690: Huawei Eco-Connect Europe – Walter Ji
Huawei is a global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – The company is on a mission to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
What makes the company unique? They are using innovation to focus on customer needs rather than a shiny new gimmicky feature that nobody asked for. A two-day battery life and reverse charging is a great example of this philosophy and arguably more use than Animojis. They invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward.
5G connectivity is just around the corner and it feels like we are heading towards a gigabyte society. On my daily tech podcast, I catch up with Walter Ji, President of Huawei Western Europe in Rome. We discuss the innovations in 5G and IoT, consumer strategy across Europe, as well as news unveiled at the Eco-Connect Europe conference.
At the event, Huawei made several announcements around strategic partnerships with Kayak, Skyscanner, Booking.com, Visa, Sony and more. Huawei payments are hoping to finally retire physical wallets by enabling users to use their phone to replace their card and tie to their identity. 2019 also looks a mouthwatering prospect for smartphone fans with the world’s first 5G phone on the horizon and a digital assistant too.
The ambition to bring the wow factor back to smartphones and the success of Huawei is leading many to look to Shenzen rather than Silicon Valley for inspiration. The chairman of the board of directors summed up their mission when he announced: ” We want to bring digital to every home, company, and business in Europe.” Each year Huawei spends $10bn on R&D. From the outside looking in, it seems that this platform is paving the way to building an experience platform and ecosystems strategy.
When you combine these revelations with the fact that and Huawei overtook Apple to be the number two smartphone manufacturer for two successive quarters, many are starting to question how long it will be before Huawei dethrones Samsung? But Huawei seems to be more focused on creating the best technology and creating experiences for their customers.
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