Huawei has been at the forefront of innovation for quite some time now and the tech giant has been very active in its efforts to help ease the lives of its customers throughout the pandemic. Many industries have had to rely on remote working and e-learning options and Huawei has been instrumental in making these options available with their well-reputed, state-of-the-art technologies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc to almost every single industry out there and over the past few months, the pressure has been on for telecom operators and vendors to take it upon themselves to ensure efficient connectivity and to help businesses function and navigate the ‘new normal’
Huawei Middle East’s Vice President (Public Relations), SpaceLee (Li Xiangyu) in recent Media interaction discussed the challenges and opportunities which have been brought about by the pandemic and Huawei’s role in helping people stay connected during these trying times.
Since the first sign of an outbreak in China, Huawei has been coping with the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. While ensuring the safety for all people in our workplaces, including guests on our premises, we spared no efforts in responding quickly and effectively to today’s challenges, maintaining and strengthening our customers’ communications networks.
There will inevitably be a financial impact as a result of the global measures taken against COVID-19, and so Huawei has lowered its financial targets for the year. The pandemic has had an impact on sales in the first quarter of 2020, however, we anticipate that lockdown measures may lead to an increased demand for ICT products in the months to come, as companies seek to boost their connectivity and network capacity in order to enable more people to work remotely.
Huawei believes that this may accelerate demand for network rollouts, particularly 5G. Huawei working to ensure that we are effective and quick in responding to challenges that may arise for our customers and partners, especially when it comes to strengthening their communications networks so that they can operate as seamlessly as possible.
Huawei has joined the KollunaAttaa program in Saudi Arabia, which is a charity initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, to provide students who cannot afford digital services with smart tablets so that they can access online education platforms. Also, in Bahrain, we jointly developed the Smart Home Wi-Fi solution with Batelco and donated them to INJAZ to significantly improve Wi-Fi coverage and help people enjoy high-quality remote education at home.
According to SpaceLee’s media statement“ We believe in the power of dissolving boundaries and working together to build an open Collaboration that thrives on shared success. By advancing the development of the digital world – and by extension, an intelligent world – we can bring the benefits of digital life to everyone. We should accelerate this vision by increasing knowledge transfer, building stronger ecosystems, and developing ICT in a truly responsible manner”
The spread of the coronavirus has forced many industries to fast-track their digital transformation journeys. This has been seen in the Education sector for instance, with many educational institutions resorting to e-learning methods. Will these sectors ever be the same again? But while schools may return to their previous state, these forced circumstances have proven that e-learning is possible, and there is a strong possibility that educational institutes will fast-track their ICT programs as they explore the immense possibilities of online learning. Huawei will continue to leverage the power of 5G, AI, cloud computing, and other technologies to proactively support the fight against COVID-19.
Huawei believes that over the course of 2020 they will see an increased demand for ICT products, driven by a boost in network usage as a result of more people connecting remotely. Once the pandemic subsides, They anticipate that businesses will reconsider their ICT strategies and invest in strengthening their technology capabilities.
It was reported that senior officials within the Trump administration would take measures to restrict the supply of chips to Huawei. As of yet, this has not been put into action, but even if such measures were to be taken, Huawei would still buy chips from elsewhere – Samsung in South Korea, MediaTek in Taiwan, and Spreadtrum is China, for example. The move may prompt growth amongst chip companies in China and elsewhere in the world, and Huawei will gladly purchase from them.
The key to best fight this pandemic is global collaboration and trade remains open on all fronts, for the benefit of the industry and the customers.