Huawei Canvasses Connected, Intelligent World

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Emma Okonji

At the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC 2018) in Barcelona, Spain, Huawei has called on all industries to work together and go beyond traditional boundaries in the areas of capabilities, connections, business, experience, and partnerships for a fully-connected, intelligent world.

The 4th Industrial Revolution – where ICT networks are the foundation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the enabler – is bringing us to an intelligent world where all things will sense, all things will be connected, and all things will be intelligent, Huawei said, adding that this will create a digital transformation market worth $23 trillion.

Huawei’s global industry vision, which was shared at the conference, revealed that by 2025, the number of personal smart devices would reach 40 billion, 90 per cent of smart device users would have an intelligent personal assistant, and many households would have a robot.

As devices are able to sense and two-way human-machine communication and proactive information services are a reality, individual potential will be significantly unlocked, the company said in its vision.

It added that at the business and societal levels, 100 billion connections that will be created around the world by 2025 will be widely used for public utilities, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, finance, and other sectors, driving them to go digital. By 2025, 85 per cent of enterprise applications will be deployed in the cloud, and 86 per cent of global companies will adopt AI.

In its views, the company said by 2025, 180 ZB of data will be generated around the world every year, a 20-fold increase compared with what is obtainable today. Such new data will become a huge “data oilfield”, serving as an inexhaustible source of intelligence and value.

Executive Director of the Board and President of Huawei Carrier BG, Mr. Ryan Ding, who shared the views of the company at the global conference, said: “Huawei focuses on ICT infrastructure and smart devices to provide a plot of ‘rich soil’ for the development of information, automation, and intelligence technologies. In this ‘soil’, partners can grow their content, applications, and cloud.”

Ding added, “Before entering the intelligent world still, we are still faced with many challenges. To achieve sustainable business growth, we need to keep moving beyond existing constraints and boundaries, first internally and then externally.” He called on all industries to go beyond the boundaries in the areas of capabilities, connections, business, experience, and partnerships and together shape a better future.”