DSA has been invited to attend the 15th edition of Huawei’s Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, China, where Huawei shared its vision for an intelligent world of the future, as well as the new opportunities that will come along with it. The summit serves as a platform for connecting the industry’s best minds, inspiring innovative ideas and charting the course to a world of infinite possibilities. And based on the reception, this year’s event is no different from its predecesor, as Huawei hosted a record number, 600 guests from industry analyst firms, domestic and international media representatives from across a wide range of industries, and industry partners.
During the opening keynote session, Huawei shared its latest vision and mission, which is to “bring digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world". Huawei executives and guest speakers went on stage to elaborate on Huawei’s role as a pioneer of this “intelligent world”, and gave insight into the company’s strategy and current initiatives as well as updates on their latest technology products and solutions. They also provided somewhat of a preview of what the intelligent world will look like at the industry level and explored how to address the ever-expanding digital transformation market.
Forging a Path to an Intelligent World
In his opening keynote address, Huawei Rotating Chairman, Eric Xu, elaborated on Huawei's new vision in detail, and explained the benefits of digital and AI technology as well as the current challenges that the industry faces. "In an age defined by greatness, Huawei aspires to become a great company. We want to help mankind take its next step forward," he said.
For the next few years, Huawei is aiming to increase the competitiveness of its entire product and solution portfolio – including cloud, networks, and devices – and deliver a superior user experience through across-the-board adoption of AI technology. The new vision will enable Huawei to forge a path forward to this intelligent world, focusing on ICT infrastructure and smart devices.
Eric Xu ended his keynote with a teaser about the full-stack, all-scenario AI solutions Huawei will release at the upcoming HUAWEI CONNECT conference that will be held in Shanghai later this year.
GIV 2025: All Things Connected, All Things Sensing, All Things Intelligent
As a glimpse of what the intelligent world will entail, Huawei released the Global Industry Vision 2025 (GIV 2025) report, which outlines business practices, solutions, and technological innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, cloud services, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other domains.
Relying on Huawei's own business strengths and insights into industry trends, GIV 2025 adopts a mix of data and trend analysis to elaborate on global ICT trends and lay out the blueprint for the ICT industry. The data used in GIV 2025 spans more than 170 countries around the globe. The report covers three dimensions (all things connected, all things sensing, and all things intelligent) and 37 metrics, including the amount of data generated, the percentage of enterprises that adopt artificial intelligence (AI), and the number of personal smart devices.
According to the report, by 2025 all things will be able to sense and all things will be connected, bringing us all into a world where everything is intelligent. The number of personal smart devices will reach 40 billion, the total number of connections around the world will reach 100 billion, video will account for 89% of total data traffic, and 86% of global companies will adopt AI, creating a digital economy worth USD23 trillion.
Huawei’s Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer, William Xu, said, "This is the first time that Huawei has released the GIV report. Based on data and predictions about the future, we aim to unfold the industry blueprint of an intelligent world driven by information and communications technology (ICT). It is our goal to build the foundations that will enable the diverse ICT industry ecosystem to truly transition into the intelligent world, and team with our global partners to build this fully connected, intelligent world."
Bringing the Digital World to Every Person, Home and Organisation
GIV 2025 provides insights into the coming intelligent world from three perspectives: sensing and connection of things through data, intelligence as a driver of transformation in industry models, and intelligent economic ecosystems. The report depicts three visions for the future:
Vision 1: All things sensing, more and better connections, bringing everything to the intelligent world
According to GIV 2025, the intelligent world will truly have arrived once all things can sense and all things are connected. As previously mentioned, the report predicts that there will be 40 billion personal smart devices and 100 billion connections around the world, and the Industrial Internet will be the major source of these 100 billion connections. The massive amounts of data generated by the ability for all things to sense will be extensively integrated in all industries, forming new industries like the Industrial Internet of Things and Connected Vehicles.
With more and better connections, data traffic will grow exponentially, and most of it will be from video. The Cloud VR market will reach US$292 billion by 2025.
GIV 2025 describes a future where the role of smart devices and smart robots will evolve from being just a tool to being an assistant. The penetration rate of smart assistants will be 90% by 2025, with 12% of homes having smart service robots. And with the assistance of guide robots, the world's 39 million blind people and 246 million people with impaired vision will live normal lives.
Vision 2: +Intelligence: Fostering new business species and driving leapfrog development for industries
According to GIV 2025, with high-speed connections, IoT, and AI-based cloud, +Intelligence platforms will help industries achieve leapfrog development through intelligent analysis, decision-making, and assistance.
By 2025, intelligent technology will be applied extensively in the transportation industry, with more than 60 million vehicles connected to 5G networks and 100% of new vehicles connected to the Internet. When intelligence is incorporated into manufacturing, ICT will converge with operational technology (OT) at an accelerated pace. This will generate positive returns for innovation, the industry, the value chain, and the ecosystem as a whole. By adopting intelligence in cities, urban planners will be able to create new paths for sustainable development in security management, transportation planning, and other domains, enabling city residents to enjoy the safety, convenience, and high living standards made possible by a digital life.
Throughout the event, Huawei highlighted on how much it is placing importance on AI, planning to integrate the technology into all of its offerings to improve its own operations and generate better value for its products. Huawei is working on building an Enterprise Intelligence (EI) platform that allows all business and government organisations to use AI more easily across all functions and solutions.
Vision 3: Mass innovation: Tapping into the opportunities of a digital economy
Huawei predicts that the digital economy will be worth US23 trillion. The value of +Intelligence will be widely accessible to manufacturing, services, transportation, and many other industries.
The outcomes of innovation in the intelligent world will be apparent everywhere. The intelligent world will reshape industries and give birth to new intelligent industries. It will also enable industries to go beyond current growth trajectories and achieve leapfrog development while giving a massive boost to innovation.
Providing Better Services and Getting the Job Done
During a Q&A session, it was inevitable that questions regarding Huawei’s recent issues within the US market would be raised, to which Eric Xu stated that Huawei as well as himself have already made it very clear on their attitude and positioning for the US market on several occasions. However he did add that for the people at Huawei, rather than dwell on things that are out of their hands, prefer to focus on things that they can change and getting their own job done. They will continue to spend more effort and time on innovation and to come up with more competitive products to serve the needs of their customers.