Huawei has announced the official launch of its enterprise business unit in the Middle East.
The company is kicking off its regional enterprise business, which will focus on providing end-to-end ICT solutions to key regional vertical sectors, with a roadshow to take in UAE, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
The company is already well established in the region through its telecoms operations, and already has several enterprise customers such as Saudi Aramco, Saudi Ministry of Health, and the new Maktoum Airport in Dubai, but the new unit will focus on provision of solutions to the enterprise segment.
Huwaei will be focusing on government and semi-government entities in the region, particularly in energy and power sector, transportation, oil and gas, and SMART cities. The company's enterprise offerings include expertise infrastructure solutions from data communications (includes security and firewalls, switches, routers, VPN, voice and video communications solutions including high-end unified communications), to transmission to help with integration industrial automation in manufacturing plants, to setting up large scale wireless broadband and WIMAX solutions.
Speaking at a launch event in Dubai, Mr Dongwu, general manager for the Middle East for Huawei Enterprise, commented: "We see convergence in the IT and communications technology, with this kind of convergence, enterprises need both kinds of technologies. As Huawei we have a solid background and experience in communications technologies over the past 20 years, and our IT experience of the past ten years, through business units like Huawei Software, puts us in a unique position that gives us very good opportunities to penetrate the market.
"We have successful global case studies and projects with key organizations and government customers in the Middle East region and we are dedicated to providing enterprises with the same level of customised end-to-end solutions which we have delivered to the world's leading telecom providers. As a technology-driven company, we have the right level of innovation and expertise to offer discerning CIOs a high level of ROI (return on investment) from their technology investments," he added.
Huawei will also look to build an enterprise channel in the region, and will announce a partner recruitment program for the Middle East next month.
The Huawei Enterprise Solutions Road Show will begin in the UAE, before touring the region until October this year. The road show includes a dedicated demonstration centre, built into a shipping container and carried by truck, which includes demonstration of solutions including telepresence systems, eCity solutions, mobile office and data centre, as well as running on Huawei infrastructure solutions.
"The Enterprise Solutions Road Show is being used as a common platform to understand the key requirements and associated challenges in constructing an intelligent city. In parallel, Huawei will present our solutions and share our global experience with end users in an interactive environment," said Dongwu.