Leading the Pack: 5th Huawei APAC Innovation Day centers on leadership in 5G innovations

wawei William Xu, Huawei Director of the Board, President of the Institute of Strategic Research, delivering his speech during the 5th Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day.

Over 200 representatives from various industries, educational institutions, and governments in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region convened at the fifth edition of Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day in Chengdu, China. Embarking on the theme titled “Innovation Enables Asia-Pacific Digitization”, the event centered on innovative 5G technologies and applications, sustainable development, technology, humanity, and nature.

"5G is arriving at the right time,” said William Xu, Huawei Director of the Board, President of the Institute of Strategic Research. “More specifically, 5G can provide wide coverage, large bandwidth, and low latency on the basis of traditional connections. It can also provide slicing for different applications. This new feature makes it adaptable to a variety of complex industrial applications. With the advancement of 5G, there will be many 5G-enabled applications that will change the world. At the same time, 5G, AI, IoT, and cloud are improving everyday life and nature, making the world a better place."

APAC countries are leading the world in terms of 5G deployment. For example, South Korea is the first in the world to realize large-scale use of 5G. Since its rollout in early April, the country’s number of 5G subscribers has exceeded two million. Another APAC country, China has built a large-scale 5G network for pilot commercial use. The country’s three major carriers have deployed 5G networks in cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Chengdu. The tested downlink rate is as fast as 1Gbps, which means it takes only seconds to download a 1080p movie. Around the world, thirty-five carriers in 20 countries have launched 5G and 33 other countries have distributed 5G spectrum.

Meanwhile, Huawei is leading in the development and deployment of 5G-related innovations. The company has secured over 50 5G commercial contracts worldwide and shipped more than 200,000 Massive MIMO Active Antenna Units (AAUs). With rich experience in 5G pilot commercial use and active exploration of 5G innovative applications, Huawei is committed to providing the safest and most advanced 5G products and solutions for various application scenarios. Huawei seeks to enable carriers in the Asia-Pacific region to deploy 5G faster and fully leverage the benefits of 5G.

At the event, Huawei and China Mobile Sichuan launched a 5G stereo-coverage network, which consists of a basic coverage layer, a capacity experience layer, and indoor coverage for high-value scenarios to achieve seamless coverage of 5G. Huawei has also partnered with carriers and other industry partners to demonstrate various innovative industry applications, including 5G+VR, 5G+8K video, 5G+drones, 5G telemedicine, and 5G ambulances.

In Costa Rica, a company called Rainforest Connection has deployed solar-powered monitoring equipment in 2,500km of the rainforest. With the massive data storage and intelligent analysis capabilities of Huawei Cloud, the monitoring equipment can process complex audio data in the rainforest in real-time, and identify the noises of chainsaws and trucks in an accurate and timely manner, so as to prevent illegal logging.

Since 2013, Huawei Innovation Day has been held in different cities, including London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Dubai, and São Paulo. Following the principles of openness, innovation, collaboration, and shared success, Huawei is committed to bringing digital to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.