Huawei Nor­way Mov­ing For­ward.

Norway-Asia Business Review - - Contents - ANRIKE VISSER

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CEO of Huawei Nor­way, Mr Lu­cas Tan, cel­e­brated the re­cent decade at a gala din­ner. Present were Mr Wang Min, Am­bas­sador of The Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China to Nor­way and Ms Dilek Ay­han, Deputy Min­is­ter of Trade and In­dus­try. Mr Tan opened the din­ner by high­light­ing the cur­rent state of the com­pany. “To­day, we have 180,000 em­ploy­ees glob­ally, and al­most half of them are work­ing in re­search and de­vel­op­ment depart­ment. Our global rev­enue last year was over USD 75 bil­lion, and we in­vested more than ten per­cent of this rev­enue back into re­search and de­vel­op­ment. Our spend­ing on R&D over the past 10 years was USD 45 bil­lion, and last year we ranked num­ber two in patent ap­pli­ca­tions world­wide.”

Mr Tan also ex­plained the de­ci­sion to set­tle in Nor­way and the re­sults of that de­ci­sion. “Nor­way is a small coun­try in terms of its pop­u­la­tion. But it is fa­mous with in­no­va­tion. In the past 10 years, we have wit­nessed tele­com his­tory with our own eyes. And, to­gether with our cus­tomers we achieved many re­mark­able mile­stones. In 2009, we launched the world first 4G net­work with Telia in Nor­way. In 2015, Telia launched the first 4.5G net­work. And in 2016, Alti­box launched the first 4K TV ser­vice. This year, we demon­strated 5G with Te­lenor in Nor­way.”

Fi­nally, Mr Tan pointed out the so­cial re­spon­si­ble busi­ness ap­proach of Huawei. “As a com­pany, we take our cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties very se­ri­ously. In 2013, we started our Global Seeds for the Fu­ture pro­gram in Nor­way. This year, a group of eight stu­dents from Nor­we­gian uni­ver­si­ties will visit China and learn more about ICT in­dus­try and Chi­nese cul­ture.”

Enough of the past; the fu­ture also holds great po­ten­tial in the dig­i­tal econ­omy ac­cord­ing to the 2017 Global Con­nec­tiv­ity In­dex (GCI) by Huawei. “The GCI 2017 re­port shows three emerg­ing trends from three years of re­search:

Ex­pand­ing broad­band net­work re­mains a pri­or­ity for all clus­ters as it plays an im­por­tant role in eco­nomic growth. With such ca­pa­bil­ity, na­tions can iden­tify niche mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties based on their unique ca­pa­bil­i­ties and en­sure con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ment.

Cloud ca­pa­bil­i­ties can act as a pow­er­ful equal­izer for Adopters and Starters, in par­tic­u­lar, to take gi­ant steps ahead in the tech­nol­ogy stack, drive in­no­va­tion and achieve sus­tain­able growth.

In­vest­ment in ICT In­fra­struc­ture ini­ti­ates a chain re­ac­tion of Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion, with Cloud as a po­tent cat­a­lyst in the chain and a gate­way to the power of Big Data and IoT.

GCI 2017 pin­points in­vest­ing in Broad­band as the first step to tap Cloud ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Once Cloud come into play, it can de­liver a chain re­ac­tion of Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion ben­e­fit­ing na­tions’ in­dus­tries, com­pa­nies and peo­ple.”

Ex­pand­ing broad­band ac­cess will go rapidly Huawei pre­dicts in the trends sec­tion of its web­site. “The broad­band in­dus­try is de­vel­op­ing at amaz­ing speed in an ef­fort to bring broad­band ac­cess to all. By 2025, al­most every­one will carry a smart de­vice and use the in­ter­net. More than 100 bil­lion de­vices around the world will be con­nected. The rapid ad­vance of the ICT in­dus­try will has­ten the de­vel­op­ment of new in­dus­tries, such as dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion, telemedicine, smart grid, smart transportation, and smart homes. In the next decade, our lives and work will change fun­da­men­tally, as ICT be­comes pro­foundly in­te­grated with busi­ness, gov­ern­ment, and peo­ple world­wide.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, our cur­rent youth will speed up tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments ac­cord­ing to Huawei’s pre­dic­tions. “We now have 7.2 bil­lion peo­ple and more than 25% of them are be­low 18 years of age. Driven by their love of tech­nol­ogy, young peo­ple will help de­fine the fu­ture of mankind. Young peo­ple crave the op­por­tu­ni­ties that go hand in hand with ubiq­ui­tous con­nec­tion; as the most tech­savvy of us all, they will in­creas­ingly de­ter­mine the di­rec­tion of de­vel­op­ment.”

Huawei’s am­bi­tions for the fu­ture are set high and ma­jor op­por­tu­ni­ties . seem to lie ahead. Let’s see what the next 10 years have in store for dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion in Nor­way. Above: Huawei Nor­way CEO Mr. Lu­cas Tan (sec­ond from right) and State Sec­re­tary Dilek Ay­han (mid­dle) and other Huawei em­ploy­ees Huawei Nor­way 10th An­niver­sary Din­ner

PHOTO:HUAWEI/JOHNNY VAET NORDSKOG

It is al­ready 10 years ago that Huawei set­tled in Nor­way. Back then there were three em­ploy­ees in the coun­try; by now there are 150.

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