[Shenzhen, China, December 8, 2014]: Huawei showcased its vision of “Building a Better Connected World” at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2014 in Doha, Qatar held on December 7-10, 2014, outlining a more convenient and smarter lifestyle featuring futuristic 5G connectivity technologies, ubiquitous broadband connectivity, and connected smart cities and smart homes.
During ITU Telecom World 2014, Huawei and ITU co-hosted the “Broader Way Forum” themed “Enabling the Digital Future”. The forum gathered over 200 guests from 35 countries and regions, including heads of governments, industry leaders, and experts.
At the forum, Mr. Ken Hu, Huawei Deputy Chairman of the Board and Rotating CEO, delivered a keynote speech that outlined the digitized future and broadband network development trends. Mr. Hu encouraged regulators to balance the interests of various stakeholders and foster cooperation and business model innovation.
“In the future, broadband networks will continue to be the critical infrastructure that enables content providers, app developers and network operators to collaborate and engage in joint business innovation.” said Mr. Hu. “I believe that the model of innovation in the future would be featured by mesh-shaped new partnerships, enabling any party along the value chain to participate and innovate. I would suggest all stakeholders to focus less on competition, but more on cooperation. The future of innovation for broadband can create diverse value for multiple winners including customers, enterprises, and investors.”
Mr. Hu also calls for support from the regulators, “I hope that the regulators can keep up with the pace of change in the development of technology and business models, while striking a balance between protecting the interests of various parties involved in the value chain. Looking forward, I anticipate regulators to encourage technology, business model, as well as investment model innovations related to broadband network deployment and utilization, paving the way to rejuvenating global broadband development.”
Mr. Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General and next Secretary-General, ITU, noted, “Broadband networks form a key driver for a country’s socioeconomic growth. Ubiquitous broadband has increased government efficiency, transformed business models, and improved people’s lives. Cross-industry collaboration and innovation are crucial to achieving digital inclusion for all. Huawei has actively partnered with governments and operators to modernize networks, accelerate broadband access, and build networks in remote areas. In addition, Huawei has supported the ITU in building a connected world and making lives better. At this year’s annual meeting, the ITU named Huawei as a Strategic Partner in recognition of its significant contributions to and achievements in telecom initiatives worldwide. We look forward to broader collaboration in the industry to take society into a digital future.”
The ITU Telecom World conference was first initiated by the International Telecommunication Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1971. Now in its 14th year the ITU Telecom World is one of the largest and highest level information and communications exhibitions around the globe. The theme of the 2014 conference is “Confronting the Future”.