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Huawei shares Smart City insights at GITEX

Chinese solutions firm launches ‘Center of Excellence’ to help govt, telecoms operators

Nazir: Huawei’s Centre of Excellence will aid in developing Smart Cities.
Nazir: Huawei’s Centre of Excellence will aid in developing Smart Cities.

Huawei has launched a dedicated ‘Center of Excellence’ to help government and telecom operators to drive smart city initiatives from concept to reality.

The ‘Center of Excellence’ has also announced a white paper, published in partnership with IDC, entitled ‘Enabling Smart Cities with Mobile Broadband’. The report outlines and emphasises why mobile broadband is a key consideration for sustainable smart cities of the future, assessing its impact on economies, the environment and citizens’ quality of life.

As interconnectivity and interoperability become crucial components for effective smart cities, the report maintains that evolving mobile broadband networks is essential for such initiatives. The report also recognises Dubai as an example of a Smart City initiative that is demonstrating higher levels of readiness in achieving its Smart City ambition compared with others in the region.

“We recognised the increasing interest in developing smart city initiatives in the region and subsequently formed our ‘Center of Excellence’ to assist governments and telecom operators to realize the ambitions of a sustainable connected future,” says Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President of Smart Cities & IoT at Huawei, Middle East.

“The world is undergoing a wave of mass urbanisation, bringing with it inevitable challenges that cities must look to resolve. From increased energy consumption to transportation and security infrastructure, future cities in the Middle East will need to address the urbanisation side-effects so they can positively transform the way in which citizens and businesses experience their world.”

Huawei’s ‘Center of Excellence’ will act as a knowledge hub for industry professionals to share best practices in Smart City development that will prove fundamental in improving the quality-of-life of citizens in the region. With a commitment to ICT research & development, an end-to-end portfolio of technology solutions and experience in developing regional mobile broadband networks, Huawei believes it is ideally placed to transform Middle East smart city initiatives with a more sustainable outcome.

Huawei has been engaged in many Smart City initiatives globally and regionally. This is the first time the company has brought together all of this expertise to focus on assisting governments and telecom operators to deliver on Smart City ambitions. The company has participated in over 60 Smart City projects in more than 20 countries around the world.