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Openness, Collaboration, and Shared Success

We are facing an increasingly complex environment, with new opportunities and segments emerging left and right:

  • Communications: We will begin to see large-scale adoption of 5.5G and new short-range communications technologies as the industry's vision for next-generation communications network standards gradually takes shape.
  • Computing: The Kunpeng and Ascend ecosystems are progressing day by day, and research into new computing architectures is expanding.
  • Audio and video: Technologies like ultra-high-definition (UHD) audio and video, 3D audio, and graphics engines are thriving.
  • Smart devices: Seamless AI Life experience and HarmonyOS Connect will see broad adoption across many aspects of work and life.
  • Security: Countries and regions around the world are actively exploring ways to enhance network and data infrastructure security, learning from each other's experience, and looking for technical mechanisms to make security more controllable and manageable.
  • Industrial transformation: Industries are expanding the scope of digitalization, embarking on a new journey that combines digital, intelligent, and green transformation.

Over the next 10 to 20 years, communications and computing will become the two most important building blocks of a fully connected, intelligent world. Huawei will continue to openly collaborate with industry organizations and ecosystem partners across various domains, including the public and private sectors, academia, research institutes, and users. We will continue to make standards contributions, and share the industry insights and technical challenges we have identified, in order to drive industry development and technology advancement. We will also use a systems engineering approach to create greater synergy between software, hardware, chips, networks, cloud, edge, and devices, and promote integrated innovation together. This will help make our products and solutions more competitive. As always, we will continue to work with industry partners to cultivate thriving industry ecosystems and create an open and collaborative industry environment that thrives on shared success.

Key Progress and Industry Contributions

Huawei actively works with global industry organizations, and we hold more than 450 key positions in nearly 800 academic associations, standards organizations, industry alliances, and open source communities. We foster deeper partnerships and mutual recognition of standards between industry organizations, and work hard to address industry challenges, breakpoints, and bottlenecks.

  • Standardization: We firmly support the unification of global standards and actively promote global consensus on connectivity through organizations like ITU, 3GPP, and GSMA. We are helping our partners ensure a smooth evolution towards 5.5G, F5.5G, and Net5.5G. In 2023 alone, we submitted nearly 12,000 contributions to standards organizations worldwide.
  • Industry development:
    • In the industrial software field, we joined forces with partners to release the Industrial Digital and Intelligent Transformation White Paper 2030.
    • In the audio and video field, we promoted the release of HDR Vivid and Audio Vivid standards for devices, chips, vehicles, and many other domains.
    • In the public sector, we proactively responded to input requests from different countries on industrial policy, such as China's five-year action plan for the national AI development strategy.
    • In response to the Green Economy Initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme, we contributed to green standards, further improved the competitiveness of our green ICT and digital power products, and are working to embed new innovation into green industry practices.
  • Ecosystem development: We have fully defined our philosophy, approaches, guidelines, and processes for developing ecosystems in domains such as HarmonyOS, Kunpeng, Ascend, and cloud computing. We are working hard to cultivate thriving developer and university talent ecosystems, create more fertile ground for open source, and support the success of core open source projects. These are part of our broader efforts to offer the world another standards option.
GIO Roundtable,Huawei
GIO Roundtable,Huawei

Group photos – 13th GIO Roundtable, MWC Barcelona 2024

Since 2018, Huawei has worked closely with leading industry organizations via the Global Industry Organizations (GIO) Roundtable to discuss the reference architecture, roadmap, pace, and best practices for digital transformation in various industries, and explore how we can better promote cross-domain and cross-technology information sharing and collaboration in various forms between industry organizations. Our ultimate purpose is to accelerate digital transformation across all industries. The roundtable pictured above focused on data elements, the outlook and path for unlocking their value, and their high-value application scenarios (e.g., manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation), as well as data exchange, data definition, and digital platform ecosystems.

Academic Associations

Huawei embraces an open and diverse academic culture. We actively engage with global academic associations as part of our efforts to explore challenges that industries face and cultivate STEM talent. Together, we are invigorating academic pursuits while driving economic progress.

  • Probing the endless frontiers of science through sharing, exchange, and industry-academia collaboration:
    • In 2023, we shared our thoughts on the future of wireless, optical, and foundational software at international academic conferences, and we are working with researchers worldwide to draft a tech blueprint for the intelligent world.
    • We worked more closely with organizations such as the China Computer Federation to release more than 70 new research topics in a bid to drive progress in computer science.
    • We continue to support MindSpore-based academic research and have supported the publication of more than 900 papers at leading conferences to drive advancements in AI.
  • Contributing new ideas to academic associations: We have published more than 1,270 papers in high-impact conferences and journals like the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Among these papers, Accurate medium-range global weather forecasting with 3D neural networks was published in Nature and named one of the top 10 scientific advances in 2023 by Science.
  • Cultivating STEM talent through top competitions: To inspire and engage the next generation of STEM talent, we contribute real-world industry challenges to multiple competitions hosted by academic organizations, such as the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), Computer Vision Foundation (CVF), and Society for Information Display (SID).

Standards Organizations

We actively contribute to standards organizations, work with customers and partners to drive technological upgrade in fields such as connectivity, media, devices, and computing, and are working to help all industries go digital, intelligent, and green.

  • We are promoting efforts to open up, co-develop, and share global standards, helping outline a new vision for the industry.
    • Within 3GPP, we are actively contributing to 5G-Advanced Release 19 through efforts like informing specifications with new-value use cases based on technical innovation, in order to drive the industry forward.
    • Through the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), we are supporting efforts to release F5G Advanced standards for the fixed network domain, guide the evolution from F5G to F5.5G, bring 10 gigabit experience everywhere, and drive industry progress.
    • Within IEEE, as part of our broader efforts to enable industry upgrade, we are working together to drive the evolution of network standards for 400G/800G and time-sensitive networking (TSN) in order to support the evolution of carrier, enterprise, industrial, electric power, and vehicle-mounted networks.
    • Within the ITU, we are exploring how to more effectively utilize global spectrum for international mobile telecommunications (IMT), and are helping upgrade optical industry standards.
    • Within ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, we are contributing to standardization on AI-based image coding and decoding and trusted multimedia source tracing, in order to facilitate industry innovation.
    • Within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), we are helping promote the release of MiniApp specifications that make it easier for developers to develop HarmonyOS apps.
    • We promoted the release of audio and video standards such as HDR Vivid and Audio Vivid to build a new UHD industry ecosystem.
    • We worked with partners to promote the large-scale application of computing performance benchmarks and the development of full-stack computing ecosystems.
    • Our Pangu models received the industry's first "Excellent" rating in China, in recognition of their contribution to a thriving industry.
  • We are working to drive consensus on standards and help shape new ecosystems.
    • We are contributing to unified global standards for AI management systems, working with others to build unified AI interface specifications and computing power benchmark specifications, and supporting the development of full-stack AI ecosystems.
    • Together with partners, we are developing standards for new electric power, PV power and energy storage system safety, mobility electrification, and green and low-carbon systems to bring safer renewable electric power to all industries.
    • We are helping promote industry standards for 5G, big data, AI, and foundation models to fuel industry digitalization.

Industry Alliances

Huawei is a committed partner in major industry alliances around the world. Together, we are working to promote sustainable industry development and help vertical industries go digital.

  • Promoting industry competitiveness and sustainable development: We are working closely with industry organizations such as GCC, UWA, WAA, GIIC, SparkLink Alliance, and WBBA, as well as partners all along the value chain, to promote industry-wide consensus, standards development, testing and certification, and talent cultivation. These efforts will promote sustainable development in industries such as diversified computing, audio and video, WLAN, IoT, short-range communications, and fixed networks.
  • Strengthening international industry collaboration to advance digital transformation: Huawei is an active partner in international industry organizations such as GSMA, CSIA, CCIA, CESA, GSA, AII, 5GAIA, 5GDNA, and 5GAA. We actively contribute industry white papers, testbeds, and standards to support the development and application of new digital technologies in sectors such as communications, electronics, manufacturing, electric power, iron and steel, coal mining, oil and gas, and ports. Together, we are driving digital transformation forward.

Open Source Communities

Huawei is a firm supporter and major contributor to open source communities, where we advocate for inclusion, fairness, openness, solidarity, and sustainability. Through our work with developers and partners to build world-class open source communities, we aim to accelerate software innovation and create thriving industry ecosystems.

  • Huawei actively participates in major open source organizations and projects. We strongly advocate for open source software development. Huawei is a premium or founding member of more than 20 international open source foundations, including the Apache Software Foundation, the Linux Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation, the OpenAtom Foundation, the OpenInfra Foundation, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and the PyTorch Foundation. We actively contribute to more than 200 open source communities. In particular, we serve in board member positions of dozens of open source communities and serve in hundreds of core roles, including Technical Steering Committee member, Project Management Committee member, Project Team Lead, Maintainer, and Core Committer.
  • With a focus on foundational software, Huawei has launched more than 10 influential open source projects to build a stronger foundation for digital infrastructure ecosystems. Huawei has launched multiple platform-level open source projects, such as KubeEdge, MindSpore, Volcano, openEuler, openGauss, OpenHarmony, Karmada, openGemini, and Kuasar. These foundational software projects have attracted an incredible number of contributors, including software vendors, developers, research institutes, and universities from all over the world. We have donated openEuler and OpenHarmony to the OpenAtom Foundation, and donated KubeEdge, Volcano, Karmada, and Kuasar to CNCF. These projects have united the contributions of global participants through a more open approach, and are further promoting the digital transformation of industries.
  • We are building a foundational software ecosystem with industry partners. Under the guidance of the OpenAtom Foundation, the OpenHarmony community has attracted more than 6,700 individual contributors and over 70 organization contributors that have submitted more than 100 million lines of code. The openEuler community has rallied more than 1,300 organization members (e.g., top enterprises, research institutes, and universities), and over 16,800 individual open source contributors. openEuler itself has seen over two million downloads across more than 130 countries and regions. Partners have released more than 20 commercial distributions of openEuler, with over 6.1 million commercial deployments in total.
  • We are helping to build sustainable and trusted open source communities. Huawei actively works with partners from the software security industry to improve the security of open source ecosystems and address increasingly complex security challenges. We are deeply engaged in the development and promotion of major global software supply chain security standards and specifications, such as OpenChain and SPDX. We continue to fulfill our corporate social responsibilities to help build globally trusted open source ecosystems.


We openly collaborate with ecosystem partners and developers to create value and help others succeed. We are speeding up efforts to open up our platform capabilities to ecosystem partners and developers in areas like HarmonyOS, Kunpeng, Ascend, and cloud computing. Together, we will continue to improve development experience, enable innovation, and create value.

  • Increasing ecosystem investment to help partners create value. We are enabling ecosystem partners on all fronts, working together to drive shared success, and creating greater value for our customers. We have increased our support for ecosystem partners and invested tens of billions of yuan to stimulate application innovation based on Huawei's open capabilities. We are offering promotional support and sharing opportunities with ecosystem partners to help them achieve business success. By the end of 2023, we had worked with more than 46,000 ecosystem partners and developed more than 36,600 innovative applications together, accelerating innovation in industries like finance, energy, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, and education.
  • Enabling developers to innovate and grow by sharing experience, opening up capabilities, and enriching development tools. To help improve development efficiency, we provide comprehensive toolsets to support different scenarios, including hardware, application, AI, data, and digital content development. We are also working to cultivate and enable developers through various activities and competitions. In 2023, we held 7 flagship contests, over 30 themed summits, and over 1,000 online activities, reaching millions of developers worldwide. We also supported developer growth and innovation through programs like the Shining-Star Program, the OpenMind Program, and the Innovation Support Program. By the end of 2023, we had opened up more than 100,000 APIs and served over 9.5 million developers.
  • Helping universities cultivate talent for digital, green, and intelligent transformation. Huawei has launched a variety of programs, including the 100 Seed Schools Program, the OpenHarmony Stars program, our updated business-academia talent development program, and the talent development acceleration program. We have released a total of 67 textbooks. Through our Intelligent Base 2.0 program, we have expanded the scope of our technical cooperation with universities. In 2023, Huawei held 77 training sessions in the information field, and engaged in competitions such as the China International College Students' Innovation Competition, the Huawei ICT Competition, and other innovation-oriented events, benefiting more than 4,600 teachers and over 500,000 students. These are part of our efforts to cultivate next-generation talent for the industry.

Industrial Policies

We are working to help unleash the business and social value of the ICT industry by sharing digital economy best practices and promoting digital inclusion.

  • Sharing digital economy best practices to promote digital inclusion. Huawei and IDC worked together to propose the concept of "Digital First Economy", encouraging policymakers to introduce more favorable policies that support digital infrastructure, digital economy ecosystems, and digital talent development. We have also shared best practices from different countries and regions in advancing their digital economies. These are part of our broader efforts to create greater social and business value and promote sustainable development through digital inclusion. At the World Economic Forum, ITU, and other international organizations and open forums, we regularly share our experience and best practices in promoting digital transformation, digital inclusion, and more.
  • Advising on industrial policy to advance digital transformation. To promote inclusive and sustainable digital transformation around the world, we actively participate in public consultations on digital economy planning and industrial policy, sharing recommendations on digital development in the countries and regions where we operate.