During a visit last week to the Huawei centre in Shenzhen, more wonders of the Chinese prime IT firm unfolded to ACMC as IKENNA EMEWU, having been there twice reports the continuous innovation and advancement of the firm.
HUAWEI, the world renowned IT firm is a unique place of IT wonders and magic. Huawei has created a peculiar world of its own, and a visit would convince you because a drive through the paved roads and passing through forests of vegetation will make you believe something spectacular happens there.
This IT form is located at the outskirts of Shenzhen, China’s wonder city in the South East Guangdong Province that is yet another wonder on its own, boasting of the world’s densest industrial cluster, the biggest economy in China and the world’s 12th largest economy.
Knowing the story of Shenzhen, makes you catch a glimpse of the amazing tale of Huawei itself.
I know a little Chinese and also know that the word HUA depicts China. The country is called either ZHONG GUO or ZHONG HUA as represented in many notations like the official Chinese news agency, XIN HUA or literally, NEW CHINA.
As a Chinese picks his or her call, s/he screams – WEI!, while almost the rest of the world says HELLO. My literal translation of HUAWEI is HELLO CHINA!.
It has fast become the medium to call China or that China provides the world to call her and others. Huawei has grown so large, so bold, so successful and prominent to be the main channel through which China is called or calls you. It’s cell phones are no doubt the Chinese premium brand in China and to the world.
It’s IT hardware and support system and AI has overtaken Ericsson to become the world’s largest. So, whenever you see this brand, just say Hello to China or remember that China says hello to the world through a platform so formidable.
Last week, and for the second time since 2016, ACMC was at the Huawei campus, but this time had an opportunity to see more of Huawei than before.
As the tour guide picked the six Nigerian editors and our Chinese partner from the Chinese Embassy in Abuja, close to Huawei world, the treat began – a treat of wonders that amazes everyone that listens to the story of a firm that literally sprang up from the earth and blossomed to a giant.
The premises alone is a community of its own with scattered buildings, luxuriant vegetation, some touristic features built into the facility and the world of IT brainwave.
We first stopped at the Huawei man-made lake within the community that has tourists converge to see the allure. Giant black swans gracefully played and swam around giving visitors an exciting outing. I jokingly called it Huawei hu (Huawei Lake) like the beautiful Xi Hu (west lake) a tourist delight in the city of Hangzhou.
The tour proceeded further till we arrived the main administrative building where Huawei displays what it is made of.
The IT firm has a cache of wonders for visitors to see. And going through its exhibition pavilion, just say that Huawei has integrated the world as you know it into chips and artificial intelligent contraptions that literally run the world on your behalf.
From farming in the fields to water management in irrigation, from eco conservation to managing your individual life and health, your domestic chores, your kitchen, watching over your kids from work, traffic, security, education, integrated healthcare, industrial production, the media and much more, all are included in the forays of Huawei in making the world a simply integrated circuit monitored from a miniature point.
And you can just say that in the Shenzhen district where Huawei is, Huawei is watching all your steps, so beware.
On the security monitoring screens that interface with the cameras on the streets, the control room can conveniently zoom on a face or faces in a milling crowd typical of a China city and pick out or isolate one that for instance acted against the law and track such to be picked up by the police. In Huawei, it is a world made easy and simple. It is a world where most of your daily concerns have been outsourced to the artificial brains that help to run them and give you time to handle other businesses.
The gadgets and phalanx of dazzling circuits and networks plan, execute, deliver and report to you what goes on, even the minutest. The pavilion makes non-thinking human to buckle up and take a different step and work towards recreating the world around him or her. It is a place that definitely challenges you in diverse ways to make an impact.
In assessment of the giant called Huawei, by authors, Tian Tao, David de Cremer and Wu Chunbo in the book – Huawei: Leadership, Culture and Connectivity, published in 2017, the Foreword by Admiral William O. Owens said: “A book about Huawei is a book about the founder. Ren Zhengfei has made a difference that many would not appreciate in the building of what is likely the most successful private business to come out of the post-Mao China.”
“Huawei, the ‘wolf’ has competed fiercely around the world, and alongside Ericsson, has essentially become market leader in advanced wireless and fibre telecom equipment. This has been skillfully done through a unique culture, a dedication to the business, a strong management efficiency, precise execution, and individual responsibility and accountability,”
The Huawei setting is so organized and profitable that the workforce of about 180,000 has close to 45% in the Research and Development department with some outlets scattered all over the world.
Huawei was founded by a former soldier of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army who left the trenches to fight his wars in the IT space. Ren Zehngfei started the project little and grew it this large through the integration of other brains and experts. Today, Huawei represents a symbol of success, creativity, innovation and a challenge to this age.
A Wikipedia reference about Huawei reported that: “It is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, having overtaken Ericsson in 2012. In 2017, Huawei became 83rd of Fortune Global 500 in Fortune Magazine.
Huawei was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer in the People’s Liberation Army. At the time of its establishment, Huawei focused on manufacturing phone switches, but has since expanded its business to include building telecommunications networks, providing operational and consulting services and equipment to enterprises inside and outside of China, and manufacturing communications devices for the consumer market. Huawei has over 170,000 employees as of September 2015, around 76,000 of whom are engaged in research and development (R&D)”
The best way to hear about the corporate stature of Huawei is directly by the company as published in March 2018 explaining the business standing as at the end of 2017.
“Huawei released its audited financial results for 2017, reporting solid business growth. The company’s total annual revenue was CNY603.6 billion (US$92.5 billion based on year-end exchange rates), an increase of 15.7% over 2016. Net profits were CNY47.5 billion (US$7.3 billion), an increase of 28.1% year-on-year.
In 2017, Huawei’s annual investment in research and development reached CNY89.7 billion (US$13.8 billion), up 17.4% compared with 2016. The company’s total R&D spent over the past decade has exceeded CNY394 billion (US$60.4 billion).
“We’re on a new journey,” said Ken Hu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman. “Opportunities and challenges are popping up faster than ever before, and nonstop open innovation is the only way we can keep ahead of the game. Over the next 10 years, Huawei will continue to increase investment in technological innovation, investing more than 10 billion dollars back into R&D every year. We will actively pursue open collaboration, attract and cultivate top talent, and step up efforts in exploratory research. We want to better enable all industries to go digital and intelligent.”
Hu added, “As we look to 2018, emerging technologies like the Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and 5G will soon see large-scale application. Throughout this process, Huawei will stay at the forefront of technological innovation and business transformation. More importantly, we will pay special attention to the practical challenges that our customers face as they go digital. Our job is to help them overcome these challenges and achieve business success. Ultimately, we aim to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.”
In 2017, Huawei’s Carrier business group generated CNY297.8 billion (US$45.7 billion) in revenue, an increase of 2.5% year-on-year, focusing on helping global carriers maximize the potential of their existing network assets and seize new opportunities in video, IoT, and cloud markets.
Huawei’s Enterprise business group enhanced innovations in cloud, big data, campus networks, data centers, IoT, and other domains, and drove extensive application of its products and solutions for a range of vertical industries. In 2017, Huawei’s enterprise business generated CNY54.9 billion (US$8.4 billion) in annual revenue, an increase of 35.1% compared with 2016. In Huawei’s consumer business, the Huawei and Honor brands ran full speed ahead, leading to rapid growth in their respective markets. Huawei shipped a total of 153 million smartphones (including Honor) in 2017, and reported CNY237.2 billion (US$36.4 billion) in annual revenue, up 31.9% year-on-year.
Huawei set up a Cloud Business Unit in 2017, which launched 99 cloud services across 14 major categories, and over 50 solutions. The company also unveiled the Enterprise Intelligence (EI) platform, and developed over 2,000 cloud service partners.”