Supporting Network Stability to Drive Sustainable Development
COVID-19 has changed our lives. And as this pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, its impact on social, economic, and global health systems is bound to be huge.
Digital technology is helping us to fight back. 5G, big data, and AI have greatly boosted the medical community's ability to speed up testing, provide remote consultation, research vaccines, and track the spread of the disease.
These technologies are also helping us social distance more effectively. Greater connectivity allows for things like cloud-based teleworking, online education, and contactless shopping, which have helped people stay home and stay safe.
At the same time, networks are being pushed to their limits. Growing online activity has caused a surge in network traffic, overwhelming network infrastructure in countries worldwide. To ease the strain on networks, some streaming media companies have had to lower the quality of their video. Some countries are recommending that people vary their online activities throughout the day to avoid peaks. And in some underserved rural areas, students have taken to seeking out higher ground for a stronger signal to take classes online.
Huawei is doing what it can to help. First and foremost, our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees and to resume production in a responsible way. We are working closely with carriers around the world to support stable network operations and meet growing demand for reliable network connectivity, especially in regions that are suffering the most.
In China, we worked with our customers to build an emergency 5G network for the Huoshenshan field hospital in Wuhan. We got the entire network up and running in only three days, providing the hospital with the high-speed connections they need for remote consultations. Our remote videoconferencing systems are also helping medical institutions in countries like Thailand and Italy to communicate more efficiently.
We have deployed an AI-based diagnostic solution in over 60 medical institutions across Asia, Europe, and Latin America to boost diagnostic efficiency. It normally takes 12 minutes to review a CT scan. With AI, hospitals can do so in just two minutes.
These are only a few examples of how digital technology is changing the way we live and work. In the information age, access to stable and continuous network services has become a basic need – a fundamental right – of every human being.
For more than 30 years, we have committed ourselves to pushing the boundaries of information and communications technology and driving its global adoption. We have worked closely with carriers worldwide to build over 1,500 networks and help millions of companies go digital. Together, we have connected more than three billion people in more than 170 countries and regions.
Supporting network stability has always been, and will remain, Huawei's top priority. We go where our customers need us and do everything within our power to provide ubiquitous network connectivity in every country and region in which we operate. This includes in some of the world's harshest environments like deserts, plateaus, and rainforests, and in areas hit by disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and disease.
To build a fully connected, intelligent world, our industry still has a long way to go. According to GSMA, more than one billion people have no mobile broadband coverage, and about half of the world's population still has no Internet access. We need to keep collaborating and innovating across the global value chain and driving the broader adoption of new technologies. We also need to take sustainability more seriously, contribute more to socioeconomic development, and help build a greener society.
Huawei is committed to open collaboration. We will continue working with our global partners to build out the industry ecosystems that thrive on shared success. Together, we can promote inclusive and sustainable development. As part of these efforts, we believe that equipping people with the skills they need is the key to sustainability and to driving the digital economy forward, so we are working with our partners to develop a more robust digital talent ecosystem and bridge the digital divide.
We want to bring the benefits of technology to everyone, and protect our planet in the process. We will redouble our efforts to conserve energy; reduce environmental impact; and build a low-carbon, green, and fully connected world for future generations.
Cyber security and privacy protection remain our top priorities. We are committed to communicating and collaborating with all stakeholders in a trustworthy, open, transparent, and responsible manner. In addition, we are working to address shared cyber security challenges through technological innovation, improvements in management, and contribution to standards.
Over the past year, we faced challenges the likes of which we have never seen. And we stood strong. We have worked day and night to patch the holes in this beleaguered business of ours, ensuring business continuity and the timely delivery of products and services to our customers.
We have helped roll out networks worth hundreds of billions of dollars in more than 170 countries. Ensuring the stable operations of these networks and providing people with the best available technology is not only our purpose, it is the central tenet of our social responsibility.
When the going gets tough, the tough keep going. It's possible that even greater challenges lie ahead. Come what may, we are fully confident that the future will be bright. Huawei will work more closely than ever with our customers and partners to create greater value for the global community.
Chairman of the Board