At Huawei’s 12th annual Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, China, company bosses called on the wider industry to embrace collaboration to build a better-functioning network to meet the demands of future customers.
In his keynote, William Xu, chief strategy marketing officer, said the oncoming wave of services such as 4K video and 5G networks will challenge carriers and other network owners to better manage aspects such as bandwidth and quality of service.
“The current network cannot solve these challenges. We need an end-to-end transformation,” said Xu. “We need to adopt a more open strategy to extensively collaborate with enterprises and carriers, because we cannot do it all ourselves.”
Huawei claimed it was already playing a constructive role in helping to move the industry forward, and set out a new ambition to transition away from hardware to a more services-led business model as it pursues its collaboration goals.
“In the future, products and services will be the driver, not just products, to fulfil business development. We can help [enterprises and carriers] pursue their ambition to transform the network, IT architecture and customer experience,” said Eric Xu, rotating CEO.
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Huawei plans to invest more in services to provide customised commercial systems to suit the requirements of its different customers – enterprises as well as carriers – helping them plan and optimise their networks, and manage their user experience, in the role of a partner, not just a supplier.
“We will lead the modernisation of the managed service industry, shifting the focus from networks to services and experience,” said Eric Xu.
Long and winding Roads
Huawei’s concept of how the network will appear to the enterprise in the future is defined by the acronym Roads, which stands for real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social.
According to Huawei, Roads will reshape network architectures – forcing carriers to implement software-defined and cloud-based networks – and by implication forcing far-reaching changes to operational models and business practice.
Download the 2015 Global Connectivity Index (GCI)
In an indication of how global networks are evolving, Huawei released its 2015 Global Connectivity Index, ranking 50 countries in terms of connectivity, ICT usage and digital transformation to show which are best placed for development and growth, and where policy makers should look to establish best practice around the digital economy.
With a more advanced framework than the 2014 survey, Huawei ranked the US, Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK as the top five digital economies, with robust supply and demand and strong underlying infrastructure.
Chile, China and the UAE all ranked highest among the developing markets, characterised by strong mobile adoption and comparable internet access to the most developed nations, but lacking in areas such as datacentre assets, which holds back cloud adoption.
The 2015 index claimed that by increasing investment in ICT by 20%, a country could increase its GDP by 1%, and recommended policy makers look to datacentres, cloud services, big data, broadband and the internet of things as key investment areas.