China’s Huawei moving into telecoms consulting and systems integration

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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Vendor announces new division as part of global technical services, with $200m investment earmarked over three years

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei is moving into consulting and systems integration.

The new unit will be part of its existing global technical services unit, headed by Bill Tang, and will offer consultancy and other services to carriers.

“We will take advantage of the cloud, big data and artificial intelligence, as well as our assets such as products, processes and knowhow,” said Tang.

The unit will be investing $200 million in setting up the operation, Tang said at Huawei’s operations transformation forum, a conference it is running for telecoms operators in Hong Kong this week.

But the operation will largely draw on talent brought from elsewhere in the company. “We will recruit talent, as many as possible,” said Tang. He said the company is looking for 500 business architects and solution architects and 100 data scientists for the new business.

Their aim will be to help fixed and mobile carriers implement their digital transformation strategy, he added, citing three companies that are already working with Huawei: Globe of the Philippines, Hong Kong Telecom, Kenya’s Safaricom and Viva, the Kuwait operator controlled by Saudi Telecom.

“We will provide consulting and systems integration for our clients. We are doing digitisation as well and we are trying to enable our clients,” said Tang. “There will be more investment [in this sector] and global technical services will continue to increase investment.”