Interview with Mr. Wang Peng, Director General of Huawei Tech Investment Tashkent
Director General of Huawei Tech Investment Tashkent Wang Peng, in his interview "Huawei: 16 years in the Uzbek market for the development of the ICT industry" has summarized the year 2016 and outlined the prospects for the near future of technology development in Uzbekistan.
— Mr. Wang, could you please sum up the passing year for Huawei in Uzbekistan?
— If to speak in two words, I can designate the 2016 as a dynamic, competitive, successful and fruitful for the company Huawei.
As for the details, I would like to mention the following work that we have done this year. First and foremost, over the past 15 years that our company has been operating in Uzbekistan, we have designated our office with a Huawei logo. Now, walking through one of the central streets of Tashkent, you will not pass without noticing the Huawei logo.
As you know, our company operates in three key business areas, such as the "carrier" (mobile operator), "enterprise" (corporate clients) and "consumer" (manufacture and sale of mobile phones and smartphones). This year we managed to make contact with our partners, mobile operators in the country, and start a new cooperation strategy in strengthening our presence in the market of Uzbekistan.
We held a series of international and regional summits and forums with the participation of representatives of mobile operators, where we invited the best international experts from all over the world, so they could share their experiences and knowledge. The "Mobile Broadband" summit (dedicated to the development of mobile Internet) and "Cloud Summit" (dedicated to the development of cloud technology) has aroused great interest among our partners. Next year we want to continue this tradition and try to reach a larger number of partners from different fields of information and communication technologies.
Speaking about the corporate segment, I would like to emphasize that the decisions and technology that we provide to large and medium corporations, including public companies, does not concede to brands who have been working in this direction. In contrast, we easily adapt to customer requirements and proceed from the desires and needs of the customer. As for the prices, our offers could be more attractive than others, but this does not mean that, if cheaper, then the quality is worse. The quality of our services, products and solutions is improving year-by-year and in some parts surpasses European and American brands. The main credo of the company Huawei is to be customer-oriented and work with them to develop the market of telecommunications.
Terminal business, in other words — smartphones and various mobile devices of users have drastically changed their face this year. Our science laboratories have finally entered the world level, and our devices are becoming increasingly attractive worldwide. Stars such as Lionel Messi, Henry Cavil and Robert Lewandowski proud to become the faces of the Huawei brand in various countries around the world.
In Uzbekistan, we have chosen a similar character, positive celebrity, who has reached not only local but also global recognition — FIFA referee, best Asian Cup referee Ravshan Irmatov. Our slogan "Make a Fair Choice" is associated with a fair decision of the referee during a football match, which plays an important role and makes any match colorful and more attractive. We have no doubt on the justice of Mr. Irmatov, I think that the people of Uzbekistan support our view.
— Speaking about the development of the ICT industry in Uzbekistan, how do you delineate the Company's role in this sector?
— Huawei always adheres to the idea of long-term and trustful cooperation. We are always ready for open dialogue and difficulties of the market, which we can overcome only by joint efforts. In Uzbekistan, people say that the future belongs to the younger generation. This phrase has a lot of sense and truth. Based on this, I want to note that the company Huаwei pays special attention to the support and development of young talents and professionals of the ICT sector. This year we signed a Memorandum of understanding with two institutions: the TUIT and INHA. We have opened the Academy Huawei called HAINA in the world. The goal is to prepare high-level professionals and experts in important areas such as information security, network development and information and communication technologies.
We actively promote the idea of cloud technology, the development of broadband access, solutions for safe cities, the digitization of Uzbekistan and the development of data centers. The development of these technologies and solutions in the country will help to lift such areas as: E-education, E-Commerce, E-health and, of course, E-government. The creation and development of these platforms will be directly connected with the development of economic potential of Uzbekistan and well-being of the population, as the worldwide ICT development is directly linked to GDP growth.
We want the market economy of Uzbekistan to develop, this will expand the market of information technologies and communications, where such companies as Huawei, will be able to invest more and grow with the growth trend of this sector.
In addition, I would like to mention the project "Media Tour" for journalists in Uzbekistan. For the first time in the history of the company, and I think, in the history of the media industry of the country, Huаwei was able to gather representatives of all branches of the media in a single group. A group of 9 people was able to visit the headquarters of Huawei and to get acquainted with the latest technologies and solutions of information technology. We were able to invite journalists in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, where active scientific research centers of the company are engaged, where they visually saw and tested the Huawei products. I think this experience has helped the journalists, and us. We have proved and demonstrated how global Huawei has become, and how openly and closely we communicate with the media.
— Plans of Huawei for 2017. What news, surprises or innovations do you prepare?
— Usually we don't like to talk about plans for the future, we better do them and show how we are committed to the development of the ICT market and telecommunications in Uzbekistan. In 2016, Huawei was recognized as the "most innovative", then in the new year, we must comply with this vocation. In each of the three business areas of the company we want to promote innovative solutions based on the requirements of our customers and users. Many changes have happened in both political and economic life in Uzbekistan over the past year. I think Huawei will follow the specified course by the leadership of the country and will do everything possible to help the development of information technologies, which will contribute to improving the lives and well-being of the population of this beautiful country as Uzbekistan. Our main motto is to make a more interconnected world, including Uzbekistan.
Seizing the moment, on behalf of Huawei in Uzbekistan, I would like to congratulate all the people of this country with the New 2017, to wish them good health, prosperity and spiritual growth!
Wang Peng – Director General of Huawei tech investment Tashkent (trade mark "Huawei"). Born in 1978 in Shanxi province, China. In 1997-2001 studied at the Harbin Institute of technology majoring in communication. Fluent in Chinese, English and Russian languages. Engaged in Huawei since 2001. Held various technical and managerial positions in the direction of high-tech wireless communications and sale. Until his appointment, in Uzbekistan, Wang Peng was the General Manager for Huawei in Almaty, Vice-President of the region of Central Asia and the Caucasus. In 2016, he was appointed Director General of Huawei tech investment Tashkent.
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