Huawei Developer Congress gathers experts, partners

During the three-day event, 600 technical experts from Huawei met with nearly 6,000 worldwide developers and partners.
Updated 11 August 2019

Huawei Developer Congress gathers experts, partners

At Huawei’s Songshan Lake Base in Dongguan, China, the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) took place from Aug. 9 to 11th. During the three-day event, 600 technical experts from Huawei met with nearly 6,000 worldwide developers and partners to discuss the latest key distributed technologies and global ecosystem development under the theme of “Rethink the Possibilities.” The aim of this event was to explore a future-oriented smart ecosystem based on all-scenarios intelligence that delivers ultimate experience to every user.

In 2010, while still a newbie in the handset market, Huawei shipped 3 million mobile phones. However, eight years on, the number has increased by 68 times. In 2019 H1, Huawei reportedly sold 118 million smartphones, a year-on-year increase of 24 percent and making up 17.6 percent of the global smartphone market, according to IDC. This surge is not just exclusive to handsets, and shipments of Huawei tablets, PCs, and wearable devices have also witnessed rapid growth, causing business to span across 170 countries and 530 million users. Today, the Huawei HiAI open platform has more than 2,500 partners and over 140 million IoT devices worldwide support HiLink protocols.

To demonstrate its software strength, Huawei showcased the new micro kernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios at this year’s HDC, HarmonyOS. This OS technology marks the dawn of the intelligent era in the Internet of Everything.

“The HarmonyOS connects everything and opens up a trillion-dollar market. HarmonyOS is not just for today and tomorrow, but is the catalyst for all technology in the future,” said Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business. “Huawei is dedicated to innovating our underlying technologies, including chips and OS, and tackling common pain points, all with the goal of helping our customers and developers.” HarmonyOS is an open-source OS, and further, Huawei will fully open its Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) to global developers, allowing them to quickly access the HMS ecosystem for resource sharing.

At the launch event, Huawei released two operating systems. One is the new micro kernel-based distributed all-scenario operating system of HarmonyOS, which will first deploy on intelligent terminals such as Huawei Vision, vehicle terminals, and wearables. In the future, more intelligent devices will run on the open-source HarmonyOS. The other OS is the Android-based EMUI10, which is designed for Huawei smartphones and tablets.

At the HDC, Huawei also showcased some innovative technologies, such as using space computing algorithms and AI identification technologies to build Cyberverse services that integrate virtual and real worlds to deliver superior visual experience. 

“We will build ecosystems and attract partners,” said Chengdong, “What we announced and demonstrated at this year’s Huawei Developer Conference will lay a solid foundation for executing our all-scenario intelligent life strategy in the next 5 to 10 years.”


Zain KSA celebrates key 5G milestone

Updated 14 December 2019

Zain KSA celebrates key 5G milestone

Zain KSA celebrated the finalization of the first phase of the Middle East’s largest 5G network in a special event on Dec. 8 at the Hilton Riyadh. The ceremony, held under the patronage of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, was attended by Zain KSA Chairman Prince Nayef bin Sultan bin Muhammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer, Governor of Communications and Information Technology Commission Dr. Muhammed bin Saud Al-Tamimi, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology Haitham bin Abdulrahman Al-Ohali, and Zain KSA CEO Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Deghaither, along with other dignitaries in the ICT sector.

Prince Nayef said: “Zain KSA’s achievement accompanies the speedy development and innovative services of the digital revolution that the world around us is witnessing. This achievement is significant in its timing, as it coincides with the rapid rise of the Kingdom’s ranking in several prestigious international reports, specifically in the ICT sector. Another aspect that makes this achievement noteworthy is its size, as it offers the broadest coverage of the 5G network, which has positioned the Kingdom as the first in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.”

Prince Nayef pointed out the concurrence of Zain KSA’s accomplishment with the Kingdom’s growing pivotal role at the global economic level, and in becoming the first Arab country to preside over the G20 summit. He affirmed Zain’s commitment to keeping pace with the Kingdom’s economic ambitions in line with its position in employing young national talent. He said the Saudization rate in the company has reached 86 percent, with young Saudis assuming 92 percent of leadership positions.

CEO Al-Deghaither said through its completion of the first phase of the 5G network, Zain KSA confirms its commitment to becoming a key player in the ICT sector. “Zain KSA has made several significant achievements since its inception. Today, we proudly announce that the company has the widest 5G network coverage in the Kingdom and the region.” 

He added that the 5G technology will lead the Kingdom toward a new world with its substantial technologies and capabilities, which will be evident in various sectors through the Internet of Things and the business sector, in addition to other daily functions that will make customer experience easier and more effective.”

Al-Deghaither said that this step comes at a time when Zain KSA is witnessing its best operational performance by reaching the highest profit over the past two years, with SR380 million ($101.3 million) during the first nine months of 2019, and a total of SR332 million for 2018.

With the completion of the first phase of the 5G network, Zain KSA is now offering a range of packages of 5G services for individuals and businesses through a network of 2,600 towers distributed across 27 cities.