(Brussels, 4 February 2020) – Over 450 policymakers and representatives of business and industry gathered at the Concert Noble in Brussels this evening to celebrate the Chinese New Year and to join in Huawei’s #20in2020 celebrations.
This is the 20th year that Huawei has been operating in Europe and the festivities at its Chinese New Year Celebration fully embraced the #20in2020 anniversary, featuring the best of European and Chinese gastronomy and a fine programme of live classical music.
Huawei in Europe: the next 20 years
Former European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding and Huawei’s Chief Representative to the EU Institutions, Abraham Liu, took to the stage to discuss the future challenges facing Europe’s digital agenda.
“Huawei is more committed to Europe than ever before,” said Abraham Liu. “We are looking forward to our next 20 years here. That’s why we have decided we want to set up manufacturing bases in Europe – so that we can truly have 5G for Europe made in Europe.”
5G will have big impact on Europe
Event moderator Luisa Baldini, a former BBC News correspondent, interviewed Viviane Reding about what 5G would bring to Europe. “5G will have a big impact on European societies,” Viviane Reding commented: “This impact needs to be understood properly so that the right policy responses can be formulated in good time.”
Guest speaker Marta Ortín Obón, spoke about DIVE Medical, the European start-up she co-founded in the ophthalmology sector using new Artificial Intelligence technology. She forecast that AI could become a strong force for good in the world, with Europe at the forefront of development. Developed in collaboration between DIVE Medical and Huawei, Track AI is an easy-to-use, portable and affordable solution helping non-trained professionals identify visual disorders, in children as young as infants.
Abraham Liu also highlighted the big role that 5G and AI technology could play in making Europe more sustainable, by helping European governments achieve their emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal.
Huawei growth in Europe
Huawei opened its first research facility in Europe back in 2000, with a handful of employees in Stockholm. Now it employs over 13 300 staff and runs two regional centres and 23 research establishments in 12 EU countries, and R&D&I partnerships with 150 European universities.
Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – Huawei is committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world.
At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. Huawei invests heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. Huawei has more than 180 000 employees and operates in over 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.