Research & Innovation

Looking to the future, Huawei’s innovation will transition as we move from an Innovation 1.0 era to an Innovation 2.0 era. In Innovation 1.0, we have focused on innovations in technology, engineering, products, and solutions to address customer needs. In Innovation 2.0, driven by our vision, we will expand our efforts to seek breakthroughs in basic theories and develop new basic technologies.

Open Innovation: Aggregating Wisdom and Innovation of Humanity to Light the Way Forward for the World and Huawei

In Innovation 1.0, we have focused on innovations in technology, engineering, products, and solutions to address customer needs and challenges. This is about going from 1 to N. The primary goal is to help our customers and partners become more competitive, increase their revenue or reduce their costs, and enable them to achieve greater business success. In the past, Huawei made many engineering and technological innovations in wireless, optical networks, and smart devices. These innovations generated a large amount of commercial value for our customers and tremendous social value.

In Innovation 2.0, based on our vision for the intelligent world we are entering, we will aim to break the bottlenecks in theories and basic technologies that have hindered the development of ICT. In this stage, we will focus on theoretical breakthroughs and inventions, which means going from 0 to 1.

Philosophy: Open innovation and inclusive development

Theoretical breakthroughs and inventions involve many uncertainties, meaning innovation should not be a closed- door activity. The philosophy of Huawei’s Innovation 2.0 will bring together universities and research institutes and connect the academia with businesses, to allow all types of global scientific research resources and talent to come together in the pursuit of innovation.

Methodology: Vision coupled with technological breakthroughs

Driven by our shared vision for the future, we will delve deep into the challenges the future intelligent world may bring regarding the way we live, work, play, and stay healthy. With these challenges in mind, we will try to determine the business opportunities and technological development directions which we should pursue, and endeavor to incubate new industries. On this basis, we will make bold assumptions and plan our future technological elements.

Focus: Exploring disruptive technologies throughout the information lifecycle

We have been exploring future-oriented technologies that can be applied to the entire process of information generation, storage, computing, transmission, presentation, and consumption. In addition, we have ramped up efforts on research into disruptive technologies.

Strategic initiative: Collaboration with universities and technology investment

Collaboration between businesses and universities can accelerate the commercial use of research results. And with insights into the challenges, real-world scenarios, and needs shared by businesses, scientists can also better decide what directions their future research should go in. To better implement Innovation 2.0, Huawei will adopt a number of approaches, including supporting the research programs of universities and research institutes, building its own labs, and investing along multiple technological paths.

Innovation has been the very foundation for Huawei’s survival and growth over the past 30 years. We will continue redoubling our efforts in exploring future-oriented cutting-edge technologies and basic research, with an annual investment of US$3 billion to US$5 billion. Today, Huawei has approximately 15,000 employees engaged in basic research, including over 700 PhDs specializing in mathematics, over 200 PhDs specializing in physics and chemistry, and over 5,000 PhDs specializing in engineering.

Meanwhile, we have established research and innovation partnerships with over 300 universities and more than 900 research institutes and firms. Following the principle of open innovation, we will leverage global innovation resources and attract professionals from around the world to collaborate on research. We will consider the challenges facing businesses and academic insights, as well as the confidence of venture capitalists to jointly innovate. The concerted push for innovation will allow our innovation accomplishments to be shared across both our industry and society as a whole, lighting the way forward for the world and Huawei.

Key Innovations Enable a Fully Connected, Intelligent World

Huawei is continuing to focus on research and innovation to seize the opportunities and address the challenges of the future intelligent world. This will widen the “de Laval nozzle”, the rocket engine that will drive us forward. We are also bringing top minds from around the world to join us, while openly innovating and incubating new theories and key ICT technologies to share with the industry. Together we can jointly serve the information society.

Redoubling efforts in basic research to make theoretical breakthroughs, fueling the development of the intelligent world

The rapid development of communications technology over the years continues to drive communications channel capacities closer to the Shannon limit. The whole industry is continuing to search for breakthroughs in underlying technologies, so that communications technologies can keep pace with the development of the intelligent world. In 2019, we continued our deep exploration of communications theories, aspiring to redefine a wireless network architecture for the time when the Shannon limit is broken. Specifically, we:

Innovating and inventing to drive the industry forward

Advanced Wireless Networks

Today, we have entered the 5G era and embarked on 6G research. Huawei is exploring new directions for 6G. To this end, we:

Optical Networks

To maintain our leadership in this area, we:

Intelligent O&M 

In this area, we:

AI Computing

In this area, we continued to build on our full-stack capabilities ranging from computing power, operators, and the framework to application enablement, lowering AI application threshold and providing affordable AI capabilities for industries. Specifically, we launched:

Smartphone Camera

 In this area, we:

Media CODEC Standards

To promote technological advancement within the ultra- high-definition video industry, we actively participated in setting standards in standards organizations such as the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) with the ISO/IEC, ITU-T SG16, and China’s AVS by:


In this area, we have always continued our efforts to pursue innovation and breakthroughs, so as to build our leadership in underlying software. In 2019, we:


To increase the trustworthiness of our products and services, we have:

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