We believe that only digital technologies that are accessible, affordable, and effective can contribute to inclusive socioeconomic growth. Therefore, Huawei takes applications as the second priority of its digital inclusion strategy. We are actively developing tailored digital solutions to better serve local communities.
By remaining customer-centric, Huawei invests heavily in R&D and innovation. With Huawei's connectivity-enabled solutions, such as Mobile Money, telemedicine, and smart education, people can truly see the changes brought about by connectivity.
Huawei also provides easy-to-use development platforms for developers and SMEs to create a thriving digital ecosystem. This will give rise to more customized, scenario-based applications, benefiting more industries and people.
Digital applications, of course, have still not realized their full potential. In the future, Huawei will continue to work with industry partners to develop tailored digital solutions that serve different individuals, homes, and organizations and drive digital inclusion.
Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries. In Bangladesh, more than 70% of the population reside in rural areas with no access to major banks, and less than 15% have ever used banking services. Banking activities as simple as making a deposit, withdrawal, or payment are extremely inconvenient. When the nation's many urban migrant workers want to transfer money back to their families in the countryside, they must take time off work and deliver the money themselves. The fact that a huge number of people do not even have a bank account in Bangladesh hinders the country's economic growth.
Luckily, about 68% of the Bangladeshi people have a mobile phone. bKash, a subsidiary of BRAC Bank, provides digital financial services to the Bangladeshi people, particularly those in low-income groups not covered by traditional banking services. Local people can access the financial services on their phones.
To assist bKash in achieving their business goals, Huawei has helped deliver ten mainstream banking services through an app called Mobile Wallet. Through the app, anyone with a mobile phone can access bKash's convenient, affordable, and reliable financial services such as deposits, withdrawals, transfers, and payments, under the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) protocol. bKash's secure, easy-to-use, affordable, and convenient mobile payment services have made the lives of people without bank accounts in Bangladesh much easier.
Founded merely six years ago, bKash has gained nearly 30 million registered users, and serves over 98% of mobile users in Bangladesh. Apart from providing a convenient, digital life, bKash has also created a large number of jobs, as 87% of its revenue goes to distributors, carriers, and other partners, which has in turn significantly boosted their own business. Now, distributors provide services even in small corner stores in extremely remote areas at all hours of the day. In the coming days, bKash will continue its partnership with Huawei to build a broader ecosystem engaging carriers, banks, and merchants and further improve mobile payments services in Bangladesh.
Huawei's Mobile Money solution serves users in 19 countries and helps carriers provide banks with convenient mobile financial and payment services, such as Mobile Wallet. Huawei continues to invest in business and technological innovation while exploring new cooperation models with customers to jointly provide universal digital solutions for people in poverty-stricken areas and promote the inclusive development of digital finance.
As is the case with many African nations, education, health, and all other public resources are unevenly distributed in Cape Verde. One-third of Cape Verde's schools are located in its capital Praia, port city Mindelo, and Santa Catarina, while 58.6% of its hospitals are concentrated in two islands: Santiago and Saint Anthony. In addition, schools outside the capital frequently suffer from teacher shortages and poor-quality education. These schools are eager to join a national e-education network to have access to high-quality resources from other schools.
To resolve these issues, Huawei and Cape Verde's Ministry of Education have jointly developed an integrated WebLab ICT training system. The solution is aimed at helping the country cultivate sufficient qualified ICT professionals to support its growing ICT industry. This solution is supported by ICT kits, programmable teaching robots, e-maintenance tools, and office facilities, which are all dispatched in a container. Basic ICT training courses are provided through the cloud-based NOSi National Data Center to middle school students and adults in all of Cape Verde's islands. The system can also serve as a multi-function classroom to deliver other skill training and certification services as needed.
The Surgical Information System is another example. This system provides a platform on which hospitals and other institutes are connected to facilitate hospital management and demographics monitoring, and improve operational efficiency. Its functions include managing medications, clinical equipment and materials, laboratory diagnoses, admissions, discharges, and appointments. For example, the appointment management (including doctor schedule management) function analyzes online appointment information and develops hospital schedules as needed to better serve patients.
NOSi's President Antonio Joaquim Fernandes said: "Huawei is an important contributor to Cape Verde in its deployment of the National Data Center, data transmission networks, and e-government services. Huawei provides data, voice, and video conferencing services to government departments and public institutions, and has built a digital platform for NOSi to develop the e-government system. We will continue to set up business centers, business incubators, and training centers, transforming Cape Verde into an advanced information service platform in Africa."
High-tech manufacturer Sanlian Hope develops technology and equipment for the production of synthetic fiber and its raw materials. It works to build a digital, data-driven information service platform that integrates finance, technology, and information to boost industry development. According to Sanlian Hope's Director and Strategic Investment General Manager, AI can make production much more flexible and will accelerate the shift to smart manufacturing.
Huawei's full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio supports the use of IoT and AI technologies in both hardware and software. That makes Huawei an excellent system integrator for Sanlian Hope as it applies the AI-powered Huawei Cloud Enterprise Intelligence (EI) solutions in its control systems, which has helped the company quickly go digital and intelligent.
Digital and intelligent applications will help boost the development of the manufacturing sector. These applications will make their production processes more flexible and create production plans tailored to different situations, enabling the sector to better respond to more complex needs.
Platinum mining is projected to decline after 2040 in South Africa. In light of these predictions, the government of Rustenburg, the world's platinum hub, released the Vision 2040 program to ensure the city remains full of vitality with a high quality of life for its residents. The program's goal is to make Rustenburg "a world-class city where all communities enjoy a high quality of life", and one that is interconnected, energetic, healthy, green, friendly, secure, smart, prosperous, efficient, and sustainable.
The Rustenburg Smart City project aims to address the city's challenges using digital technologies. By improving public safety and civic participation, this project improves people's living standards and helps enterprises grow faster. To efficiently implement this project and build a smarter Rustenburg, the municipal government has picked a number of partners, including South Africa's ICT and financial technology company Electronic Connect, Sanchuan Water Meter Co., Ltd., intelligent transportation system provider Xiamen Lenz Communication Inc, and Huawei.
With its Smart City solutions, Huawei has developed a nerve system for the city, in which the IoT, big data, video cloud, geographic information systems, and converged communications technologies are integrated through a digital platform that offers shared access to all sorts of basic urban resources. Huawei has also worked with partners to build an ecosystem around the platform, underpinning the city's governance and innovation. With Huawei's Smart City solutions already serving more than 160 cities across more than 40 countries, its rich experience is set to contribute greatly to the shift towards a smart Rustenburg.
Mineral resources will inevitably run out, but the "gold mine" created by a smart city will last and make Rustenburg a leader in this field. Electronic Connect CEO Zamo Mthiyane said: "Smart Rustenburg will be a model city. Other South African cities could deploy similar digital platforms and technologies to quickly go digital, and all industries can benefit from the digital platform's IoT, cloud, big data, and video surveillance resources. Other African cities can also refer to Rustenburg's practices to connect municipal institutions, enterprises, and residents more closely for a better future."
In 2018, the mobile AI app StorySign, powered by the HUAWEI HiAI platform, went online.
StorySign was developed in partnership with the European Union of the Deaf and the British Deaf Association to help teach deaf children to read. Users only need to open the app and scan the words on a book to begin this innovative experience. Once the text is uploaded, a cartoon figure appears on the screen and the words will be translated into sign language, allowing deaf children to enjoy reading as easily as other children.
StorySign now supports translation of 10 languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Irish, Flemish, and Swiss-German. According to the World Health Organization, in 2018 about 460 million people worldwide suffered from hearing impairment, of which 34 million were children. With StorySign, story time for hearing-impaired children becomes more interactive and fun.
With AI-powered mobile apps like StorySign, Huawei is committed to unleashing the potential of everyone through technological advancement.
As modern citizens in an intelligent, connected world, nothing makes us feel more insecure at home or abroad than a dead phone battery or having no Internet. The inconvenience of life without a smartphone, our personal assistant, is almost unimaginable these days, but a smartphone without a network connection is basically useless. For people who often go abroad, whether on business trips or for vacation, comfort, efficiency, and convenience are something they want most during the travel. As such, overseas roaming services that deliver convenient, fast, and secure mobile connections are preferred. Therefore, Huawei developed Skytone to satisfy user demands, based on its years of experience in the global communications and smart device sectors.
Skytone is a mobile application that offers exclusive overseas roaming services to users of mid- and high-end Huawei and Honor smartphones. By the end of 2018, Skytone was available in 83 countries and regions across the world. This has made Skytone particularly popular among business people and travel lovers. In addition to stable and high-speed connections, Skytone also offers high-quality applications. With Skytone, we want to work with users to explore and envision a better digital life.