By Charles MOI
Journalists from Papua New Guinea and Fiji visited the headquarters of Huawei Technologies Company Ltd in Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province in China as part of their familiarisation tour of the province recenlty.
The 8 PNG journalists and their 10 colleagues from Fiji were shown various technological advancements and innovative IT solutions that Huawei offered.
A company spokesperson said the company had more than 180,000 employees around the world.
“Our business is located in over 170 countries and is ranked at 72 out of 500 (in Fortune Magazine’s top 500).
The spokesperson said it was ranked 82 last year.
The spokesperson said Huawei had invested ¥89 million (K43 billion) last year in innovation alone – that is about three times PNG government’s national budget for 2018.
In the last 10 years, Huawei had invested ¥394 billion (K190.5 billion) in innovation.
The visiting journalists were restricted from taking pictures of the company’s showroom which had its latest gadgets on display.
One of the company’s creation was its video surveillance and security solutions. It included a high definition video capture, wired and wireless network transmission, integrated cloud storage and intelligent Big Data analytics.
Huawei’s open architecture is compatible with various vendors, providing customers with smart and convenient business applications. Huawei’s video surveillance and Safe City solutions are used in more than 100 countries and regions.
The spokesperson said such technology was useful for city authorities to plan their cities as all footages were shown in real time.
“For example, if you want to do urban planning you would know where to build a road to ease traffic flow.”
Huawei was founded by Ren Zhengfei in 1987 and started off by manufacturing phone. The company has since expanded its business that includes building telecommunications networks, and manufacturing communications devices for the consumer market.
The journalists also went on a brief tour of the Huawei campus that boasts 12 large cafeterias, fitness centres, restaurants, grocery stores and company houses.
By Charles MOI