Shenzhen, China, April 1 2020: Huawei released its 2019 Annual Report yesterday,
In 2019, Huawei's carrier business led the commercial rollout of 5G networks. To further commercial adoption and promote new innovation in 5G applications, the company established 5G joint innovation centres together with carriers worldwide. Huawei's RuralStar base station solutions can effectively address coverage problems in remote areas. These solutions are being used in over 50 countries and regions, bringing mobile Internet to more than 40 million people living in remote areas
In 2019, Huawei announced its computing strategy with the aim of cultivating fertile soil for the intelligent world to flourish. As part of this strategy, the company launched the world's fastest AI processor, the Ascend 910, and the AI training cluster Atlas 900. In 2019, sales revenue from Huawei's enterprise business reached CNY89.7 billion, up 8.6% year-on-year.
Huawei's consumer business continues to see robust growth, with a total of 240 million smartphones shipped throughout the year. The company reports further progress in developing the Seamless AI Life ecosystem across all scenarios and devices, including personal computers, tablets, wearables, and smart screens.
Technology highlights from the report
5G, AI, and cloud: Enabling industries and driving the economy forward
Digital transformation is accelerating, powered by emerging technologies like 5G, AI, and cloud computing. This trend will soon propel the digital economy into a new phase of development, where AI-powered industry plays a leading role.
5G is converging with technologies like AI, cloud, 4K/8K video, VR, and AR. These technologies are being tightly integrated into enterprise production systems, changing the way we work. Together, they help traditional industries go digital, making things like smart ports, telemedicine, remote office work, and robotic inspections a practical reality.
These technologies are also reshaping the consumer domain. With support for applications like high-definition live streaming, smart classrooms and distance education, smart travel, and other forms of immersive experience, they are taking people beyond the boundaries of time and space. We are beginning to see the effects of technology spillover. ICT technology has become a new driving force behind economic growth, pushing the digital economy into a new era.
We estimate that the digital economy will grow to account for 25% of global GDP by 2025, up from the current 15%.
Huawei works with its partners to adapt 5G, AI, and cloud capabilities to meet the specific needs of different industries, enabling digitization and driving the digital economy forward.
We are building sustainability into the lifecycles of all of our products. Our products and solutions help many industries reduce emissions and develop circular economy processes. We are actively working with all industry partners to build a low-carbon society, contributing to a greener and fully connected world. For example, with our PowerStar network solution, base stations typically use between 10% and 15% less energy, cutting around 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually for every 1,000 sites. Huawei’s PowerStar solution has been verified and deployed in multiple countries, including China, South Africa, and Morocco.
Business Highlights in 2019
Driving Ubiquitous Connectivity
■ A leader in the global commercial deployment of 5G: We established 5G joint innovation centers with carriers in Europe, aiming to continuously drive the commercial deployment and service innovation of 5G. In addition, we worked with carriers and industry partners worldwide to explore the application of 5G in more than 300 projects, spanning over 20 industries.
■ Connecting the unconnected: Our innovative RuralStar Lite solution provides effective coverage for rural villages with 500 to 1,000 residents. Meanwhile, our RuralStar series solutions have provided mobile Internet services for more than 40 million people living in remote areas of over 50 countries and regions.
■ Ubiquitous IoT: The HiLink smart home platform has accumulated over 50 million users, while the total shipments of IoT devices that support the HiLink protocol exceeded 150 million units. We partnered with more than 600 home appliance brands, including BSH, Philips, Panasonic, Toshiba, Allegion, Canon, Kärcher, Blueair, Legrand, Sonos, Bose, Haier, Gree, and Midea, to provide our consumers with a greater variety of quality options for smart living.
Delivering a Personalized Experience
■ An open Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) ecosystem: We provided HMS Core capabilities like Maps, Machine Learning, Scan, Account, Push, In-App Purchases, and Ads to developers based on our open chip-device-cloud capabilities. We also launched Quick App and HUAWEI Ability worldwide, helping app developers deliver innovative app experiences to 600 million Huawei device users around the world. In addition, over 55,000 apps have been integrated with HMS Core.
■ Operating systems: We leveraged our breakthroughs in underlying software technologies, such as compilers and other distributed technologies, to shift from upper-layer user interface (UI) optimization to all-scenario device operating system development. This provides strong operating system capabilities that can achieve multi-screen collaboration and deliver an intelligent experience to consumers across all devices and scenarios.
Enabling Pervasive Intelligence
■ We launched the Arm-based CPU, the Kunpeng 920, and the TaiShan series of servers and cloud services powered by the Kunpeng 920.
■ We launched the world’s most powerful AI processor – the Ascend 910 – as well as an allscenario AI computing framework, MindSpore. We also launched Atlas 900, the world’s fastest AI training cluster, and HUAWEI CLOUD Ascend-based cluster services. 2019 also saw the broad adoption of Huawei’s mobile data center (MDC) intelligent driving computing platform, HUAWEI CLOUD Ascend-based cloud services, and a wide array of Atlas series AI accelerator modules, accelerator cards, servers, and clusters powered by Ascend series AI processors. We have partnered with more than 100 independent AI software vendors to serve over 500 industry projects, and we have worked extensively with 18 leading automakers and integrators on autonomous driving and applications for other related domains.
■ We expanded from mobile device chipsets to allscenario device chipsets. In 2019, we launched multiple processors for different devices, including the world’s first 5G System-on-Chip (SoC) Kirin 990 5G and the industry’s first BT 5.1 & BLE 5.1 SoC Kirin A1.
Building a Digital Platform
■ We built the cloud-based Horizon Digital Platform by integrating multiple new ICT technologies including IoT, AI, big data, video, converged communications, and geographic information system (GIS). This platform enables data integration, business collaboration, and agile innovation, aiming to lay the foundations for the future digital world.
■ We ramped up our efforts to drive industry digitization, and focused on creating customer value. More than 700 cities and 228 Fortune Global 500 companies – 58 of which are Fortune 100 companies – have chosen Huawei as their partner for digital transformation. The scenario-based solutions we have developed based on the Horizon Digital Platform have seen large-scale commercial use in multiple areas such as cities, campuses, and transportation. Prime examples include the adoption of our solutions by China’s Lanzhou New District, Soochow University, and Shenzhen Airport.