Paris, France, April 17, 2013]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today hosted the Broader Way Forum in Paris, the first such event the company has held in France. The event, attended by a range of government officials, policy makers as well as ICT thought leaders, debated the future of the digital society in France and globally. During the conference, Huawei presented a study conducted together with Digiworld by IDATE, a leading research consultancy of telecommunications, Internet, and media companies, about a panorama of ultrafast-fixed and mobile Broadband.
Speaking at the event, Ken Hu, Deputy chairman and acting CEO of Huawei, said: "The digital society was conceived 10 years ago and has transformed peoples’ lives and the way businesses operate in France. Yet we are only at the beginning. The opportunities are great, but so are the challenges. Telecom companies should be encouraged to make investments to rollout faster networks and we need more affordable services and devices to bring the digital society within reach of the millions of French citizens who cannot afford to participate right now".
Mr. Hu also outlined the need for French businesses to embrace cloud computing to help them transform ‘Big Data’ from a business cost to a valuable asset.
The two main solutions to these challenges, Mr. Hu said, are collaboration and innovation, and he called on Government, policy makers, the ICT industry and other stakeholders to work closely together to find solutions.
"France is a great country. It already has a number of advantages, like your rich history of embracing engineering and your world class education system. These are key advantages as you look to retain a leading position in the digital economy," he said.
Huawei employs over 600 highly skilled people in France and enjoys strong relationships with France’s main fixed and mobile telecoms operators and strong links with France’s leading universities and business schools.