Huawei Technologies says that the ICT Industry has the transformative power to boost sustainable socio-economic development.
In a position paper launched during the ITU Telecom World 2018 in Durban, South Africa from 10-13 September, Huawei added that governments have a vital role to play in forming a favourable environment for the dynamic and healthy development of the ICT industry.
Huawei’s ICT solutions products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions serving over one-third of the world’s population.
In the position paper titled “Telco: Investment, Innovation and Competition in ICT Infrastructure”, Huawei summarizes the development trends of ICT as observed around the globe.
Just recently, Huawei launched the 4.5G-based and 5G-oriented eLTE-DSA (eLTE Discrete Spectrum Aggregation) solution for commercial use.
The Kenya Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd. (KETRACO) becomes the latest to join this venture where its transmission network will become the backbone for fast speed internet solutions provided by Huawei.
It evaluates potential socio-economic development spurred by ICT, after conducting a regression analysis based on a data set of 125 countries for the period 2010 to 2016.
The conclusion is that every 16-20 percent increase in ICT investment brings 1 per cent growth in GDP; so in order to fully unleash the potential of ICT in promoting economic growth and societal well-being, governments have a critical role to play in terms of supporting investment in ICT infrastructure, encouraging ICT innovation, and guiding and regulating ICT competition.
At the launching ceremony, Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General, said governments should make ICT policy not just sectorial but national.
The development of ICT and relevant infrastructure cannot be realised by solely relying on participants in the ICT ecosystem. Instead, it requires support and guidance from governments.
“Our objectives are clear: connecting the unconnected, providing people with more advanced technologies, developing new applications, and facilitating other ecosystems. And to succeed in this endeavour, we need more innovative public-private partnerships,” said Zhao.
Phillippa Biggs, chief content coordinator of ITU Broadband Commission for Digital Development said policies for an enabling environment are a must for broadband, including enabling policies and regulation to help co-investment of cross-country interconnection, USF for broadband roll-out and promotion of utility infrastructure synergies.
Zhou Mingcheng, Vice President of Huawei Global Government Affairs Dept., said ICT has become a fundamental feature of modern society, and fast and healthy development of ICT industry requires supports and guidance from governments in stimulating investment in ICT infrastructure, encouraging ICT innovation and regulating competitions.
Huawei which was founded in 1987 is a private company fully owned by its employees. The company has 180,000 employees worldwide.