Building a digital, intelligent world takes joint effort. To this end, Huawei believes in the power of dissolving boundaries and working together to build an ecosystem that thrives on shared success. By advancing the development of the digital world – and by extension, an intelligent world – we can bring the benefits of digital life to everyone.
We focus on ICT infrastructure and smart devices, cultivating a fertile business environment that runs on information technology, automation, and intelligence. This environment helps enrich our partners’ content, applications, and clouds, so they can serve their customers better. When it comes to ecosystem and industry development, we have three guiding principles:
- Growing the industry and enlarging the market. This is more important than increasing our own market share.
- Cooperation is more important than competition. We enable others; we till the soil. We will not compete for profit with our partners, and will stay committed to openness, collaboration, and shared success.
- Through value sharing, we aim to unite as many people and companies as possible as we work towards a fully connected, intelligent world.
Key Progress and Industry Value
Huawei is an active member of more than 400 standards organizations, industry alliances, and open source communities, where we hold more than 400 key positions. We are a member of the board or executive committee in organizations like the 3GPP, IIC, IEEE-SA, BBF, ETSI, TMF, WFA, WWRF, CNCF, OpenStack, LFN, LFDL, Linaro, IFAA, CCSA, AII, CUVA,
On the industry front, Huawei actively contributes to a wide range of industry organizations to advance ICT and expand its market potential.
On the business front, we form and engage in open enablement platforms and business alliances that revolve around our customers’ business needs. We work together with ecosystem partners on open innovation projects to speed up the development of customized solutions, helping our customers consolidate their strengths in digital transformation and succeed in their business pursuits.
On the national front, we work across public and private sectors in countries around the globe, using new advances in technology like 5G, AI, IoT, and cloud to help galvanize the economy.
Working closely with leading international standards organizations, we help grow the industry by upgrading technology and promoting broader collaboration. We help vertical industries go digital with applied ICT solutions, and work together to create an ecosystem where everything is connected. In 2018, some of our key initiatives included:
- Making core contributions to 5G. We worked together with key stakeholders across the industry to complete the first version of 3GPP 5G standards, paving the way for the commercial use of 5G.
- Enhancing standards coordination. In particular, we actively pushed for greater coordination around Internet Engineering Task Fork (IETF) standards to drive Internet Protocol network technology forward, as well as the industry as a whole.
- Advocating industry alignment. In 2018, we worked closely with organizations like the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to drive consolidation of industry standards and promote a healthy industry ecosystem.
- Contributing market insight. This includes providing the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with input for their research on Wi-Fi and Ethernet technologies, to drive the ongoing evolution of the industry and promote a standard, universal architecture for the digital transformation of vertical industries.
- Actively participating in standards organizations like the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), expanding industry cooperation in emerging fields, and jointly promoting digital transformation of industries.
- Submitting more than 5,000 standards proposals, bringing the company’s total number of proposals to nearly 60,000. We also increased investment in standards for AI, data security and protection, consumer devices, and other domains.
2. Industry alliances: At Huawei, we are committed to guiding industry development and promoting growth across the ecosystem. We actively promote and form industry alliances to drive alignment, build an ecosystem for shared success, and promote sustainable industry development. In 2018, some of our key initiatives included:
- Joining forces with industry players to create industry alliances such as the China UHD Video Industry Alliance (CUVA), the Trusted Blockchain Consortium, the Network 5.0 Industry and Technology Innovation Alliance, and the Alliance of Internet + Energy Conservation, to help emerging industries like ultra HD video and blockchain more quickly reach maturity.
- Further deepening partnerships with leading industry alliances such as the GSMA, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the Alliance of Industrial Internet (AII), the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), and the Edge Computing Consortium (ECC).
- Leading or participating in more than 20 collaborative testbed projects to advance industry digitization and promote sustainable development.
- Working with major European industry partners to form the Edge Computing Consortium Europe (ECCE).
- Participating in the establishment of the 4K UHD Alliance in Latin America. .
- Jointly releasing a White Paper on Rural Coverage in Africa with the Africa Telecommunication Union (ATU) at the Mobile World Congress, helping drive insight and awareness of ICT development in underserved regions.
3. Open source communities: We embrace open source initiatives, actively contributing to mainstream foundations and open source communities, accelerating open innovation, and driving ecosystem development. 2018 activities include:
- Investing in open source communities like CNCF, OpenStack, OCI, ONAP, OPNFV,
Akraino, Acmous, Hadoop, and Linaro. We hold more than 10 different seats on the board of directors for major international open source communities, and serve in more than 200 Technical Steering Committee, Project Team Lead, and Core Committer roles.
- Donating open source projects. Examples include ServiceComb, which was the first microservice project to graduate from Apache; Cyborg, which has quickly grown into a
de-facto standard for acceleration device management; and CarbonData, which has gradually become one of the standard data formats for big data. Now more than 70% of CarbonData contributors are non-Huawei developers.
- Initiating the edge computing framework KubeEdge to help industries go cloud native and enable digital transformation.
- Introducing new features to the FD.io ecosystem including the DMM open source protocol stack framework. As a creative solution, the DMM makes it possible to use diverse protocol stacks for different applications.
- Boosting the value of open source software and making it easier to use. Of particular note, we launched the OpenLab program to promote better integration across communities and projects, and released the integration and verification baseline V1.0.
- Driving open certification and open source commercialization, including pushing the Compliance & Verification Committee (CVC) to provide certifications in the Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) umbrella project, in order to resolve interconnection issues between multiple vendors in NFVs.
- Building the Cross-domain, Cross-layer VPN (CCVPN) use case in collaboration with China Mobile and Vodafone in the ONAP community, and winning the GNTC Innovation Award.
4. Technological innovation: Through open innovation projects and closer collaboration with industry and academia, we integrate innovation and standardization to provide greater value in major European organizations, such as ETSI. We provide guidance for Internet Protocol microwave, edge computing, and AI, and have helped to gradually integrate global standards and industry systems through collaboration and openness. These efforts include:
- Increasing investment in basic research and supporting scientists so their work lights the way forward for the rest of mankind. Professor Arikan is an early example. He published a paper on polar codes in 2008. Huawei invested in his research and built on his original findings to help bring polar codes from the lab to industrial application. Polar codes are now a part of 5G standards.
- Collaborating closely with European research institutes such as Fraunhofer, and participating in ICT industry development projects like AI and connected cars through initiatives related to research, standards, open source, testbeds, and industry alliances.
- Forging close ties with European scientists, and working together on leading technology to drive industry development.
- Working together with 15 other companies to establish the Network 5.0 Industry and Technology Innovation Alliance that covers eight primary areas with Network 5.0 projects.
- Setting the stage for standardizing the security architecture for deterministic IP networks in ETSI and Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), and taking the lead in the standardization of this field.
- Pushing for a common architecture for an optical ecosystem through Optical Networks 2020 (ON2020) based on Optical Networking 2.0 industry projects. Our aim is to promote the development of standards for WDM Transport Network (WTN) and guide future development.
5. Developer ecosystem: We leverage full-stack open capabilities and intelligence to provide digital services across all scenarios. Progress made in 2018 includes:
In our consumer business:
6. Business alliances: We develop customer-facing business solutions together with our partners. 2018 landmarks include:
- Establishing strategic relationships with leading consulting, application, and industry solution providers in areas where we can work with alliances to drive the industry forward.
- Serving customers through joint technical innovation, joint solution development, and joint marketing and sales, and creating new market value together with our customers.
- Establishing strategic partnerships with new partners, such as Bosch, and further expanding strategic partnerships with existing partners like SAP, Microsoft, Intel, Accenture, and Infosys.
- Developing and customizing solutions for smart city, transportation, energy, manufacturing, and other segments with local small and medium partners around the globe. We use IoT, video, AI, 5G, and other platform technologies, as well as our Huawei Solution Partner program and a global spread of OpenLabs to help our customers go digital.
- Adding over 2,000 new Huawei solution ecosystem partners, bringing the total to more than 5,000.
7. Government advisory: We encourage using technology to better and more rapidly serve local communities. 2018 activities include:
- Joining the technical work group of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BWVI), participating in the development of the DigiNet 5G infrastructure technical specifications, and proposing sharing infrastructure to reduce national broadband deployment costs.
- Developing the SME Digitization Whitepaper in collaboration with SME Corp Malaysia to speed up the digital transformation of SMEs in Malaysia.
- Actively contributing ideas to Thailand’s National Digital Economy and Society Commission regarding new technologies such as 5G, cloud, and big data, and engaging in government
flagship projects related to industry policies.
- Innovating together with the Indonesian government in areas such as universal coverage,
mid- and long-term 5G spectrum planning, 3G and 4G spectrum refarming, IoT standards for vertical industries, and smart cities.
- Actively participating in the formulation and implementation of broadband policies and standards in Saudi Arabia and countries in the League of Arab States and African Union.
– Sharing the best practices of national broadband network construction to speed up the development of national broadband in Saudi Arabia.
– Winning recognition of the Council of the Arab ICT Organization (AICTO) for our proposal ICT as Basic National Policy: Build Solid Foundation for Arab Digital Society.
– Completing a white paper with the African Union, setting goals for funding, resources, and regulation, and releasing it to 54 African Union members at the African Union’s broadband conference.
- Joining forces with third-party organizations to encourage governments, industry organizations, and carriers in Africa and Southeast Asia to prioritize and invest in rural networks.
- Launching RuralStar, an innovative scenario-based site solution, to reduce network construction costs and increase network coverage in more rural areas.
- Participating in dedicated workshops run by spectrum organizations in Asia Pacific and Africa, and contributing ideas to ICT management of each country.
- Creating formal plans to connect the unconnected more rapidly, and help achieve the UN Broadband Commission’s target of connecting the other half of the world’s population by 2025.
- Publishing the position paper Telco: Investment, Innovation and Competition in ICT Infrastructure, calling on governments to support investment in ICT infrastructure, encourage ICT innovation, and guide and regulate ICT competition, in order to guide the dynamic and healthy development of the ICT industry.
- Releasing the position paper Digital Nation: Stronger Economy, Better Society, Adept Governance at the Huawei European Innovation Day event, calling on governments to develop policies for organization, talent, and financing that are conducive to the development of digital economy.
- Huawei has been operating in Brazil for 20 years, serving local enterprises and citizens with innovative solutions. In June 2018, Huawei, together with Deloitte, released Insights about Digital Transformation and ICT Opportunities for Brazil and submitted it to the President of Brazil, further contributing to the Brazil ICT industry in terms of safe city, broadband, wireless, cloud, and talent.