Huawei Opens Research and Development (R&D) Campus in Bangalore

Huawei has announced the launch of its new Research & Development campus situated in Bangalore, India as a part of its commitment to contribute to Indian government’s “Make in India” agenda.

The one million sq. ft. campus built on a 20 acre site will accommodate Huawei’s growing software development workforce in India. The campus can accommodate up to 5,000 engineers and includes an R&D Block, customer experience center, large cafeteria, multilevel car park and residential block for expat employees.

Huawei has invested over USD170 million in building the new campus in Bangalore.

Speaking at the inauguration of the R&D Campus, Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), and Government of India said:

“It is a privilege to be present on the occasion of the launch of the expansive R&D Campus of Huawei in Bangalore. Huawei has played an important role in the evolution of telecom ecosystem in the country and its investment in new facility further showcases Huawei’s commitment to the India market. This campus will complement the technological pride of the Indian nation, providing opportunities to multiple technology professionals & engineers.”

The India R&D center plays a key role in component development and delivery center of Huawei for the global markets and has ownership of almost all software platforms, components and products being developed in India.

Smartphone Shipments in 2014

Smartphone Shipments in 2014 Total 1.167B with Samsung and Apple Leading

Global smartphone shipments in 2014 totaled 1.167 billion units, a year on year increase of 25.9%, with combined shipments of Chinese brands reaching 453.4 million units. Chinese vendors thus managed to encompass almost 40% of the global shipments and represent six of the top ten smartphone brands worldwide.

“2014 was definitely an impressive year for Chinese brands as they gained more share of the global market,” said Avril Wu, global smartphone analyst of TrendForce. Even so, Wu noted that the pooled shipments of numerous Chinese brands were still less than the combined shipments of the 2014 brand leader, Samsung, and the second best, Apple. Their shipments together accounted for 518 million units. “This shows that the fierce competition among the brands relatively and severely narrowed their profit margins,”

Said Wu.

Samsung and Apple retained their first and second spot in worldwide smartphone shipments

2014 was a difficult year for Samsung as its market share dropped to 28% compared with 32.5% of the previous year. Nonetheless, Samsung retained its number one position. According to Wu, Samsung’s large-size, high-end Galaxy Note series faced stiff challenges from iPhone 6 Plus, while its midlevel and low-end smartphone shipments were undercut by inexpensive Chinese brands. As a result, Samsung’s overall shipment target had undergone downward revisions since the beginning of 2014, with annual growth in shipments only at 8.4% (around 326.4 million units).

In 2014, Apple maintained its high annual growth rate of 24.5%, which translates to 191.3 million units shipped worldwide for the entire year. With 16.4% market share, Apple was a solid number two in the worldwide smartphone rankings. Apple’s position was attributed to the success of its first large-size smartphone model, the iPhone 6 Plus. This new category addressed Apple’s lack of smartphones with above 5″ screens and thus significantly raised the fourth quarter shipping ratio.

As for LG, its strategy of “promoting high quality products at low prices” paid off with strong market reception to its flagship smartphone models, ranging from G2/G2 Pro to the newest G3. “Right now G3 is the first smartphone outfitted with a 2K screen that gives users better viewing experience,” said Wu, “and this showed LG’s advantage of having a display panel manufacturer as under its wings.” For that reason, LG was the dark horse of 2014 with its ranking jumped up to number four and annual shipment growth at 75.4% (70 million units shipped).

Chinese brands represent six of the global top ten due to their high C/P products and rising domestic demands in China

Lenovo officially completed its acquisition of Motorola from Google in the fourth quarter of 2014. The acquisition and reorganization process took almost a year since Lenovo’s announcement. With the merger finalized, Lenovo’s total shipments in 2014 exceeded 90 million units and its annual growth surpassed 100%. It ranked first place among Chinese smartphone vendors and third worldwide with its 7.9% global market share.

With the introduction of the Honor 6 model in 2014, Huawei wholly changed its strategy of using smartphone chips from Qualcomm and MediaTek for its high-end products. Honor 6 is packed with Kirin 920, a 4G chipset developed by Huawei’s subsidiary HiSilicon. “HiSilicon’s product roadmap shows that in the future it will pursue R&D in midlevel and lower-end products,” said Alan Chen, Chinese smartphone analyst of TrendForce, “and Huawei also determines to eventually become self-reliant in chipset supply.” With approximately 70 million units shipped and an annual growth around 70%, Huawei was ranked number five in the 2014 worldwide smartphone shipments. The company benefitted from its unproblematic overseas expansion, its rapid growth within China, and its good working relations with telecom operators.

As for the smartphone makers with the best cost-performance products, the title goes to Xiaomi. Its flagship models cost around US$300 to US$350, but they match their high-end counterparts from international vendors in hardware specs. Since its rise in China during the latter half of 2011, Xiaomi has been able to more than double its growth each year. Its 2014 annual shipment growth exceeded 200% with 60 million units shipped, and at one point managed to edge out the leading vendors in China such as Samsung, Huawei, and Lenovo. Xiaomi ranked six worldwide in 2014.

Chen further stated that MediaTek’s success with complete reference design for 3G chips allowed the company to take over China’s smartphone market in the last few years, creating difficulties for the top manufacturer Qualcomm. With Chinese telecom operators actively promoting 4G smartphones in 2014, however, Qualcomm came back strongly based on its adoption and enhancement of MediaTek’s model. Qualcomm’s 4G solution for smartphone OEMs, which is better priced and more in tune with Chinese clients, threatened MediaTek’s standing in China. According to TrendForce, 4G smartphone’s penetration rate in China was around 20% in 2014 and estimated to exceed 40% in 2015.


Huawei, EE and Qualcomm Testing 3-Carrier Aggregation

Huawei has announced it has partnered with UK based mobile network operator, EE, and Qualcomm Technologies to complete LTE category 9 testing, which has achieved download speeds of up to 410Mbps.

The test utilised Huawei’s infrastructure solution across EE’s LTE-A ‘4G+’ network alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor with integrated LTE-A modem.

Category 9 technology will dramatically improve download speeds across wireless networks. For example it will enable EE to aggregate 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum with another 20MHz of 2.6GHz, and a third carrier of 15MHz of 2.6GHz. In working together in this kind of interoperability testing, Huawei, QTI and EE aim to help develop the technology that will deliver this service and eventually support commercial deployment.

“Use of our remaining 15MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum enables both our fastest speeds and an increase in capacity across our network and this successful testing phase is a big step forward. We look forward to demonstrating this at Wembley Stadium early next year.”

Said Tom Bennett, director of network services and devices at EE.

Telenor Group

Telenor Group and Huawei Sign Five Year RAN Agreement

Norway’s Telenor Group has inked a five-year deal with Chinese vendor Huawei under which the latter will supply radio access network (RAN) equipment and professional services. This Global Frame Agreement will reportedly focus on modernising existing 2G and 3G networks while also providing Telenor’s subsidiaries with ‘leading 2G, 3G and 4G technologies through Huawei’s innovative solutions and professional services’. Commenting on the deal, Hilde Tonne, EVP and Head of Group Industrial Development at Telenor Group noted:

“We are pleased that Huawei continues to invest and leverage their innovation in mobile technology with Telenor. LTE is a key area of focus for Telenor and with Huawei global experience in building and supplying radio access equipment and professional services, Telenor will continue to bring superior mobile broadband experiences to end users.”

This deal represents the latest in a line of notable deals struck between the two companies; with Huawei having been selected by Telenor Global Services (TGS) as the sole partner for the latter’s Voice & IP network renovation across ten countries in September 2011, in January 2013 Telenor Group and Huawei inked a three-year strategic cooperation framework contract for IP microwave technologies under which the Chinese firm said it would deploy its end-to-end IP microwave solution for LTE backhaul in order to support Telenor’s plans to deploy 4G networks on a large scale.


Spark, Huawei Ink MoU to Boost 3G, 4G

Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom New Zealand) and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to expand their existing network partnership and boost mobile coverage across the telco’s 3G and 4G networks. The two companies formed their partnership as part of a Joint Innovation Programme in 2013, and the Chinese vendor has subsequently played a key role in Spark’s 700MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) drive.

As part of the deal Huawei will upgrade Spark’s 3G network nationwide, replacing the existing equipment with a cutting edge Single Radio Access Network (SRAN) platform. SRAN allows operators to support multiple network technologies (e.g. 3G and 4G) over a single ‘box’, removing the need to operate and maintain multiple networks independently. In addition, Spark has already made carrier aggregation (CA) technology available on six of its 4G base transceiver stations (BTS).

A signing ceremony to mark the deal took place in Karaka, Auckland, and was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Spark To Expand 3G, 4G Networks with Huawei

Spark New Zealand and Huawei have expanded their existing Joint Innovation Programme to create a formal strategic partnership. The Joint Innovation Programme was set up in 2013 to help Spark launch a 700MHz trial. The expanded deal promotes further collaboration between Spark and Huawei’s global R&D network. It means Huawei can tailor technologies for New Zealand and allows Spark to use Huawei’s research and development capabilities.

Spark has already made carrier aggregation technology available on six of its 4G mobile sites. Work is also commencing to use Huawei technology to upgrade Spark’s 3G network nationwide, replacing the existing equipment with a SRAN (Single Radio Access Network) platform powered by Huawei. Spark will also use Huawei’s 4G LTE technology to increase 4G coverage, using the recently acquired 700MHz spectrum. Back in August, Spark started the rollout of 4G services on 700MHz spectrum to regional New Zealand.

Emaxx Teams Up With Huawei for 4G Network Rollout

Cambodian broadband company Emaxx has signed a contract with China’s Huawei for the development of a nationwide 4G network. Under the contract, Huawei will roll out LTE base stations in eight cities, including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Battambang. The project is scheduled to be completed within the next two years, with services expected to be initially launched in the capital in early 2015.

“The aim is to fulfill the increasing demand for data usage in the Kingdom. Both Emaxx and Huawei will progress to build the most reliable and stable 4G LTE network here”.

Commented Emaxx board member Sean Ngu.

The announcement follows the acquisition of a 65% stake in Emaxx by Chinese firm Shenzhen Keybridge Communications (SKC) earlier this year. In April the company revealed it would invest USD148 million in new infrastructure projects, as part of plans to transform itself from a retail provider into a wholesale fibre-optic and 4G network supplier.

Zain Kuwait Trials VoLTE with Huawei and NSN

Zain Kuwait has announced the successful trial of what it claims to be ‘the first ever [use of] voice-over-Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) technology in Kuwait’. The trial took place in partnership with equipment vendors Huawei and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN). According to a company press release, the company tested VoLTE in a live environment in order to showcase the technology’s superior calling capability, ahead of a promised commercial launch, which will take place in ‘due course’. Zain is planning to introduce the technology on a commercial basis as soon as VoLTE-enabled handsets become available.

Zain Kuwait CEO Omar Al Omar said:

The successful completion of Kuwait’s first VoLTE call by Zain with our global technology solution providers Huawei and NSN gives further support to our strategy to bring the best technology to the country in a timely fashion.’

Mobilink Launches 3G Enabled Huawei Ascend P7

Mobilink, in collaboration with Huawei has launched Huawei Ascend P7. The device is another addition to the bouquet of 3G enabled handsets that Mobilink has introduced for an enhanced 3G experience.  The Huawei Ascend P7 comes bundled with an exclusive Mobilink offer of unlimited 3G data valid for 6 months.

Aamer Manzoor Head of Data, Mobilink commenting on the launch said,

Mobilink has always focused on complimenting its 3G services by introducing the latest devices in the market. Huawei Ascend P7 is a state-of-the-art phone specially designed for enhanced internet experience. I would encourage our customers to make the most out of this offer and enjoy the experience of free high-speed internet on the country’s largest 3G-ready network.”

The new 3G enabled Huawei Ascend P7 by Mobilink will be available at all Mobilink Business Centers. Customers will be able to purchase Huawei Ascend P7 for just PKR. 47,000 with a Mobilink unlimited 3G data bundle offer available for 6 months. This offer comes with a fair usage policy of 12GB and is valid on all new and existing Mobilink SIMs. All Mobilink pre-paid customers can enjoy the offer by inserting their SIMs in their new Huawei Ascend P7 on or before 31st July, 2014.

Banglalink Appoints Huawei to Build 3G Network

Banglalink, the second largest mobile operator in Bangladesh, has planned to invest more than US$300m by 2015 to develop its network, especially for 3G.

Not only for facilitation of the 3G (third generation) mobile services, they would also work on modernizing existing network, power savings and protecting environment to give users a better service through this process, the meeting was told.

A global leading technology vendor, Huawei, will work as the network developer of the operator to provide backbone facility to Banglalink for rolling out 3G mobile phone service across the country.

“We will invest $300m to increase our network capacity and Huawei will be our partner in this regard,” said Banglalink Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ziad Shatara. 

Huawei CEO Zhouxin was present at the press conference where an agreement was signed between the two parties.

 Huawei CEO said its efficient solution will make the operator different from others. Banglalink is giving 2G (second generation) mobile phone service in the country since 2005.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Perihane Elhamy, Chief Commercial Officer Shihab Ahmad and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Mohamed Osman from Banglalink and Huawei CTO Caoguiqi and other executives were present at the press conference. 

Source: DhakaTribune

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