At Huawei European Innovation Day 2017, Huawei’s Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO, Ken Hu, reinforced Huawei’s commitment to ongoing investment in innovation and building Europe’s digital infrastructure working closely with local partners.
In his keynote, Hu said, “We are in Europe for Europe, working hard to create value for our customers and help the region go digital.”
“The first is providing competitive technology and products that are the result of our long-term investment in basic research. The second is working closely with partners all across the industry landscape to develop targeted solutions for European customers. And our third contribution is promoting an open digital ecosystem,” added Hu.
Huawei is actively involved in the development of Europe’s digital infrastructure, and has prioritized ongoing investment in technological innovation. As part of these efforts, the company launched the Huawei Innovation Research Program (HIRP) and works closely with more than 100 leading universities and research institutes to advance the goals of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program.
Through other initiatives like the European Developer Enablement Plan, launched in 2016, and projects like X Labs and Open Labs, Huawei is making an active contribution to Europe’s digital transformation process.
Among the strengths that will drive its digitization, Europe has a long history of innovation, a rich pool of talent, and solid research capabilities. According to Huawei’s 2017 Global Connectivity Index, 5 of the top 10 countries with the largest number of IT employees are in Europe. Mainstream wireless technologies like 2G, 3G and 4G all originated in Europe, and the region is gearing up to play a leading role in 5G.
Hu also noted that governments and industry need to collaborate more closely, share in the benefits of digital transformation, and shoulder the risks together.
During the event, Huawei signed an agreement with the University of Edinburgh to build a joint lab that will focus on theoretical research in cutting-edge ICT domains.