AI and Digitalisation the focus at Huawei Day Lebanon 2019
Spotlight on AI comes at a critical time as large-scale 5G networks are also being launched
Government leaders and business executives from across the region recently came together at the Huawei Day Lebanon 2019 to discuss AI and digitisation.
Attendees enjoyed access to demos of ICT solutions with a focus on 5G driven, AI-enabled applications for smart government, transport, finance, and more.
The spotlight on Artificial Intelligence (AI) comes at a critical time as large-scale 5G networks are also being launched—enabling more people, things and devices to be connected than ever before. Exhibitions within the conference demonstrated how the combination of AI and 5G is now being integrated into intelligent cloud computing, smart campus networks, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and large-scale Smart City grids.
Feng Nan, CEO of Huawei Levant Region, said, “We are on the brink of a fully connected, intelligent world where innovation happens rapidly and impacts everything. Now is the time for all organisations to embrace and activate intelligence through open, flexible and secure platforms. Simultaneously, artificial intelligence capabilities are becoming increasingly important.”
In 2018, Huawei invested USD 14.9 billion (14.1% of its sales revenue) in R&D, ranking fifth globally in The 2018 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard. Over the last ten years, Huawei's R&D expenditure has reached more than USD 70.5 billion. According to official data released by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Huawei filed 5,405 patent applications to this organisation in 2018, ranking first among all companies globally. More than 80,000 employees were involved in R&D, accounting for 45% of the total workforce.
Huawei was one of the early players in the 5G era, starting to develop its own 5G technology as early as 2009. In 2013, Huawei hired more than 300 experts from wireless industry and announced that they put $600 million investment in 5G research. In 2016, Huawei set up a 5G product line. Today, thousands of employees are engaged in 5G product development. Following this in 2017 and 2018, Huawei invested almost USD 1.4 billion into 5G product development.
Huawei’s AI portfolio includes its new Ascend series of AI chips. It also includes new products and cloud services that are built on Ascend chip capabilities, out of which Huawei aims to provide pervasive intelligence to help drive industry development and build a ‘fully connected, intelligent world’.