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Huawei Unveils Vision for All Cloud Mobile Networks

At the 2016 Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) in Tokyo today, the President of Huawei Wireless Solution, Edward Deng, described an integrated suite of solutions to enable the full cloudification of wireless networks. The company calls this solution ERA, signaling the arrival of the mobile cloud era. ERA includes three integrated solutions: one for cloud-based core networks (CloudEdge), cloud-based radio access networks (CloudRAN), and cloud-based air interface (CloudAIR).

An era of explosive growth for SingleRAN and applications
Over the past decade, the successful deployment of SingleRAN is a testament to the robust development of mobile broadband (MBB) and explosive growth of digital applications. As the market stands, different applications and scenarios have vastly different requirements for data rates (ranging from Kbps to Gbps) and latency (ranging from milliseconds to seconds).
"This diversity of applications will raise the bar for network capabilities and operations," said Deng. "In order to face this challenge, a modern network needs efficient resource utilization, on-demand module deployment, and agile service provisioning if it hopes to achieve long-term development. And building a cloud-based network is the only way to make that happen."
Huawei's ‘All Cloud’ strategy: Founded in technology build-up and thorough verification
Cloud network technology is a core focus of Huawei's research and development. Since its release at the 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC), Huawei's CloudEdge solution has been deployed in over ten commercial sites and has obtained over 60 commercial contracts. Cloud core networks enable the convergence of multiple radio access technologies (RATs) as well as the provision of more flexible applications through network slicing and tailored scenario-based solutions.
Huawei aims to promote, drive, and lead the development of an All Cloud era. The company launched CloudRAN in April of this year to enable the cloudification of wireless network architecture, paving the way for cloud-based radio access networks. "The goal of CloudRAN is to redesign the entire architecture of wireless networks, transforming resource management, multi-connectivity, and elastic architecture into native capabilities to better meet the challenges of an uncertain future." CloudRAN has passed business verification procedures in China, Italy, South Korea, and Japan, and is expected to be commercially deployed in Q3 of 2017.
With CloudAIR, an all-cloud solution for mobile networks is complete
Despite rapid progress, Deng emphasizes that these innovations are still not enough: "Air interface is the most valuable resource that operators have. And if this most valuable resource doesn't support efficient, on-demand, and agile network deployment, then a mobile network isn't truly cloud-based," said Deng. "Today we launched the CloudAIR solution to help reshape air interface. Our focus is on improving the efficiency of air interface, enabling operators to deploy services more flexibly and, of course, enhancing user experience. CloudAIR is designed to enable more efficient sharing of air interface resources like spectrum, power, and channels."
Spectrum cloudification allows different RATs to share the same spectrum, dynamically allocating spectrum resources based on fluctuations in traffic. This maximizes spectral efficiency and helps get new RATs online faster to ensure more immediate coverage. It also prevents legacy terminals from occupying golden spectrum for long periods of time, enabling on-demand access based on service needs.
"By enabling more efficient sharing and allocation of resources, spectrum cloudification creates real value for telecom customers," Deng concluded. "It's an important development trend in the industry, and it will take greater collaboration with industry partners to continue pushing things forward."
In a similar fashion to air interface cloudification, power cloudification supports inter-carrier, inter-RAT, inter-band, inter-site power sharing.
Channel cloudification is the third feature of CloudAIR. This allows for the implementation of artificial intelligence-based scheduling to enable any received signals to be recognized as available multi-path resources. This will facilitate convenient site selection and provide an improved user experience.
Huawei's innovative mobile cloud solution, ERA, combines CloudEdge, CloudRAN and CloudAIR technology to launch a new era of cloud-based mobile networks. "The ERA solution will maximize the value of operator assets, enable on-demand network deployment, accelerate service provisioning, and empower mobile networks to be the true enablers of all industries around the world," said Deng. "Through nonstop innovation, this solution will create unprecedented value for the industry."


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Huawei Hosts First Apache HBaseCon Asia to Drive Big Data Industry Growth Together with Industry Experts

In early August, Huawei held the first Apache HBaseCon Asia in Shenzhen. The conference brought together over 300 HBase developers from well-known companies in the industry. A number of heavyweight Apache HBase Project Management Committee (PMC) members and committers, as well as more than 20 HBase senior engineers from China, the United States, India, and other countries delivered a total of 19 excellent speeches. They shared their experiences in HBase 2.0, key kernel features, HBase application cases and industry innovations, cloud-based HBase services, and container technology.

Huawei held the first Apache HBaseCon Asia
The conference focused on HBase 2.0 planning and key features. HBase 2.0 is expected to be released at the end of 2017. HBase 2.0 has resolved 4400 issues, and its key features and improvements include a New Region Assignment Manager, off-heap read/write path, in-memory compaction, a RegionServer group, and a new Async Client. The upcoming HBase 2.0 delivers significant improvements over HBase 1.x. These improvements cover stability, throughput, concurrency, and Mean Time to Repair (MTTR).
At the conference, four speakers from the organizer Huawei discussed application innovations in HBase-related sectors and shared their latest ideas on multi-tenancy, backup, and disaster recovery. Their speeches on the HBase application innovations focused on two aspects. One is CTBase, a light-weight HBase client for structured data which can simplify HBase operations for structured data storage. The other aspect is Tagram, a distributed bitmap index implementation for HBase. It is mainly used to store persona attribute data, and offers millisecond-level latency for attribute-based ad-hoc queries.
Huawei has been closely associated with the Apache HBase Project since its inception. From 2010, Huawei has made a significant investment in, and provided many contributions to, the HBase community for its continuous development and growth, witnessing many major versions of the community from HBase 0.20 to HBase 1.3. Huawei has always focused on innovations that make HBase more stable, easier to use, and available for related sectors. Huawei has its own HBase enterprise edition, which is a key component of Huawei FusionInsight HD, an enterprise-class big data platform. Huawei has deployed tens of thousands of nodes to run the HBase enterprise edition, with a large number of Chinese and global enterprise customers from multiple sectors, ranging from finance, carrier, public security, transportation, electric power, energy to manufacturing, benefiting.
In the second half of 2017, Huawei will launch the CloudTable service on Huawei Cloud, providing pay-as-you-go HBase services which are available upon subscription. The CloudTable service, a key part of the Huawei Big Data solution, provides the capabilities of enterprise-class data security protection and multi-tenancy elastic computing. This will make HBase easier to use and reduce costs.

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Huawei Wins Red Dot Communication Design Award for its Envision Multi-screen Application

Huawei said it has won the prestigious Red Dot Award: Communication Design, for its Envision Multi-screen Application. The award judges described the Huawei design as: “Simple, fluid, immersive and inspiring.” Red Dot Awards, known as the "Design Oscars", received more than 8000 submissions from 50 countries for the 2017 competition.
Huawei’s Envision Multi-screen Application offers carriers a baseline UI for video services. In their decision to grant the award, the Red Dot judges cited four features of the design as the winning attributes. First, the Envision Multi-screen Application is simple to use. Its user-oriented design provides users with a unified experience using different terminals, channels and program information at a glance. Users can view TV programs upon startup, and preview programs in a picture-in-picture window.
Second, the design’s fluid operations can be seen in the T-shape and scrollable UI layout and playback function that enables users to easily and quickly select their desired content using a six-button remote control. Third, the design offers an immersive viewing experience via a layered UI design and application that includes floating windows, and enables users to view TV programs or posters while using other functions.
Finally, the design’s inspiring user experience is highlighted by providing users with tailored content that allows them to watch multiple programs at the same time.

Huawei’s Envision Multi-screen Application offers carriers a baseline UI for video services.
The Red Dot Design Award, established in 1955, was founded by Germany’s most prestigious design association, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. The award is one of the three most prestigious international industry design awards; the other two being the IF Design Award and IDEA.

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Huawei's Kentucky Fried Chicken Phone Comes with Branded Apps

Huawei's new Kentucky Fried Chicken phone, available to consumers in China, gives users everything they could possibly hope for if they're serious fans of the American fried chicken chain. The branded phone comes with specialty KFC software including a delivery app and a music app.

The Kentucky Fried Chicken phone is clearly different from more standard Huawei options. Firstly, the phone's body is bright, KFC-red rather than steel grey or black. It also comes engraved with a picture of Colonel Sanders' iconic visage as well as the number "1987" in honor of the restaurant's first year in China.

The KFC delivery app is unique to the Kentucky Fried Chicken phone, but it isn't the only perk. The music app noted above isn't just a Spotify alternative — it lets users control the music playing in local KFC restaurants, serving as a mobile jukebox.

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All Cloud Network Towards 5G

IT, cloud computing, and the Internet are reshaping the world. Video, cloud services and IoT are also revolutionizing our lifestyle. How can carriers quickly launch new services? How can they achieve business agility? How will they optimize cost structure? These are the three biggest concerns of carriers on the transformation path to All Cloud Networks.
During the process of full cloudification, carriers will have to cloudify equipment, networks, services and the whole operational system if they want to deliver real ROADS experience. Huawei launched its All Cloud strategy in order to help operators succeed in transformation.
All Cloud Network use the principles and technologies of the cloud to reconstructs carrier networks with pooled hardware resources, fully distributed software architecture, and full automation operations for more efficient utilization, more agile services and higher operational efficiency.

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Huawei and Leica are Collaborating to Enhance Phone Cameras

Leica, the iconic German camera company has teamed up with Chinese telecommunication giant in producing a new range of mobile phones. This long-term partnership between Huawei and Leica aims to reinvent the entire smartphone photography sector, with what the company terms as "visual world renaissance."

Huawei has begun to really make a name for itself in the Western marketplace, and has made the big announcement at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona just a few days ago. Huawei has been the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world since 2012, after Samsung and Apple. It is also the first Chinese mobile phone company to have sold more than 100 million devices in a year.

Leica CEO Oliver Kaltner says: "The strategic alliance between HUAWEI and Leica Camera demonstrates the desire of two rapidly growing and globally active brands to continuously push the envelope of the technologically possible."

Not too much is known about upcoming mobiles from Huawei and Leica, but reports have indicated that it will include a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the proprietary Kirin 955 SoC processor, 4GB RAM, a 2,900mAh battery and a 12-megapixel snapper will be included. Fingerprint sensors and a dual camera feature have also been spotted in leaked images.

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On July 3-4, 2017, the ninth Huawei User Group Meeting will be held in Xi'an, China. The meeting adheres to "Listening, Collaborating, Improving" and emphasizes on excellent quality culture and spirit of craftsmanship. Huawei will focus on improving top issues, listening to customers’ voices, continually enhancing customers satisfaction, creating greater value for customers through high-quality products, solutions and services.
In this meeting, executives from the globe will develop in-depth communication to stimulate the network value, reduce costs, improve efficiency and enable future-oriented transformation. Huawei will report its 2016 top issues improvement results, and continue to listen to customers’ voices to identify our 2017 top issues. In the next year, Huawei will concentrate on new top issues, improve in every aspect, and demonstrate satisfying results.

Dear Valued Guest
On July 3 to 4, 2017, we will host our annual Huawei User Group Meeting in Xi’an, China. We invite you to mark your calendars and reserve your place at this important event.
Based on our desire to continually increase value for our customers, the annual Huawei User Group Meeting attracts participants from many of the world’s top operators. They join Huawei’s executives and industry leaders to discuss the issues critical to the success of their carrier network business.
We will report our 2016 top issues improvement results, and continue listening to your voices to identify our 2017 top issues.
This will also be one of the best time of the year to visit the beautiful city of Xi’an, and we want to ensure that this event is as inspiring as its setting. We are currently in the process of confirming speakers from many of the global operators, all of whom are looking forward to sharing their experiences and viewpoints on their phenomenal growth as well as their opinions and thoughts on the top network and operations issues that affect their carrier network business success.
Please join us and help us make a difference. We look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely.

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Huawei Watch 2 with 4G now on sale in the UK for £259

This Android 2.0-powered smartwatch is currently on sale at Amazon UK for Prime Day.
The Huawei Watch 2 is the company's second-gen smartwatch and to get in on the Prime Day action, Huawei has discounted the wearable in the UK. What makes this promotion interesting is how the Bluetooth and 4G model, which is usually the more expensive option over the Bluetooth-only variant, is currently the cheapest option by £10. That means you can bag a watch with 4G connectivity for even less at £259.

While we weren't overly impressed by the release of the Watch 2 by Huawei, feeling that it wasn't much of an upgrade to the original, this is still a good deal if you like the look of the wearable and need to strap one to your wrist. This second-gen smartwatch is more sports-focused, with a wealth of workout tracking features built atop Android Wear 2.0, ideal for those looking to get back into shape.

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The Huawei MediaPad M3 Android OS Tablet Can be Upgraded by Users

Unveiled at IFA 2016, the Huawei MediaPad M3 is an Android OS tablet that provides a bevy of impressive features that look to rival many of the high-end devices on the market.

Starting with the processor, the Huawei MediaPad M3 has an octa-core Kirin 950 processor that's supported by 4GB of RAM. A 5100 mAH battery allows the tablet to perform well with a variety of functionalities including streaming media, playing games or snapping photos for extended periods.

While the Huawei MediaPad M3 comes in two storage options including 32GB and 64GB, one of the best features of the tablet is the ability to upgrade the storage. A microSD slot has been designed into the Android OS tablet to make user-driven upgrades easy.

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The Huawei P10 HD Smartphone will Feature Ample RAM

Set to be officially unveiled at the Mobile World Congress next week, the Huawei P10 HD smartphone is a new device from the brand that aims to provide exceptional usage capabilities in a compact frame.

The Huawei P10 smartphone is outfitted with dual cameras and features a 5.5-inch display that has a Quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. The handset is designed with a HiSilicon Kirin 965 processor, while the device is expected to have a whopping 6GB of RAM and a storage capacity of 128GB.

The Huawei P10 HD smartphone has dual cameras, as mentioned above, which are purported to be Leica-branded, which makes the smartphone ready for taking quality photos that could make it a replacement for high-end cameras.
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