Huawei to explore role of digital innovation in Asia Pacific
a year ago
Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Bangkok Post Public Company Ltd., the ASEAN Foundation, and over 50 ICT industry partners from across Thailand have come together for “Powering Digital Thailand 2022: Huawei Cloud and Connect and Asia Pacific Innovation Day”, running from 17-19 November 2021 in Bangkok. The event considers how digital technologies can unlock new potential, markets, and business models, as well as support post-pandemic economic recovery in Thailand and the Asia Pacific region, while affirming Huawei’s confidence in the country. The company is also using the three-day event to illustrate its readiness to drive ASEAN into the digital age through investment and its local partner ecosystem. Further, the event thoroughly explores the practical application of technologies like Cloud, 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and digital power in all industries through digital transformation, particularly Thailand’s agriculture, manufacturing, and renewable energy sectors. Launching the event, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan stated: “Digital technology is crucial to Thailand’s digital economic development, post-pandemic recovery, and social wellbeing. I am delighted that Huawei Thailand, Bangkok Post, and ASEAN Foundation have organised the Powering Digital Thailand 2022 event, aligning with the Government’s policies for digital development. The collaboration between government and industry to integrate technologies and evolve the country will enhance business potential, government efficiency, and Thailand’s sustainability.” “Under strong policies to develop the national digital economy and technology, Thailand’s digital infrastructure and data economy have made great strides in the past several years. We believe that Thailand’s digital economy can reach 30% of its GDP (gross domestic product) by 2030 or even earlier. In this endeavour, we look forward to continuing working with Huawei and deepening our collaboration to use digital innovation in promoting Thailand’s digital economy,” Minister of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said in his keynote speech. Thailand’s Ministry of Industry Department of Industrial Promotion Director-General Nattapol Rangsitpol delivered a speech on “Leveraging Industry 4.0 to Accelerate Economic Recovery”, where he emphasised that in a post-pandemic Thailand, the country’s economic structure is being transformed by technology and innovation. He said that new digital innovations such as 5G, AI, and Internet of Things (IoT) are rapidly driving industrial transformation and the manufacturing sector to help Thailand embrace the Industry 4.0 era. Huawei Rotating Chairman Guo Ping delivered the opening speech at the event, where he spoke on how Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation in Asia Pacific and expressed his strong belief in post-pandemic economic recovery and digital economic growth in the region. He stressed that digital technology, especially 5G, cloud, and AI, will surely become a pillar for economic recovery and resilience in many countries. “Huawei will continue innovating and building a tech ecosystem to help the Asia Pacific region go digital faster. We use 5G, cloud, and AI to help industries go digital and we will keep innovating our cloud and AI solutions to create steady value for local enterprises, especially SMEs. We plan to invest $ 100 million over the next three years to help build a start-up ecosystem in the region,” Ping said. At the end of his speech, Ping reiterated Huawei’s commitment in the Asia Pacific region, adding: “We believe all countries in the Asia Pacific region will succeed in their push to go digital. We will extend our roots deeper and do our part during the region’s 10 golden years of digital transformation.” During the event, industry leaders and regional organisations across the Asia Pacific region also shared their insights on how to build a thriving and sustainable community in the digital era. ASEAN Foundation Executive Director Dr. Yang Mee Eng stated that the event brings together government leaders, industry thought leaders, and think tank scholars to spark new ICT innovations that can pave the way for more resilient post-Covid-19 recovery in the Asia Pacific region. Further, ASEAN Secretariat Assistant Director and Head of ICT and Tourism Division Dr. Le Quang Lan emphasised that the power of the digital economy lies in its ability to enable companies to scale their business models throughout the region, and that a common approach for digital transformation should be adopted throughout the Asia Pacific region. Huawei Asia Pacific President Lin Baifeng emphasised: “As one of the most populous and diverse regions in the world, Asia Pacific is marching to the forefront of the global digital landscape. With over 20 years of partnership with and contributions in the region, Huawei is committed to supporting Thailand and the region’s digital vision in three key areas: Connectivity and intelligence, low carbon development, and digital inclusion initiatives.” Addressing the digital transformation trends and Huawei’s mission in the Thai market, Huawei Technologies CEO Abel Deng noted: “We are inspired to see Thailand become a leading digital force in the ASEAN region. Huawei will support to power a low-carbon digital Thailand through four main layers: The first is to enrich 5G adoption for ubiquitous connectivity. In 2022, Huawei will help to expand Thailand’s 5G rollout and adoption in vertical industries. Secondly, Huawei will support Thailand to strengthen its digital platforms and data localisation. Huawei Cloud is the only international cloud service provider with local data centres in the Thailand market, and our third availability zone is officially ready for service this November. The third layer is supporting Thailand in realising its Carbon Neutrality 2050 Roadmap with digital power innovations. Finally, we will create a thriving innovation ecosystem in Thailand through our 5G Ecosystem Innovation Centre, Spark Programme, Huawei ASEAN Academy, and Digital Talent initiatives.” Discussing Thailand’s low carbon development, Deng added: “Huawei is fully committed to supporting Thailand in becoming ASEAN’s low-carbon leader, and we are confident in achieving this goal. We have over 30 years of experience in the power industry, with 6,000-plus dedicated R&D (research and development) employees in this field, and we devote nearly 15% of our total revenue to R&D every year.” “The Asia Pacific region is the home to the world’s largest population, thus the transformation of the region to digitalisation backed by industries with low carbon footprint, smart energy, and smart society will be vital for the future growth of the digital economy and to far-sightedly manage the resources in the world we live in. It is indeed great that Huawei being in the forefront of ICT innovation in the region is bringing all of us to this event to discuss and explore the future of the digital era with practical applications of user cases. This also help us to understand (how) to explore the avenues on how Sri Lanka could fast track to digitalisation,” said V. Maheswaran, a global economic and equity analyst from Sri Lanka. Digital power smart energy is one of the most exciting innovations during this event. Combined with existing energy business, Huawei introduced a digital power business to Thailand, which focuses on developing clean energy to replace fossil fuels through digital and power electronics technology and aims to build a low-carbon smart society. Huawei digital power business drives industries low-carbonisation, electrification, and intelligentalisation by applying applications such as Smart PV and Battery Energy Storage, Intelligent EV Charging Network, Smart Data Centre Facility, and Green Site Power Facility. The Powering Digital Thailand 2022 event showcases key technologies and innovations for industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, and smart energy, which can be easily applied by Thai businesses. One exhibition highlight is Cloud Tractor Training, where visitors can experience a tractor training course enabled by a low-latency 5G network and cloud rendering server. This innovation can be implemented by Thai farmers to improve and optimise their cultivation of agricultural produce. The event also highlights inspiring business cases and solutions related to digital transformation, including how to develop a green, low-carbon, and open ecosystem, which is split across three areas. The first of these is “Redefine Infrastructure”, which showcases how 5G, cloud, and AI technologies can converge across all industries to unleash new value. The second area focuses on “Industry Digital Transformation”, including smart transportation, smart campus, and smart finance. Finally, the third area exhibits major global partners and businesses that are collaborating with Huawei to build a prosperous ecosystem for the intelligent era. Another event highlight is the Intelligent World 2030 White Paper, which cites upcoming technological trends from Huawei to look out for, including Cloud, 5G Bullet Time, Cloud and 5G VR Gaming, Smart Healthcare, Smart Finance, and Smart Education. The Hands-on Lab course is also impressing visitors, where experts from Huawei Cloud provide technical and practical sessions for IT professionals, as well as skills development workshops for deploying and operating cloud computing technology. Finally, the second Huawei Cloud Developer Competition in Thailand is being showcased at the event under the theme of “Creating value for Thailand and society; for a better future for this beautiful country”.