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Envision a better connected world

William Xu, Huawei’s Chief Strategy Marketing Officer | April 29, 2014
This is the text of the speech by William Xu, Huawei’s Chief Strategy Marketing Officer, at the 2014 Huawei Global Analyst Summit. In his welcome address, Xu said that as connectivity becomes increasingly important and a way of life globally.

The value of a better connected world lies in shattering the limits of time and space

We have never been clearer about the future than we are now. The future is upon us. Let's imagine what a better connected world will be like in five years.

First, people will be connected more closely, obtain more knowledge, and receive better education.

The biggest impact of the Internet on the world is that it breaks the limitations in the transmission of knowledge and enables all people to have equal access to knowledge from different countries and cultures. Maybe a person with potential greater than that of even Einstein is confined to an unconnected corner of the world. Due to a lack of good education, he may only be recognized as a smart person in his own village. In five years, every corner of the world will be connected, everyone will be able to afford mobile devices, and various online education tools will become a part of life. Once this progress comes, this genius will definitely be able to play a bigger role and even make our world a better place to live.

Statistics show that today only less than 6% of the people in Sub-Sahara areas receive higher education. This figure is 26.5% in China.

For the African continent, traditional classroom teaching can no longer meet the tremendous requirements for higher education, not to mention the regional requirements for economic development. With the increase in network and fiber coverage and the development of alternative electric power in Sub-Sahara areas, the potential of ICT applications in the education sector will be unleashed to a much greater extent. Online courses, including open educational resources (OER), have shattered the limits of time and space. Students can freely choose the time and venue for learning, which greatly expands learning channels and reduces the cost of education by more than 50%. We firmly believe that the most successful universities in five years will be universities that provide education for the whole world.

In Tanzania, the "Wired Mothers" program helps mothers learn about prenatal and newborn care from their mobile phones, remarkably improving the health of babies. With the expansion of network coverage, regions where knowledge could not be obtained through mobile phones in the past now have access to such services.

Last year, Huawei partnered with Microsoft in the 4Africa initiative in providing smartphones to help more African people get connected.

Second, connectivity with higher bandwidth will enable immersive experience.

Let's imagine that football fans are able to watch exciting football games from the best position in the football field at any time as long as there is sufficient bandwidth.


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