Looking at 2021 as a whole, what is the overall evaluation of the ICT sector in the Middle East last year?
In 2021, we reaffirmed how important ICT is as a key pillar of our country’s transformation strategy and building a digital economy. Comparing countries based on pre-pandemic per capita GDP forecasts and post-pandemic revised forecasts, it is clear that countries with more sophisticated ICT infrastructure have less decline in GDP forecasts.
Leveraging the integration of advanced technologies such as 5G, cloud, AI and digital power is the key to opening new horizons for all businesses and public services. As an engineer, I’m excited to see most of these trends integrated into an organization’s IT and business processes. In that sense, talent remains important to the future development of any industry. The ICT sector in the region is no exception. Human resources development has a stronger mission with the cooperation of the public and private sectors.
Perhaps most importantly, in 2021 we saw the whole world come together in an unprecedented way to solve common problems. We have strongly supported collaboration not only in technology, but in addressing some of the biggest challenges society faces, such as the environment, unequal educational opportunities and women’s empowerment.
In fact, investment in digital transformation seems to be increasing again across the Middle East. From your point of view, which investment has recently shown the greatest ROI for your organization?
At the network level, 5G continues to be an important enabler of digital transformation in the Middle East. GCC operators in particular were involved in the first wave of global 5G deployment. On the one hand, businesses that have adopted 5G have achieved faster revenue growth than last year and have been able to open up new revenue streams. In the 2021 financial report, major carriers have shown positive results on 5G commercial indicators, such as improved profitability and profitability. This may be due to 5G deployments in 2019 and 2020. Meanwhile, the real value of 5G is now transcending the telecommunications industry and serving as the foundation for other innovative technologies, enabling a new generation of digital applications in government, healthcare, education and more.
In addition to 5G, I think the cloud is another central pillar of digital transformation and value creation. Huawei has announced several programs to help develop digital experts and build a local cloud ecosystem to further deepen cloud penetration in the region. For example, in 2021, as part of the Huawei Cloud Oasis Program, we announced a support program to train 3,000 cloud experts in the region.
Speaking of investment, what is the latest development of Huawei’s R & D pipeline?
By the way, Huawei invests more than 10% of its sales in research and development every year. We continue to increase our investment in basic research and theoretical breakthroughs, and have invested heavily in innovation and inventions for decades to move the industry forward. Over the last decade, Huawei’s R & D investment has exceeded $ 110 billion, resulting in one of the world’s largest patent portfolios. This will continue to be a priority area in 2022.
Looking ahead to 2022 and beyond, we are focusing on our core business, staying away from the surrounding area and securing strategic investments to stay competitive in the long run. We will develop the software infrastructure of the digital world and increase our investment to provide people with new options. It will also drive a dual-wheel strategy to increase investment in core digital power technology and develop clean energy solutions while facilitating the digitization of traditional energy.
Of course, the application of these technologies depends on a secure network. What more do organizations need to do to address cybersecurity challenges?
Unfortunately, the rapid increase in digitalization has led to a corresponding increase in cyberattacks. As we have emphasized in the past, cyber defense requires stronger global cooperation. In 2022, governments, technology companies, and other stakeholders will need to work with unified legislation to protect the digital economy and ensure fair access to innovations that will benefit future generations. ..
Huawei is helping to lead such collaborations with many partners in the Middle East. Specifically, last year, Huawei UAE Chief Security Officer was appointed co-chair of the 5G Security Working Group during the OIC-CERT meeting. In 2021, Huawei also hosted the third edition of the Middle East Cyber Security Salon. At this salon, industry experts from different regions of the region highlighted the importance of collaboration in ensuring cloud security while shedding light on the growth of AI.
In addition to standards, a strong talent pool is essential to enable more people to enjoy the benefits of digitalization. Are we approaching to close the talent gap in the Middle East?
The global digital skills gap continues to widen. In the Middle East, this poses challenges in realizing the national vision for economic growth and strengthening the knowledge economy. Today, the contributions of all ecosystem stakeholders are important. Government and academia alone cannot fully address this gap.
The potential for the Middle East to lead the empowerment of digital skills is immeasurable. The Arab world has one of the largest youth populations in the world. It also has some of the fastest and most prevalent 5G networks, including countries where the digital economy is thriving.
Huawei continues to develop local ICT ecosystems and develop local talent in collaboration with governments, universities and industry groups. Pursuing new partnerships will further stimulate young people’s interest in learning, their ability to innovate, and boost employment in the coming decades. Huawei’s annual initiatives, such as the recently completed Huawei Middle East ICT Competition (which has 15,000 students participating in this latest edition), have already led to the skills and skills of many young people in the region.
In a year-end message, Huawei’s Rotation Chairman Guo Ping highlighted some important priorities for moving the business forward. What is most relevant to this area?
The main message is that we were able to improve the quality and efficiency of our operations in 2021 in a difficult macro environment. In the process, we have created concrete value for our customers and communities and have worked more closely with our customers and partners. Especially in the Middle East, Huawei aims to support digital transformation in all industries, promote small businesses and enable more people to benefit from digital advances.
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