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Huawei stimulates 5G Ecosystem at Huawei eco-Connect Europe 2019

[Paris, France, November 5, 2019] 5G deployments are speeding up around the world. In less than a year since standards were frozen, 5G networks have already seen large-scale commercial deployment. To date carriers in more than 20 markets have launched a total of 40 commercial 5G networks, and more than 60 are expected by the end of 2019. Huawei alone has signed over 60 5G commercial contracts globally, of which 20 are in Western Europe. 11 operators in Western Europe, served by Huawei, have already launched 5G network to deliver premium user experiences. However, the networks themselves are only the foundation. The future of 5G development will rely heavily on services, which will create complex and diverse business scenarios across various industries. This is something that no single company can handle alone. 

Against this background Huawei hosted an in-depth session based on the theme of “5G-driven Digital Upgrades” at this year’s Huawei eco-Connect Europe in Paris on 5th November. It brought together hundreds of 5G ecosystem players from across the industry, enabling them to share and explore 5G vertical applications in practice. Telecom operators, representatives from vertical industries, service partners, associations and other stakeholders were among those discussing replicable commercial use cases such as smart manufacturing, smart transportation and smart city etc. 

Yan Lida

Edward Chan, Vice President of the Western Europe Region, Huawei

The session kicked off with Huawei’s Vice President of the Western Europe Region Edward Chan outlining the current status of 5G developments around the world and in Western Europe, and highlighting the value 5G has already brought to consumers and industries in early adopter countries. He noted that 5G is not just faster than 4G, “It’s fundamentally different. There are different network capabilities requirements from verticals, and business models will be redefined”. He stressed Huawei’s initiatives for ecosystem expansion, such as the Joint Innovation Center with Sunrise in Zurich and the OpenLab in Munich which aim to drive 5G-enabled digital transformation and develop use cases with customers and partners. In his closing remarks Edward Chan called for cross-industry collaboration to make the most of 5G. 

Following his speech industry pioneers PSA, Dassault, CloudMinds and EHang shared their real 5G vertical use cases. The ICT top professionals from Detecon (DT Group), 3GPP, IDATE and Roland Berger also provided expertise to help 5G stakeholders keep their businesses headed in the right direction.

In the exhibition hall Huawei’s eight partners offered attendees hands-on immersive experiences of 5G use cases, including 5G AR remote after-sales service, 5G industrial automated guided vehicle, 5G mobile showroom for SMEs, 5G broadcasting, 5G cloud gaming, and 5G education, healthcare and tourism via Cloud VR.

Under the principle of "in Europe, with Europe, for Europe”, Huawei is continuously stepping up cooperation with partners to research and develop 5G applications for both the private and business sectors, in areas such as manufacturing, transportation, energy, healthcare, media, entertainment, smart city etc.:

  • Huawei is actively engaged in research organizations and industrial alliances in Western Europe, for example 5G-PPP (5G Public and Private Partnership), 5GAA (Automotive Association) and 5G ACIA (Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation).
  • From 2018 on, Huawei has invested millions of Euros to implement an Industry 4.0 trial project in Worcester under the UK government’s DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) 5GTT (5G Testbeds and Trials) program, and a 5G City trial project in Bari-Matera with Italy’s MISE (Ministry of Economic Development). 
  • Huawei has joined hands with Tier 1 operators in Western Europe such as Deutsche Telecom, Vodafone, Orange, Telefonica, British Telecom and Telecom Italia to set up 6 mobile innovation centers (MICs) for in-depth cooperation on 5G E2E architecture and application. Two weeks ago, Sunrise and Huawei opened the first 5G Joint Innovation Center for Europe, located in Zurich, to test, build and showcase new 5G business applications. 
  • Huawei launched two OpenLabs in Paris, France and Munich, Germany in 2017 and 2018 respectively, providing 5G testing environments for enterprises in Europe.

Huawei will continuously invest in 5G ecosystem development to achieve shared business success with partners and customers. 

HUAWEI ECO-CONNECT EUROPE 2019 is an annual flagship event hosted by Huawei for the European ICT industry, and is held in Paris from November 4 to 5, 2019. This year's conference is themed "ENABLE A DIGITALL CONNECTED FUTURE" and aims to establish an open, cooperative, and shared platform for customers and partners to explore new opportunities for an intelligent future. For more information, please visit: