Huawei to invest $81 million in Southeast Asia
Huawei, a Chinese information and communications technology (ICT) company, will invest US$81 million (K1.10 billion) in Southeast Asian countries to implement is three-year developer enablement plan, said James Wu, president of Southeast Asia Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.
Huawei’s developer enablement plan will build open labs where IT experts can conduct research for ecosystem development, creation and innovation of technologies, as well as technological platforms.
The programme will also provide assistance to cloud developers with Huawei cloud developer programme, and support talented youths through its ICT talent development programme, Wu said during the Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day in Bangkok last week.
“Huawei is hoping that it can primarily focus and foster developers and talented youngsters in Southeast Asia. We have more than 30 years of experience in ICT,” he said.
Wu said $23 million of its investment will be used for the construction of open labs, $50 million will be for Huawei cloud developer programme, and $8 million will be used for the ICT talent development programme.
Plans are being made to build open labs in Bangkok, Thailand, and New Delhi, India.
“Within three years, we will invest $50 million to come up with about 100,000 developers in regional countries, including Myanmar,” Wu said.
The ICT talent development programme will not only bring up young ICT experts but will establish programmes and open training centres for graduate students.
“We will open our potential to partners in the region via application programming interface (API) and development platforms. For developers, this is a huge opportunity to make their business bigger and create solutions for huge businesses aiming to transition to digital systems,” he said.
API allows developers to create applications which access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other services.
A Huawei executive talks at the company’s Asia-Pacific Innovation Day in Bangkok.