Huawei’s crucial role in advancing 5G technology

Huawei has opened a new research and development center in Osaka Prefecture to strengthen its ties with Japanese suppliers.
Updated 10 February 2019
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Huawei’s crucial role in advancing 5G technology

Huawei’s revenues of 2018 are expected to exceed $100 billion. This is due to hundreds of network operators, nearly half of the world’s Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of millions of consumers trusting in Huawei’s technology, the Chinese telecom giant said.
Huawei has managed to secure 25 commercial contracts, ranking No.1 among all ICT equipment providers, having already shipped more than 10,000 base stations to markets around the world.
Huawei said it believes in transparency and in empowering its customers, which is why the company recently invited a Saudi delegation to visit its headquarters. The delegation toured a number of key Huawei facilities, including Huawei’s campus and university, which offer education to trainees from all over the world, Huawei’s manufacturing lines and logistics center, in addition to a number of labs, R&D and cybersecurity centers.
“A lot of countries have been supportive of Huawei and believe in their technologies such as the Czech Republic who reversed the ban on Huawei. The Czech National Security Council reversed the decision in saying that the ‘security threat’ warning had no tech basis. The council said that the Czech Republic welcomes all kinds of foreign investment,” Huawei said in a press release.
The company said that many European operators see Huawei as their strategic partner that will play a crucial role in advancing the next generation of wireless technology. “Huawei is still gaining foreign carriers’ support on 5G. Many European telecom providers are proceeding with 5G implementation with Huawei. The UK mobile operator O2 confirmed that it will continue to deploy Huawei 5G gear in the UK,” the press release said.
Huawei has also recently partnered with telecommunications operator Altice Portugal committing to the development and implementation of 5G services in Portugal. Vodafone Italia and Huawei also recently announced the completion of a technique to improve the frequency range of the spectrum as part of their pre-standard 5G trials in Milan.
Orange CEO Stéphane Richard said: “Huawei has the best technology in the world. They have the strongest capability and methods for R&D in the industry. So, the quality of their products is undoubted.”
In Japan, Huawei is cooperating with the Japanese government and bolstering purchases of parts in Japan to ease concerns that its products could be used in espionage or cyberattacks by Beijing. Japan is an important market for Huawei in terms of procuring core parts. The company spent an estimated 670 billion yen ($6.06 billion), up 40 percent from a year earlier, for parts bought on the Japanese market in 2018. The company has already opened a new research and development center in Osaka Prefecture to strengthen its ties with Japanese suppliers.


Mashroat to support Labor Ministry projects

Updated 15 July 2019
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Mashroat to support Labor Ministry projects

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the National Program to Support the Management of Projects in Public Entities (Mashroat) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to appoint the latter as the enabling arm to support infrastructure projects. Mashroat will provide consultancy services and technical support for managing the ministry’s construction projects and facilities management based on the highest administrative and operational standards.

The MoU will allow Mashroat to examine and evaluate the construction projects’ management strategies and the ministry’s current facilities management, including designing and identifying policies, procedures and processes. In addition, Mashroat will ensure project implementation and facility management systems are run efficiently and effectively.

The MoU is considered as the first of its kind to be implemented by Mashroat to support the management of public facilities for government entities in the Kingdom. This includes the provision of consultation services and technical support based on international best practices and will support the ministry’s facilities, including 14 operating and maintenance contracts for 389 sites spread throughout the country.

The MoU was signed by Executive General Supervisor of Supportive Services at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ayman bin Ibrahim Al-Shelafan, and Director-General of Mashroat Ahmed bin Mutair Al-Balawi. In attendance were Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rajhi, Assistant to the Minister of Labor and Social Development Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Jasser, and Assistant Minister of Economy and Planning and Board Member of Mashroat Khalid bin Saud Al-Shunaifi.

Al-Jasser said: “The signing of this MoU is an important step toward strengthening our partnership with Mashroat. Through this joint effort, we aim to strengthen the ministry’s public infrastructure system, and achieve a strategy that will contribute to the development of the Kingdom and achieve the ambitious goals of Vision 2030.”

Al-Balawi said: “Mashroat aspires to achieve an effective transformational approach for the project and facilities management offices in the governmental agencies, through supervising the planning of the infrastructure projects portfolio for government agencies.” 

He added: “We are pleased to sign this MoU with the ministry, the first-of-its-kind for the management of public utilities. The program will examine and evaluate the management of current construction projects, while uniting the measurement of operational and maintenance procedures and processes to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, fulfilling the ministry’s strategic objectives.”

The MoU is an implementation of a royal decree (No. 47004) dated May 31, 2018, pursuant to the Council of Ministers’ resolution stating that public entities shall establish project management offices in cooperation with Mashroat to follow up, coordinate and manage their projects and ensure their delivery.