swissnex China joined its peers from the S&T Diplomatic Circle on a memorable visit to the Huawei Technologies Shanghai R&D Center to gain in-depth insight into Huawei’s R&D strategy. Founded in 1987 with its headquarters in Shenzhen, Huawei Technology saw its rapid ascension into a leading Chinese multinational information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider in recent years. The company became the largest worldwide telecommunications equipment manufacturer in 2012, and takes a very proactive stance on innovation with its 14 research centers and 80,000 employees worldwide dedicated to R&D, with an annual US$13.8B invested in R&D which accounts for 10% of the company's revenues.
The Shanghai Center in particular has given birth to some of the most successful solutions in the history of Huawei, including distributed base stations, SingleRAN and the brand's flagship smartphone. The institute gathers high-profile experts of the highest calibre, and is one of the most sophisticated research labs in the world.
One of the fundamental cornerstones of Huawei's strategy revolves around the development of proliferation up of the 5G ecosystem. In this domain, we were presented with five interesting use cases: connected drones, connected vehicles, VR with cloud processing, connected healthcare and wireless robotics. The 5g network allows for low-latency massive connections, which in the case of the drones enables them to send high-definition, real-time data to the cloud.
Huawei also showcased its developments in rural network construction, presenting solutions such as RuralStar and TubeStar which target emerging markets to help reduce customers’ total cost of ownership (TCO) while increasing their return on investment.
On the consumer side, Huawei presented the newly-launched P20 Pro which features a three-lens camera optimized with AI. The phone is equipped with the world’s first smartphone SoC chipset Kirin 970 with dedicated Neural-network Processor Unit (NPU).
We were delighted to have participated in the visit with 20 peers from 15 countries, and would like to express our special thanks to Ms. Anna Romsicka (Consulate General of Poland) and Ms. Einat Lev (Consulate General of Israel) for their great work in coordinating this visit.