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More technology benefits discussed in recent APAC 5G Industry Forum

APAC 5G Industry Forum highlights key values of 5G ecosystem for Industry 4.0


MANILA – APAC 5G Industry Forum (5GIF) held virtually Thursday last week with its theme “5G Inspiring new value accelerate Industry 4.0” and called for ecosystem cooperation and joint innovation to support industry digitalization.


The Forum, co-hosted by Huawei Technologies had over 800 participants from over 30 countries from different government, telecom operators, academe, ICT and other vertical industry players from the Asia Pacific region.


In a statement datelined Bangkok, Thailand, it was learned the Forum had technology partners and industry business owners who shared and explored how a sustainable 5G partner ecosystem could be developed to create higher contribution and businesses in the region. The speakers came from different industries in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.


The latest innovation found in 5G will revolutionize the global economy and shape business growth as well as accelerate commercial and digital service.


“But there are still many challenges to overcome, 5G requires not only innovators, but also brave practitioners to drive the development. In Thailand, Siriraj Hospital, is a good example, they are facing many difficulties to transform traditional processes, but the hospital has finally started to use 5G services for remote patient monitoring, connected ambulances, and unmanned medicine vehicles to provide higher quality medication service to their patients,” said Dennis Xiao, President of Huawei Technologies Asia Pacific Region in his opening remarks.


Meanwhile, Dustin Kehoe, APAC & ME Service Director of Global Data said there are more than 15,000 ASEAN enterprises spending over US$246 billion for current ICT transformation, industries are starting to use 5G in manufacturing, oil and gas, healthcare, and other campus-based networks. He added ASEAN countries are very committed to enlarge industrial manpower through variety skill-sets and technologies talent training.


“5GtoB will bring great benefit to the global economy and Huawei proposes a 1+N 5G target network to fulfill the requirements of video backhaul, machine vision, remote control and real-time positioning,” said Daisy Zhu, Vice President of Wireless Marketing at Huawei. She also shared several examples of automation in manufacturing, airports and shipping ports highlighting 5G’s role in providing greater bandwidth, lower latency and positioning.


The Forum had two discussion panels, panelists from universities, consultants, government, and telecom operators with a common view for the industry standards, public policies and regulation with economic benefits to capitalize on creating growth, improving quality and maximizing efficiencies in product lines.


The second panel session considered the challenges and opportunities of 5G eco-systems cooperation. Huawei and operations have already established a number of IoT based partnership cooperation framework in the past few years which can help build a faster local ecosystem.


The next step is to explore more possible business use cases to create new commercial value along with innovators, start-ups, and solutions providers to offer 5G enabled vertical industry solutions to accelerate industry digitalization.


According to the statement, the rapid deployment of 5G across Asia Pacific has paved the way for new innovations in vertical industries. Continued ICT investment and cooperation will better serve the businesses of the region, accelerate industry digital transformation, and develop the local partner ecosystems required for inspiring new value and accelerating Industry 4.0. (Melo M. Acuña)

Huawei Technologies Asia Pacific Region President Dennis Xiao. (Contributed photo)

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