“OUR MISSION IS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION”

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By Udayan Nag

In an exclusive with Qatar Today, Zong Yan, CEO, Huawei Qatar, talks about the company’s digitalisation plans for the country.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has been consistently in the news over the last few months with regard to its activities in this country. The launch of the Huawei Nova 2 Plus smartphone, its ‘Gold Partnership’ with MEEZA, and the signing of an MoU with Microsoft have put the Chinese telecommunications equipment and services giant right in the thick of things in Qatar. Apart than that, they also participated in the ‘Made in China’ exhibition, which was organised at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in November. Keeping all these recent activities in mind, how does Huawei plan to go about its business in this country in the times ahead?

Zong Yan, CEO, Huawei Qatar

“Huawei is very keen in doing its utmost towards implementing a programme of qualitative investment in order to contribute positively and resolutely towards the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030,” says Zong Yan, CEO, Huawei Qatar. “Our recent activities are just a few of the initiatives that are currently on the agenda for the proliferation of Huawei’s contribution to this nation.”

“Through our dedication to customer centric innovation and strong associations, Huawei is well-positioned to grow together with our respected partners within Qatar for the future of developing Information and Communications Technology (ICT) convergence within the exciting landscape, which is currently developing in a tech-savvy and progressive environment.”

Huawei recently launched its Nova 2 Plus smartphone in Qatar, which includes features like 3D facial recognition, Eye Comfort 2.0 and Phone Clone. Apart from talking about the importance of these features in the world of smartphones today, Yan also tells us about the upcoming products that the company is planning to introduce in the Qatar market?

“The Huawei Nova 2 Plus is the best mixture and fit for a millennial lifestyle as it comes with a mix of camera capabilities, stylish design, powerful software and outstanding audio experience. It is equipped with a unique 20MP front camera and 3D facial recognition and optimised beauty to deliver crisp and clear portraits. Equipped with photography applications for every moment or scenario, the smartphone offers a high-quality selfie experience to young users. Eye Comfort 2.0, Phone Clone and Huawei Share make the user experience more comfortable and efficient.”

He adds: “We just unveiled our latest flagship smartphone series Mate 10, Mate 10 pro and Porsche Design Mate 10. The Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro are the first devices powered by the new Kirin 970 processor, delivering artificial intelligent (AI) enhancements for a faster, more customised mobile experience. The Kirin 970 is built using an advanced TSMC 10nm semiconductor manufacturing process and features an octa-core ARM Cortex CPU, a first-to-market Mali G72 12-core GPU and the first NPU, designed specifically for a mobile device. The Kirin 970 also has a new dual ISP for AI-powered intelligent camera. The Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 has been available in Qatar from November.”

Recently, Huawei entered into a partnership with MEEZA for developing ICT and smartsolutions that are “world class yet cost-effective for organisations in various sectors in Qatar and the region”. Providing details about those solutions with regard to Qatar, and giving his views on how prepared the nation is for deriving the benefits of Huawei’s cloud strategy, Yan stresses Huawei’s commitment to helping governments and businesses in the Middle East in their digital transformation, and that they will go all out in supporting QNV 2030.

“The partnership with MEEZA will bring cost-effective solutions and state-of-the-art IT services to Qatar’s public and private sector organisations.”

“Through its diverse portfolio of products, solutions and platforms, Huawei strives to equip businesses to stay relevant and competitive in the digital age. We work to forge partnerships and alliances with local businesses in Qatar and the region to bring better technologies and services to Qatar and the region. As digitalisation impacts the way people work and play, customers are placing new demands on organisations. The challenge for businesses is to continue delivering value while staying profitable as the business environment transforms. The partnership with MEEZA will bring cost-effective solutions and state-of-the-art IT services to Qatar’s public and private sector organisations.”

There has been a history of cooperation between Huawei and Microsoft, and in September this year a ‘strategic’ memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the companies by which Microsoft applications will be released on Huawei Cloud. So, what are the Microsoft products that will be introduced online as a result of the MoU going to be?

“The partnership enables customers to utilise the best cloud platforms and solutions offered by both tech giants. Huawei has provided the Windows Server and RDS for the SQL Server in its Huawei Cloud solution,” says Yan.

“The new agreement between Huawei and Microsoft will provide enterprise level products, as well as hosting services and enterprise applications as a service.”

“The new agreement between Huawei and Microsoft will provide enterprise level products, as well as hosting services and enterprise applications as a service. Huawei is now set to bring more Microsoft enterprise products online by building an open and win-win ecosystem in their mission to empower organisations as they transform. This will be achieved via an increased collaboration driving innovation against a seamless platform, which will benefit customers through industry-leading technology.”

Yan further says that due to the increasing demand on cloud services and the digital transformation in the region, Huawei and Microsoft will work closely to bring more products and services to the cloud ecosystem to meet the demands of their customers.

Another shot in the arm for Huawei as far as its endeavours in Qatar are concerned includes the digitisation of the Hamad International Airport (HIA). According to Yan, Huawei has provided solutions and services for more than 40 airports, airlines and air traffic control authorities worldwide.

“Our portfolio of airport solutions include visualised airport operation, panoramic video surveillance and aviation cloud, which together enhance passenger experience, enable smart operations and intelligent security protection, in addition to improving the ICT infrastructure to power aviation cloud platforms.”

Huawei entered into a partnership with HIA in May this year, the objective of which was to accelerate digital transformation at the airport and offering a modern and efficient environment for a growing number of passengers, Yan further adds.

“The agreement will be achieved through the co-creation of innovative concepts, prototypes and solutions by using Huawei’s cutting-edge technologies that will be shared with the community for wider benefit of the air transport industry.

“Huawei aims to provide a wide range of ICT solutions for HIA, enabling them to achieve digital transformation and improve their service capabilities, operational efficiency and revenue growth.”

“Huawei aims to provide a wide range of ICT solutions for HIA, enabling them to achieve digital transformation and improve their service capabilities, operational efficiency and revenue growth. The solutions could include indoor/outdoor modular data centres, servers and storage devices, converged cloud platforms, Big Data analytics platforms and integrated wired/wireless communications solutions.”

And, another feather in the cap for the company was the Huawei Middle East Innovation Day, which was held on October 8 on the opening day of GITEX Technology Week 2017. Huawei’s second global annual event was themed ‘Exploration, Lights the Way Forward’.

“We used GITEX as a platform to launch cutting-edge new products and solutions and announce new collaborations with industry-leading partners.”

“We used GITEX as a platform to launch cutting-edge new products and solutions and announce new collaborations with industry-leading partners,” says Yan. “It unveiled our computing server strategy and solutions to drive digital transformation for the region’s businesses, including demonstrations of two new technologies: the FusionServer V5 and the Atlas intelligent cloud hardware platform, with the former making its regional debut.”

“The company announced that its all-flash storage OceanStor Dorado V3 is now certified as an enterprise storage solution for real-time database SAP HANA, meaning it can improve the efficiency of a system running SAP software by at least 30%.”

Yan says that the ‘platform + ecosystem’ portfolio that Huawei showcased during GITEX Technology Week 2017 includes not only the power of global technology platforms but also the digital ecosystem of collaboration that the company is creating through “path-breaking business and technology alliances”, and that the event was an opportunity for Huawei to further demonstrate its commitment to becoming the partner of choice for Middle Eastern organisations in their efforts to achieve digital transformation.