BARCELONA: China based Huawei is putting its focus on accelerating the digital upgrade in the emerging markets including Malaysia.

According to Huawei Co Technologies Ltd Vice President Carrier Network Business Group (Emerging Markets) Zhou Jianjun, Huawei will continue to cooperate with telco operators, local governments, and other industry partners on ICT infrastructure initiatives.

In addition, it is expanding ecosystem partnerships to introduce new services and delivering innovative solutions that bridge the digital divide across emerging markets caused by the broadband coverage.

He pointed out that most developing countries realised the importance of ICT development.

For example, the Malaysian government ICT development master plan.

“In just three years, the proportion of digital economy in the country’s GDP has risen to 17%, ranking the highest in the world,” Zhou told a media roundtable on the eve of the Mobile Congress World 2018 event here which will officially kick-off today (Feb 26).

He also said that digital economic development must be driven by ICT development and opportunities in the next couple of years must be seized to bridge the digital divide.

“Access to the Internet through fixed and mobile networks will soon become a basic right,” said Zhou.

In 2017, more than 450 million people were connected to mobile Internet, and more than 30 million families had access to broadband services.

“However, three billion people in the world still lack access, and 870 million do not even own mobile phones,” Zhou pointed out.

He said some 1.1 billion families still do not have broadband connections.

“With growing mobile adoption and rising GDP per capita in densely populated emerging markets, a large proportion of income is spent on both voice and data services,” he added.

Therefore, to further capitalise on the vast opportunities in emerging markets, Zhou said telco operators need to deliver a better scenario-based service and accelerate their return on investment (ROI).”

“Huawei is focused on three core areas to help operators meet the burgeoning demands on their networks.

“We are engaging with industry partners to build open, cooperative, and win-win industry ecosystems for ICT infrastructure, and creating business solutions to help operators deliver services that generate new revenue streams while simultaneously improving the quality of life in emerging markets.”

Zhou noted that Huawei cooperates with industry partners in ecosystems to promote new forms of cooperation, effectively helping to shorten the ROI of operators, and drive the positive cycle of business development and network construction.

In addition, Huawei helps operators use existing public assets from governments and tower vendors to build site ecosystems, work with partners to build an FTTH industry alliance, and implement infrastructure collaboration.

In 2017, over 30 infrastructure industry alliances have been established to maximize the investment efficiency of infrastructure.

Some of Huawei’s new innovative business solutions are primarily introduced to increase the efficiency of network operation and maintenance, rapidly deploy broadband to the home, and fully leverage existing network and public assets to unleash site potential and maximise spectral efficiency.

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