COVID-19 has changed our lives. As this pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, its impact on social, economic, and global health systems is bound to be huge. Digital technology is helping us to fight back. 5G, big data, and AI have greatly boosted the medical community’s ability to speed up testing, provide remote consultation, research vaccines, and track the spread of the disease. These technologies are also helping us social distance more effectively.
Greater connectivity allows for solutions such as cloud-based teleworking, online education, and contactless shopping enabling people to stay home and remain safe. At the same time, networks are being pushed to their limits. Growing online activity has caused a surge in network traffic, overwhelming network infrastructure in countries worldwide.
To ease the strain on networks, some streaming media companies have had to lower the quality of their video. Some countries are recommending that people vary their online activities throughout the day to avoid peaks. And in some underserved rural areas, students have taken to seeking out higher ground for a stronger signal to take classes online.
As Liang Hua, Chairman of the Board of Huawei, is testifying “Huawei is doing what it can to help. First and foremost, our priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees and to resume production in a responsible way. We are working closely with carriers around the world to support stable network operations and meet growing demand for reliable network connectivity, especially in regions that are suffering the most.
In China, we worked with our customers to build an emergency 5G network for the Huoshenshan field hospital in Wuhan. We got the entire network up and running in only three days, providing the hospital with the high-speed connections they need for remote consultations. Our remote videoconferencing systems are also helping medical institutions in countries like Thailand and Italy to communicate more efficiently.
We have deployed an AI-based diagnostic solution in over 60 medical institutions across Asia, Europe, and Latin America to boost diagnostic efficiency. It normally takes 12 minutes to review a CT scan. With AI, hospitals can do so in just two minutes. These are only a few examples of how digital technology is changing the way we live and work. In the information age, access to stable and continuous network services has become a basic need – a fundamental right – of every human being.
For more than 30 years, we have committed ourselves to pushing the boundaries of information and communications technology and driving its global adoption. We have worked closely with carriers worldwide to build over 1,500 networks and help millions of companies go digital. Together, we have connected more than three billion people in more than 170 countries and regions.
Supporting network stability has always been, and will remain, Huawei’s top priority. We go where our customers need us and do everything within our power to provide ubiquitous network connectivity in every country and region in which we operate. This includes some of the world’s harshest environments, like deserts, plateaus, and rainforests, and areas hit by disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and disease. To build a fully connected, intelligent world, our industry still has a long way to go.
According to GSMA, more than one billion people have no mobile broadband coverage, and about half of the world’s population still has no Internet access. We need to keep collaborating and innovating across the global value chain and driving the broader adoption of new technologies. We also need to take sustainability more seriously, contribute more to socioeconomic development, and help build a greener society.
We have helped roll out networks in more than 170 countries. Ensuring the stable operations of these networks and providing people with the best available technology is not only our purpose, it is the central tenet of our social responsibility.”