At the recently concluded Mobile World Congress 2017, over 600 decision-makers, thought leaders and strategists from governments, telecom operators, international bodies and research firms come together to pin down what Digital Transformation will mean for businesses in 2017 and beyond.
Huawei, one of leading global technology giants, has united the industry’s greatest minds at the Global Digital Transformation Forum in exploring ways to sustainable growth in a common ecosystem of opportunities and profits. The forum defined some key themes and trends affecting technology growth, especially in the developing countries. This year the shared focus was on 5G innovation, ROADS to New Growth, Network Value Maximization and Operations Transformation.
ROADS to New Growth
GSMA executives, LG U+ & LG Group consultants, and IDC analysts shared opportunities for new growth. Leaders from global operators such as Turkcell, China Telecom, Altibox, and TM Net also discussed their challenges and experiences in capitalizing on new growth markets.
President of Huawei’s Carrier Business Group Zou Zhilei said, “In the digital era, video and cloud are powerful engines for operators to drive new growth. An open ecosystem is key to achieving success. Huawei continues to invest in these areas to help customers to succeed, and we work with partners to make the cake we share bigger.”
Regulatory agencies including ITU, 3GPP, and OFCOM reached agreements on unifying standards, implementing spectrum collaboration, accelerating 5G standardization, and driving the entire industry to focus on 5G technology innovation. Leading global operators including Deutsche Telekom, China Mobile, and NTT DOCOMO shared their 4G-to-5G evolution roadmaps, initial 5G commercial use scenarios, and test processes.
In addition, Huawei announced its CloudRAN architecture, a 5G evolution solution based on the solutions provider’s All-Cloud strategy. VR/AR service providers, vehicle manufacturers, intelligent manufacturing providers, and 5G industry players discussed future application scenarios for 5G in vertical industries. They exchanged views about technical innovation requirements and explored business models to promote industry cooperation.
Maximizing Network Value
GSMA illustrated sustainable development in emerging markets using Latin America as an example. Operators from Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Middle East shared their experiences in the deployment of home broadband networks, the construction of urban sites, indoor digitalization and fixed network modernization.
Accelerating Operations Transformation
Leading operators shared their vision and strategies on successful operational transformation and advanced competitive practices. The challenges from both business and IT were addressed. Vice-president of Huawei’s Global Technical Services, Dr Leroy Blimegger said, “The ROADS (Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social) experience at the heart of transformation requires support for both an agile, automated operating system as well as development of the network infrastructure. And Huawei works hand-in-hand with operators and partners in their transformation toward digital business.”
MWC 2017 began in Barcelona, Spain on February 27 and ended on March 2.