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Openness, Collaboration, and Shared Success

Our experience over the last year has made us realize more clearly than ever that no one is an island. The whole world is one closely-knit community. We are more certain than ever that global integration and economies of scale can make the whole world more efficient. To achieve these gains, we must work together openly and share both the risks and value. This is the only pathway to shared progress and prosperity, and to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. 

Huawei itself focuses on ICT infrastructure and smart devices. Through open collaboration and innovation, we help promote and protect unified global standards, establish industry and ecosystem alliances, support global open source projects, and drive breakthroughs in key technologies. We need to pool, create, and share resources across the entire industry. Together with industry partners worldwide, we are building an open, global ecosystem that will help the ICT sector to develop more sustainably.

Ecosystem and Industry Development: Our Three Guiding Principles 

  • Growing the industry. At the strategic level, we closely follow macro trends and issues affecting our industry, and meet regularly with industry leaders to discuss challenges and solutions for digital transformation. 
  • Working together. We are leveraging our platform strengths and working with partners who complement our capabilities to cultivate robust end-to-end value chains and thriving ecosystems for a more healthy and resilient industry. 
  • Sharing value. We want to serve as the glue that holds ecosystems together and the catalyst that drives ecosystem success. We aim to unite as many people and companies as possible to create a healthy ecosystem and advance the digital economy.

Key Progress and Industry Contributions 

As of the end of 2020, Huawei is an active member of more than 600 industry organizations, including standards organizations, industry alliances, open source communities, and academic associations. Within these organizations, we hold more than 400 key positions. We serve as a member of the board or executive committee in 3GPP, ETSI, IETF, IIC, IEEE SA, the Linux Foundation, CCSA, AII, TM Forum, WFA, WWRF, CNCF, OpenInfra (formerly OpenStack), LFN, LFDL, IFAA, GP, CUVA, VRIF, and BBF. 

Huawei plays an active role in many industry organizations. With our innovative technologies, we help the industry grow, and promote international cooperation. We also focus on customers’ specific business needs. We create resources to help implement industry projects including 5G, AI, industrial Internet, video, broad Internet of Vehicles (IoV), and intelligent computing. To ensure the success of these projects, we offer architectures, pathways, and best practices for digital transformation; as well as test beds, new business models, case studies, open source code, and developers. We also encourage industry organizations to work together and innovate with partners, so that our customers can build the digital edge for success in their own business. 

We help create mechanisms for dialogue and exchange at the senior level, including with industry organizations, think tanks, academic researchers, and corporate representatives. This gives industry leaders a chance to explore how to make AI inclusive and use the certainties of technology to address the uncertainty of the future. We analyze digital transformation trends, key topics, and crucial areas of collaboration, and help build industry consensus. 

Working with our industry partners worldwide, we have offered national governments advice and recommendations on industrial policies for ICT adoption and digital transformation. We help governments introduce reasonable industrial policies that are necessary to support inclusive economic growth for their country. 

In partnership with leading industry organizations, we continue to organize Global Industry Organizations (GIO) roundtables, which are an opportunity for global dialogue, exchange, and cooperation between ICT and vertical industry organizations in various domains. Within the GIO, we have set up working groups on three topics: smart manufacturing, digital health, and autonomous digital infrastructure. We have organized a series of workshops and roundtables, and have created an expert advisory committee. Together, GIO participants share insights into industry trends, identify disconnects and problems different industries face during digital transformation, and find new ways for industry organizations to collaborate across different domains, so that we can accelerate digital transformation for every industry.

Standards Organizations

We are an active member and contributor to many international standards organizations. We help grow the industry by driving the upgrade of technology and promoting broader collaboration. We help vertical industries go digital using ICT technology, and work with partners to create an ecosystem where everything is connected.

Huawei contributes to more than 200 standards organizations on an ongoing basis. To date, we have submitted over 65,000 standards contributions. By working closely with key international standards organizations, we are helping to drive technological progress and carry global industry forward.

  • We support 3GPP, working with industry partners to explore the evolution of 5G standards and ensure unified global standards for 5G. We encourage industry organizations in key verticals to work closely with 3GPP to create new value for their industries. 72 Huawei Investment & Holding Co., Ltd. 
  • We are working with partners in the ITU to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020, we contributed to security standards for financial blockchains, optical communications standards, and improved radio spectrum planning. 
  • Within the IEEE, we are improving standards for Wi-Fi, high-speed Ethernet, AI performance, and smart devices. These improved standards will support better technologies for telecom carriers, industrial automation, and connected vehicles. 
  • Within the IETF, we are working with ICT partners to drive the standardization of technologies like IPv6 and SRv6, so that IP network technologies can meet the standards required by 5G networks and cloud-based networks. 
  • Through ETSI, we are working with ICT partners to explore the network architectures of the future and develop standards for automated telecom networks, optical networks, and network functions virtualization (NFV). We are also part of industrywide efforts to build up cloud-native, multi-access edge computing (MEC), and IPv6+ ecosystems, so that innovative applications can reach the market more quickly. 
  • We contribute to high-definition audio and video coding standards. We are working with industry partners to develop and release international standards like ITU-T H.266 and MPEG-5 EVC, build up ecosystems, and improve user experience. 
  • We also contribute to standards in fields like AI, consumer technology, and smart vehicles. By working with these new and innovative industries, we create channels for international conversations on standards, helping industries go digital.

Industry Alliances 

Huawei is a committed partner in major industry alliances and an active contributor to the process of bolstering the weak links in our industry. We support open collaboration for shared success, and drive industry upgrades for healthy, sustainable industry growth.

  • Bridging industry gaps and driving industry upgrades: We have worked closely with industry partners and industry alliances such as CUVA, GCC, 5GSA, IPv6+, ONA, OLA, and ICCE to improve ecosystems, including key technologies, standards, and workforce skills. These efforts will help accelerate innovation and growth in domains such as video, green computing, 5GtoB, IP networks, optical transmission and access, IoT, and IoV. 
  • Ongoing partnership with industry alliances and contributions to the industry: Huawei is an active partner in major industry alliances such as GSMA, ITU, AII, 5GAA, and ECC. We are currently involved in more than 30 industry projects, and actively contribute white papers and test beds to support the broadest spread of digital transformation within the telecom sector. We are helping to provide a path to sustainable growth for ICT. 
  • International collaboration for shared success: We are an active member of European industry alliances and associations like 5G-ACIA and RUSSOFT, and have contributed to multiple white papers, test beds, and technical solutions. We worked with Japan’s Industrial Value Chain Initiative to promote the development of test bed projects. We organized the Broadband Alliance Summit with Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, actively contributing to the development of the local ICT industry.

Open Source Communities 

Huawei continues to promote global open source projects. We have increased our support for open source, and are making ongoing contributions to major open source communities. We are also committed to leading open source foundations and communities, and embrace open innovation.

  • We have increased our use of open source in basic software. Huawei is committed to a culture of open innovation. We are continuing to proactively share key technologies in basic software, developed over years of work, with open source communities.

For mobile distributed systems, we launched the OpenHarmony project. OpenHarmony is the open source version of HarmonyOS, a new distributed operating system for all types of smart devices across all scenarios. This operating system enables seamless app collaboration across devices, and ensures that once an app is developed, it can be deployed on multiple devices.

For computing and AI, our open source projects openEuler, openGauss, openLooKeng, and MindSpore continue to help accelerate digital transformation and innovation in industries. 

In cloud services, our cloud-native open source projects include a cloud-edge collaboration framework and a high-performance heterogeneous computing scheduling system. These will support the faster development of scenario-based applications for industries. 

In communications services, our focus remains on open source 5G edge computing. We have created an architecture for orchestrating edge-native applications and edge computing resources. This will help support better synergies between MEC resources, applications, security, and open network capabilities, and accelerate the innovation of new services.

  • We build infrastructure for open source communities. Huawei provides the infrastructure needed for developing, compiling, and verifying software for heterogeneous computing. We also proactively share our best practices in optimization for heterogeneous computing with major open source communities. With our support, more open source communities can support the development, optimization, and release of software for heterogeneous computing. 
  • We are an active contributor to leading open source communities. We are continuing to increase our contributions to leading global open source communities like Linux, Apache, Kubernetes, CNCF, OpenInfra, OCI, ONAP, OPNFV, Akraino, Acumos, Hadoop, and Linaro. We are among the top 10 code contributors in these communities worldwide, and remain the No. 1 code contributor in Asia Pacific.

Academic Associations

Huawei actively embraces an open and diverse academic culture. We have substantially increased our investment into collaborations with academic associations as part of our diversified, multi-path exploration of the uncertainties that industries face. Advancements in basic research and applied technologies foster economic and social prosperity.

  • We promote multilateral exchanges and cooperation between universities, academic associations, and industry players to direct new research through academic conferences and funds for scientific research.

In 2020, we set up the scientific research funds in the China Computer Federation and Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence. We actively participate at academic conferences, and have initiated special sessions at the International Conference on Communications in China (ICCC).

By sharing our vision for industry and the challenges different industries face at flagship conferences such as IEEE GLOBECOM, we engage academic partners to help drive innovation and progress.

  • We are active contributors to academic research activities. We have published more than 590 journal and conference papers in high-impact channels like the ACM and IEEE. More than 90 of Huawei’s technical experts have served as peer reviewers for scientific journals and conferences. 
  • We work with academic associations to cultivate new talent and organize academic competitions. For example, while working with the International Collegiate Programming Contest, we hosted the Graph Mining Challenge and Cloud Scheduling Challenge. These competitions allowed outstanding programmers and algorithm designers to engage directly with real industry problems, and encouraged young people to pursue excellence.

Business Alliances

Huawei works with global partners to provide digital transformation services for customers.

  • We continue to expand our ecosystems, deepening and expanding our relationships with solution partners worldwide. We focus on developing scenario-based solutions for four key industries: government, finance, energy, and transportation. We added more than 5,000 registered partners worldwide in 2020. We have launched more than 2,000 joint solutions with over 1,600 partners. We also provide more incentives for our partners to develop replicable solutions.
  • We cultivate fertile soil. In our joint innovation programs, we work on joint solutions with global partners in AI, cloud, computing, 5G, and other domains. As of the end of 2020, more than 2,500 partners had obtained over 5,000 technical certifications in 10 major technologies (e.g., Kunpeng and Ascend). 
  • We have teamed up with more than 120 consulting partners specializing in digital transformation. By tapping into the world’s best resources in consulting and top-level designs, we have been able to distill industry know-how and embed it into Huawei’s digital platforms, which can help our customers in various sectors as they go digital. 
  • We work closely with leading global partners to develop innovative solutions for digital transformation. We have built over 40 OpenLabs worldwide, which give our partners access to Huawei’s ICT capabilities. These OpenLabs, together with our experience in 5G factories, industrial Internet, edge computing, and big data analytics, are helping a wide range of industries to digitalize and pursue diversified growth.


Huawei brings together developers from around the world to build four unique ecosystems and explore new business scenarios and business models.

  • We are building up developer ecosystems revolving around HUAWEI CLOUD, Kunpeng, and Ascend. Over 2 million developers in the ICT sector are now registered with Huawei. 

Through the Huawei Developer Program 2.0, we have attracted more than 4,000 ecosystem partners, and worked with developers worldwide to build over 7,000 pieces of software and solutions. A total of 70,000 people have obtained HUAWEI CLOUD Career Certification. 

We continue to step up efforts to help develop talent. Together with China’s Ministry of Education, we established an Intelligent Center, which is a joint business-academia initiative. 72 top universities have signed up for this initiative, and 45 of these universities began offering courses in the autumn semester of 2020. 

We have helped expand local ecosystems in China by setting up 22 ecosystem innovation centers, of which 16 are already operational.

We remain committed to our ecosystem strategy for HUAWEI CLOUD, which is to create, share, and win together with our partners. HUAWEI CLOUD has attracted more than 19,000 partners worldwide, with over 4,000 partner apps now available on the HUAWEI CLOUD Marketplace. In 2020, we launched the Anti-COVID-19 Partner Program, which is helping customers worldwide fight the pandemic with technologies for five major scenarios.

Development of the Kunpeng ecosystem has accelerated dramatically. We have opened up the Kunpeng hardware (including motherboards) and maintain a partner-first strategy. We are working to build up our competitiveness in the basic software ecosystem by leading and contributing to open source projects. We are now enabling more than 2,200 partners and Kunpeng technical readiness is improving rapidly.

We have worked closely with more than 150 top partners on Ascend and AI. Since becoming open source, MindSpore has grown rapidly.

  • In the consumer domain, the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) ecosystem has become the world’s third largest mobile app ecosystem. We are working with developers around the world to deliver a higher-quality, intelligent experience to consumers across different scenarios.

In June 2020, we officially launched HMS Core 5.0, which opened up more than 50 kits and nearly 13,000 APIs to global developers. This means that Huawei’s software, hardware, and cloud capabilities are now available for developers to use.

We have introduced five basic service engines – Payment, Ads, Browsing, Search, and Map – further building up the HMS ecosystem. 

We continue to offer the Shining-Star Program and to build DigiX Labs, incentivizing and enabling developers around the world, and helping global industries to digitalize and introduce intelligent technologies. 

  • Huawei is committed to developing new components for intelligent connected vehicles by leveraging its leading expertise in ICT. We are working with more than 100 ecosystem partners, such as car OEMs, software and hardware component providers, developers, and industry organizations, to accelerate innovation in intelligent connected vehicles and drive this industry forward.

Industrial Policies

Huawei continues to proactively offer digital economy policy recommendations and support its partners to build back better for a sustainable digital world.

It became apparent early on in the COVID-19 pandemic how crucial access to digital infrastructure – especially high-speed networks – was for people to continue with a semblance of their previous lives, as they had to shift to virtual spaces. The crisis accelerated many previously underlying digital transformation trends. Businesses and communities need enhanced access to high-quality digital infrastructure and the advantages that digital transformation will bring. These are critical for pandemic resilience and sustainable development. The right policy and regulatory mix to help governments with this paradigm shift has never been more important. 

Collaboration has also been vital during this time. In response to the crisis, Huawei proactively opened up discussions and dialogue with many international organizations. At the World Economic Forum, APEC Business Advisory Council, International Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations Global Compact, and other organizations, we argued the case for the temporary release of more spectrum resources, and greater facilitation of telecom network construction and maintenance, as a crucial element of the world’s COVID-19 response. We promoted the construction of new digital infrastructure and demonstrated how technology can be a force for good, bring universal digital access, and support a green recovery after the pandemic. 

We actively participate in public consultations on industrial policies, standards, and specifications in every country in which we operate. We actively share our experience and recommendations with national governments on developing their local ICT ecosystems. In every country, our goal is to develop advanced digital infrastructure, to encourage innovation, to help spread pervasive digital skills in the local ecosystem, and to strengthen the digital economy to support a sustainable economic recovery.