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.


Cartier unveils Coloratura at historic Riyadh palace

Updated 13 February 2019
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Cartier unveils Coloratura at historic Riyadh palace

Guests of Cartier were treated to an unforgettable evening at the late King Faisal’s palace Qasr Al-Maather, situated in the heart of the Alfaisal University in Riyadh, as the maison unveiled its latest high jewelry collection Coloratura. 

The evening was held under the patronage of Princess Maha bint Mishari, vice president of external relations and advancement at Alfaisal University. In her opening remarks, she said: “The new friendship between maison Cartier and Alfaisal University is about the shared values and goals that we have in the areas of education and the empowerment of women.”

Princess Maha added: “Cartier’s global efforts as well as the great heart and commitment of the entire Cartier team were so very apparent in the spectacular exhibition created, as evidenced by the great care taken in preparation of the historic venue for the evening’s event.” 

Coloratura took the guests on a journey to the four corners of the globe, symbolic of Cartier’s long-standing relationship with India, Africa and the Orient. With dynamic stone pairings, unexpected color palettes and the illusion of infinite movement, Coloratura also featured exclusive pieces, created by Cartier especially for its Saudi clients.

Held in one of the Kingdom’s most iconic building, Coloratura was presented in conjunction with an exhibition of pieces from the Cartier Patrimony Collection, especially flown in for the occasion and illustrating the maison’s main creative influences throughout its history. A key piece of the exhibition was the Asma Allah Al-Husna bracelet, featuring a 19th century Islamic arts inspired creation.

“The legacy of the House of Cartier is ensured through the brilliance of its artisans, as is the legacy of Alfaisal ensured through that of its students. Shared values, mutual interests, and a commitment to education are what binds this collaboration for now, and for success in all its future endeavors to come,” said Princess Maha.

The guests witnessed and appreciated Cartier’s mastery of fine craftsmanship through pieces from the Tutti Frutti collection. A marriage of texture, color and form with sapphires, rubies and emeralds, Tutti Frutti possesses a unique style that dates back to the 1920s. 

“After Paris, Tokyo and Seoul, we are proud to offer our Saudi clients this stunning showcase of Cartier’s know-how in their home country,” said Alban du Mesnil du Buisson, managing director Cartier Saudi Arabia. 

“We are very pleased to have our event open to the public on one of the exhibition days, and truly honored to host it inside this unique and culturally significant structure that symbolizes the Kingdom’s commitment to nurturing and educating its community and youth — a philosophy that echoes Cartier’s values,” he added.