Huawei takes 5-point lo­cal ap­proach

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China’s

Huawei Tech­nolo­gies is fo­cus­ing on five key in­dus­tries in Thai­land where it sees the most po­ten­tial re­sources to gen­er­ate rev­enue growth for its en­ter­prise busi­ness, in line with dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion ef­forts.

The five sec­tors are pub­lic safety, trans­port, en­ergy, fi­nance and man­u­fac­tur­ing, said Wil­liam Wang, head of the com­pany’s South­east Asia en­ter­prise busi­ness group.

“Thai­land has been a top three po­ten­tial mar­ket for Huawei’s en­ter­prise busi­ness in the re­gion for years be­cause of dig­i­tal econ­omy de­vel­op­ment, driven by both Thai en­ter­prises and gov­ern­ment pol­icy,” he said.

Mr Wang said South­east Asia is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a more dy­namic dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion than other re­gions, with Huawei’s en­ter­prise busi­ness see­ing an­nual double-digit growth.

“Dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies are evolv­ing rapidly, and both com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ments re­alise the fu­ture is mov­ing to­ward highly dig­i­tal and in­tel­li­gent so­ci­eties,” he said.

En­ter­prise busi­ness mod­els are be­ing re­shaped through the rise of four crit­i­cal tech adop­tions: cloud com­put­ing, big data, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and the In­ter­net of Things.

Mr Wang said Huawei is help­ing its en­ter­prise cus­tomers ad­dress var­i­ous chal­lenges dur­ing their dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion through a twofold strat­egy known as “Plat­form + Ecosys­tem”.

The strat­egy works with part­ners to build an open, flex­i­ble, elas­tic and se­cure plat­form.

The com­pany wants to strengthen in­dus­try al­liances, open-source com­mu­ni­ties and de­vel­oper plat­forms to grow the in­dus­try and form a com­mu­nity with shared in­ter­ests, he said.

Huawei sup­ports over 1,000 part­ners across South­east Asia, with more than 400 of them based in Thai­land.

“Huawei po­si­tions it­self as a driv­ing force, an en­abler and a pre­ferred part­ner dur­ing the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion to pro­pel cus­tomers’ busi­ness ecosys­tem,” he said.

Huawei pre­dicts the 5G wire­less broad­band ecosys­tem will cre­ate US$56.7 bil­lion (1.89 tril­lion baht) po­ten­tial mar­ket and al­most 4.56% of Thai­land’s GDP by 2035.

Mo­bilised by 5G, man­u­fac­tur­ing will be the top in­dus­try, con­tribut­ing $14.3 bil­lion or 25.2% of Thai­land’s eco­nomic out­put, fol­lowed by agri­cul­ture at $6.6 bil­lion.

Huawei’s said the 5G econ­omy is a core part of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion and a new en­gine to beef up Thai­land’s GDP growth and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

Sev­eral coun­tries are com­pet­ing to of­fer the first com­mer­cial 5G ser­vice next year, in­clud­ing the US, South Korea, and Ja­pan, but China will be first, said Huawei.

De­vel­op­ing the 5G ecosys­tem is one core na­tional strat­egy for sev­eral lead­ing coun­tries, as its ef­fects will not only trans­form the econ­omy, but so­ci­ety as a whole, the com­pany said.

Huawei said the do­mes­tic econ­omy must trans­form from be­ing in­dus­try-driven to in­no­va­tion-driven, in line with the gov­ern­ment’s Thai­land 4.0 ini­tia­tive that com­prises smart in­dus­try, smart cities and smart peo­ple.

Wang: SE Asia a dy­namic mar­ket

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