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Huawei working with Qatar for stable network during FIFA World Cup: Yi

Huawei working with Qatar for stable 
network during FIFA World Cup: Yi

Satyendra Pathak
Doha
Huawei is collaborating with local operators to provide them with a stable network and end-to-end solutions such as Huawei core network and Huawei 5G to support Qatar in making the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup a big success, Huawei Middle East President Steven Yi has said.
Replying to a question by Qatar Tribune during an exclusive media roundtable held on the sidelines of the recently concluded SAMENA Leaders’ Summit 2022, Yi said, “In addition to ensuring network stability which is our top priority, Huawei will also support Qatar World Cup with 5G, AR, VR, and 8K technologies to provide a great experience for the audience. For example, even at home, the audience can watch the World Cup from a 360-degree perspective, bringing a smoother and richer watching experience. In addition, Huawei can use 5G high bandwidth to support media transmission.”
“We also have rich experience in providing assurance for major events. For example, Huawei successfully guaranteed Saudi Arabia’s Hajj for 16 years, without ever having an accident. In addition, Huawei successfully guaranteed the 2018 World Cup in Russia and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics,” he said.
“We will combine our experience in successfully securing major events over the past years, together with Huawei’s excellent and end to end solutions, we are confident that we will support the 2022 Qatar World Cup to achieve the best world cup with the safest, most stable, and best experience of the network in the history,” he said.
Talking about the company’s plans in Qatar beyond the World Cup, Yi said, “Our plans of business in Qatar are being deployed stably. In Qatar, we’re not only supporting the deployment of 5G which started two years ago, but we’re also working on green solutions with digital power, our cloud solutions, and our power solutions to collaborate with various industries to support their digitalisation.”
Yi highlighted Huawei’s long-term strategy in Qatar is aimed at developing ICT knowledge by leveraging its strengths in advanced technologies.
“The Huawei strategy on developing ICT talents is a long-term strategy in the Middle East and Africa, it’s not a short-term goal, and we will do this year after year. With this, we tend to help improve the ICT knowledge for various local markets. We will leverage our strengths in the platforms and technologies to develop ICT talents, and of course, that applies to the Qatar market,” he said.
“In the digital economy era, digital talent will be the key to digital transformation and economic growth.”
“Huawei is committed to cultivating innovative talents for higher and vocational colleges, accelerating innovation in teaching, and research, narrowing the digital divide and promoting balanced education development in basic education,” Yi added.
Huawei has committed to developing over 100,000 ICT talents in the Middle East in the next 5 years. In the Middle East, we have set up 154 Huawei ICT academies, and over 3,000 students have participated in the flagship programme ‘Seeds for the Future’ and more than 17,000 students have obtained a Huawei certification.
During the exclusive media roundtable, which was attended by media from 10 Middle East countries, Yi also highlighted Huawei’s commitment to supporting governments across the region to achieve their digital transformation visions with 5G networks and other advanced technologies as an enabler.
Yi stressed the importance of the telecom sector as an enabler for other industries’ sustainable development and growth in light of the evolving 5G landscape and the immense opportunities for enterprises in the 5G era.
Yi also noted that Huawei, together with carriers and partners, has signed 3,000 5G commercial contracts, and that 5G saw large-scale commercial deployment in many industries, including manufacturing, mining, steel, port, chemical, cement, power grid, and healthcare.
“Middle East countries are leading globally in 5G deployment. As an end-to-end leader in 5G, cloud, AI, devices and chips, Huawei will continue its commitment to help countries in the Middle East achieve their visions with digitisation and sustainable development as key drivers,” he said.
Huawei also made sustainability a priority to achieve a low-carbon society through continuous technological innovation.
“In the Middle East, Huawei Digital Energy is working with industry partners to develop the digital energy industry, building a low-carbon telecom sector, homes, factors, parks and smart cities, and moving from a low-carbon society to a zero-carbon one,” he said.
At the moment, over 100 operators from across the world have deployed Huawei’s low-carbon solutions, reducing carbon emissions by 40 million tonnes.
Additionally, during the Summit, leading regional operators and Huawei launched IntelligentRAN, an advanced telecom network solution, which comes in line with Huawei’s objective to empower the telecommunication sector with more advanced innovations and value for its own business and other sectors and industries businesses by means of injecting intelligent to wireless networks and achieve autonomous driving network in the wireless domain in the future.
“The intelligentRAN architecture is constructed to develop a mobile network with intelligent service operation, intelligent network optimisation, and simplified O&M. This feature helps customers and partners quickly provision services and guarantee user experience, maximize user experience, reduce energy consumption, and simplify O&M in multi-frequency and multi-mode scenarios.”
With digital technologies advancing rapidly, securing networks and cybersecurity continues to be Huawei’s top priority.
“We have a sound cybersecurity and privacy protection assurance structure which has a leading global record,” Yi said.
“Our practices in cybersecurity have won the continuous trust of our partners including those in the Middle East. We believe that cyber security is a shared responsibility and it’s crucial to have an open discussion around cybersecurity governance architecture in line with international standards like 3GPP, GSMA NESAS and others. Last year, we unveiled the largest cybersecurity and transparency centre in the world in Dongguan China, and we hope that we will be able to invite you to visit thereafter the pandemic to experience this open collaboration platform targeted at addressing cybersecurity challenges and come up with joint innovations for improving the future of cybersecurity,” Yi continued.
Stressing Huawei’s commitment to supporting building digital economies in the Middle East region, Yi said, “We need to be united to establish unified laws and regulations so that the digital economy can be protected.”
“Huawei has worked with customers to deploy 5G technology and hopes to see more use cases of 5G in vertical industries in the Middle East region. We are committed to openly collaborating with our customers and partners and extending our innovations and global expertise to the region players for achieving more value in 5G deployment, in line with the ME country’s socio-economic growth.” Yi said.
“In terms of R&D, we will continue to invest heavily to serve our smart and intelligent future. In 2021, we invested over 22 percent of annual revenue in R&D targeted at supporting the long-term sustainable development of the ICT industry, we will continue to invest significantly in intelligent solutions and services such as ICT infrastructure and cloud services,” Yi said.

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