Huawei Commits To Bridging The Digital Divide, Connecting To The Digital World

Huawei Commits To Bridging The Digital Divide, Connecting To The Digital World
Huawei strives to bridge the digital divide by connecting to the digital world

Huawei has signed a global commitment to join the International Telecommunication Union's Partner2Connect digital alliance, which will connect nearly 120 million people in remote areas in more than 80 countries by 2025.

Huawei President Liang Hua announced the decision at the Sustainability Forum 2022 Connectivity+. Innovate for Impact. The forum discussed how ICT innovation can unlock the business and social value of connectivity and ensure sustainability in the digital age.

Globally, in close cooperation with operators around the world, Huawei has built more than 1,500 networks that connect more than three billion people in more than 170 countries and regions. In the Asia-Pacific region, to date, Huawei has provided communications services to nearly 1.1 billion people and 293 million households in 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding China and India). Huawei maintains a high level of security. In 2021, Huawei served more than 300,000 base stations in the region, covering 97% of the population with 4G coverage. Fixed broadband download speeds in the region now exceed 110 Mbps, up 17% from a year ago.

The construction of optical broadband networks offers another important path to universal service. Huawei introduced the innovative AirPON solution for areas with low population density, including remote areas. This solution continuously reduces equipment room space, fiber installation costs, and network power consumption while enabling rapid LAN deployment.

in Thailand using AirPON, connecting isolated rural areas and benefiting the Thai community. In the mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand, a 60 km long mountain road is the main access road connecting local villages to the nearest city. However, floods occur every time it rains due to the steep terrain and lack of drainage, and the road has been given the local nickname "Water Road". This broken mountain road and the lack of access are of great concern to the residents.

To improve this situation, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC) decided to use the funds collected through the Universal Service Obligation (USO) to provide fiber broadband to these villages. This will upgrade the existing fiber optic infrastructure and help digitize the mountains of Chiang Mai. The ultimate goal is to realize Thailand's vision of becoming a "Digital One Nation".

Huawei helped NBTC implement the USO NET project in the mountainous areas of Chiang Mai. During the field visits, the project team found that the residents of these areas are not only far from the city, but also scattered in many small towns. Because of this, a traditional FTTH solution would be very expensive and energy intensive, requiring a large area with large equipment and kilometers of fiber optic cables. In addition, it was difficult to find a suitable place to accommodate all the necessary facilities. Instead, Huawei turned to its more cost-effective AirPON solution, which reuses existing poles and cables and places equipment on top of them, speeding up service delivery and making communication services available to local residents.

By the end of 2021, the USO NET project provided Internet access to 19,652 cities, including 3,920 border cities, and now 607,966 households have access to high-speed broadband services. As part of this project, we have also trained local residents in specific digital skills to further bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas.

“Bridging the urban-rural divide has become a global priority to balance the uneven development of the global digital economy. ITU data shows that by the end of 2022, 95% of the world's population will be in range of mobile broadband. networks, but only one in three people will be able to access the Internet, with an Internet usage rate of 22% in low-income countries compared to 91% in high-income countries. build a peaceful and stable society and economy. However, one link is not enough. It should be accessible, the content should be relevant and in the local language, and users should have the skills to make the most of it," said the Deputy Secretary of the HMM. - General Malcolm Johnson. “Thank you to Huawei for supporting the Partner2Connect (P2C) digital coalition and P2C's announced commitments in key areas of rural connectivity and digital empowerment. A few years ago, I visited a small town in a remote part of Thailand that had recently been connected to broadband through a Thai government program. The villagers are now selling their crafts online, which has increased their profits by 300%. The proceeds were used to connect the village school and equip students with laptops. These are examples of how connection can really improve people's lives, what we call "meaningful connection".

In his keynote address, Dr. Liang emphasized that stable network access is a basic requirement and a proper requirement in the digital age. For many people who are not yet connected to the network, access to a reliable connection will be the first step in changing their lives.

"Communication will be more than just a tool to facilitate communication," he said. "Combined with digital technologies such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence, connectivity will help everyone be immersed in the digital world, giving them access to more information and skills, better services and more business opportunities. This, in turn, will contribute to further socio-economic development."

Digital transformation, digital talent and new business models are essential for the balanced development of remote regions. Huawei previously announced that by 2025, with improved ICT infrastructure, the company will work with partners to provide digital financial services to 500 million people and comprehensive education to 500,000 people. In 2019, Huawei established the Huawei ASEAN Academy Thailand in Thailand, which has trained more than 60,000 ICT professionals and 3,000 SMEs. In collaboration with MDES and MHESI, Huawei released the Thailand Digital Talent White Paper, which identifies 11 key challenges and 5 policy recommendations.

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In the era of the digital economy, the "digital divide" between small and medium enterprises and parent companies is increasing. Ubiquitous connectivity will be the first step for small and medium enterprises to meet these challenges. Huawei launched Spark Ignite this year, and so far more than 1,700 startups in Thailand have been directly covered, of which 132 applied in Thailand. By providing Huawei ICT expertise and cloud platform resources, Huawei helps more startups connect, embrace digital opportunities and achieve business success.

A smart world is fast approaching. New ubiquitous communication based on 5.5G, F5.5G, Net5.5G, etc., it can create new business value and greater social value.

Huawei is committed to comprehensive development. Through continuous technological innovation, Huawei contributes to a higher level of digitization in remote areas, allowing everyone to enjoy the convenience of digital life and promoting the balanced development of the global digital economy.

Huawei. Livestream from the Huawei Connect 2019 presentation, day 3

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