Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB)- Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Wednesday applauded the role of Huawei in network infrastructure in the country.
The minister came up with the remarks after visiting the Mobile World Congress
(MWC) at Barcelona of Spain.
He visited the Huawei stall along with James Wu, the president of Huawei Southeast Asia and the CEO of Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited, Zhang Zhengjun.
During his visit, Mustafa Jabbar said “I have visited Huawei’s stall. They have lots of advanced technologies and in MWC this company has already come up with lots of their advanced solutions. It is inspiring and it is good that Huawei plays an important part of the total networking infrastructure of Bangladesh also.”
James Wu, the president of Huawei Southeast Asia said, “At Huawei, we believe in innovation which mainly focuses on customer needs. For customer’s satisfaction and to make their life more digital, we are always working to provide powerful technology and innovative computing experience, telecom networks, IT solutions, smart devices, and cloud services.”
“With uninterrupted network, powerful devices and seamless cloud computing experience, we wish to build the future of Bangladesh”, he said.
MWC 2019 started on February 25 and will conclude February 28 in Barcelona of Spain. Huawei showcases its products and solutions at booth 1H50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1, booth 3I30 in Hall 3, the Innovation City zone in Hall 4, booth 7C21 and 7C31 in Hall 7.
By now, Huawei has come up with their several new technologies such as an innovative rural network solution, RuralStar Lite.
This solution is specialized to cost-efficiently bring voice and mobile broadband (MBB) services to rural villages. Huawei has also released its next-generation data center-level converged distributed storage — FusionStorage 8.0.
Huawei Enterprise demonstrates leading solutions and four flagship products for the enterprise market in three exhibition areas: Digital Platform, Ubiquitous Connectivity, and Pervasive Intelligence.
Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB)- Walton a local electronics giant initiated a project of manufacturing Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology based commercial air conditioners in the country.
According to Walton authorities, process of the country’s first-ever VRF AC manufacturing plant is going on in full-swing at Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited (WHIL) in Chandra of Gazipur.
The local brand expanded its existing AC production lines at WHIL by installing advanced tools and machineries. Walton has already commenced the trial production of huge power-efficient VRF AC. The commercial production will be started very soon.
Locally made single module VRF AC were showcased as this year’s upcoming product at Walton pavilion in this year’s Dhaka International Trade Fair.
Engineers of Walton AC Department said VRF technology is the latest air conditioning system of the 4th generation. This refrigerant is conditioned by a single outdoor condensing unit and is circulated within the building to multiple indoor units. This system can heat and cool different zones or rooms within a building at the same time. Installation of a VRF system is easier and requires lesser space. The comfort cooling and dual sensing system in Walton VRF ACs will deliver cool or heat air flow as per the needs.
Engineer Ishaque Rony, chief operating officer of Walton AC, said that the annual sales volume of VRF AC in the country market is more than Tk 100 crores.
With the aim of reducing the present import-dependency, Walton initiated manufacturing world-class VRF AC in Bangladesh, he said adding, they will manufacture single modular VRF AC of 17 to 25 ton capacity.
Rony informed that globally recognized environment-friendly R410a refrigerant will be used in the compressors of their VRF ACs. In addition, the power consumption would be saved up to 40 percent.
The automatic start-up system in Walton VRF ACs is resulted in delivering air flow of the previous settings after the power cut and on.
Germany, Feb 25(AP/UNB) — Germany prosecutors have fined automaker BMW 8.5 million euros ($9.66 million) for lax oversight in installing defective engine software that led to excessive diesel emissions in 7,965 cars.
The prosecutors said Monday they found no evidence that the Munich-based carmaker committed fraud but faulted the company for what it called insufficient quality control.
BMW said it "has consistently emphasized that the installation of the incorrect software module was a frustrating and highly regrettable error." Therefore the company "accepts the penalty and will not appeal."
The fine is small compared to the 27.4 billion euros in fines and settlements paid in the U.S. and elsewhere by Volkswagen, which admitted intentionally manipulating engine software so diesel cars could pass emissions tests.
Dhaka, Feb 25 (UNB)- 5G will bring industry opportunities worth $1.2 trillion in Southeast Asia in the next five years, Huawei’s regional president James Wu said at the Mobile World Congress 2019 on Sunday.
In a media interview at MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, James Wu, president of Huawei Southeast Asia said, “Southeast Asia will stand out with the fastest GDP growth around 5-6% in the next five years, and digital economy will be the major driver behind such growth accounting for 20 percent. We are committed to developing the digital economy of Southeast Asian countries, and collaborating with partners in order to build a digital ecosystem.”
Wu predicted that massive commercial use of 5G in 11 countries and regional markets, such as India, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong will start as early as 2020. In the next five years, the number of 5G subscribers in the region will top 80 million. Wireless, digital and intelligent equipment will improve social productivity by 4-8% on average.
According to the regional president, the ICT giant has received invitation from multiple countries and customers across Southeast Asia to 5G trials.
“I believe 2019 will be a significant year for 5G in Southeast Asia. Huawei, as the world's leading vendor of 5G, will help all operators in the region realize their 5G dreams. We will continuously invest in 5G, broadband, cloud, artificial intelligence and smart devices, to help our customers maximize the benefits of this emerging technology.”
Since last year, the Chinese tech giant has been facing challenges by the US-lead campaign that urges its allies to exclude Huawei from their 5G development, claiming the company's technology would compromise national and user security.
Huawei denies the claims that its technology could be used for espionage, and until now no evidence has been raised to support the allegations. And recently, the UK has concluded that the risks posed by Huawei 5G equipment could be mitigated.
“All countries should not turn 5G into a political or ideological issue,” Wu said. “We prove ourselves with 20 years of cyber security record in Southeast Asia to all government and people, that Huawei can be trusted. I’m sure that they have a clear judgement. As an exemplar of emerging markets, Southeast Asia needs to cooperate with ICT vendors who truly contribute locally.”
Huawei has been investing in 5G for more than 10 years, and is recognized with 12 to 18 months of leading advantage in the market. Industrial experts argued that banning Huawei from 5G development could delay the entire network growth.
“I believe, the wisest and most pragmatic choice is to create an environment where all vendors can fairly compete with each other. Huawei welcomes competition, because it leads to the most efficient investment into 5G infrastructure, and benefits to the general public of all countries. My suggestion is, go digital, not political. And this is a choice that serves the interested of all stakeholders,” Wu said.
Barcelona, Feb 25 (AP/UNB) — China's Huawei unveiled a new folding-screen phone on Sunday, joining the latest trend for bendable devices as it challenges the global smartphone market's dominant players, Apple and Samsung.
Huawei revealed its Mate X phone on the eve of MWC Barcelona, a four-day showcase of mobile devices, as the company battles U.S. allegations it is a cybersecurity risk.
The device can be used on superfast next-generation mobile networks that are due to come online in the coming years.
Device makers are looking to folding screens as the industry's next big thing to help them break out of an innovation malaise, although most analysts think the market is limited, at least in the early days.
The Mate X is the answer to a question Huawei faced as it sought to satisfy smartphone users' demands for bigger screens and longer battery life, said Richard Yu, CEO of its consumer business group.
"How can we bring the more big innovation to this smartphone industry?" Yu said at a glitzy media launch.
The Mate X will sell for 2,299 euros ($2,600) when it goes on sale by midyear. That's even more than Samsung's recently revealed Galaxy Fold, priced at nearly $2,000.
The Mate X's screen wraps around the outside so users can still view it when it's closed, unlike the Galaxy Fold, which has a screen that folds shut. Unfolded, the Mate X's screen is 8 inches diagonally, making it the size of a small tablet.
Yu said Huawei engineers spent three years working on the device's hinge, which doesn't leave a gap when shut.
"No matter how innovative and technology-advanced the new device is, it will take a lot more time for a critical mass of consumers to experience the benefits of foldable phones and 5G technology," Forrester analyst Thomas Husson said. Huawei still "has to find its own brand voice to differentiate from Samsung and Apple and stop acting as a technology challenger."
Huawei Technologies is trying to raise its profile in the fiercely competitive smartphone market. Almost everyone with a smartphone has heard of Apple and Samsung, the top device makers, and Google, the power behind Android's pervasive software.
Huawei, a Chinese company with a name many people in the West don't know how to pronounce (it's "HWA-way"), wants to join the market's upper echelon.
It's getting close. Samsung was the No. 1 smartphone seller for all of last year, followed by Apple, according to research firm International Data Corp. Huawei came third, though in some quarters it took second place, IDC data showed.
The company stealthily became an industry star by plowing into new markets, honing its technology, and developing a line-up of phones that offer affordable options for low-income households and luxury models that are siphoning upper-crust sales from Apple and Samsung in China and Europe.
But Huawei's products are few and far between in the U.S. The scarcity stems from long-running security concerns that the company could facilitate digital espionage on behalf of China's government. Washington has been lobbying European allies to keep its equipment out of new 5G networks.
The cloud over Huawei also includes U.S. criminal charges filed last month against the company and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who U.S. prosecutors want to extradite from Canada. They accuse her of fraud and say the company stole trade secrets, including technology that mobile carrier T-Mobile used to test smartphones.
Huawei is making its push at a time that both Samsung and Apple are struggling with declining smartphone sales amid a lull in industry innovation that is causing more consumers to hold on to the devices until they wear out instead of upgrading to the latest model as quickly as they once did.
The company sells high-priced smartphones as well as an extensive range of cheaper models priced from $200 to $600 that offer a good camera and other features most consumers want, analysts said.
But Huawei wouldn't be where it is today if it had been content focusing merely on China and other Asian markets.
The company took a huge step forward several years ago when it began pouring millions into promoting its brand and building partnerships in major European markets such as Germany, France, Britain, Spain and Italy. Research firm Gartner estimates it now sells about 13 percent of its phones in Europe.
As for the U.S., Huawei can only make so much headway as long as the government is casting the company as a cyber-villain, said Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen.
"Brand building is a long-term exercise, but it's going to be especially difficult in the U.S. because of the way they have branded all of China," he said. "The barriers in the U.S. are just getting more difficult."