Huawei launches APAC’s first smartphone lab in Singapore

Huawei Technologies has launched a brand new regional lab in Singapore, its first in the Asia Pacific region.

Named DigiX Lab, the $40 million (SGD52.8 million) facility located at Changi Business Park will function as a one-stop consultation center for developers, offering support for next-generation technologies such as AR, VR, and AI.

This means that app developers are able to test their applications and services on Huawei’s mobile devices before launching them.

“In the era of 5G, Huawei aims to build a connected world with HMS that empowers developers to innovate as they build their business,” said Mr. Shan Xuefeng, Director of Asia Pacific at Huawei’s Consumer Cloud Service.

Mr. Nicholas Ma, Chief Executive of Huawei International, added that the lab serves as an example of Huawei “doubling down on future growth in Singapore.”

Its first in APAC, DigiX Lab is Huawei’s second in the world after the first in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Deepening ties in Southeast Asia

DigiX Lab is one of many steps that Huawei is taking to strengthen its presence in Southeast Asia’s tech ecosystem. The company has recently signed a deal with the Malaysian government to construct the region’s first cybersecurity lab.

In Thailand, Huawei has also been actively providing support for both public and private sectors to push for greater digital transformation in AI, cloud, and Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Malaysia and Huawei are building Southeast Asia’s first 5G cybersecurity lab

Malaysia is working with Chinese tech giant Huawei to build Southeast Asia’s first 5G cybersecurity test lab.

CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the country’s Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, announced the collaboration with Huawei and local telco Celcom Axiata Berhad.

Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia, said that the test lab will be a comprehensive test bed for 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) security, and offer cybersecurity services for mobile applications and hardware evaluation.

Dato Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia, said that the collaboration between his organisation and Huawei aims to deepen the ties between both parties.

“CyberSecurity Malaysia and Huawei are developing a strategic collaboration framework in cybersecurity governance, cybersecurity talent development and on establishing cybersecurity standards and certification in Malaysia to position itself as the first regional cybersecurity center of excellence,” he continued.

Malaysia’s willingness to work with Huawei is in line with the government’s recent announcement of MyDigital, a new digital economy blueprint that aims to transform the nation into a digitally advanced, high-income nation by 2025.

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Huawei expands cloud presence in Latin America with new data center

Huawei has activated a second data center in Brazil, the AZ2, mainly as a backup center for cloud services offered from its other facility in the country.

Besides providing greater capacity, the redundancy facility is expected to attract customers concerned with the migration of critical workloads to the cloud, the company said in a statement.

“There is still a concern in the market that the service might occasionally falter, and this prevents companies from migrating their critical applications to the cloud. AZ2 brings more stability and increases the network’s delivery capacity in Brazil,” José Nilo (pictured), VP of cloud at Huawei Brasil, said in the release.

This is not Huawei’s first cloud presence in Latin America. Its cloud business arrived in Latin America in August 2019 with the activation of a datacenter in Chile, followed by data centers in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Peru.

In addition to the new facility Brazil, a second data center in Chile is expected to come online in coming weeks.

In a roadmap presentation last year, Duan Bin, director of Huawei Cloud LATAM, said the company has plans to reach all of Latin America, including Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Central America, and the Caribbean in 2021 and beyond.

The expansion in the region and concentration on cloud services can be seen as the company’s strategic move following international sanctions and resistance to its other businesses, TechWire Asia reported.

The manufacturer has faced hostility and suspicion from governments in the West following the Sino-US trade war, allegations of espionage, and alleged violation of trade sanctions. As a result, Australia and Czech Republic are just some of the countries that have banned the use of Huawei’s networks.

However, Latin America has been relatively friendly to Huawei’s technology. Besides the opening of several new data centers, it was reported this month that Brazil’s government will not seek to bar Huawei from upcoming 5G network auctions later this year. In addition, the company has secured major telecommunications contracts for the development of a 5G network, Latin America Tech reported.

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Huawei launches Smart PV solution

Huawei FusionSolar, the Smart PV solution from Huawei has launched an integrated system for residential solar energy solution.
This announcement was made at its launch event in Ho Chi Minh City.
In 2020, Huawei delivered a total capacity of 4.3 GW inverters in Vietnam. To further develop the market, Huawei FusionSolar launches a new range of products for a complete integrated system for Vietnamese homeowners including Smart Energy Controller SUN2000-2-5KTL-L1 and SUN2000-5-10KTL-M1, ESS (Energy Storage System) LUNA2000-5/10/15-S0 and Smart PV Optimizer SUN2000-450W-P.

Alen Zhang, Sales Director of Huawei FusionSolar Vietnam said: “With 30 years of expertise in digital information technology, we’ve incorporated many latest ICT technologies for optimal power generation, in building the foundation for solar to become the main energy source. Vietnam is a country with high solar power potential and we look forward to contributing towards greater adoption of solar energy among Vietnamese families with Huawei FusionSolar solutions”.

When it comes to residential PV rooftop systems, residential installers are usually expected to provide homeowners with a robust, cost-effective, self-consumption system that remains highly efficient, flexible and easy to install, and comes with smart applications and reliable customer service. Huawei’s new range of products has been developed to focus on delivering three main benefits: optimal electricity cost, active safety and better experience.

Optimal Electricity Cost
PV energy generated by solar panels meets the electricity demand of homes in the daytime, and the surplus energy generated is used to charge batteries, which then discharges to meet peak electricity consumption in the night time. In this way, residential PV systems could achieve high self-consumption levels and this is where Huawei’s residential intelligent battery Smart String ESS LUNA2000-5/10/15-S0 could truly shine. Each battery pack has a built-in energy optimizer and supports independent charge and discharge management.

The AI-Powered Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) proactively mitigate fire risk with rapid shutdown technologies achieving zero voltage on the rooftop and zero arc risks for dual-layer protection. Huawei is the first in the industry to integrate the AI algorithm into AFCI, enabling three unique features: accurate arc fault detection via local neural network algorithm, speedy arc fault protection by inverter shutdown in 0.5s which is far below 2.5s which is stipulated in UL1699B, and pinpointing arc fault positioning, saving 80 per cent onsite troubleshooting time and cost.

The FusionSolar inverter portfolio consists of single-phase (Smart Energy Controller SUN2000-2-5KTL-L1) and three-phase (Smart Energy Controller SUN2000-5-10KTL-M1) products, both are compatible with Huawei’s SUN2000-450W-P power optimizer.

The Smart PV Management System, available in both web portal and mobile application, provides real-time energy flow and energy balance readings, and PV panel-level performance management.

Awantec partners with Huawei for public sector digitalisation

Malaysia-based IT firm Awantec (formerly known as Prestariang Bhd) has collaborated with Huawei Technologies to drive digital transformation in the country’s public sector.

In a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by both companies, Awantec will be leveraging Huawei’s cloud and AI services to digitalise its operations, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and anything as a service (XaaS).

On the other hand, Huawei will benefit from Awantec’s extensive network of clientele in Malaysia: Awantec will be Huawei’s latest Managed Services Partner (MSP) and promote the adoption of Huawei’s products and services.

Awantec President and Group CEO, Dr Abu Hasan Ismail, said that as the Malaysian government’s trusted IT services partner, this partnership will strengthen the country’s preparedness when Malaysia embarks on its first cloud policy.

“Together with Huawei, we look forward to opening opportunities, training and building technical and competent talent teams here in Malaysia,” he said.

Huawei Malaysia CEO, Michael Yuan, added that this collaboration will serve to give Malaysia’s digital economy a significant boost.

“Cloud computing, as we know, is the backbone of digital transformation. Paired with AI, these technologies will introduce greater flexibility, agility and resilience to processes within Malaysia’s public sector,” he said.

Indonesian Government signs 5G deal with Huawei

Indonesia has signed a deal with Huawei to develop 5G in the country, the first agreement of its kind that the Government has entered into.

As part of a Memorandum of Understanding, a series of collaborations across multiple organisations are expected. According to NikkeiAsia, the agreement will see Huawei assisting the Indonesian government in 5G and other related tech fields, including training 100,000 professionals in next-generation tech skills, such as cloud computing.

Next, Indonesia’s second-largest telco, Indosat Ooredoo, will be assisted by Huawei with the installment of 5G infrastructure that will be powered by SRv6, the first segment routing technology of its kind in the Asia Pacific.

On top of that, the Chinese tech giant will also be working with an Indonesian Government agency in the development of AI.

Both Ericsson and Nokia have launched tests for 5G in Indonesia, but ‘Huawei equipment are 20-30% less costly, and the quality is advancing’, according to a person close to Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the state-owned telecom, who spoke to NikkeiAsia.

“With Huawei’s help, we expect to bring the level of our human resources up to international standards,” said a source close to the Indonesian presidential office to NikkeiAsia.

Huawei has been actively partnering with governments and enterprises in Southeast Asia to expand its digital footprint in the region, particularly in Indonesia and Thailand.

Huawei currently has a 5G research center, and two data centers in Thailand with a third one coming in 2021. In October, the Thai Government signed a three-year MoU with Huawei that will see the company provide tech upskill training to ICT professionals in Thailand.

By Jie Yee Ong, Tech Reporter

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Huawei Malaysia launches digital transformation program for local tech startups

Huawei Malaysia has teamed up with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to launch a brand new digital transformation program for tech startups in the country. 

The Huawei Spark Program, jointly presented by Huawei and MDEC’s Global Acceleration and Innovation Network Programme (GAIN) aims to incubate and accelerate the growth of tech startups in Malaysia in order to build a comprehensive tech ecosystem in the Asia-Pacific region.

“There is a rise in demand for digital solutions and deep tech innovations so MDEC’s GAIN program partnership with Huawei for the Spark Program is very timely,” commented Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer of MDEC.

The programme will be powered by national telco carrier TM One through its Alpha Edge Cloud platform. The competition was launched online followed by a panel discussion featuring experts from Huawei, MDEC and TM ONE on the tech ecosystem in Malaysia.

“It will provide local tech companies with the opportunity to gain financial support, test their go-to-market strategies, and connect with mentors, among others,” Mr. Ng said.

Leveraging Huawei’s expertise in deep tech, the program will provide support to tech startups that are investing in next-generation technology, especially those focusing on 5G, AI and machine learning, analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.

Driving Digital Transformation in Malaysia

Michael Yuan, CEO of Huawei Malaysia, said that as a global leader in technology, it is Huawei’s responsibility to help local startups in their digitalisation journey and contribute to the tech ecosystem.

“Through this collaboration, I believe we will be able to create a conducive space for businesses to grow, to build a healthy ecosystem where they can thrive, and together with their innovative solutions, drive digital transformation across the country to firmly position Malaysia as the Heart of Digital ASEAN,” said Mr. Yuan.

“Innovation is borderless and when we collaborate, we flourish,” he added.

Key sectors that Huawei Spark will focus on include e-commerce, fintech, manufacturing, and smart city development.

“In today’s digital age, cloud is the backbone technology powering all other innovative technologies such as 5G, AI/Machine Learning and Analytics, IoT, and Edge Computing,” said Mohamad Rejab Sulaiman, the General Manager of Data Centre, Cloud and Internet at TM ONE.

Companies can submit their pitches during the application period between November 12 2020 and January 11 2021. The top prize includes US$125,000 worth of Cloud credits for the company to build their technology stack, one-on-one mentoring and networking opportunities with industry experts, and a chance at being immortalised in a “Hall of Fame” by being featured in advertorials published by Huawei and MDEC GAIN.

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TM to become Malaysia’s first end-to-end Cloud AI Infrastructure Service Provider with Huawei agreement

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has signed an agreement with Huawei to expand its cloud services and provide Malaysia with its first end-to-end cloud artificial intelligence infrastructure.

The TM Cloud α (Cloud Alpha) services are set to enable the next generation of innovation for its public sector and enterprise customers.

“TM is the only local player with its own state-of-the-art core data centers and cloud infrastructure with full data residency, locality and sovereignty in Malaysia and subjected to regulations in Malaysia,” said Dato’ Noor Kamarul, the Group Chief Executive Officer for TM.

Malaysia’s national telecommunications infrastructure provider will leverage Huawei’s cloud technology to offer cloud, AI and cybersecurity for their operations, spanning Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service.

“This collaboration with Huawei Malaysia is another milestone for TM ONE. We now have full cloud capability as a core offering from TM ONE to capture growth in Malaysia,” said Ahmad Taufek, the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of TM ONE.

The industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 27% in the next five years, according to Mr. Taufek.

Digitalising Malaysia

The Cloud α solution is expected to fast-track digital transformation in Malaysia by introducing more smart services, big data innovations and the Internet of Things innovations.

Michael Yuen, the Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Malaysia, said: “I am confident we can develop a holistic ICT infrastructure together in line with the government’s move to spur Malaysia’s digital economy growth.”

The memorandum of agreement signed by TM ONE and Huawei acted as a commitment by the two companies to develop cloud and AI talent as well as drive foreign cloud and data transactions back to Malaysia.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Deputy Minister, Zahidi Zainul Abidin, said the agreement would boost Malaysia’s economic recovery and digital economy during the pandemic, which has demonstrated the need to rapidly adopt new technologies.

He added: “Malaysia will now focus on economic growth and towards reaping the full benefits of the Industrial Revolution 4.0. Therefore, today’s MoA is a step in the right direction.”

TM ONE’s Cloud α solutions was launched in April of this year, providing a foundation that enables blockchain, chatbot, data analytics and robotic process automation innovations, while remaining compliant with regulatory requirements like Bank Negara Malaysia’s Risk Management in Technology (RMiT).

Along with their Huawei agreement, TM ONE also welcomed the recent expansion of AWS into Malaysia with the availability of their Outposts.

“It will help us in our mission to enable the Malaysian public sector and enterprises to be more agile, while delivering better and more comprehensive services to end customers. This is in line with TM Group’s commitment in enabling Digital Malaysia,” said Mr. Taufek.

The enterprise and public sector business solutions arm of Telecommunications Company Telekom Malaysia Berhad found AWS Outposts to be an important part of TM ONE Cloud Alpha’s hybrid cloud strategy.

Image credit: TM ONE

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