HUAWEI Technologies Co, a Chinese ICT giant, yesterday released its first-ever Global Industry Vision 2025 report during its global analysis summit 2018.
William Xu, director of the Board and chief strategy marketing officer at Huawei, said the firm aims to identify the direction for innovation and shed light on the development path of the intelligent world by releasing the report.
“We will build the foundations that will enable the diverse ICT industry ecosystem to truly transition into the intelligent world, and team up with our global partners to build this fully connected, intelligent world,” he said.
“If we fail to accurately predict the future now, we will be left behind later,” Xu added.
He considers the report as a window into Huawei's exploration and thinking regarding the roles and opportunities for ICT in the intelligent world.
The report is a mix of data and trend analysis, based on extensive research of historical data analysis, econometric forecasting, ICT trends forecasting, and business and industry trend predictions.
According to Xu, the report uses data that spans more than 170 countries and regions. He stressed the importance of three dimensions_ all things sensing, fostering new intelligence platforms and mass innovation.
The report covers 37 metrics, including the amount of data generated, the percentage of enterprises that adopt artificial intelligence (AI), and the number of personal smart devices.
“By 2025, the number of personal smart devices will reach 40 billion and the total number of connections around the world will reach 100 billion, creating a digital economy worth US$23 trillion,” he said.
Massive amounts of data generated by the ability for all things to sense will be extensively integrated in all industries, forming new industries like the industrial Internet of Things and connected vehicles.
Xu foresees the shift in the role of robots and smart devices from tools to assistants. He expects the penetration rate of smart personal assistants to reach 90 per cent by 2025, enabling people to do more than what they imagined. Twelve per cent of homes are expected to have smart service robots.
“Data will reshape individuals, homes and industries, and video will become a basic capability in all industries,” he said.
The advancement of technology will also benefit people with disabilities. According to the statistics, there are 39 million blind people and 246 million people with impaired vision around the world. The assistance of guide robots will lead them to a normal life.
Xu also explained the second vision that would ensure a sustainable digital life for every city resident. Thanks to the efforts by smart governments, technology will be more people-friendly, business-friendly, and environment-friendly, he said.
Intelligent technology will be applied to the transportation industry, with more than 60 million vehicles connected to the fifth generation (5G) networks and every new vehicle connected to the Internet.
“By adopting intelligence in cities, urban planners will be able to create new paths for sustainable development in security management, transportation planning, and other domains, enabling city residents to enjoy the safety, convenience, and high living standards,” he said.
Xu said mass innovation would tap the opportunities of a digital economy estimated to be valued at $23 trillion by 2025. The value of intelligence would be widely available to manufacturing, services, transportation, and many other industries.
“Key technologies such as 5G, cloud, video, the Internet of Things (IoT), and AI will converge and develop together, creating enormous value on an ongoing basis,” he said.
“Experiences of individuals and homes will change. Organisations will take on growth models driven by data. Cities will discover new springboards for leapfrog development.”
Eric Xu, rotating chairman of Huawei, said the firm would continue investing in 5G to attract existing and new customers. He considers 5G as a natural evolution of technology.
“Everything will follow our plans for 5G,” he said.
At the event, the top executive committed to the full stack of AI capacity across all scenarios.
“We are building an EI (enterprise intelligent) platform that allows all business and government organisations to use AI more easily across all functions and solutions,” he said.
He foresees a new era of intelligent phones with greater ability to see, hear and feel. The firm has produced four intelligent phones_ Honor Magic in December 2016, Mate 10 in October 2017, Honor V10 in November 2017, and P20 in March this year.
He pledged to continue investing in smart devices, broadband and home network solutions, networks, cloud, big data and IoT to build a fully-connected, intelligent world.
In response to Huawei’s position in the US market, he said, “We mainly focus on getting our own job done, no matter what difficulties are. [There are] some of the things we cannot change. So we will spend more efforts and time in serving our customers to be more competitive of our products. For some of the things, we will let them go.”