With Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona just around the corner, announcements are starting to come in thick and fast from companies hoping to get themselves heard above the noise.
Huawei has decided to get the jump on its competitors and is today holding a pre-MWC briefing in London to talk about its vision and growth strategies for 2016 and unveil some new solutions.
The event will be split into five section:
- Build Open Ecosystems to Accelerate Telco's Digital Transformation with Five Initiatives - William Xu, Executive Director of the Board, Chief Strategy Marketing Officer, Huawei
- Experience Re-defines the Network - Mr. Paul Michael Scanlan, President of Business and Network Consulting, Huawei
- Now, 4.5G Is Ready to Go - Mr. Qiu Heng, President of Wireless Network Marketing Operation, Huawei
- IoT, The Next Billions of Connections for Telcos - Mr. Li Sanqi, CTO, Marketing & Solutions of Product & Solution, Huawei
- Leading New ICT, Making Cities Safer - Mr. Joe So, CTO of Industry Solutions, Marketing & Solution Sales Department, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei
We're at the event covering the whole thing live, so follow along below to hear about Huawei's latest announcements ahead of MWC 2016.
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See you at MWC!
That was a bit of a whizz around what Huawei is up to, but some interesting points came out
A bit more chatter from Joe about what to look forward to at MWC and with that, the session is over
"ICT is no longer a supporting system"
All the data collected by video cameras has to be stored somewhere, why not Huawei's video cloud platform?
Sorry for the pause, we're watching another video at the moment talking about Huawei's collaboration solution for cities
I didn't know this: Huawei has developed license plate recognition technology being used to solve hit-and-run cases
But it's not just natural disasters, a communication infrastructure is also important at major events
Joe's talking about setting up communications in areas where natural disasters have hit
"Public safety is becoming the priority for many cities" - shouldn't it have already been a priority??
A nice passionate ending their and now we're on to Joe So to talk about making cities safer
"IoT is hot!"
"Today we're just seeing the tip of the iceberg"
"This IoT connectivity is intelligent for improved user experiences and economic reasons"
Can rental services is being used as an example, where the IoT platform generates data to provide information on driving behaviour, parking warning and car status monitoring
"These three solutions require the cloud-based IoT connectivity platform"
The NB-IoT ecosystem also has a focus on collaboration and being open
Next, NB-IoT. Providing: 100 x connections per cell. deeper coverage and low power consumption
Huawei's smart metering solution as reduced line loss from 45 to 14 per cent and increased revenue by 16 per cent
Agile AR (access router) is a "unified industrial network edge device" which uses IoT intelligence
Huawei is working with partners in areas such as automation, security and entertainment
Today's home appliances are "very fragmented" so it's important to create an open platform for developers
Smart ONT is a smart home gateway to empower the digital home ecosystem
3 products are being officially launched at MWC - NB IoT, Smart ONT and Agile AR
"Huawei believes IoT will become one of the core strategies for telco to figure out"
Telco is predicted to have 10 billion IoT connections by 2020, according to Huawei
Guess who's back, it's only San-qi Li!
Qiu finishes with another reminder to visit Huawei at MWC
"We believe 4.5g will have a big bang in 2016"
"With GigaRadio, the deployment of 4.5g becomes much easier than before"
Remember I mentioned GigaRadio earlier? Apparently it's "one year ahead of industry"
It's now officially recognised as an industry standard, known as LTE-Advanced Pro
We're watching a video now showing the progress of 4.5g commercialisation
You don't need to wait to use 4.5g, it's here now!
Narrow band IoT can reach areas where GSM can't and is 20dB more powerful
Lets talk about Connection+ which is empowering the IoT
The global U-vMOS for video is currently 3.1, Huawei thinks this will increase to 4
Sounds quality has improved, becoming clearer and more defined
With 4.5g, voice and video experiences will be increased
"For the first time, communication speed exceeds 1Gbps"
- Creating a new lifestyle
- Setting a new network benchmark
- Empowering GigaRadio
"We believe 4.5g will explode in 2016"
Paul's off and we're moving on to 4.5g now, being led by Qiu Heng,President of Wireless Network Marketing Operation
What will the network of the future look like? There are three areas to focus on: Access, datacentres at the core and and a flat backbone architecture
From 2000 to 2020, we've gone from auditory, to visual, to interactive
"People pay for experience"
Huawei's new product, SpeedVideo, provides analytics on user video experience
vMOS was created a few years ago to measure video experience, but Huawei has turned this into U-vMOS by adding in the user
Instead of taking pictures, young people are recording videos and uploading them to social networks
"What 4G and the smartphone have done is change where the content is generated. It's generated by youth."
Video is the new basic:
"Network operators are now becoming very experience-centric"
"We've positioned user behaviour at the centre" - 30 per cent of people churn because of a poor experience
"OTTs are all talking about services"
"We're trying to become more partner-engaged and more innovative"
"Our job is to focus on our customers and partners"
Time for another speaker, this time it's Paul Scanlan to talk about the experience driven network
Apparently Huawei will be showcasing 20+ "superstar" products and 10 joint industry innovations
"I just gave you the snapshot of what we're going to have in Barcelona"
On this platform Huawei has datacentres in over 100 countries
More platforms to talk about, this time the FusionCloud platform, built on an open source ecosystem
They have seen added 4.3 million new mobile subscribers
Sichuan Telecom made the decision to provide video as a basic service to create "new business value propositions"
The Safe City project is an example of a business ecosytem that Huawei has built, which is now deployed in "over 100 cities"
The third is the Enrich Business Ecosystem
"To a certain extant, digital economy is the API economy"
The second is the Open Developer Ecosystem Platform - helping developers to "engage and innovate"
One is the Open Labs Partner Programe, which is solution orientated and eco-system driven
"Over the last few years we introduced three major open ecosystems"
There are "trillions of opportunities" thanks to the IoT
New telecoms centre around the voice and data
"The human communication experience is accelerating" as shown by the graph above
Open, collaborative and sharing - three characteristics that define the digital economy
Next up is San-qi Li, talking about building a better connected world in a digital economy
Very short and sweet from William, he's done
The programme will focus on "transportation, energy, government, finance and others"
"Huawei has launched a $1billion development programme to support developers and their partners"
"We expect video will come a basic service for carriers"
The first speaker is William Xu -Executive Director of the Board, Chief Strategy Marketing Officer, Huawei
"Today, we're going to look to the future"
And we are underway...