Huawei backs Cambridge and parades its 5G credentials
Global ICT giant Huawei has become a major sponsor of the Cambridge Wireless International Conference (CWIC) but its broader agenda is even more important to the long-term welfare of Europe’s leading technology cluster.
Huawei says it can use its global reach to help boost the growing Cambridge tech hub as part of its ongoing commitment to the UK – despite being frozen out of the 5G rollout.
Huawei is celebrating its 20th year in the UK and has been a member of Cambridge Wireless since 2014. Cambridge Wireless is an international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless and mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies, with more than 1000 technology companies ranging from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and universities.
In a video message to CWIC, Paul Scanlan, Huawei CNBG chief technology officer, said: “We believe 5G is a platform for transformation but we can only realise the benefits 5G can bring through a combination of education, collaboration and trust.
“This enables us to balance innovation with commercialisation. We need to do this because of the opportunities 5G presents in transforming industries – it can save and improve millions of lives through Use Cases like Remote Patient Monitoring, Virtual Consultation and Connected Ambulances.
“We could improve manufacturing efficiency by billions of dollars by adopting 5G in Predictive Maintenance, Precision Monitoring and using Augmented Reality for training and maintenance purposes.
“Perhaps the most surprising result is 5G’s role in decelerating about a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide through a combination of rapid deployment of 5G Mobile Networks, connecting traffic infrastructure, logistical optimisation and 5G’s role is key in creating a foundation for a highly connected, decentralised energy system.
“And we know that not a single company or country can do this alone; we need to work globally and across industries to make all of these happen. We need collaboration. This is why Cambridge Wireless bringing people together from different industries is so important and why Huawei wants to support it.”
Simon Mead, CEO of Cambridge Wireless, said: “Cambridge Wireless is dedicated to driving innovation through a collaborative community of companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless and mobile technologies.
“The Cambridge ecosystem is fast becoming a global powerhouse of high-tech and we’re delighted to partner with Huawei to help support and further accelerate the growth of innovative organisations within this community and beyond.”
Joey Pan, Huawei’s director of industry, adds: “We see Cambridge as a leading centre for technological innovation and open collaboration. We share the same drive to push the boundaries of what can be achieved and through our extensive network and market access across the globe we believe we can help them to new and exciting heights.
“Huawei is committed to be a strong partner to the industry and we are here to offer our expertise and technology to partners to promote more connections and more innovation.”
Despite the UK government grovelling to Donald Trump and barring Huawei from this country’s 5G inner circle, Huawei announced in June a new £1 billion R & D and manufacturing centre to be based on 500 acres of land in Cambridge, creating 400 jobs.