Huawei launched ten all-new air engine Wi-Fi 6 series models for the Asia Pacific region which are ideal for laying a high-quality fully-wireless campus.
The products stand out with technological innovations such as industry-unique dual-band smart antennas, lossless roaming and dynamic turbo (an intelligent application acceleration technology), said a press release on Tuesday
Among the new models, the flagship air engine Wi-Fi 6 8760 series boasts 16 spatial streams to deliver 10 Gbps wireless throughput and beyond.
According to Huawei’s forecasts, Wi-Fi 6 will be deployed by 90 percent of enterprises by 2023, making Wi-Fi underlying network technology required for efficient enterprise production and service digitalization.
Li Xing, president of the Campus Network Domain, Huawei’s Data Communication Product Line, said: “As new digital services are constantly emerging in enterprises, existing Wi-Fi 5 networks have already encountered bottlenecks that prevent them from meeting these new services.”
Huawei held its online IP Club Carnival with the theme of "Rethink IP, Building the Engine for Digital Transformation" on April 30.
Targeting the Asia Pacific region, this event aimed to help enterprise customers build a more efficient digital transformation engine in the face of the current pandemic.
In attendance at this thought-provoking online activity were more than 25000 delegates from enterprise customers and partners across industries, including government, finance, energy, transportation, healthcare, and education.
Huawei has released its whitepaper, ‘Technology against Pandemic: Insights and Practice on Telecom Networks’ providing deep insights into global networks and explaining the important role telecom networks have played in the fight against the pandemic.
This whitepaper, released on the occasion of "5G+, Better World" online summit, says stable telecom networks have helped people move vital activities online, such as online education, online shopping, and remote working during this the pandemic.
This has been the basis of continued learning and production when school and work were suspended. The paper also explains global operators' best practices for overcoming the pandemic with networks. For example, they introduced 5G, AI, fiber 10G PON, and other advanced technologies that enable more applications to combat the pandemic more efficiently.
Focusing on the current scenario, the whitepaper says the coronavirus outbreak has created many challenges for individuals, families, industries, and public services alike. As a result, governments and regulators across the world have developed a number of policies to facilitate the upgrade of ICT infrastructure.
For example, in China, the government has issued a number of policies to promote the application of "big data + grid", "Internet + medical healthcare", and "artiﬁcial intelligence" to make high-quality medical consultation services easily accessible.
In the online summit, the President of Huawei's Carrier BG Marketing and Solution Sales Dept Peng Song called on the ICT industry to stay together and build a better world.
"2020 marks the beginning of the third decade of the 21st century," said Peng. "This year, global digital transformation will accelerate, meaning both opportunities and challenges for telecom operators and industries. To address these opportunities and challenges, operators must aim for more resilient, automated, and intelligent target networks, and their annual network plans and activities should be geared towards achieving these goals."
He said Huawei is launching its "5G+, Better World" online platform to work with operators and partners worldwide, share valuable experiences, and build better target networks.
Several guests attended the event and delivered keynote speeches. These included Dr Su Yu, Deputy Dean of China Mobile Chengdu Industrial Research Institute, Robert Wigger, Chief Business Officer of Sunrise, Su Xiaoming, Vice President of YITU Technology, Shaun Collins, Chief Executive Officer of CCS Insight, and Bob Cai, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei's Carrier BG.
Amidst the ongoing shutdown over the coronavirus outbreak, Grameenphone customers whose connection validity already expired on April 20 or is set to expire in the first week of May will remain active in-network at least till May 31.
The telecommunications service provider company made the disclosure on Saturday, saying extension of the account validity will be provided automatically during this period of uncertainty when the customers need their services most.
Customers' incoming and outgoing calls will remain active, and they will be connected to their near and dear ones.
The Government of Bangladesh has declared the telecommunication industry as an emergency service during COVID-19. Due to the enforcement of the lockdown, several balance recharge agents' points are not fully operational across the country.
Grameenphone is providing balance transfer free from one user to another as many people are unable to recharge or facing difficulties to rechange.
Moreover, during lockdown scenarios the customers are running home-office and also connected with their near and dear ones through internet, responding to their change in lifestyle and new-normal needs these days Grameenphone has decided to introduce a double bonus in internet offer, 16GB, at the price of 8GB for 30 days, added the press release.
Grameenphone has also extended the validity of its popular call rate offer 48 poisha per min. Previously, the offer was valid for up to 3 days, and now the validity will be extended to 6 days to offer flexibility in daily usage. For the postpaid customers, GP has increased the bill payment time from 15 days to 25 days.
Beside all these various initiatives, GP has also taken steps to increase COVID-19 awareness among all the citizens. The organization has introduced a network bar – Stay Home – to encourage people to maintain social distancing.
A hotel in Tokyo is using robot staff to attend mildly sick coronavirus patients, as part of a plan to free up beds at hospitals struggling to accommodate severe cases.
Pepper, a talking robot, greets new guests at the lobby, while Whiz, a cleaning robot, operates in areas where patients pick up meals and other daily necessities to reduce infection risks for human staff.Pepper, wearing a white surgical mask, greeted Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike as she walked into the hotel during Friday's demonstration. Pepper also reminds patients to check their temperature and rest well.
Guests can also access health management applications on computers and tablets to record their temperatures and symptoms.
The robots, made by SoftBank Robotics, will also be deployed at other hotels rented by Tokyo's metropolitan government for patients with no or mild symptoms. So far, Tokyo has secured five hotels and aims to increase the number of rooms from the current 1,500 to 2,800.
The hotels are also staffed by doctors and nurses, but officials hope the robots can cheer up an otherwise lonely time for guests who are isolated in single rooms for their weekslong stay. Japan has 14,281 confirmed cases, with 432 deaths, according to the health ministry.
In other developments around the Asia-Pacific region:
— JAPAN TO EXTEND EMERGENCY: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that the coronavirus state of emergency that is scheduled to end next week will continue for roughly another month. Abe, citing a report by a government task force, said the country's medical system is still under severe pressure even though Japan has averted an explosion of infections as occurred in many other countries. "We still need you to continue cooperating, and that's the experts' view," Abe said. The state of emergency is voluntary and only requests social distancing and remote work rather than orders that actions be taken. Health experts worry that the lack of urgency doesn't reflect the serious risk in a country with the world's oldest population.
— INDIA EXTENDS LOCKDOWN: India has decided to extend the lockdown of its 1.3 billion people for two more weeks, with some relaxations. The government has identified "red" and "orange" zones where coronavirus cases have been found, where stricter measures will continue. In low-risk "green" zones, some movement of people and most economic activities will be allowed. Although the number of red zones has dipped since the lockdown, the number of green zones has also declined. Most of India's major cities, including New Delhi and Mumbai, are red zones. India has confirmed over 35,000 cases, with 1,147 deaths. The lockdown had been scheduled to end on May 3.
— MALAYSIA TO PARTLY REOPEN ECONOMY: Malaysia will allow most business activities to reopen from Monday. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the economy needs to be revived as billions have been lost during the partial lockdown that began in March. Most businesses, including restaurants, can open with social distancing and health screenings. Mass gatherings are still banned, keeping schools, cinemas and worship houses shut and prohibiting group sports. Muhyiddin said Muslims cannot return to their villages to celebrate when Ramadan ends, as inter-state travel will remain banned. Daily infections have dropped to double-digits in the past two weeks, with Malaysia now recording 6,002 infections with 102 deaths.
— FORBIDDEN CITY REOPENS: Beijing's parks and museums including the ancient Forbidden City reopened to the public after being closed for months by the coronavirus pandemic. The Forbidden City, past home to China's emperors, is allowing just 5,000 visitors daily, down from 80,000. Parks are allowing people to visit at 30% of the usual capacity. China on Friday reported 12 new cases of the virus, six of them brought from overseas, and no new deaths for the 16th day. It has reported a total of 4,633 deaths from the virus among about 83,000 cases.
— SKOREA'S CASES REMAIN LOW: South Korea reported nine new cases, raising its total to 10,774 infections with 248 deaths. Its domestic cases have slowed, and infections linked to overseas travel are dropping as well after border controls were strengthened. That has allowed the government to relax social distancing guidelines as it shifts its focus to easing the shock on the economy.
— THAI AIRLINES RESUME SOME FLIGHTS: Domestic airlines in Thailand are resuming some flights as half the country's provincial airports reopen. The Department of Airports said 14 of the 28 airports it oversees reopened Friday. Domestic flights also resumed at international gateways, including Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports and Chiang Mai airport in the north. The airlines include Nok Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air and Thai Vietjet Air. Don Mueang airport plans to handle 150 arrivals and departures Friday, compared to four or five in recent weeks. International passenger flight arrivals remain banned. All airports must implement social distancing measures and passengers must wear masks.
— CHINA BOYCOTT THREAT WORRIES AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS: China's warning of trade repercussions from Australia's push for an independent inquiry into the beginnings of the coronavirus has rattled Australian business leaders. China has accused Australia of parroting the United States in its call for an inquiry independent of the World Health Organization to determine the origins of the virus and the early response. Chinese Ambassador Cheng Jingye warned this week that pursuing an inquiry could spark a Chinese consumer boycott.
Popular social media platform Instagram has launched a new tool in a bid to support small businesses (SMBs) from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka during this global pandemic.
Small businesses in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka can now share food orders in Instagram Stories and as a button on their profiles, said a press release from Instagram.
The platform opened the tool on April 25, it said.
“We want to empower people to support their favourite businesses as many of the SMBs are facing various challenges during COVID-19,” it said adding that every sale helps right now.
"We want to do our part in helping SMBs stay open, keep in touch with customers, and stay informed on how to navigate this crisis. This new tool makes it easier for people to make delivery food orders from small businesses on Instagram,” said Kaylie Smith, head of market operations, Instagram APAC.
More tools to roll out in the coming weeks to support the businesses that people love in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, she added.
People in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka can order delivery & take-away food through Instagram.
Procedure of taking special facilities from Instagram—
Business accounts can activate an “Order Food” button on their Instagram profile by adding their delivery partner link in Settings, under Action Buttons.
Businesses can also add an “Order Food” sticker to their Instagram Stories, which is now available in their Stories tray.
People can tap on the Stories sticker or profile button, and will be taken to the food order platform to complete their purchase.
People can also re-share the Stories stickers in their own Stories to encourage their followers to support a small business.