Just as progress in fields like shipbuilding, cartography, and navigation made long-distance sea travel possible, the rise of information and communications technology like the Internet of Things, ultra-broadband, the cloud, and artificial intelligence has launched us into a great new age of digital exploration. As we continue to explore and make new breakthroughs, over the next 20 to 30 years the world as we know it will become intelligent – a world where all things can sense, all things are connected, and all things are intelligent.

—Xu Zhijun, Rotating and Acting CEO More >

We will progress faster towards a better connected, intelligent world. It is difficult to imagine the depth and breadth of the changes to come. Physical connections will be everywhere, playing an integral role in society. Applications are enabling new degrees of agility and efficiency, driving business forward. Value-driven collaboration and innovation are giving rise to diverse business ecosystems. And inspired experience will enrich our emotional connections, adding a new depth of human touch to our lives. As all of these new connections drive the digital transformation process, they will reshape society, the economy, business, and the way we create.

—Sun Yafang, Chairwoman of the Board More >

2016: New Breakthroughs, Solid Growth



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Closing rate on December 31, 2016: US$1.00 = CNY6.9448

Business Highlights

Helping deliver a ROADS experience

  • Guided and monetized future markets built on 100 billion connections
  • Helped carriers develop video into a basic service and achieve business success
  • Partnered with carriers to develop the public cloud market
  • Supported carriers' transformation towards digital operations to deliver a ROADS user experience

Supporting digital transformation in all industries

  • Our smart city solutions have been deployed in over 100 cities across more than 40 countries
  • Launched next-generation IT infrastructure based on cloud computing and big data, and now serve more than 300 financial institutions globally
  • Launched the Huawei Better Connected Smart Grid Solution, which now serves over 170 customers in the electricity sector across 65 countries

Synthesizing global know-how to deliver an inspired experience

  • Shipped 139 million smartphones, up 29% year-on-year, and achieved steady growth for the fifth consecutive year
  • Cemented our ranking as one of the top 3 players in the global smartphone retail market
  • Global brand awareness of Huawei rose to 81%, and we achieved key technological innovations in areas including chipsets, UI, and dual-lens camera technology

Shaping the cloud with partners

  • Worked with over 500 partners to provide cloud computing solutions for customers across over 130 countries and regions
  • Deployed over 2 million virtual machines and 420 cloud data centers

Fostering 5G alliances

  • Polar code was selected as a 5G standard
  • Established the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA)

Open collaboration accelerates technology and business innovation

  • We now have 13 OpenLabs around the world where we collaborate with more than 400 partners to rapidly commercialize industry-specific solutions
  • Announced the establishment of X Labs to explore future use cases for mobile applications

Continuing to invest in the future to turn today's investment into tomorrow's competitive edge 

Long-term and heavy investment in R&D

  • In 2016, we invested 14.6% of our revenue in R&D, totaling CNY76.4 billion. Total R&D spending over the past decade reached CNY313 billion
  • Total patents granted: 62,519

Leveraging the world's best innovation resources

  • Huawei has 15 research institutes and centers, 36 joint innovation centers, and approximately 80,000 R&D employees, and pursues collaboration with global innovators
  • The Huawei Innovation Research Program (HIRP) has involved over 300 universities in more than 20 countries, and has sponsored over 1,200 innovation research projects

Actively engaging in ecosystem development

  • Huawei is a member of over 360 standards organizations, industry alliances, and open source communities, and holds over 300 positions of responsibility
  • The total number of proposals we have submitted exceeded 49,000, with around 6,000 submitted in 2016 alone

Openness, Collaboration, and Shared Success

Staying customer-centric, creating shared success, and building a sustainable ecosystem

  • Industry alliances: forming and engaging in alliances to grow the industry together
  • Strategic partnerships: forging relationships across domains to enable customer success
  • Open source communities: promoting open collaboration and integrated innovation
  • Developer support: enriching the ecosystem and advancing commercialization

+Intelligence: Evolving from Digital Transformation to Intelligent Transformation

Network +Intelligence: All Cloud Intelligent Infrastructure

By 2025, the world will have over 100 billion connections, and the global data produced and stored annually will top 180 ZB

Industry +Intelligence: Companies Creating Value Faster

By 2025, 85% of enterprise applications will be cloud-based

Device +Intelligence: From Smartphones to Intelligent Phones

By 2025, over 90% of smart device users will benefit from the personalized and intelligent services of a smart personal assistant