Huawei Unveils Munich Openlab to Accelerate Digital Innovation and Industry Ecosystem in Europe

HANOVER, Germany, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Huawei unveiled its first Openlab in Munich at CeBIT 2016, a new center of excellence to foster joint, customer and business-driven ICT innovation with partners. Huawei's Munich Openlab will drive innovation in areas including the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and big data, to build safer and smarter cities. To date, more than 25 partners including T-Systems, SAP, Intel, Alstom, and Hexagon have expressed an interest in participating in the new Openlab.

"To compete successfully in the new digital world, many enterprises need to rethink their traditional business models," said Mr. David He, President of Marketing and Solution Sales of Enterprise Business Group in Huawei. "Munich Openlab empowers enterprises to advance their digital transformation through customer-centric, agile innovation and open collaboration with key Huawei partners in Europe. To respond quickly to new market opportunities, Munich Openlab helps enterprises develop competitive, commercialized solutions by testing technical solutions in a real network environment. This open, collaborative platform enables enterprises to capitalize on the aggregate value of industry-leading technology and expertise while facilitating development of the industry ecosystem to create greater value for customers."

By enabling local industry partners and customers in Europe to accelerate digital innovation, Munich Openlab builds competitiveness for the future, which is also an important part of the "Europe 2020" strategy. The Openlab will act as an incubation center for joint collaboration on industry solutions with leading software and industry partners to build a competitive industry ecosystem. Visitors to the facility will also be able to experience first-hand solutions for smart cities, the IoT, public safety, smart lighting and retail big data. As part of Huawei's commitment to innovation, Munich Openlab will be connected to a network of Huawei Openlabs across the globe to facilitate the international exchange of ideas about new business models, market needs, and technical solutions.

Commenting on the launch of Munich Openlab, Mr. Christian Lamprechter, Germany Country Manager, Intel, said: "We believe there are great opportunities for Huawei and Intel to collaborate as Intel also has an IoT Openlab in Munich, which enables the two parties to share talents, technical platforms and other resources. We look forward to strengthening the exchange and collaboration with Huawei in areas such as developing and marketing end-to-end IoT solutions, with the goal to deliver greater value to customers."

Mr. Rinse Tamsma, Head of Global Partner Organisation, Middle & Eastern Europe Region at SAP, said: "SAP has been partnering with Huawei on SAP HANA. With the launch of Munich Openlab, we hope to expand the collaboration between the two companies to accelerate the delivery of joint solutions for enterprises."

To date, Huawei has established ten inter-connected Openlabs across the globe to help enterprises across various industries accelerate digital transformation. With industrial experts, business and technology experts and over 150 industry partners, Huawei's Openlabs globally fostered the development and deployment of leading ICT solutions for governments and enterprises from the energy, manufacturing, finance, healthcare, media and other sectors. For example, the Huawei-Hexagon joint innovative solutions helped the Saudi government improve urban management and service capabilities; the SAP HANA based data analytics, cloud and IoT solutions that Huawei and SAP developed jointly through the Openlabs have helped customers achieve scientific decision making and management.

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