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Hu Houkun believes that European digitalization has come and brings digital convenience and sustained growth to the government, enterprises and individuals. At the same time, he pointed out that in the global wave of digitalization, Europe is facing a situation where it does not advance and retreat.
5G, optical fiber, cloud computing and the Internet of Things are key technologies for digital transformation. However, European operators are facing greater challenges in terms of the return on investment and cycle of digital infrastructure investment in the future. This requires multiple parties to work together to maximize the value of the investment and create a favorable investment environment.
“As a technology provider, Huawei continues to innovate in technology to help operators improve network efficiency and value.” At the same time, Hu Houkun pointed out that “through cooperation with all major operators in Europe, we have identified two major challenges they face: One needs more in heaven. With more spectrum resources, one needs more fiber networks underground, and these two have more friendly policies to promote development. By accelerating the 5G spectrum distribution and sharing infrastructure, the government can stimulate operators to access the next generation. Network investment to solve these challenges."
Finally, Hu Houkun suggested that Europe encourage the use of digital technology in the industry. In terms of digitization of the industry, some European industries have taken the lead in the world. Schindler, DHL and Vodafone have adopted digital technologies such as the Internet of Things and cloud computing to expand their business scope and increase their digital competitiveness. "Through enhancing the digital awareness of companies and people, we will establish more industry alliances, encourage cross-departmental and cross-domain cooperation, accelerate the application of industries, and allow digital infrastructure to realize its value and allow Europe to grasp the opportunities for digital development."
Huawei operates in Europe for 18 years and employs more than 11,000 people. "As a major player in the European digital agenda, Huawei will continue to actively participate in the construction of digital infrastructure, assist operators and various industries in their digital transformation, develop a digital ecosystem, and collaborate with universities and research institutions to jointly contribute to digital transformation in Europe," said Hu Houkun. (quiet)
The following is the full text of Hu Houkun's speech:
Today, the world is entering the fast lane of digital development. We have seen tremendous opportunities for development and challenges. I believe that with a strong industrial base, top basic research, and advanced governance concepts, Europe is expected to lead digital development.
Digital Europe has arrived
In the digital transformation, it is critical to take the lead. If the government first tests first, the industry will follow. All solutions are found in trials and innovations.
Estonia is the first to try. At present, 99% of Estonian public services are online services. You can apply for Estonian residency through your mobile phone. If you have a digital identity, you can start a business online and complete tax returns within 5 minutes. Is it convenient than imagination? Through digitalization, the Estonian government provides each citizen with tremendous opportunities for development and ranks 12th in the Bank's business environment rankings.
Some people may say, "Estonia is only a small country and their solutions cannot be replicated on a large scale." The size of the country is indeed a challenge, but the vision is even more critical. As early as many years ago, Estonia had set a lofty goal, so today's digital achievements have been achieved.
Let us look at the progress of digitalization in the industry. When it comes to "brand Europe," people first think of Europe's superior technology. Indeed, the best basic research in the world originates from Europe, which not only enhances people's quality of life, but also enhances the commercial vibrancy of the region.
A few months ago, I learned that Deutsche Telekom and British scientists have carried out a very interesting project. In 2016, theyDevelopmentA very interesting game "Seafaring Hero". In the game, you can explore the ocean and find interesting monsters.
The original intention of this application is to promote dementia research. Every 2 minutes of the game can provide scientists with 5 hours of experimental data related to human behavior. Based on the participation of 3 million users, scientists currently have about 12,000 years of research data. It is the largest dementia study in history.
This is European innovation. Huawei has been operating in Europe for 18 years. We are pleased to see that Europe continues to make progress in digital infrastructure, applications and innovation.
In the EU, everyone has broadband and the average speed is increasing. More than 40% of rural households have access to next-generation networks, which has increased by 10% in only one year.
? Applied economies such as online shopping, financial technology, sports, and educational applications flourish.
These advances are inextricably linked to the strong common vision of the European Union. "Horizon 2020" is the world's largest publicly-funded project. All EU member states have set the target for joint challenges and achieved remarkable results.
Therefore, if anyone says that digital Europe is coming, I do not agree because digital Europe has already arrived.
The progress of digitalization in Europe is significant. We should also recognize that the pace of digitization in other regions is accelerating. As a loyal partner of European digital ecology, I believe that Europe can do better and continue to lead the global digital development.
Let the spectrum be in the sky and let the underground have fiber optics. Let's talk about the future digital infrastructure. From a technical point of view, 5G, fiber optics, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things are key technologies for digital transformation.
However, in the future, digital infrastructure faces real challenges in terms of both return on investment and investment cycle. This requires multiple parties to work together. As a technology provider, Huawei helps operators maximize the return on their infrastructure investment through technological innovation. At the same time, the EU and national governments should also use policy tools to help telecom operators solve their investment challenges and create an environment conducive to investment.
Based on cooperation with all major operators in Europe, we have identified two major challenges they face: one requires more spectrum resources in the sky and one needs more fiber networks underground, and these two need to be promoted by more friendly policies. development of.
Let the sky have spectrum. At present, in the sky, operators lack the spectrum resources required by 5G. To take a leading position in the 5G field, Europe needs to act quickly to coordinate and distribute more spectrum. Let the underground have optical fiber. At present, underground operators need to lay more fiber, so they need financial and policy support. If we can better share the infrastructure, we can help operators reduce costs and accelerate fiber deployment.
At present, we do not have answers to these two questions, but I believe we can find solutions together.
Speed up the industry application
A strong infrastructure will provide digital capabilities for everyone in Europe, but we still need to cultivate more demand. This means increasing the digital awareness of companies and people, developing more industry applications, and creating exciting new values.
I want to share an example of a Schindler elevator. Schindler Elevator has a history of nearly 150 years and they are using leading edge computing and IoT platforms to connect millions of elevators. By analyzing equipment vibration, energy consumption and temperature data, Schindler Elevator maintains intelligent maintenance, which reduces business interruptions by 90% and reduces maintenance and operation costs by 50%.
This is just an application of an industry. In many other traditional industries, we have also seen excellent examples of European digital innovation. E.g:
• The Paris Opera uses digital platforms to promote artistic communication and educational development.
• Traditional winemakers are also exploring how to use IoT solutions to reduce water waste and keep grapes fresh.
These are all exciting developments, but we must also face two realities:
Only 20% of European companies use e-commerce or cloud computing technologies.
Less than 2% of European companies use digital technology for product or process innovation.
Europe has a proud and strong industrial base. We must join hands to enhance people's perception of digital technology and demonstrate how digital technology can enhance capabilities, enhance quality, and amplify the value of traditional skills. Establishing a cross-industry industry alliance is a positive move. 5G is a key technology for implementing Industry 4.0. Munich's 5G vertical industry accelerator is a good example of promoting 5G innovation.
Digital Europe has arrived. We should be proud of what we have achieved. Let us redouble our efforts to consolidate the advantages of Europe. thank you all.