at Huawei is to accelerate the popularity of AI by providing a platform for more people to use it," said Mr Liu. "Change is coming to us. Looking back through history, whenever new general-purpose technology emerges, it helps us reduce the duplication of work and makes our human endeavour worthier of respect and appreciation. If we are willing to accept AI, I believe that we can embrace the future with open arms."
A host of speakers presented various viewpoints about AI development at the summit, among them EU Commissioners Jyrki Katainen (Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness) and Vera Jourova (Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality).
Huawei students exhibit AI solutions
Delegates arriving at the conference got to meet the winners of the 2018 Huawei European Student Challenge, whose theme last year was Artificial Intelligence. The students, who took part in the Huawei exhibition on the day, presented their winning solutions on neural networks.
Mr Liu said Huawei was reaching out to academics, developers and the general public to explore the infinite possibilities of AI in Europe. "On the academic front, we are working with European universities to strengthen basic research, while enabling AI innovations to be applied and bring about change faster," he said.
"Meanwhile, the Huawei Developer Enablement Plan will continue to see increased investment in the AI field, while helping 1 million AI developers over the next three years.
"Finally, we want AI technology to help more people and families. For example, Huawei and the European Deaf Association have jointly developed a mobile application called StorySign to translate text into sign language to help them better understand books."
Huawei's exhibition at this year's Mobile World Congress was visited by tens of thousands of people
Huawei at the 2019 Mobile World Congress
The company was in full force at MWC 19 with a host of exhibitions, forums and keynotes
Huawei’s latest innovations in the run-up to 5G deployment were at the centre of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 24 to 28 February. The Company presented scores of end-to-end 5G products and solutions at the event, including simplified 5G sites and new architecture, protocols and operations & maintenance (O&M) for 5G networks. The new offerings are designed to help operators deploy 5G networks quickly and on a large scale.
5G networks have three major use cases, bringing 10x higher network bandwidth, 10x more complexity in network operations & maintenance (O&M), and 100x more connections. These are the core challenges that operators will face when building 5G transport networks of the future. As such, Huawei launched a 5G-ready converged transport network solution, which will support all services operators want to offer, helping them jump-start 5G development through simplified 5G transport and fast deployment.
Huawei also debuted its intelligent and simplified 5G core network. This will help operators build an all-cloud, full-stack, fully converged, simplified, intelligent and reliable 5G core network, provide supreme service experience and lay the groundwork for business success.
Huawei has also launched the SoftCOM AI solution, which will help build the self-driving vehicle networks of the future, again maximising value for telcos.
Mr Ryan Ding, President of Huawei’s Carrier Business Group, used the Congress to demonstrate 4K video-on-demand service on a Huawei 5G foldable smartphone via a Vodafone Spain 5G live network powered by Huawei. He was able to showcase the extraordinary Gbit/s-level bandwidth that 5G networks will provide anywhere, anytime.
"The wave of 5G is sweeping the globe, giving us a better life empowered by new technologies. At the same time, the Gbit/s-level connections enabled by 5G and the monetisation of experience fuelled by CloudX services give global carriers new business opportunities," explained Mr Ding.
Rotating CEO and Deputy Chairman, Mr Ken Hu, says four challenges need to be overcome to build trust on cyber security
Building trust in the digital era
Trust in cyber security is one of society's main challenges, writes Huawei Deputy Chairman Ken Hu
Trust needs to be based on facts. Facts must be verifiable, and verification must be based on common standards. Huawei believes that this is an effective model for building trust in the digital era, writes Deputy Chairman Ken Hu.
We are getting into a digital world very fast, and we all agree that trust is the foundation for a healthy digital environment. But as technology evolves, it's more difficult to build that trust.
Right now, Huawei sees that there are four main challenges to building trust:
Fast-developing digital technology has brought many new security challenges. For example, traditional telco networks have evolved from closed to Internet-based networks, and more and more digital content and services are migrating to cloud data centres. As more devices go online, and our smartphones become more powerful, networks have much greater attack surfaces than ever before.
As a global community, we lack a common and unified understanding of cyber security. Governments and business communities all talk about the importance of cyber security. However, the fact is that both the public and private sectors lack a basic common understanding of this issue. As a result, different stakeholders have different expectations, and there is no alignment of responsibilities.
TECH4ALL will benefit 500 million more people over the next five years
Huawei plans to help 500 million additional people around the world benefit directly from digital technology in the next five years. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February, the company called on governments, industry organisations and business partners to join in its campaign to promote digital inclusion for all.
The new Tech4ALL initiative is designed to promote digital inclusion for both individuals and organisations by focusing greater efforts on connectivity, applications and skills.
Huawei, which has been working for the past 30 years to expand connectivity, has come up with network solutions designed specifically to address regional challenges, such as RuralStar – helping connect rural communities in Africa, Asia and South America – and 5G Air Fibre, providing next-generation broadband to Inuit populations in the Canadian Arctic.
The company is also investing around EUR 880 million in its Huawei Developer Programme, designed to promote open source capabilities in the industry, provide development platforms and tools, train developers, incubate great ideas for applications and fund innovation. More than 800 000 developers have registered for the programme to date. Moving forward, Huawei will increase its investment in the ecosystem, focusing on enabling AI development and training 1 million AI developers over the next three years.
Building digitalskills among young people and vulnerable communities is also one of Huawei's priorities. Over the past decade, Huawei's Seeds for the Future programme has helped more than 30 000 college students from 108 countries enhance their digital skills.
"This is just the beginning," Huawei Deputy Chairman Ken Hu said at MWC in Barcelona in February. "We hope that more people will join us to amplify these efforts. Together, we can pass the benefits of digital technology to every person, home and organisation, and help build a fully connected, intelligent world. This is our mission, and we hope you will join us."
by Abraham Liu, Huawei's Chief Representative to the EU Institutions
It will be important not to over-regulate AI, allowing for an open ecosystem where European developers can thrive
While 5G is about speed and capacity, and the Internet of Things about connecting machines, it is Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will drive the next generation of computing for communications networks and the devices using them. AI is the brains of the industrial revolution now underway, and whoever develops the best AI will lead the future global economy. Hence the intense competition to develop the best infrastructure, the best products and the best services.
AI is now at the heart of what Huawei does: creating and innovating new technologies for the good of society. We reinvest around 15% of our revenues back into research, development and innovation. Last year that amounted to a research budget of over EUR 11.5 billion, and AI is present in just about everything we are working on.
We predict that, by 2025 (just six years from now), there will be over 40 billion personal smart devices in the world, and 90% of users will have a smart digital assistant.
AI has already have arrived as a new general-purpose technology. It is going to change all industries and organisations on the planet, and we think it will do so for the better... helping to bring society closer together at a time when we very much need to remember that, globally, we have far more in common than we have differences…
Test results from the projects show the benefits of C-V2X technology
5G cars to travel across borders
Huawei contributes to EU research projects on connected cars. TONY GRAZIANO explains their importance.
One of the hot topics at MWC was connected mobility. Huawei, a leader in the connected vehicles field, contributes to EU research projects designed to advance the technology in Europe.
Two research and innovation projects funded by the European Commission – 5GCroCo and 5GCAR – were publicly presented at MWC 2019 to showcase new 5G communication technologies for connected and automated mobility. Huawei participates in both.
The exotically named 5GCroCo, which stands for Fifth Generation Cross-Border Control, began in November 2018, is scheduled to run until 2020 and involves 24 partners from 7 European countries. It aims to deliver solutions, architectures and technologies for the next decade. In a EUR 17 million project, it is testing in four locations crossing France, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain: Munich; a test track at Montlhéry in France; Barcelona; and the A9 motorway connected mobility testbed in Germany. Huawei was one of the initiators of 5GCroCo as a successor of 5GCAR.
A wide range of technologies is being tested in the pilot phase, from safety functions to the effectiveness of short and long-distance radio communications, 5G network slicing that will accommodate the technologies in the mobile spectrum, and edge computing solutions to link up vehicles with roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights and speed alert systems. The project will contribute to the European Commission’s landmark 5G Action Plan for Europe and its results will feed into both European and international standards-making processes.
The Huawei European Student Challenge competition challenges Europe's best undergraduates to come up with brilliant new ideas during their ICT university courses
Think twice, code once
A vision of AI and some hands-on advice from last year's winner of Huawei's UK University Challenge
Zeju Li, currently a first-year PhD student at Imperial College London, scooped the first prize in Huawei’s 2018 UK University Challenge, focusing on computational photography de-noising.
In photography, noise refers to visual distortion. This occurs, for instance, when photos are taken under extreme conditions such as dark night or at high speed. AI is an effective means of removing noise to restore original images.
Zeju achieved the best results by training a deep neural network to formulate this recovery task.
We asked him about his experience of participating in the contest and perspective on how AI will impact our future.
What do you take away from the University Challenge? I am very grateful to Huawei for providing this wonderful opportunity. I practised and enhanced my engineering abilities during the competition. I had to implement certain engineering processes, such as building dataflow and backend design, and to learn state-of-the-art algorithms in the related CV community.
What are your plans for the coming months and years? I am currently a first-year PhD student. I will spend more than two years focusing on my research topic, which is medical image computing.
Why did you get into coding? Nowadays, information technology provides many conveniences, and I think it is useful for everyone to have some basic coding abilities to facilitate their daily work and life.
Huawei used the 2019 FTTH conference in Amsterdam to launch more optical network innovations
The new solutions, launched at FTTH 2019 from 12 to 14 March, will help operators build fibre infrastructure more rapidly and householders to deploy fast, high-capacity Wi-Fi throughout the home.
Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) is the mainstream mode for future network construction, but FTTH development level varies with regions. Operators face three major challenges in implementing FTTH strategies: low planning efficiency, long construction periods, and high O&M costs.
To address these challenges, Huawei released its QuickODN solution at FTTH 2019 to help operators efficiently plan and quickly deploy FTTH, and implement digital O&M for passive optical networks (PONs). The solution will help operators build 10G PON infrastructure networks and pave the highways for transmitting multiple services, thereby realising an upward business spiral for the fibre broadband industry.
Full Wi-Fi in the home
Meanwhile, Huawei also used FTTH 2019 to release its new flagship optical network terminal (ONT), the Huawei EchoLife K5 Pro, which complies with the latest TR-398 Wi-Fi performance test standard released by the Broadband Forum (BBF).
The flagship device delivers a carrier-class Wi-Fi service to users, providing a smooth, high-speed Wi-Fi experience, full coverage in homes and the ultimate ultra-HD video experience.
Although access bandwidth can be as high as 100 Mbps, common Wi-Fi devices are unable to provide whole-home coverage in large apartments and houses. This results in poor performance and service experience, especially as 4K/8K video, online games and IoT become more popular.
EchoLife K5 Pro is designed to resolve many of the issues found on Wi-Fi networks for smooth playback of 4K videos - such as signal conflicts, severe interference, poor coverage and low throughput, which negatively affect home user experience.
Trade & Competition
Huawei held a press conference to announce its action against the US Government
Huawei sues US government
Huawei announced on 7 March it has filed a complaint in a US court
Huawei has filed a complaint in a US federal court that challenges the constitutionality of Section 889 of the 2019 US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Through this action, Huawei seeks a declaratory judgment that the restrictions targeting Huawei are unconstitutional, and a permanent injunction against these restrictions.
From Huawei's perspective, NDAA restrictions prevent the company from providing more advanced 5G technologies to U.S. consumers, which will delay the commercial application of 5G, in turn, impeding efforts to improve the performance of 5G networks in the US.
Beyond this, network users in rural and remote regions of the US will be forced to choose between government funding and high-quality, cost-effective products. This will impede the network upgrade process, thus widening the digital divide. Even worse, the restrictions on Huawei will stifle competition, leaving US consumers paying higher prices for inferior products.
"The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products. We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort," Guo Ping, Huawei Rotating Chairman said. "This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming U.S. consumers. We look forward to the court's verdict, and trust that it will benefit both Huawei and the American people."
The lawsuit was filed in a US District Court in Plano, Texas. According to the complaint, Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA not only bars all U.S. Government agencies from buying Huawei equipment and services, but also bars them from contracting with or awarding grants or loans to third parties who buy Huawei equipment or services, without any executive or judicial process.
The new Huawei Cyber Security Transparency Centre opened its doors in Brussels on 5 March. Its aim is to make it easier for our European partners to collaborate with Huawei in an environment of fact-based trust and security