Huawei takes important steps forward in IoT
Despite challenging times for the communications technology sector, Shenzhen networking juggernaut Huawei reported another record year for 2015. The company is now a USD60 billion plus technology behemoth with over 170,000 employees around the world. When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT) however, the company has been relatively quiet in terms of market messaging and go-to-market efforts (though IoT is often mentioned in Huawei presentations as a driver for infrastructure investments). As one of the more profound technological transformations taking place today, it would appear remiss that the technology giant would be absent from the IoT conversation. We believed this would eventually change and as such expected to hear more about IoT at Huawei’s analyst conference this year – and that is indeed what we experienced. Huawei has invigorated its strategy in IoT.
This Research Note examines Huawei’s strategy in IoT. Views are derived from observations at the 2016 analyst summit as well as ongoing conversations with the company. It also considers discussions with Huawei’s potential customers in IoT.
Keywords: IoT, Internet of Things, M2M, machine-to-machine, NB-IoT, Platforms, Modules, Real-time Operating Systems, RTOS
Companies covered in this report: Huawei, China Mobile, China Unicom, Cisco, Ericsson, ZTE
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