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Huawei debuts video cloud platform for Africa

From ITWeb

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has launched its ‘Huawei Envision' hybrid video solution, which is designed to assist carriers in developing video as a fundamental service.

The announcement was made at the AfricaCom 2016 conference in Cape Town this week.

Huawei says its video cloud solution enables customers in Africa to quickly bring video services online, reduces infrastructure cost by 90%, and ensures the best user experience and data security.

Huawei Envision consists of the Envision Video Platform (which helps carriers develop video as a fundamental service); Envision Cloud (which enables quick service launch and business success through cloud services, and enables video capability openness); and Envision Ecosystem (which assists customers in constructing the content ecosystem, platform ecosystem and device ecosystem for video service development).

The solution supports multiple service scenarios, including cloud live broadcast, cloud video-on-demand, cloud TV games, celebrity or games live broadcasts, multi-screen interaction, remote healthcare and online education. It also reduces the costs of on-premises video platforms and content delivery network infrastructure construction, assists in quick commercial use of video services and promotes industry cooperation.

"Nowadays, video services are not just an intrinsic part of telecommunications services but also a standard feature. Video should be positioned as a basic service for operators," says Wilson Feng, VP of Huawei Southern Africa region.

According to figures presented by Huawei, video is already the dominant content type on many mobile networks, accounting for more than 50% of all traffic. In the coming years, that figure is expected to grow to more than 80% as video becomes a more integral part of life with the rise of virtual reality and mobile video.
"Huawei aims to become the best video solution provider in Africa, lead new video ecosystem construction and assist customers in achieving success."

Based on the Envision Cloud business solution, Huawei launched Comedy+ with MTN in Nigeria and the Baze-live live show service with partners in Kenya in October, and plans to expand these services to the whole of Africa in the near future.