Huawei is simultaneously China’s most innovative, global, and misunderstood tech company today. In this fireside chat with Professor Arun Sundararajan, Huawei CTO Paul Scanlan traced the evolution of Huawei from a manufacturer of phone switches in the 1980s to the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer (with a global market share of 30% in 2018) and the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer (ahead of Apple). As the business of artificial intelligence and 5G technologies is increasingly intertwined with geopolitics and trade war, the conversation unpacked the controversy surrounding the recent arrest and impending prosecution of Huawei’s CFO, shedding light on the ongoing multi-trillion dollar global battle for 5G dominance. Drawing on examples ranging from Singapore’s digital strategy to Norwegian fish farming, Paul explained why Huawei invested so heavily in R&D, outlined the dependence between success with AI/robotics and effective 5G strategy, and discussed a path to success and stability in the future.
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