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Huawei’s AppGallery, the tech giant’s official app platform and the world’s third largest app marketplace, has captured the attention of users across the UAE despite it being a relatively new player to the market.
Huawei achieved this by adopting a “glocal” strategy which combined the best attributes of globalized collaboration with those of localized business operations, hence encouraging developers to create innovative and high-quality apps that enhance the experience for users in the Emirates.
Designed for all users
HUAWEI AppGallery offers consumers in the UAE a boutique app experience with intuitive apps that integrate the best elements from around the world while adapting them to the needs of users in the UAE.
Through the dual principles of “glocal” and "Security above all else", only quality apps are selected with personalized recommendations that are based on the needs, requirements and preferences of users in the UAE. These apps aim to enrich the lives of users through locally driven content and services. This brings added convenience to consumers by removing the trial and error approach of searching through a sea of apps for the most suitable choice.
Consumers are often confronted with App platforms that are packed with a vast selection of apps. However, a lack of screening or filtering leaves many confused when searching for a particular app. This is made more complicated with the huge increase in the number of smart devices, which means developers need to account for different hardware, thereby affecting app performance.
Huawei is well placed to offer users a more integrated experience across devices due to the experience it has built up by developing a wide range of smart consumer-facing electronics products.
As a result, Huawei is uniquely positioned to directly engage with users in the UAE and address their demands with quality apps, especially in times where staying at home is still encouraged. This means dedicated apps for stylus-equipped tablets, foldable phones and the App Multiplier feature work cohesively with devices to deliver a more comfortable and interactive user experience.
HUAWEI AppGallery has been tailored to ensure that only premium services are accessible, encompassing globally distributed apps and popular local UAE content. It integrates a stringent app screening mechanism as well as an exclusive classification system that is applied on a global scale.
This approach has seen HUAWEI Video secure over 140 million monthly active users (MAUs), and in-depth collaboration with global and regional partnerships and content partners. Huawei smartphone users in the UAE are free to browse a rich pool of content, which is global in scope but local in character, to enjoy immersive entertainment at any time.
HUAWEI Music aims to enrich the lives of its listeners with the sounds they crave and has so far gathered tens of millions of tracks from leading music production companies. It is now available in over 100 countries and regions around the world, with more than 160 million MAUs.
*Note: All MAU data is as of the end of 2019.
End-to-End support for UAE and regional developers
Huawei understands the crucial role developers in the region can play in creating apps that cater to the needs of users. As such it provides app developers with localized operation support. In fact, the "Shining-Star" program committed 1 billion USD in comprehensive assistance for the less downloaded, under-monetized apps, as well as quality local apps in innovative development, app publication, application integration and lifecycle end-to-end operation along with point-to-point technical assistance.
The "Shining-Star" program is complemented by the all-new Huawei DigiX Labs initiative, where Huawei works closely with local developers to fine-tune the user experience in AppGallery. Huawei DigiX Labs are focused on innovation, testing, R&D and various services, in wide-ranging technological fields such as gaming, education, child care, financial services, quick apps, AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality) and AI (Artificial Intelligence).
DigiX Labs play an important role in final device commissioning, development capability testing and tool experience fine-tuning, and have so far made it to eight global cities: Dubai, Dublin, Moscow, Dusseldorf, Warsaw, Mexico City, Johannesburg and Singapore.
HUAWEI Developer Day (HDD) events provide opportunities for both Huawei and app developers to discuss industry trends, new technologies and previous cases, so that outside developers can fully leverage the shared capabilities and services of Huawei's consumer business. This in turn delivers more integrated and innovative experiences to the end user.
In 2019, 45 HDDs were held in 32 countries, with tens of thousands of developers including many from the UAE participating in-person. This resulted in 163% (yoy) more developers outside of China opting to design for the AppGallery platform. In the near future, HDD will continue to expand its footprint to cover Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, and Latin America etc., to share the unique benefits of AppGallery with interested developers around the world, and to build a seamless AI life.
HUAWEI AppGallery has quickly established itself as one of the top 3 app marketplaces globally where users can enjoy a safe finetuned experience. By supporting UAE-based developers in creating exciting apps, local users will be able to enjoy even more enhanced experiences tailored to their needs.
Huawei has confirmed steady growth in the enterprise market, achieving a global sales revenue of USD12.8 billion—up 8.6% year-on-year.
Huawei's enterprise business has become one of the key drivers of the company's overall expansion. In the Middle East specifically, the company’s enterprise business group achieved exceptional results with sales revenue growing 24% year-on-year, making the region one of the top performers for Huawei globally.
As of 2019, more than 700 cities and 228 Fortune Global 500 companies have chosen Huawei as their digital transformation partner. In addition, Huawei's enterprise business has a network of more than 28,000 partners worldwide, which contribute up to 86% of the global revenue of the business group.
According to Huawei, the trust of these partners and customers has been essential to the company’s success, and Huawei will continue to partner with governments and enterprises to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected intelligent world.
Through ongoing R&D and investment in new ICT technologies such as 5G, AI, and cloud, today Huawei fully leverages the collaborative advantages of new technologies to accelerate product innovation, industry digitization, and intelligent development.
Moreover, the principle of "Being Integrated" has been well adopted in its enterprise business, so that success is shared with partners through fair, transparent, and simple partner policies.
Huawei also invested 15.3% of its 2019 revenue – or approximately USD18.8 billion – back into R&D in line with its long-term investment approach and commitment to provide technology innovations. Its total R&D spend over the past decade now exceeds USD$85.9 billion.
During 2019, Huawei leveraged the synergy among cloud, AI, and 5G to provide public cloud services and hybrid cloud solutions that are stable, reliable and sustainable.
HUAWEI CLOUD has launched more than 200 cloud services and 190 solutions, while more than 3 million enterprise users and developers currently use HUAWEI CLOUD to develop products and solutions.
Using Cloud as the base, Huawei has launched Huawei Horizon Digital Platform by integrating new ICT technologies including IoT, AI, big data, video, converged communications, and GIS to build a foundation for the future digital world.
According to leading independent market research firm Dell’Oro Group, Huawei ranked No. 1 in the share of the global Wi-Fi 6 indoor AP market, excluding North America between the third quarters of 2018 and 2019, through its provision of quality services for customers from various sectors such as education, retail, healthcare, and manufacturing.
In addition, in 2019, Huawei launched CloudEngine 16800, the industry's first data center switch built for the AI era, which has been commercially deployed in more than 150 enterprise data centers around the world.
The three OptiXs, namely OptiXtrans, OptiXaccess, and OptiXstar, have been adopted by over 3,800 companies across 158 countries and regions. According to a Gartner's report released in September 2019, Huawei's storage products took up the Leaders’ zone of the Magic Quadrant.
Huawei also released two flagship solutions for the enterprise market – HiCampus and HiDC– by relying on its cutting edge technologies in 5G, optical transmission, Internet Protocol (IP) networking, and AI technologies and making collaborative innovation across technological domains.
Huawei has a wealth of experience in helping governments and enterprises go digital. In areas such as smart city, campus, transportation, energy, manufacturing, and education, Huawei works with global partners to roll out innovative solutions and business models to create new value.
As of 2019, Huawei has partnered with more than 4,200 service providers serving over 50,000 customers around the world.
The company has participated in smart city projects in more than 200 cities across over 40 countries and regions, as well as assisting more than 1,000 financial institutions with digital transformation in terms of inclusive finance, data-driven service innovation, and open banking. Huawei serves more than 170 urban rail lines in over 70 cities worldwide, striving to build integrated transportation systems for global cities.
Building on the experience gained from its own digital transformation, Huawei has successfully built intelligent campuses for more than 300 customers. Through innovative ICT technologies, Huawei helps various sectors including manufacturing and energy reshape their manufacturing and value chains while boosting upgrade of their intelligent systems.
As part of powering enterprise partners and building a prosperous ecosystem, Huawei has established 13 OpenLabs worldwide to focus on the enterprise market. At these OpenLabs, partners receive support on the joint innovation of solutions, marketing, talent cultivation, finance, supply chains, and IT systems to continuously improve their capabilities and drive their transformation for shared success.
Committed to sharing its experience, technology, and talent cultivation standards, Huawei has worked with a huge number of educational authorities, universities, and other ecosystem players from around the world to build an open and favorable ecosystem to cultivate ICT talents and drive industry digitization.
All financial statements in the 2019 Annual Report were independently audited by KPMG, an international Big Four accounting firm.
Consumers across the UAE can now enjoy thousands of hours of some of the best Arabic and global content with the launch of the HUAWEI Video streaming service app.
The new platform is the latest example of the growing ecosystem of features available on HUAWEI Mobile Services. HUAWEI Video can be viewed on Huawei and Honor smartphones and launches with a library of more than 10,000 hours of Arabic content, millions of videos and over 10,000 of hours of global content.
“HUAWEI Video shall be committed to building a content ecosystem based on the global layout of the HMS, and to attracting more high-quality partners, thus providing all Huawei users with well-rounded and superb sensory experience around the world,” said Adam Xiao, Managing Director, HUAWEI Mobile Services in Middle East and Africa, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group.
The platform was developed by Huawei and has operated successfully in Mainland China since 2016. HUAWEI Video provides free and paid content that includes AVOD (Advertising Video on Demand) and SVOD (Subscription Video On-demand) giving users the option to purchase paid content with Huawei's In-App Purchases (IAP) service, and will soon have a live TV section that will host over 200 top international and regional channels.
HUAWEI Video offers an online streaming video service where users can browse, search, playback and cache online videos. Viewers can also opt into online promotions through the app.
There is a wide range of content already available from some of the region’s most famous actors. The service will initially be available on smartphones and tablets before also being accessible on Smart TV. Users are greeted with a Home Screen that highlights recommendations as well as new content and the ‘best of’ from other channels.
Viewers can get the latest breaking news from the BBC, there is a section for trending videos with Dailymotion, thousands of hours of long-form content provided by H+ Network and other dedicated channels including: The Explorers, QelloConcerts, ToonGoggles, TVB and Mango TV.
HUAWEI Video offers a high level of customization allowing users to create an easily accessible favourite videos section. Sophisticated parental controls provide protection for younger viewers, while the ability to download content and view it offline means it can fit around your life. So, whether you are commuting or keeping the kids busy, you will always have something to watch. While watching a video, users have an extensive range of options to select their preferred playback quality and speed, change brightness or even share with others.
Meanwhile the VIP Experience provides gold color vision, ad-free and SVOD/VIP titles access. Huawei is working with well-known labels and producers to provide even more content for users such as video on demand and live TV.
Users can access this new service by simply logging into HUAWEI Video with their HUAWEI ID.
China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, has completed the second phase of its 5G tender and 90% of the contract has been awarded to Huawei and ZTE.
Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) launched in China the HUAWEI P40 Pro+, HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40, the new HUAWEI P40 Series flagship smartphones featuring cutting-edge designs with ground-breaking camera innovations that radically expand mobile photography and video capture possibilities. The HUAWEI P40 Pro will be available on shelves in the United Arab Emirates on the 9th of April with pre-orders starting on the 2nd April.
Huawei held an online press conference in an effort to showcase its latest products and solutions under the theme of ‘5G, Bring New Value’.
At the conference, Huawei revealed its latest progress on the deterministic networking oriented 5G core network solution. Pivoting on the key concept of "Cloud Native, One Core, Real-time Operation, and Edge Computing", the solution provides differentiated services and deterministic experience, ushering in a new era of 5G business.
The accelerated commercial launch of 5G worldwide will unleash the potential of industry digitization to create new opportunities for operators to grow.
"5G technology will enrich people's lives and transform industrial processes, and the core network will play an increasingly crucial role in this process,” said Leo Ma, VP of Huawei Cloud Core Network Marketing.
“Huawei is committed to work with partners to accelerate 5G commercial deployment and development of industry applications," he added.
Digital transformation requires differentiated, dedicated, and self-service (DIY) networks, that is, deterministic network capabilities. 5G deterministic networking leverages 5G network resources to build manageable, verifiable, and deterministic virtual private mobile networks, offering customers a predictable and differentiated service experience. The core network is the key to achieving 5G deterministic networking.
Huawei's deterministic networking oriented 5G core network solution features the next-generation hyper-converged cloud platform "E9000H+TCC" and supports microservice-level full convergence. Its intelligent and simplified management system combines automated workflows and AI engine to deliver multi-dimensional dynamic network slicing.
It adopts key technologies such as MEC and 5G LAN to build a connectivity+computing platform and mobile private networks. Aimed at building an intelligent and simplified network, enhanced customer experience, protecting network investment, and addressing customized industry requirements, the solution is expected to be an important force for industry-wide digital transformation.
Huawei was the first in the industry to propose 5G deterministic networking in May 2019. The company joined hands with industry partners to establish a 5G deterministic network industry alliance at the Shanghai MWC in June, 2019. The alliance today has more than 100 member organizations and has carried out cross-industry collaboration based on 5G deterministic networking in the fields of multimedia, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and connected vehicles.
A growing range of projects showcasing the success of the emerging 5G ecosystem include: Smart Port (in Shanghai), Smart Grid (partnering with China’s State Grid and China Southern Power Grid), Smart Factory (partnering with Qingdao Haier), an AR-based cultural tourist attraction "Wonderland of Mountains and Rivers " (for Beijing World Expo), and AR advertising (for Shenzhen Airport).
Huawei and industry partners, including the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom, jointly released a 5G Deterministic Network Industry White Paper in February, 2020. This is the first time 5G Deterministic Networking has been introduced comprehensively, including its definition, concepts, key technologies, and successful use cases. This release opens a new chapter for 5G development, promotes development of further network applications, and puts 5G at the center of industry digitalization.
Huawei has been committed to developing the core network section for years and has made significant contributions to the industry’s development. The service-based architecture (SBA) jointly proposed by Huawei and China Mobile has become the unified 5G network architecture. Huawei earned an overall leadership position, with Leader rankings across all the evaluated criteria in the GlobalData's 5G Core competitiveness ranking report.
Huawei also won the "Best 5G Core Network Technology Award" at the 5G World Summit in 2019, and was the first to be granted the 5G Core Network Telecommunication Equipment Network Access License in China. Huawei will continue to drive progress to better serve customers and promote the rapid development of 5G.
Charles Yang, President for Huawei Middle East, commented on the US allegations deeming them to be unfounded and reaffirms the tech behemoth’s commitment to value creation with local telecom, enterprise, and government partners.
Despite the challenges posed by a US entity list ban, Huawei’s top executive in the Middle East said at a press conference in Oman that the region’s geographic location is strategically beneficial for the company in the way that it works closely with both governments and the private sector to advance security, collaboration, and innovation for the digital era.
The comments by Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, come at a time when Huawei remains the world’s largest telecommunications-equipment manufacturer, a top global smartphone and smart device brand, and a digital solutions provider to thousands of companies in sectors like finance, transportation, energy, and government.
Within the region, ICT is also becoming a national basic infrastructure as technologies like 5G, AI, and cloud computing act as drivers for digital transformation.
According to Yang, Huawei has been leading 5G expansion in the Middle East as part of the first wave of deployments worldwide, and will focus on vertical industry, ecosystem, and 5G talent development in 2020. This has been powered by investments of USD4 billion in 5G research since 2009.
The company is also bringing its 5G OpenLab concept to the Middle East, providing the local ICT sector with an environment in which it can experience, innovate, and verify the latest 5G applications with operators and partners.
“The downward pressure on many regional economies and even the global market has intensified in 2019 and the start of 2020. All of us need to dig deep into the opportunities presented by digital transformation. Most organizations across the Middle East now recognize the value that can be created by this transformation, and as such, it is a key region for Huawei in terms of technology collaboration, innovation, and developing business models suited to the digital era,” said Yang.
As a result of its R&D investment focus, Huawei has been able to lead the deployment of 5G technologies globally with more than 700 cities and 228 Fortune Global 500 companies having chosen Huawei as their digital transformation partner. As part of its efforts to lead new technology ecosystems, Huawei also recently released its Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Core 4.0 platform, marking an important milestone for Huawei in building a set of applications and services for its consumer device ecosystem.
Central to its R&D strategy has been a long-term knowledge transfer program to develop talent in the Middle East, for the Middle East, according to Yang. That requires technology leaders working with customers, partners, developers, industry alliances, and standards organizations to build an interdependent ecosystem that fosters shared growth.
For its part, Huawei's flagship ‘Seeds for the Future’ program and annual ICT Competition program will continue in the Middle East in 2020 and support creativity among ICT students to increase national competitiveness.
Alongside 5G innovation and talent development, Yang recognized that cybersecurity does remain a vital issue for the region’s ICT industry.
When asked about the challenges posed to Huawei specifically by the current US administration, Yang responded, “Our Rotating Chairman, Eric Xu, recently observed that some state actors may continue to suppress the development of leading technologies. They are choosing to build walls rather than connecting people and ideas. Despite concerted efforts by some to keep us down, I think many of us feel a renewed sense of purpose and value at Huawei.”
He added that Huawei is only an equipment supplier and that accessing customer networks without their authorization and visibility would be impossible. On a practical level, Huawei does not have the ability to bypass carriers, access control, and take data from their networks without being detected by all normal firewalls or security systems.
“Today cybersecurity is an issue for all countries, governments, and companies. It is also a journey—not a destination. As such, we need measures in place applying to telecom operators and equipment suppliers so that there is an objective, verifiable basis for knowing which products and services are worthy of the public’s trust. Our customers and us see this as a strategic priority,” added Yang.
The executive noted that Huawei has long committed to helping partners in the region to address cybersecurity challenges and has been a partner of choice for telecom carriers for 5G network development through a broad range of end-to-end solutions. Yang also said that Huawei is ready to sign no-spy, no-backdoor agreements with any and all entities in the Middle East region.
In the last few months, Huawei has been approved to continue supplying 5G technologies in markets such as the UK and the European Union, with countries like Germany and France also accepting Huawei 5G despite US pressure. Abraham Liu, Huawei Chief Representative to the EU Institutions, has confirmed that Huawei is working with European governments to develop common standards to strengthen the security and reliability of those networks.
Huawei has also confirmed that it has no cooperation with the company Crypto AG. A recent report by the Washington Post noted that the CIA used Crypto AG to covertly access telecom networks worldwide, spying on other countries for decades.
Australia cybersecurity expert Hank Wolfe has also documented how the US National Security Agency rigged encryption systems sold by Crypto AG, enabling the agency to read the coded diplomatic and military traffic of more than 120 countries.
US Attorney general Bill Barr has called for The United States and its allies to take controlling stakes in Nokia, Ericsson or both to battle Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's dominance of the 5G market.
Brand Finance, a leading brand valuation and strategy consultancy headquartered in UK, has named Huawei one of the top 10 most valuable brands for the first time ever. In the recently published Brand Finance Global 500 2020 report, Huawei is the third Chinese company on the list with a brand value of US$ 65.084 billion, up 4.5 per cent year-on-year.
“Clearly the next big opportunity for the telecoms industry, the 5G space is inviting fierce competition, with Huawei expanding into markets traditionally covered by Western providers. Despite sparking controversy, the Chinese giant is making clear headway, and with a brand value of US$65.1 billion, now counts among the world’s top 10 most valuable brands for the first time,” writes Brand Finance in the report.
With 205 companies accounting for 45.4 per cent of the top 500, US is the most represented economy in the ranking with a combined brand value of US$ 320.4 billion. China follows closely with 70 companies, equivalent to 18.9 per cent, and a combined brand value of US$ 133.4 billion.
The technology sector continues to draw the most attention as the most valuable sector. Of the 500 most valuable brands, 46 of them – or 14 percent – originated from the tech sector. Together, they have a combined brand value of US$ 986.5 billion. Huawei is the sole Chinese tech brand among the top 10 most valuable brands.
Huawei’s brand value growth can be attributed to its commitment to innovation to continually improve product competitiveness and consumer experience.
In 2019, Huawei predicted that it would ship 240 million units of smartphones and retain its position as the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer. The company shipped more than 44 million units of its HUAWEI Mate Series and HUAWEI P Series flagship devices, recording a 50 percent increase year-on-year. Winning critical and popular acclaim for their technological breakthroughs, Huawei’s 5G smartphones recorded 6.9 million unit shipments as of December 2019.
Last year, Huawei also built out its all-scenario experience by introducing a range of new products spanning multiple categories, including tablets, PCs, wearables and IoT devices in the HiLink ecosystem, all of which exhibited a certain degree of growth.
Looking at the future, Huawei remains committed to the all-scenario strategy. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said, “The all-scenario strategy will remain the primary focus of Huawei for the next five to 10 years. We are steadfast in our commitment to creating an integrated ecosystem, in which tablets, PCs, VR devices, wearables, smart displays, smart speakers, cars and IoT devices are all connected to smartphones to deliver a truly seamless user experience.”
The UK has finally approved a limited role for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in the country's 5G network, but underscored that "high risk vendors" would be excluded from "sensitive" core infrastructure.
The United States wanted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ban Huawei completely, arguing that Beijing could use the company’s equipment to spy on western counterparts. Huawei has strongly denied any involvement in espionage.
London's decision, following a meeting of the National Security Council chaired by Boris Johnson, came shortly after Brussels said it would allow Huawei a limited 5G role in the European Union.
"We want world-class connectivity as soon as possible but this must not be at the expense of our national security," Britain's Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan said in reference to high-speed fifth generation networks that offer almost instantaneous and reliable data transfer.
"High risk vendors never have been and never will be in our most sensitive networks," she added.
Huawei’s VP welcomed news that it would have at least a limited role in building Britain's high-speed fifth generation networks, after Washington lobbied hard for the company to be sidelined completely on security concerns
"Huawei is reassured by the UK government's confirmation that we can continue working with our customers to keep the 5G roll-out on track," said Huawei Vice-President Victor Zhang.
"This evidence-based decision will result in a more advanced, more secure and more cost-effective telecoms infrastructure that is fit for the future."
Unlike the United States, Britain has been using Huawei technology in its systems for the past 15 years. Johnson insisted that the UK can have "technological progress" while preserving national security. Huawei is widely viewed as providing the most advanced alternative for super-fast data transfers behind technologies such as self-driving cars and remotely operated factory robots.