Research & Development

Research & Development

Huawei remains tightly focused on its ICT pipe strategy. To build a Better Connected World, we continue to invest in key technologies, basic engineering capabilities, network architecture, technical standards, and product development. We aim to create a better user experience by providing broader, smarter, and more reliable data pipes, with higher performance and zero wait time.

We are committed to translating leading technologies into better and more competitive products and solutions that help our customers succeed.

Wireless networks: Huawei achieved the following in 2016:

Carrier and enterprise networks: Huawei announced its All Cloud strategy to help carriers, enterprises, and industries go digital by enabling networks that are ubiquitous, experience-driven, agile, on-demand, and ultra-broadband.

For the telecom market, we:

For industry/enterprise customers, we accomplished the following:

All carriers and enterprises/industries are scrambling to build the strengths that they will need to compete in the cloud era. In this context, Huawei launched the Agile Controller, the industry's first unified SDN controller able to handle different customer scenarios. It enables customers to build agile, on-demand All Cloud networks that will help them succeed in their business.

Software: We focused on building competitive Digital Native software platforms. Specifically:

At the Global Mobile Broadband Forum held in Tokyo in November 2016, Huawei announced its Wireless X Labs plan, which aims to bring together carriers, technology providers, and vertical industry partners to jointly explore future use cases for mobile applications, drive innovation in business and technology, and promote an open industry ecosystem.

Cloud core networks: Huawei has remained dedicated to providing end-to-end connection and communications to any access network, and to enabling upper-layer applications through differentiated experience controls.

Specifically, we:

Network energy: Guided by our forward-looking principles of using silicon instead of copper and using bits to manage watts, we combined basic research in power electronics with ICT technology, and continued to provide customers with competitive products and solutions.


In the IT field, Huawei has innovated in many different ways on cloud applications. We have provided customers with leading servers, storage devices, networks, and other IT infrastructure and helped them create high-performance computing solutions that are efficient, accelerated, and integrated.

In cloud computing, we achieved impressive results:

Big data: We added a number of key technologies to our FusionInsight, such as unified SQL, unified search, multi-tenant, large heterogeneous environment, relational analysis, and real-time analytics on data streams to address the unique needs of telecom, finance, and security sectors. By using the Superior scheduling engine, the FusionInsight solution supports enterprise-level multi-tenant functionality in a large heterogeneous environment. FusionInsight's real-time analytics on streaming data mean that for the first time financial risk controls can be effected in real time, rather than retrospectively. In addition, building on existing industry practices, we created Apache CarbonData, a new Hadoop native file format that delivers ultimate multi-dimensional analytics on big data platforms. We also developed the ELK engine that delivers the best interactive experience.

In the server domain, we accomplished the following:

Huawei has continued to increase investment in forward-looking fundamental research and innovation, and has made great advances at the frontiers of ICT. Our aim is to drive progress in the industry and to develop successful business models via breakthroughs in technology.

5G mobile communications: Huawei, under the leadership of 3GPP, has actively promoted the formulation of unified global 5G standards, continued to invest in 5G technology research and innovation, and actively worked with carriers to perform field tests of key 5G technologies. We have also achieved important results in the development and verification of new technologies, in network architecture, and in our collaboration with industry players. These advances have helped us maintain a leading position in the industry.

Specifically, we:

In network technology research, we:

Artificial intelligence (AI): Huawei has focused on strategic businesses, improved the delivery efficiency and service quality of our Global Technical Service (GTS) team by using AI technologies, and realized early detection and prevention of network faults. All these efforts have helped us to continuously create value for customers. Our achievements include the following:

Batteries: We continued to focus on three features: large capacity, fast charging, and safety.

Specifically, we:

Huawei works with global partners on innovation to advance technological progress at our 15 research institutes and centers, and at 36 joint innovation centers around the world.

The following are some highlights from 2016:

To explore new breakthroughs and innovations in the ICT industry, the Huawei Innovation Research Program (HIRP) sponsored more than 200 innovation and research projects, including research in basic science such as mathematics, physics, and chemistry.

We worked with mathematicians from around the world, including Fields Medal and Wolf Prize winners, on projects ranging from fundamental mathematical theory to key engineering questions. We invested heavily in research into image processing, data mining, network optimization, and related areas. We also collaborated with physicists around the world (including Nobel Prize winners and their teams) on research projects relating to next generation storage systems and media, such as materials science for new storage media; component modeling and simulation; and applications of new memory interface protocols. In addition, we significantly reduced the costs by using new storage media in software and hardware, and dramatically increased their lifespan. This work has boosted Huawei's research reputation in the field of next generation storage systems. 

Huawei maintains ongoing, in-depth collaboration with global universities in areas such as databases, DC power consumption, and distributed technology. In 2016, we solved the problem of slow response to parallel queries in big data environments with limited resources.

Huawei is a major contributor to ICT standards. We are actively involved in the development and promotion of major international standards. We are also active in open-source communities as part of our ongoing efforts to build out the industry and cultivate an ecosystem that promotes shared success.

In 2016, we:

As of December 31, 2016, Huawei is a member of over 360 standards organizations, industry alliances, and open source communities, and holds more than 300 positions of responsibility within these organizations. Huawei is a board member of IEEE-SA, BBF, ETSI, TM Forum, WFA, WWRF, OpenStack, Linaro, OPNFV, and CCSA. In 2016, we submitted more than 6,000 proposals to standards organizations (over 49,000 to date). Huawei has consistently invested over 10% of its revenue in R&D every year. In 2016, approximately 80,000 employees were engaged in R&D, comprising 45% of our total workforce. Huawei's R&D expenditures totaled CNY76,391 million in 2016, accounting for 14.6% of the company's total revenue. We have spent more than CNY313,000 million on R&D over the past decade.

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