Huawei to showcase 'deeper integration' of AI, 5G at Gitex
Real-world case studies from regional, global customers to highlight evolution of company's full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio
Huawei will be showcasing its strengths at next week's Gitex Technology Week at the Dubai World Trade Centre, with a focus on how deeper integration of artificial intelligence and the 5G ecosystem is helping businesses to stay connected in a digitally-driven world.
The Chinese tech giant, a staple at the premiere Middle East industry event, will be participating under the theme 'Building a Fully Connected, Intelligent World' and will focus on end-to-end solutions and global case studies around 'Advance Intelligence', or how AI enables an intelligent world, and '5G, Gear Up', or how 5G provides infinite possibilities for connectivity.
"In terms of AI in particular, Huawei will demonstrate how AI is enabled by the latest state-of-the-art chipset and used in new products such as campus and data centre networks, storage and data centre facilities, cloud and CCTV," Alaa Elshimy, managing director and vice-president of EBG business at Huawei Middle East, told Khaleej Times in an exclusive Q&A.
"During Gitex, Huawei will also highlight how these come to life across a range of industry applications, from energy to transportation, fintech, smart cities and government," he added.
"In addition to on-site technology demos, real-world case studies from our regional and global customers will highlight the evolution of the company's full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, which was originally unveiled at Gitex 2018. These capabilities are now making AI more inclusive, affordable, effective, and reliable for everyone."
An AI Conference will also be held as part of Huawei Middle East Innovation Day 2019, which will be held on October 7. The conference will focus on how enterprises and governments across the region are using Huawei's latest technologies to support industry AI innovation, featuring a series of talks from the company's regional customers and partners.
Local 5G collaboration
Elshimy says Huawei has been working with local telecommunications providers to deploy a 5G network across the UAE. Its partners do currently offer 5G in certain areas of the country, with the aim for large-scale roll-out soon.
On having an estimate on the technological and economic benefits that 5G will bring to the UAE, he says calculating an exact figure would be "impossible".
"But we are confident that 5G will being immense benefit into every market in which it is deployed. More than ushering in an era of increased convenience and connectivity, 5G opens up new use cases that will shape the future of our world, such as cloud virtual and augmented reality, connected cars, smart cities and so on. The possibilities for 5G applications are limited by nothing other than imagination," he added.
On the UAE's efforts in developing 5G as of today and if the country will become the first in the GCC and the region to distribute 5G technology, Elshimy was very confident.
"The UAE is known as a pioneer, especially when it comes to adopting new technologies. Networks across the country are often amongst the first in the region, if not further afield, to adopt the latest solutions in order to provide a higher level of experience to customers. We have been working with network partners in the UAE to deploy 5G, and we believe there will be a national-scale roll-out sooner, rather than later," he pointed out.
And despite the present challenges to 5G deployment, Elshimy says Huawei is more than capable to tackle them.
"5G operates on a more limited range than earlier networks, which enables it to offer faster speeds and more bandwidth. This does, however, mean that 5G networks require more antennas to be strategically placed in order to accommodate the shorter-range transmissions, which can make site deployment more complex than with 4G and earlier networks," he said.
"In dense urban environments it is relatively easier to achieve, but it becomes more challenging in rural areas. Cost factors into all of the above; operators must invest in developing new networks."
"Huawei understands the requirements to deploy 5G, and has developed modular and full-series solutions which will put operators in unique positions to build green, converged and ultra-lean 5G commercial networks that drive continuous growth."
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