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Networks Africa CeBIT 2017: Huawei launches Enterprise Wireless Communication 2.0

CeBIT 2017: Huawei launches Enterprise Wireless Communication 2.0

CeBIT 2017: Huawei launches Enterprise Wireless Communication 2.0

Chinese ICT firm Huawei Technologies has launched Enterprise Wireless Communication 2.0, its latest technical contribution to enhanced wireless connectivity.

The platform, which is touted as a newly introduced mechanism to power digitalisation, will be available in July this year and is aimed initially at the broader power industry and public safety markets.

There are plans to roll the technology out to other sectors including transport, agriculture, education, and healthcare.

Examples of application include use within push & talk, trunking and surveillance systems. Although multiple devices could be used, the value proposition is that these are centralised and managed via a single system.

According to Huawei, the platform works with both licensed and unlicensed spectrum, and can support any application.

Qiu Heng, President Wireless Marketing Operations, Wireless Network Product Line at Huawei Technologies, confirmed that devices and applications are already enabled with standardised chipset technology to support the offering, and the strategy is to leverage the company's OpenLab ecosystem to build additional infrastructure.

Heng said the change to wireless globally is a significant trend and that internationally, there are 4,6 billion connections and 7 billion APPs online. He described the introduction of Enterprise Wireless Communication 2.0 as "A new era in wireless solutions..."

With 5G taking centre stage in the digitalisation process, particularly in emerging markets like Africa, the question of whether or not the new platform can facilitate and support the network advancement was raised.

According to Heng, there is no finality as far as the development and implementation of standards for 5G is concerned and this makes it difficult to confirm the situation going forward.

However, he added that licensing was in place and the company is able to predict level of margin that could be expected in order to accommodate future technology changes.

Huawei's go-to-market strategy, inclusive of Africa, is to collaborate with partners and this will be the plan going forward, irrespective of country.

Heng added however, that there would be instances when Huawei would work on its own and this is also part of the broader strategy for the Enterprise Wireless Communication 2.0.

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