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Huawei Technologies announced collaboration and partnerships with 20 key industry peers at this year's Huawei eco-Connect conference, held in conjunction with CommunicAsia 2017. The series of partnerships, announced over the course of the three-day trade conference from 23 to 25 May at Sands Expo & Convention Center, Singapore, reinforced Huawei's continued stronghold of the cloud ecosystem in the Southern ASEAN and Oceania region.

The partnerships also demonstrate Huawei's commitment to empower its cloud partners and build synergies that will: (1) support the growth of the cloud ecosystem; (2) enable more businesses of all sizes and industries to tap on the opportunities of cloud technologies; and (3) accelerate the region's digital economy transformation.

Mr. Lim Chee Siong, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of Huawei Southern Pacific Region, said, "The role information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure play as the catalyst for socioeconomic growth has never been more prominent and critical. In fact, the recently released Global Connectivity Index 2017 demonstrated that for every additional US$1 of infrastructure investment in information and communications technology (ICT), it will create a return of US$3 in the current GDP and a potential return of US$5 in GDP in 2025. This equates to an accumulative US$17.6 trillion in GDP that will boost global economic growth in 2025."

Lim added, "ASEAN demonstrates great potential for an intelligent, connected future - one that harnesses the full spectrum of benefits that future technologies such as Internet of Things has to offer to governments, businesses and consumers. From Huawei's perspective, the region represents a collective of key growth markets that are strategic to our business and vision to build a connected future for all."

Huawei currently offers its Cloud Platform to enable customers to build new business models and increase revenue streams in the digital age. Huawei also identifies growth opportunities, and hence the emphasis, on IoT-as-a-Service where telecommunications operators and industry partners will be equipped with a holistic approach to IoT services. Other areas for growth identified by Huawei include Video Cloud hosting services for entertainment, gaming, education and business.

To drive innovation and glocalisation of technology services in Singapore, Huawei also recently invested and established a Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Center (CSIC),

OpenLab, and jointly introduced the i5Lab with NUS Enterprise. The collaboration aims to cater to the industry's needs for incubation of innovative ideas, training, research support, funding, testing and certification in the region.

Huawei continues to develop industry alliances and partnerships with businesses, open source communities, as well as developer platforms to unleash greater potential for innovation, as well as promoting the growth and sustainability of the ecosystem. Existing partners such as SAP, i5Lab, Ascent, Itron, Fusionex, Redtone and more form the growing line of collaborators who share expertise, solutions and networks to realise the region's connected future ambition.

To enable the development of an open, conducive platform where the innovation ecosystem players can engage, learn, share best practices, and grow business match-making opportunities, Huawei will be organizing a series of insights-driven platforms such as an IoT Ecosystem Forum, Asia Pacific Telco Content Forum, Singapore Channel Partner Summit, and Smart City Roundtable that gather all key stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem ranging from governments to regulators, operators, developers and content providers.

Extending the experience to the CommunicAsia Expo, Huawei and its partners will showcase at its booth cloud applications in business and consumer-simulated environments, as well as the latest IoT innovation in sectors such as utilities, energy, transportation, public safety and infrastructure, as well as waste and drainage management.