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 attendees gathered to explore the current state of the ICT industry, including development strategies, roadmaps for digital transformation, and future industry trends.
The Huawei Global Analyst Summit has become a premier industry conference where industry leaders and global stakeholders share insights into innovations, form collaborative partnerships, and envision a shared future of digital possibilities. 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 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. Huawei explored how digital transformation can create new opportunities for communities and industries worldwide, and its crucial role in sustainable development. The summit featured in-depth discussions and presentations on visionary themes such as sustainable growth, ubiquitous connectivity, and trusted partnerships, emphasizing Huawei’s commitment to building an innovative, inclusive, and trusted digital world for everyone.
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, and 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.
Key Takeaways from HAS 2023: Highlights and Insights
The HAS2023 event served as a platform for Huawei to showcase its latest innovations and insights on the ICT industry, illustrating the company’s devotion to generating value for customers and society through innovative and collaborative efforts. The subsequent segment outlines the primary insights derived from the summit:
- 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.
- Strategy is essential: “At its essence, digital transformation is about strategic planning and strategic choices. Any successful digital transformation has to be driven by strategy, not technology.”
- Data is the foundation: “Data only creates value when it flows across an organization, so methodical data governance is key. Integrating data across different dimensions will create even greater value.”
- Intelligence is the destination: “Data is redefining productivity. Digitizing operations and building digital platforms helps clean, visualize, and aggregate data, laying the foundation for digital transformation. Putting intelligence to use makes data on-demand, easier to understand, and actionable, taking digital transformation to the next level.”
- Dr. Zhou Hong, President of Huawei’s Institute of Strategic Research, shared Huawei’s hypotheses and visions for a future intelligent world. He explained how we can transform experience into structured knowledge, and lay the foundation for intelligence. He also proposed new approaches to networking and computing that can overcome the limits of Shannon’s theory and drive a 100-fold increase in network capabilities over the next decade.
- Huawei announced its F5.5G strategy to enable 10Giga-City through innovation. F5.5G stands for Full-Scenario 5.5G Network Solution that can support diverse scenarios such as enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine-type communications (mMTC), ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC), and fixed wireless access (FWA). Huawei also demonstrated how F5.5G can empower various industries such as airport, railway, finance, oil and gas, manufacturing, electric power, mining, and enterprise service.
- Huawei unveiled its new cloud strategy that aims to provide customers with digital infrastructure that has the simplest possible architecture with the highest possible quality – that delivers the best possible experience at the lowest possible costs. Huawei Cloud will offer everything as a service for industries to go digital in four stages: digitizing operations; building digital platforms; enabling platform-based intelligence; and putting intelligence to use.
- Huawei showcased its latest ICT service and software solutions that enable digital intelligence transformation for customers across different domains. Huawei also shared its best practices and success stories in helping customers achieve business growth and innovation through ICT service and software.
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 of 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 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 as illustrated.
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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.”
The summit explored Huawei’s vision for the intelligent world, built on technological advances that are taking productivity to entirely new levels. It also discussed how digital transformation can create new opportunities for communities and industries around the world, as well as its crucial role in sustainable development. 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.
HAS2023 also showcased Huawei’s latest achievements and innovations in domains like connectivity, computing, storage, and cloud. It highlighted Huawei’s strategies and roadmaps for developing 5.5G, F5.5G, Net5.5G, ADN, and cloud services that can enable a 10Giga-City and a 100 billion connections era. Huawei also invited analysts and experts to join roundtables on topics such as optical networking, storage, wireless, service and software, airport, railway, finance, oil and gas, manufacturing, electric power, mining, and enterprise service.
HAS2023 was a successful event that reflected Huawei’s openness and transparency as a global ICT leader. It also strengthened Huawei’s partnerships and collaborations with its customers, industry peers, analysts, media, and other stakeholders. By thriving with digital together, Huawei aims to stride towards the intelligent world and create a better future for everyone.