Huawei Calls for Network Evolution at COP27 to Enable Green Development

Network Carbon Intensity energy (NCIe) metric introduced to evaluate network energy efficiency

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – WEBWIRE

A Huawei executive said Thursday information and communications technologies, or ICT, will enable the digitalization of industry, spark innovation and make other industries green.

The remarks were made at a session organized by the Global Innovation Hub (UGIH) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the ongoing 27th Conference of the Parties, or COP27, in Sharm El-Sheikh of Egypt.

Referring to what is known as the “enabling effect”, Philippe Wang, Huawei’s Executive Vice President for the Northern Africa region, said ICT is “making other industries greener”.

“5G, Artificial Intelligence, data analytics, cloud computing – all these things will improve industrial processes in a way that cuts energy use, and lowers carbon emissions,” he said.

According to Philippe Wang, in the same way that ICT enables a smart streetlight to turn itself off when no one is around, 5G wireless base stations can automatically shut down when there is no data traffic, which saves energy.

Base stations need a power source and have antennas. For its part, Huawei has been replacing diesel generators with solar panels, which offer a cleaner source of electric power, in Nigeria and Angola. At the same time, the company has launched a green 5G antenna that covers an area of up to 500 meters area using half the transmission power. That cuts energy consumption by 30 percent.

Also speaking at the session on Thursday, Luis Neves, CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), stressed that digital should be at the core of the climate conversation.

“If you bring a sustainability mindset together with digital, I think we can create a powerful machine to drive the sustainability agenda and accelerate the path for a world where 10 billion people can live a healthy life. And businesses should take both their carbon footprint and handprint into consideration,” he said.

To this end, members of the ITU-T, including Huawei, have proposed a standard for measuring network energy use. Known as the Network Carbon Intensity energy metric, the standard was approved by ITU-T on October 19 as the Recommendation ITU-T L.1333.

According to Nompilo Morafo, MTN Group Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer, “sustainable, measurable action” holds the key to meeting net zero goals. “In this journey, the use of digital technologies offers particular potential to increase the generation of green energy and power efficiency of all industries,” she added.

The UNFCCC UGIH session, titled ICT for Green, addressed the ways in which transformative ICT technology could be utilized to enable the green development of a wide range of industries, facilitating the world’s path to net-zero emissions.


Huawei Releases 2022 Microwave Industry White Paper to Define Next-Gen Microwave Oriented Towards 5.5G

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Huawei released the 2022 Microwave Industry White Paper at the 2022 Global Microwave Industry Forum. This white paper defines the next-generation microwave oriented towards 5.5G from industry and technology trends.

Microwave is one of the most important mobile backhaul technologies, and plays an important role in developing mobile networks globally. Particularly, with its simplified solutions and superb performance such as large capacity, long reach, and low latency, microwave supports rapid 5G rollout worldwide. It has earned the trust of global operators, and is widely recognized for its excellent user experience. 5G backhaul has become a major growth driver for the microwave market. As networks evolve to 5.5G, microwave backhaul networks will need to ensure 10 times higher bandwidth and larger capacity over long-distance transmission in dense networking while adapting to energy saving and smooth evolution. 5.5G also poses higher and more comprehensive requirements for the microwave industry.

In this white paper, Huawei analyzes the trends of the microwave industry, and based on that, proposes six features of next-generation microwave.

Huawei Announces 2022 H1 Business Results

Shenzhen, China, – WEBWIRE

Huawei announced its business results for the first half of 2022 today. Overall performance was in line with forecast.

In the first half of 2022, Huawei generated CNY301.6 billion in revenue, with a net profit margin of 5.0% [1]. The Carrier BG contributed CNY142.7 billion, the Enterprise BG CNY54.7 billion, and the Device BG CNY101.3 billion.

“While our device business was heavily impacted, our ICT infrastructure business maintained steady growth,” said Ken Hu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman. “Moving forward, we will harness trends in digitalization and decarbonization to keep creating value for our customers and partners, and secure quality development.”

[1]The financial data disclosed here are unaudited figures compiled in compliance with the International Financial Reporting Standards;

exchange rate at the end of June 2022: US$1 = CNY6.6967 (source: external agencies)

Huawei Announces New Inventions That Will Revolutionize AI, 5G, and User Experience

Company Discloses Progress in IP, Innovation at Themed Event

Shenzhen, China – WEBWIRE

Huawei announced a batch of key inventions as part of its biennial “Top Ten Inventions” Awards at the “Broadening the Innovation Landscape 2022” forum held at its Shenzhen headquarters.

The award is designed to recognize inventions that could create new series of products, become important commercial features of existing products, or that generate considerable value for the company and the industry.

The awarded inventions range from an adder neural network that significantly reduces power consumption and circuit area to a game-changing “optical iris” that provides a unique identifier for optical fibers. It is designed to help carriers manage their network resources, cutting time and costs associated with broadband deployment.

The announcement came in the context of intellectual property rights, the protection and sharing of which Huawei believes is critical to the tech ecosystem.

“Protecting IP is key to protecting innovation,” said Huawei’s Chief Legal Officer, Song Liuping. “We are eager to license our patents and technologies to share our innovations with the world. This will help broaden the innovation landscape, drive our industry forward, and advance technology for everyone,” he added.

“Huawei is constantly changing itself, and constantly showcasing to the world the value of IP from China,” said Tian Lipu, President of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property’s China Chapter.

By the end of 2021, Huawei held more than 110,000 active patents across over 45,000 patent families. It has more granted patents than any other Chinese company, has filed the most patent applications with the EU Patent Office, and ranked fifth in terms of new patents granted in the United States. For five straight years, Huawei has ranked No. 1 worldwide in terms of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications.

Alan Fan, Head of Huawei’s IPR Department, said the value of Huawei patents has seen wide recognition in the industry, especially in mainstream standards such as cellular technology, Wi-Fi, and audio/video codecs.

“In the past five years, more than two billion smartphones have been licensed to Huawei’s 4G/5G patents. And for cars, about eight million connected vehicles licensed to Huawei patents are being delivered to the consumers every year,” Fan said.

Huawei is also working actively with patent license administration companies in offering “one-stop” licenses for mainstream standards.

“Over 260 companies—accounting for one billion devices—have obtained Huawei’s HEVC patent licenses through a patent pool,” Fan said. He added that the company is in discussions to establish a new patent pool to give the industry “quick access” to Huawei’s patents for Wi-Fi devices worldwide.

Huawei is also discussing joint licensing programs for 5G patents with licensing experts and other leading industry patentees.

Liu Hua, Director of World Intellectual Property Organization Office in China, praised Huawei’s sustained focus on innovation, saying: “We look forward to seeing Huawei continue to take part in high-level global competition with innovation at its core.”

For Manuel Desantes, former Vice President of European Patent Office, given the vast number of changes in the world these days, what matters most is no longer the number of registered patents or inventions. “The IP system should assure that the creations that merit protection are those that bring actual value,” he said.

This marked the third innovation and IP-themed event Huawei has hosted on its innovation practices. Every year, Huawei invests over 10% of its sales revenue into R&D. In terms of R&D expenditure, Huawei ranked second in the 2021 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard. In 2021, the company increased its R&D investment to CNY142.7 billion, representing 22.4% of our total revenue. Over the past decade, Huawei’s total R&D investment surpassed CNY845 billion.

Huawei Wins the Most Significant Disruptor Vendor Award for the Network Automation Industry at Layer 123

Shenzhen, China – WEBWIRE

At the Layer123 World Congress 2022, Huawei won the Most Significant Disruptor Vendor Award in recognition of Huawei’s efforts in developing a revolutionary intelligent network product and advancing the digital transformation of global carrier networks.

iMaster Network AI Engine (NAIE) enables autonomous driving network (ADN), as well as exploration, research, and implementation of intelligent algorithms, application engineering, and deployment modes in an all-round way, with a focus on telecom scenarios. iMaster NAIE leverages innovative technologies, deeply integrates the characteristics of the telecom industry, and provides a diverse range of differentiated capabilities, including secondary model development, retraining, and intelligent asset management. These capabilities enable the telecom industry to overcome many challenges, including precision deterioration, difficulty in model generalization, and lack of visualized benefits. iMaster NAIE efficiently promotes intelligent applications on a large scale across carrier networks and facilitates the development of intelligent networks.

Local Secondary Model Development Guarantees the Precision of Intelligent Models at Different Sites

To overcome the challenge of model generalization, iMaster NAIE integrates intelligent algorithms and service knowledge for common telecom application scenarios to support lightweight development of intelligent models. Models can be efficiently trained based on local service information and data. A local personalized model package will be generated after model training, significantly reducing the time required for model generalization and adaptation, and speeding up the time for replicating intelligent applications.

Retraining Makes Models Smarter

iMaster NAIE performs retraining to ensure model precision and prevent model deterioration. Model precision is evaluated during inference, and a retraining request will be initiated if precision deterioration is detected. Then, iMaster NAIE performs retraining based on the collected data samples and delivers the new model, ensuring model precision.

Intelligent Asset Management Visualizes the Benefits and Improves the Explainability of Intelligent Applications

iMaster NAIE’s intelligent asset management function visualizes assets, and displays asset usage, usage results, and status in real time. If effectively manages intelligent assets and visualizes asset benefits. In addition, iMaster NAIE quantifies the contributions of data features to explain intelligent models, enabling service personnel to better understand how intelligence is used.

Cheng Lei, Director of Huawei NAIE Product Department, said, “Huawei iMaster NAIE features Huawei’s telecom knowledge, a wide range of intelligent algorithms, and advanced technologies, representing the highest level of technology in the industry. The Layer123 award epitomizes the endorsement from around the world for the leading technology and business value of this product, as well as the industry’s recognition of Huawei’s contribution to global intelligent networks. Huawei will continue to focus on technology development, helping carriers achieve L3, L4, and L5 ADN.”