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Huawei all geared for 5G in the Southern Pacific Region
August 9, 2019 News


With more than 50 5G partners in Southeast Asia and more around the world, Huawei ranks high in the implementation of 5G, having invested about US$ 15 billion in R&D. In Southeast Asia, Huawei is already implementing 5G with local telco companies and government support beginning this year. Liu Hong Yun, President of Huawei Southern Pacific Region, at the Southern Pacific Region Convention 2019 said ICT infrastructure would set the pace in the region.

“The whole ecosystem will be supported by digital transformation. Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are important supporters towards this. We want to work together to grow the local ICT industry to build a better future.”

The convention was attended by 110 partners, 220 participants and 100 Huawei employees from five countries in the region including Brunei, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Singapore. As part of their cooperation strategy, Huawei will be expanding their outsourcing scope with partners into carriers and enterprises.

Huawei has worked hand in hand with telco operators in Malaysia and local suppliers to build up a competent team to strengthen the entire telecommunication ecosystem nationwide. Huawei also recently implemented a digital delivery platform and ISDP, which is capable of monitoring site activities progress in ensuring mandatory compliance adhere to safety standards.

The convention also witnessed Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Chairman of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health presenting an award to Huawei for their commitment towards a work safe environment and as a leading best practices compliance to safety standards in the telco industry in Malaysia.

Lim Chee Siong, Director of Strategic Marketing, Southern Pacific Region for Huawei said despite the challenges they are facing, they believe they can overcome them. He said that Huawei aims to bring every person, home and organisation towards a fully connected and intelligent world. This can be achieved through proper digital transformation plans and 5G.

Huawei already offers cloud solutions for a business embarking on their digital journey. Their Cloud 2.0 is a combination of cloud services and AI together with 5G. By 2025, Lim said all companies would use the cloud with 97% of big enterprises using AI and 77% of applications in the cloud supported by AI. Digital and AI transformation and innovation will enhance industrial AI.

“We are entering an Intelligent world. ICT infrastructure will be the foundation of the intelligent world. Cloud is the runway while AI, IoT and 5G are the engines.”

In other words, Huawei’s Cloud and AI will combine leading technology, with its full-stack and AI capabilities and dynamic cloud architecture, with a future-oriented world-class hybrid cloud open ecosystem and a global compliance certification through local support and global reach.

Lim explained the reason why 5G will change the entire ecosystem is because of its system readiness. When 3G and 4G were launched, there were no devices that were ready to support the technology. It took a couple of years for mobile devices and telcos to fully implement the system. On the other hand, for 5G, devices and infrastructure are already prepared and can be scaled up to support 5G connections.

However, all this does come with its challenges as well. Lim said Huawei’s customers have some concerns on 5G. They include the explosive increase in 5G services. It is expected that by 2020 – 2021, 5G services will increase the need for more technology human resource and more professional sub-contractors.

There will also be the need for unique 5G products solution. This includes multiple standards of NSA vs SA, CRAN vs DRAN cloudification, full-stack vs best of breed, cloud and network MPLS vs SR+ EVPN for cloud VR, e-health, smart manufacturing and safe city. 5G will also have more service required from site service and require legacy collaboration as 5G deployment may impact 4G performance.

Which is why Huawei believes collaboration and partnership in understanding these issues and coming up with the best solutions for this are key in the full implementation of 5G.