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By Giuliano Liguori, Digital Transformation and Technology Expert

Huawei, a global ICT leader, recently hosted its 20th annual Huawei Global Analyst Summit (HAS2023) on April 19-20, 2023, in Shenzhen, China. The event attracted an impressive lineup of over 1,000 industry analysts, financial analysts, key opinion leaders and media representatives from around the world. The summit featured speakers from various sectors, such as port, airport, power grid and finance, who shared their experiences and best practices of digital transformation with Huawei's solutions.

The theme of HAS2023, "Thrive with Digital, Striding Towards the Intelligent World," highlighted Huawei's vision for an intelligent world built on technological advances that take productivity to entirely new levels. The 2023 summit continued this tradition by bringing together an even more diverse range of participants to discuss how technological advancements are reimagining businesses, reshaping societies and redefining what’s possible in the digital age.

The keynote speeches by Huawei's top executives, as well as sessions and roundtables on topics such as cloud computing, 5.5G, optical networking, storage, autonomous driving networks (ADN), wireless services, software and industry solutions, were the centerpiece of the event. Huawei also showcased its latest products and solutions in various domains, such as connectivity, computing, storage, and cloud. The summit inspired renewed optimism about the future while demonstrating Huawei's dedication to helping customers achieve their digital ambitions.

Sabrina Meng, Huawei's Deputy Chairwoman, Rotating Chairwoman, and CFO, opened with a keynote on "Thriving Together for a Digital Future." She emphasized that digitalization is a blue ocean for the whole industry and that Huawei will keep investing in domains like connectivity, computing, storage and cloud. Additionally, she presented three significant insights gleaned from Huawei's extensive digital transformation journey spanning almost a decade: strategy is essential; data is the foundation; and intelligence is the destination.

Sabrina Meng speaking at HAS 2023 in Shenzhen

Enabling All Services and Maximizing Connectivity Value: Huawei's Approach

Huawei is leading the telecommunications industry with its innovative 5.5G Core concept, which was discussed during the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2023. This new approach is designed to maximize the value of 5G with new network platforms, services and connectivity. As 5G development gains momentum, Huawei believes that its commercial value is becoming increasingly apparent. The growth of new services poses more stringent requirements on networks, making the 5.5G Core concept an essential tool for enabling various services, regardless of whether they are for individuals, homes, or enterprises.

The 5.5G Core concept is expected to accelerate the adoption of XR, IoT and the Internet of Vehicles with improved network-vehicle collaboration. Huawei is calling on all industry partners to work together to promote the development of 5.5G standards and technologies, and together, we will stride towards the intelligent world.

Huawei's approach to enabling all services and maximizing connectivity value is innovative and forward-thinking. The 5.5G Core concept is a vital tool for network evolution that will enable the delivery of a wide range of services, from individual needs to enterprise solutions. The implementation of this concept will help to create new opportunities for businesses and industries worldwide, further fueling the growth of the digital economy. Huawei's call for collaboration in the development of 5.5G standards and technologies is a significant step towards creating a more connected, intelligent world.

Huawei's Customized Approach to Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a complex process that requires a customized approach to meet the specific needs of different industries. Huawei recognizes this and has developed application scenarios that provide tailored technical solutions to various industries. With over 100 digital transformation standards released for industries such as healthcare, finance and transportation, Huawei has established itself as a leading partner for digital transformation. By the end of 2022, Huawei had partnered with over 700 cities and 267 Fortune Global 500 companies worldwide. Huawei's solutions have also served thousands of medical institutions, financial institutions, airports, ports and railway tracks, upgrading their digital infrastructure and driving productivity. Additionally, Huawei is investing in cultivating a pool of digital talent through initiatives like ICT academies and the Seeds for the Future Program 2.0. Huawei believes that digital technology will redefine productivity and become the key driver for socioeconomic development, and their customized approach to digital transformation is leading the way.

Building an F5.5G All-Optical 10Giga City in 5 Scenarios

The 2023 Huawei Global Analyst Summit brought together industry leaders to discuss the development of F5.5G and its potential applications. F5.5G is Huawei's ambitious initiative to create an all-optical 10Giga city, a network infrastructure that can support 10Gbps everywhere. This initiative has been made possible thanks to eight technological innovations that Huawei has developed to accelerate industry evolution.

Huawei believes that the implementation of an all-optical 10Giga City will begin with five key scenarios: home, enterprise, machine, computing and sensing. In the home scenario, there has been an emergence of new applications such as ultra-HD video, XR, metaverse and cloud desktop. This has led to a need for higher bandwidth, lower latency and higher reliability in home broadband. In the enterprise scenario, smart campus applications require improved network capabilities, and future industrial production will require a 10G all-optical production network that supports the intelligent connection of everything. The machine scenario requires a 10G all-optical network that enables intelligent interconnection, providing >10 Gbps bandwidth, <1 ms latency, <20 μs jitter for ultra-HD quality checking and fast production lines. The rapid development of cloud computing has led to the need for a 10G network that uses simplified architecture and all-optical grooming to reduce transmission power consumption in the computing scenario. Lastly, the optical fiber sensing capability enables fiber digitalization and accurate fault location, achieving visible and manageable fiber networks and improving network operation efficiency in the sensing scenario.

Huawei has launched three solutions: Huawei FTTR OptiXstar F30, the industry's first commercial 50G PON, and Huawei OptiX Alps-WDM, designed for the all-optical home, ultra-broadband access and all scenarios. Industry experts are calling on all parties to continuously promote innovative services and experiences to build a solid digital infrastructure for the five scenarios illustrated.

HAS2023 was a platform for Huawei to communicate with its stakeholders and share its insights on the ICT industry. It also demonstrated Huawei's commitment to creating value for customers and society through innovation and collaboration. As Meng said in her keynote speech, "The time is ripe to thrive together in this new and exciting digital future." By thriving with digital together, Huawei aims to stride towards the intelligent world and create a better future for everyone.

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