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First Huawei Connect Outside China: Huawei Cloud Innovations Go Global

HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 kicked off in Bangkok today. Ken Hu, Rotating Chairman of Huawei, delivered a keynote speech, Unleash Digital. Zhang Ping’an, CEO of Huawei Cloud, announced plans to launch new Regions in Indonesia and Ireland, unveiled the “Go Cloud, Go Global” ecosystem plan, and reaffirmed the commitment to Everything as a Service. Jacqueline Shi, President of Huawei Cloud’s Global Marketing and Sales Service, said that Huawei Cloud will launch more than 15 innovations globally, covering cloud native, AI development, data governance, digital content, software development, and MacroVerse aPaaS.

According to Ken Hu, organizations should embrace the cloud for leapfrog development as digital smart tech is the future. Huawei Cloud has integrated more than 240 services and more than 50,000 APIs to bring the latest AI, application development, and big data technologies and development tools to the cloud. The innovation and expertise of Huawei Cloud will help more organizations move to the cloud faster and better.

Huawei Cloud is committed to building one global network, which allows services on Huawei Cloud to be accessed within 50 milliseconds from anywhere on the globe. Enterprises will no longer need to build their own data centers. Huawei Cloud will launch new Regions in Indonesia and Ireland. By the end of this year, Huawei Cloud will have deployed 29 Regions and 75 availability zones (AZs) covering more than 170 countries and regions.

Zhang Ping’an also released the “Go Cloud, Go Global” plan. With a focus on Everything as a Service, Huawei Cloud will share its localized experience acquired in the services for more than 170 countries and regions, as well as insight into businesses and industries in major regions, and contribute its technologies and solutions to a global ecosystem. Such effort will help more enterprises use cloud better and go global more successfully.

Huawei Cloud sticks to the approach of “by local, for local” for building a global digital ecosystem. Over the next three years, Huawei Cloud will provide support for at least 10,000 promising startups around the world, with support including cost optimization, technical support, entrepreneurship training, and other business resources. More than 120 enterprises in Asia Pacific have joined the Huawei Cloud Startup Program.

Huawei is also honing the industry-leading platform for innovations on the cloud. In her speech, Jacqueline Shi introduced 15 innovative Huawei Cloud services, including CCE Turbo, Ubiquitous Cloud Native Service (UCS), Pangu wave model, DataArts LakeFormation, Virtual Live, CodeCheck and CloudTest, KooMessage, KooSearch, and KooGallery.

Looking ahead, Huawei Cloud will continue to enable industries through Infrastructure as a Service, Technology as a Service, and Expertise as a Service, to unleash digital with Everything as a Service and build the cloud foundation for an intelligent world.

Huawei Connect 2022 Begins Global Tour in Bangkok – “Unleash Digital”

HUAWEI CONNECT 2022, Huawei’s 7th annual flagship event for the global ICT industry, began today in Bangkok. The theme of this year’s event is “Unleash Digital,” gathering over 10,000 ICT industry leaders, experts, and partners from around the world to explore how to more effectively unleash digital productivity, promote the digital economy, and build up stronger digital ecosystems.

At the event, Huawei shared the steps it’s taking to advance digital development across a wide range of industries, and released 15+ innovative cloud services for the global market.

Three initiatives to help all industries go digital

To kick off the event, Ken Hu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, delivered a keynote outlining three ways the ICT ecosystem can help break through common barriers in digital transformation:

  •   Boost digital infrastructure, including more robust connectivity and stronger, more diverse computing resources.
  •   Help organizations go beyond simple cloud adoption and truly make the most of cloud, focusing on advanced technology services that drive leapfrog development.
  •   Buildoutlocaldigitalecosystems,includingpartnerdevelopment,strengthening the digital talent pool, and providing more support for SMEs.GDP growth has been unstable over the past two years. However, the digital economy has seen consistent growth on a global scale – more than 15% in 2021. This has prompted many organizations to transform their operations and service offerings with next-generation digital technology.

“Going digital is clearly the right choice,” said Hu. “The demand is there, and so are the technologies. The world is unleashing digital productivity, and it’s happening right now.”

New Huawei Cloud Region in Indonesia, and 15+ new services

At the event, Zhang Ping’an, the CEO of Huawei Cloud, announced the launch of new Huawei Cloud Regions in Indonesia and Ireland. By the end of 2022, Huawei Cloud will operate 75 availability zones in 29 regions around the world, boosting services for more than 170 countries and regions.

Huawei Cloud and its partners also took this opportunity to launch the “Go Cloud, Go Global” ecosystem plan. With a focus on Everything as a Service, the plan is designed to accelerate the development of a global digital industry ecosystem for joint innovation and shared success.

Focusing on Everything as a Service, Huawei Cloud is committed to building the industry- leading platform for innovations on the cloud. As part of these efforts, Jacqueline Shi, President of Huawei Cloud’s Global Marketing and Sales Service, announced the global launch of 15+ new advanced services, including Huawei Cloud CCE Turbo, Ubiquitous Cloud Native Service (UCS), Pangu wave model, DataArts LakeFormation, Virtual Live, CodeCheck and CloudTest, KooMessage, KooSearch, and KooGallery.

Building out local ecosystems for shared success

At the event, Huawei reinforced its commitment to open collaboration and shared success. The company called for governments and enterprises to work more closely together to cultivate local digital ecosystems that build up innovation partners, strengthen the talent pool, and support startups.

In his keynote, Simon Lin, the President of Huawei Asia-Pacific Region, released the Digital First Economy whitepaper that delves into targeted policy suggestions for digital infrastructure construction and digital economy development in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The Asia-Pacific region is standing at the forefront of the global digital landscape,” said Lin. “Huawei is committed to becoming a key contributor to the digital economy in the region. We will keep supporting its digitalization and sustainable development efforts, and building out the industry ecosystem.”

At the event, a distinguished group of government representatives from the Asia-Pacific region also took the stage to share the progress they have made with advancing digital

economy development in their respective countries. These include H.E. Supattanapong Punmeechaow, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy; H.E. Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Minister of Digital Economy and Society of the Kingdom of Thailand; H.E. Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia; H.E. Muhammad Abdul Mannan, Planning Minister of Bangladesh; H.E. David Almirol, Undersecretary of E-Government, Department of Information and Communications Technology, Philippines; and Dr. Yang Mee Eng, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation.

The three-day conference in Bangkok is the first stop on HUAWEI CONNECT’s global tour in 2022. Featuring two keynote sessions, six summits, as well as multiple breakout sessions and demos, this year’s event dives into the challenges that governments and enterprises face at all stages of their digital transformation journey, Huawei’s advancements in digital infrastructure, as well as the company’s latest cloud services and ecosystem partner solutions.

Bring Digital to Everyone, Propel Sustainable Development with ICT Technology

The 2022 ASEAN Leadership and Partnership Forum (ALPF) was held in Phnom Penh from 11th – 12th September 2022. As the Chair of ASEAN for 2022, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, presided over the Opening Ceremony on the morning of 12th September 2022 and delivered the opening remarks. Mr. Sovann Yao, CEO of Huawei Cambodia attended the forum and spoke at the “Digital ASEAN” session along with  seven other panelists from the digital field.

In his opening remarks, Samdech Prime Minister said, “I proposed the establishment of ASEAN Green Deal that would allow the region to gradually transition into a community with sustainability, effective use of resources and resilience.”

“ASEAN must pay special attention and promote economic security to meet all basic and essential needs of our citizens, and ensure inclusive and equitable access to domestic and regional economic growth by developing strategic infrastructure, strengthening entrepreneurship, providing support to micro, small and medium enterprises, strengthen education, health and social protection, reducing development gaps, creating jobs and reducing income inequality, and ensuring food security” the Prime Minister added.

The Forum consists of five panel discussion sessions covering a wide range of topics including ASEAN Post Pandemic Recovery, Enhancing ASEAN Centrality, Digital ASEAN, Promoting Entrepreneurship, and ASEAN Connectivity.

Mr. Sovann, when attending the Digital ASEAN session, highlighted that “As one of the most populous and dynamic regions in the world, and with 125,000 new users coming onto the internet every day, ASEAN is set to become a top 5 digital economy by 2025. We all have learnt about the importance of digitalization. Thanks to the emergence of new technologies such as 5G, Cloud and AI, on-line communications, daily business operation can smoothly be conducted to maintain business as usual.”

He further underlined the 4 key elements for digitalization, namely digital infrastructure, digital platform and ecosystem, talent development, and green sustainable development. He also illustrated Huawei’s contribution in digital transformation in ASEAN, particularly in Cambodia.

“Digital Infrastructure, particularly connectivity including mobile network, fiber network is the very foundation of digitalization. Digital platform and ecosystem requires cooperation among all sectors, being public or private. For instance, in ASEAN Huawei annually supports over 10,000 start-ups in the ASEAN region, and same efforts are seen in Cambodia where we support the growth of over 200 start-ups. Some of them have already grown into leaders of their sectors. Moreover, we believe the younger generation will define the future of digitalization and the hope of future prosperity of all nations; thus, Digital Talent is vital. In ASEAN, Huawei collaborates with various stakeholders to train over tens of thousands of talents each year, in Cambodia, over 1,000 have been upskilling with us. In the area of sustainable development, we believe green power and smart PV solar technology are important means to gain green power supply. Sustainable development is the goal of all sectors. Take the Royal Phnom Penh Hospital as an example. It is generating 500,000 kWh of green electricity via new Huawei technology and has won the title of the best hospital in Cambodia in 2021” said Mr. Sovann Yao.

“Cambodia, and ASEAN as a whole has great potential in digitalization, but it comes along with great challenges. Until today, a big number of people are still not yet connected, particularly in remote areas. I hope we can turn our eyes to these areas and provide support so that the merits of digital connectivity can be shared by everyone” Mr. Yao advocates.

ALPF is an important Forum that brings together Leaders from Government, Businesses, Think Tanks and Civil Society to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by ASEAN and the way forward under the new normal. The 2022 ALPF focusing on” Partnership for a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN”, attracted more than 300 high-level delegates from both public and private sectors of the ASEAN region and beyond. During the Forum, other key issues and business and investments opportunities in ASEAN were also discussed with inspiring take-aways.

Taiwan-China tensions a reminder to tech: diversify chip manufacturers

Canada’s technology industry says flaring tensions between China and Taiwan are reminding companies how important it is to seek a broader range of sources for semiconductors — and to invest in the sector.

Relations between the two Asian countries have become increasingly tense in recent months as China, in a show of power, carried out military drills around Taiwan, home to the world’s largest contract microchip maker.

If tensions persist and move beyond a drill, deliveries of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)’s semiconductors, known as chips, to big-name brands could slow or be halted. TSMC chips power a slew of electronics ranging from iPhones to Lockheed-Martin fighter jets.

“We are exposed, of course, as all countries in the world are exposed,” said Hamid Arabzadeh, chief executive of Ranovus, an Ottawa-based technology company.

Taiwan was responsible for 60 per cent of the global revenue in 2020 for the sector and TSMC held 53 per cent of the global foundry market in the third quarter of 2021, Taipei journalist Matthew Fulco wrote in a Macdonald-Laurier Institute publication released in January.

The article added the company, which dwarfs Samsung’s 15 per cent market share with 85 per cent of the market, is of particular importance because it has a “near monopoly” on the most advanced chips — 10 nanometres or smaller — and has mastered producing them with less energy.

Meanwhile, Canada has a lack of semiconductor foundries and building new ones rivalling TSMC’s capabilities would take so much capital and time, Arabzadeh said it’s almost inadvisable.

Keith Jackson, then-chair of the Semiconductor Industry Association in the U.S., said in Fortune magazine in 2020 that these facilities can cost up to $20 billion to build, nearly twice as expensive as a modern aircraft carrier.

Production is tedious. It can take three months to engrave and transform silicon wafers into semiconductors and the process can be upended by a disturbance as small as a speck of dust.

But there are some ways to offset the impacts of geopolitical tensions that could disrupt semiconductor deliveries without building more foundries in Canada, Arabzadeh said.

The top way is dual sourcing, where companies have multiple suppliers, so if one faces trouble, another can step in with product. However, switching from one source to another might require software changes.

“As soon as the situation with China happened, I’m sure all of the semiconductor consumer companies in Canada and anywhere else in the world started to redesign … to have chips that would be manufactured in all different parts of the world, not just in Taiwan,” said Arabzadeh.

The push for diversification has been happening over the last two years in part because of a global chip shortage prompted by COVID-19 shutdowns, soaring demand for electronics and increasing shipping costs.

The U.S. government has been at the forefront of the push with a multibillion-dollar wave of investment in chip factories because the country is worried it relies too heavily on Taiwan and other Asian suppliers for processor chips used in smartphones, medical devices and cars.

TSMC intends to build a plant in Arizona that is expected to open by 2024.

“A lot of companies have started looking at alternatives (to Asia), so you’ll see Samsung has been slowly getting more market share,” said Joe Deu-Ngoc, the co-founder of Toxon Technologies Inc. and Tincubate in Waterloo, Ont.

“TSMC is no longer the only game in town and a lot of companies are also looking at … setting up those foundries or factories outside of China and Taiwan.”

Canada hasn’t gone that far. However, it launched a $150 million fund in February to invest in the development and supply of semiconductors and gave $90 million to the National Research Council of Canada’s Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre, the only compound semiconductor foundry in North America that is publicly operated and open to all for use.

“Other countries have thrown in billions of dollars of investment,” said Melissa Chee, a member of Canada’s Semiconductor Council and president of the VentureLab tech hub in Ontario’s York Region.

“Those are orders of magnitude that Canada may not be ready to invest, but that certainly doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to play a strategic value and part of that supply chain going forward.”

Though she acknowledges the country currently has “limited opportunities” for mass chip manufacturing, she sees semiconductor design happening in Canada and more companies looking to onshore their operations.

It’s made her believe that the shortages of the last few years and ongoing geopolitical tensions are a chance to reshape the country’s chip processes, for the better.

“Where there’s disruption, there’s always an opportunity,” she said.

“This is a really Canadian moment… that is going to form the bedrock of part of Canada’s competitive advantage for the long term.”

Winners of Huawei Asia Pacific Seeds for the Future Tech4Good Competition Announced

by PRNewsWire

Winners of the Huawei Asia Pacific Seeds for the Future Tech4Good Competition were announced at the Awarding Ceremony of its Seeds for the Future Tech4Good Accelerator Camp recently. The two winning teams will continue their journey for Huawei Seeds for the Future Tech4Good Global Competition next January.

This Tech4Good Accelerator Camp in Singapore is one part of Huawei Asia Pacific Seeds for the Future Program, which was launched in Bangkok on August 19. During the 9-day digital boot camp, 120 outstanding students from 16 countries across the Asia Pacific region enjoyed a cross-cultural digital journey in Thailand. Meanwhile, each team prepared a “Tech4Good” pitch where they propose technical solutions to address social problems. 7 outstanding teams were given a place in this Accelerator Camp, with 5 delegations from Cambodia, South Korea, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Singapore, as well as 2 from ASEAN Foundation. 

During the final Demo Day, 7 teams pitched their Tech4Good products to a panel of judges, composed by Jim Rogers, the American investor and co-founder of the Quantum Fund and Soros Fund Management; Dr. Yang Mee Eng, Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation; Leo Jiang, Founder of Huawei Spark Program; Mohamed Djelid, Director of UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific; Dr. Poh-Kam Wong, Emeritus Professor at NUS Business School; as well as Professor Chee Yeow Meng, Vice Provost of NUS Overseas College. 

In the end, two teams were tied for first place. Based on cloud service and data analytics, Team “HUAT SALE” from Singapore aims to discover daily reduced-to-clear food promotions while fighting food waste in Singapore. Team members include Yun Suh Lee from SIM University; Chan Yi Long and Tan Bo Sheng from Singapore Polytechnic; Low Chloe from Singapore Institute of Technology; and Tan Kai Ling from Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD). Themed “N-ABLE”, the delegation from ASEAN Foundation explores how to use cloud storage and AI to help deaf and mute job seekers interested in technology to land a formal job with stable incomes. Team members are Aunizafirah Batrisyia from University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali, Brunei; Iona Dominique from Bina Nusantara University, Indonesia; Somphors Yun from Kirirom Institute of Technology, Cambodia, Ngoc Anh Nguyen from Foreign Trade University, Vietnam, and Yun Yi Ong from Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, Malaysia. Both teams will compete in the Huawei Seeds for the Future Tech4Good Global Final next January.

On behalf of the competition judge committee, Jim Rogers shared how he was impressed by the program and the participants. “Huawei Seeds for the Future is a fabulous program, and it should be broadened and expanded to everywhere. All of the ideas are so brilliant and well-presented and I hope all the Seeds participants can keep pursuing their dreams in the future.”

Leo Jiang, Founder of Huawei Spark Program, said: “Huawei Seeds for the Future Program is an excellent pathway to Huawei Spark, upbringing Asia talents to become future startups and contributing to the socio-economic prosperity of Asia!”

The Awarding Ceremony was graced by government officials, representatives from international organizations and the private sector. Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore Ms. Jessica Tan Soon Neo delivered congratulatory remarks to the winning teams.

Mr. Jun Zhang, Vice President of Huawei Asia Pacific Public Affairs and Communications delivered a welcome speech. “Essentially, the Accelerator Camp was designed to help you understand how the real business world works and motivate you to consider the practicability of your brilliant ideas, so that you can better identify and address the challenges ahead, before you transform the ideas to realization and do public good with technology.” Jun said.

Dr. Yang Mee Eng, Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation talked about the close partnership between Huawei and ASEAN Foundation in digital talent cultivation in the region: “As our future leader, young people are the one who decide how they would like to build the world. Through the Seeds for the Future programme, ASEAN Foundation in close partnership with Huawei aspires to help the young generation achieve their fullest potential.”

During the Tech4Good Accelerator Camp, mentors from Huawei, NUS, Artificial Intelligence International Institute, as well as entrepreneurial leaders provided guidance and inspired the participants to further transform ideas to the market through workshops, case studies and seminars.

At Huawei, the Seeds participants enjoyed a face-to-face conversation with Mr. Foo Fang Yong, CEO of Huawei International, during a special session “Ask me anything by Foo”. At SMU Incubator, they discussed how tech can do public good with professionals from various sectors. For the first time in conjunction with the program, Huawei also debuted the Tech to Build Your Career seminar at SUTD, aimed at helping participants understand the future of work and life amidst rampant technological development. 

Seeds for the Future is one of the key components of Huawei’s ICT talent ecosystem in Asia Pacific and across the world. On September 19, working with ASEAN Foundation, Huawei will hold Asia Pacific Digital Talent Summit during Huawei Connect 2022. The summit will bring together policymakers, researchers, industry experts, and key opinion leaders to explore the paths of building a future-ready ICT workforce and unleashing digital potential in the Asia-Pacific region.