Huawei's 5G ecosystem growth in MENA exceeds expectations

Huawei's 5G ecosystem growth in MENA exceeds expectations
Wang Su, VP of Huawei Middle East Marketing
Published: 22 April 2019 - 7:47 a.m.

Looking ahead to an all-connected, all-intelligent world, Huawei recently hosted top industry leaders at its ‘5G is ON' forum at the SAMENA Leaders' Summit.

During the forum, organizations from the public and private sectors laid plans for 5G readiness in the region, while examining best practices ahead of large-scale 5G network deployments in the Middle East and internationally.

Huawei provided insights on how 5G can benefit the acceleration of digital transformation, help achieve the targets of the national visions and agendas, in addition to pushing the development of different industries and sectors in the region. Huawei is working with customers and partners to drive the large-scale commercial rollout of 5G, and build a mature 5G ecosystem.

Mr. Wang Su, VP of Huawei Middle East Marketing, said:” 5G industrial development is accelerating. Huawei will work with ecosystem cooperators on Cloud X solutions (Cloud VR & Cloud Gaming, etc.) and vertical industry applications (Oil & Gas, etc.) through its wireless XLabs and ME OpenLab, and introduce these use cases to Middle East operators along the 5G journey as partners rather than vendors".

All factors that 5G need are available now: 5G chipsets, CPEs and spectrum are ready to serve the large scale rollout of 5G in the region. In 2018 Huawei announced the world’s most powerful 5G chipset and CPEs with up to 4.6Gbps downlink.  It is estimated to have 1 million sites of 5G globally in 2019.

Mr. An Jian, President of Carrier Network Business Group, Huawei Middle East, said“Huawei established X-lab 3 years ago to explore vertical use cases with our global partners. Also, here in Middle East, we launched a local ME ecosystem partnership program last year, to incubate local use cases in the region. We believe that the oil industry can champion that transformation to harness the power of 5G. In Middle East, all of the GCC countries have started 5G deployment. I believe the GCC will keep leading in the global 5G race for years to come.”

Under the summit theme ‘Early Proliferation of 5G - Vital to Building the Digital Economy’, Huawei participated in several top discussions at the Summit. These included the leaders’ roundtable conversation addressing the impact of 5G, industry 4.0, cross-industry engagement, and digital enablement. Huawei was also a contributor to the leaders’ panel discussion, with participants examining key policies that will enable the transition to an inclusive 5G ecosystem across the Middle East.

Alongside the various discussions, Huawei presented its end-to-end 5G including 5G-ready technologies such as chipsets and consumer devices, network infrastructure, and solutions for global industry partners.

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