Huawei claims $500m yearly investments on cloud technology
• To drive 5G growth with $600m by 2018
CHINESE technology firm with global reach—Huawei spends over $500 million yearly as investments in cloud technology business across its markets.
Huawei, which linked Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in emerging markets including Nigeria, to more investments in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), noted that technology was no longer a support, but product factor for developments.
The firm, which recently gathered over 20,000 participants from across the globe in Shangai, China for the 2015 Huawei Cloud Congress, said it was developing new solution and cloud architecture expected to help businesses, individuals and governments drive agility in their respective operations.
According to the Executive Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer, William Xu, while emphasizing the importance of the adoption of cloud technology to business growth, noted that there would be many cloud infrastructures across the globe in the future. He stressed that some of the clouds will either be global or regional depending on need.
Xu, who said most of Huawei’s cloud technologies are still limited to China, disclosed that in foreign countries, including those in Africa, it offers cloud technology and solutions through the telecommunications operators, stressing that this has been the foreign tradition of the firm long before now.
According him, Huawei needed to ensure its cloud solutions become more efficient, as such the need for more partnership with partners across the regions.
In addition, Huawei’s Sales Director, Enterprise, Germany, Jorg Kapinsky, said the global IT space was currently experiencing changes that are disruptive in nature, stressing that the future of cloud technology will be like the mobile phones, where it has become easier for users to use apps to define so many functions.
Kapinsky noted that in the future, cloud will become a convereged infrastructure. He disclosed that the firm invests yearly over $500 million in the development of cloud technology solution, “Huawei is the only global company that provides complete cloud technology solution.”
According to him, in the near future, say by 2020, cloud technology will become simpler and familiar, with Huawei delivering a complete solution.
President of Huawei’s Corporate Marketing Dept, Kevin Zhang, said: “After years of experience in the IT market, Huawei has made many innovations and achievements in IT architecture, hardware, software, and services. Together with our partners, we hope to explore new benchmarks for cloud transformation. This reflects the main idea of this year’s HCC: Transforming with Cloud, Setting New Benchmark.”
Meanwhile, the Chinese firm revealed that it began 5G research in 2009, stressing that currently; it has over 300 5G engineers and expected to invest $$600 million in 5G by 2018.
Besides, Huawei, which claimed to be the first company to provide a 4.5G solution that supports smooth evolution to LTE, said the solution will become commercially viable in 2016.
Still on LTE, the firm said it has rolled out 132 commercial EPC networks and 174 commercial LTE networks, which serve nearly half of the world’s LTE subscribers. It added that its networks have covered more than 100 capital cities and nine major global financial centers worldwide.
In the areas of broadband development, Huawei has constructed 1,500 networks worldwide. It has deployed over 100,000 new sites and reconstructed over 700,000 sites. The backbone networks Huawei has built span more than 130,000 kilometers.