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Highlighting the role of ICT for a cleaner and sustainable future, Huawei hosted the Better World Summit (BWS), bringing industry stakeholder together to share and discuss the company’s innovative solutions designed to help industries reduce emission and energy use.

Bob Cai, chief marketing officer of Huawei's carrier business group, delivered the opening speech titled "Green ICT for Green Development".

"As a leading global provider of ICT infrastructure and smart devices, Huawei incorporates green development into everything we do. We see this as part of our social responsibilities. In addition, Huawei is ready to become the best partner for operators in their efforts toward carbon neutrality," said Cai. "With our innovative products and solutions, we will help operators cut carbon emissions and make their networks more energy efficient. We also want to work with operators and use ICT to better enable other industries to cut carbon emissions and become carbon neutral faster."

Like this summit, in June 2021, Huawei and Informa Tech jointly proposed the Network Carbon Intensity (NCI) initiative, in which carbon emissions per bit of data is defined as a new metric for green networks. Huawei emphasized that people's pursuit of better lives must be balanced with the need for lower carbon emissions, so the company proposed this initiative to better manage and measure carbon reduction roadmaps.

During this summit, Huawei stressed the need to establish a platform for industry collaboration on green development and said that BWS is a good example. This platform will regularly bring together industry partners and operators to share innovative technologies and latest practices in how to cut carbon emissions and contribute to a greener ICT industry. According to Cai, at MWC Barcelona 2022, Huawei will continue to hold a green development forum with its partners to share industry practices and latest solutions, and all industry partners and operators are welcome to attend the forum.

"We believe the BWS in Dubai is a good beginning. Looking ahead, we will continue to work with our industry partners and operators to empower green development of all industries using our innovative technologies," said Cai at the end of his speech. "As we envision in the theme of our flagship exhibition hall in Dubai, 'Lighting up the Future', we believe that together, we will light up a greener future."

Speaking on the theme of Together towards a Sustainable Future, Dr. Ahmed Bin Ali, svp corporate communications, Etisalat thanked Huawei for contributing as innovative supplier and also for hosting this summit to address the important topic of sustainability in the ICT sector. “Every day we make choices in our lives that affect the environment, climate and also our communities and as we move towards digital economy, sustainability must be embedded in our businesses. Technologies must be agile in the face of disruption and create new business models, and I think this is an ideal time for the ICT sector to shine and be able to provide other sustainable solutions. It is about empowering the next era of digital transformation with 5G communication, AI, IoT and machine learning,” he said. “Etisalat strives to operate responsibly and transparently by living our inspiration of ‘Together Matters and for today ‘Together towards a Sustainable Future. We believe that creative solution and perfect technology can ensure long-term benefits to our environment and the climate.” He also highlighted Etisalat’s energy efficiency projects in 16 markets across the GCC and MENA region in line with UAE’s vision 2021 and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Other attendees who spoke at the event included Richard Mahony, vice president of service provider markets of Informa Tech; Dr. Dena Assaf, UN resident coordinator of the United Arab Emirates; Tommy Stadlen, co-founder of Giant Ventures; Hervé Suquet, group energy SVP of Orange; Dirk Karl, chief procurement officer of MTN; Tanveer Mohammad, SVP of global operation of Telenor; and Aaron Jiang, vice president of Huawei wireless product Line.

The summit also included a tour of Huawei solutions that included green PV-powered sites using solar energy, energy-efficient wireless modular outdoor sites, optical transports and many other integrated ICT solutions for industries.

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