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Huawei: COVID-19 closed many doors, but innovation offers a window of hope

 Breakthroughs in technical innovation promise to make life better, businesses smarter, and the world more inclusive

At the opening ceremony of MWC Shanghai 2021, Huawei's Deputy Chairman Ken Hu spoke about the huge impact that COVID-19 has had on countries, enterprises, and people around the world, as well as the role technology plays in combatting the pandemic.

Ken Hu keynote speech

Ken Hu keynote speech

Huawei Deputy Chairman Ken Hu speaking at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021

"Innovation isn't just about solving the challenges we face today," said Hu. "It's about lighting up tomorrow. Once we get the pandemic under control, we need to think hard about how we can innovate to improve quality of life, make businesses smarter, and create a more inclusive world." He explained that, while unequal access to digital technology and digital skills has widened the digital divide, the pandemic has made the situation significantly worse. "We have to focus innovation on bridging the gap between the haves and have-nots, and on driving digital inclusion".

COVID-19 has created many new requirements for digital infrastructure. Over the past year, Huawei has worked closely with carriers to ensure the stable operations of more than 300 networks across 170 countries. In Indonesia, Huawei employed a new digital delivery technology to rapidly deploy over 50,000 base stations. In Ningxia, China, Huawei's integrated routers enable multi-cloud access for enterprise users, helping them move to cloud more rapidly – and at lower cost. "As we look towards recovery," Hu said, "we need to ensure that innovation isn't just about today. It's about lighting up tomorrow and creating greater social value."

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