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“ALL CLOUD strategy” says Huawei at MWC 2017

by Haritha Ramachandran 09 Mar 2017 | Add Comment

Huawei in the pre-MWC conference, London, 2017 showed itself to be visionary in its thinking and planning. With the evolution of the ICT space and the increased uptake of technologies such as the cloud, analytics, mobility and automation – Huawei has captured the linkage across these areas and planned for it with the launch of its cloud suite as the lynchpin to enable digital transformation. Reshaping B2B through Cloud, to support telco’s ride the new wave of growth was one of the key themes discussed by Mr. Wang, Global Marketing and Solution Sales President at Huawei. This theme was well articulated through the cloud presentation that broke down the Huawei all cloud offering across its three pillars viz. technology abstraction, automation and distributed architecture by Mr. Libin Dai, Solution Marketing Department Director, Carrier Network Business Group. The key zone of opportunity across the 7 cloud products from a telco standpoint was bolstered by the 50 percent potential cost saving and 30 percent revenue increase that telco’s could garner through value added services. Huawei in the summit - from a cloud, video and IOT standpoint has highlighted the importance of the cloud in its strategy. Be it a smart home, increased video uptake or connected cars the cloud stack will form the base. What makes this stack more exciting is the level of collaboration and community that Huawei has strived to build in so that they are solutioning, transforming and cloudifying with the changing needs of the populace. To highlight this, in the context of the MENA – the cloud suite has been launched at the right time. With more than 50 percent of enterprises, mired by legacy systems or looking to reduce their CAPEX and OPEX with the thrust for digital transformation the potential is massive. Saudi Arabia with the launch of the cloud and the renewed focus on telco’s to support the proliferation of its uptake both at the enterprise and SME level will be the largest opportunity. This also speaks to the National transformation plan and the KSA Vision 2030 where the country looks to move to a new era of digital transformation.

“Video is the King” says Huawei at MWC 2017

by Jonas Zelba 09 Mar 2017 | Add Comment

Frost & Sullivan has attended Huawei’s pre-Mobile World Congress 2017 analyst briefing in London, where Huawei discussed ROADS to New Growth. One of the key points of discussion were what is next for telecom operators and are the ROADS to New Growth in the telecom industry. "Huawei will team up with operators to embark on the value-driven ROADS to new growth," said Ken Wang, Global Marketing and Solution Sales President at Huawei. Mr Ken has suggested, that operators’ journey started with “coverage is king” approach and then gradually moved to “bandwidth is king” age. However, “Video is King” Era is coming where many industries and consumers go digital and video services for business, surveillance and entertainment will grow rapidly and create a trillion-dollar market for operators. Whether it is VoD for consumers, smart cities and smart living for surveillance or e-Education and e-Health for businesses, video is becoming a basic capability. Kunlong Li, director of Huawei’s carrier video business, stressed that with richer 4k content and channels, diversified video devices, experience is becoming a key differentiator for operators and network bandwidth and latency was never as critical as now. In addition, consumers are also willing to pay more for better video experience. Finally, Huawei has showcased 5 key offerings to support video business for operators and position itself as “the real business partner for operators”, assuring that “only when the carriers grow can Huawei grow”. Video services topic is particularly relevant in the Middle East telecom market. With dropping revenues and “price wars” in the region, operators are extensively looking for new revenue streams and key differentiators to stand out from the competition. In addition, video streaming in the GCC is particularly high with Saudi Arabia begin the biggest user of YouTube per capita in the world.

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