Huawei Launches OpenLab in India

Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei launched a new OpenLab in New Delhi, India last Friday. OpenLab aims to build an industry ecosystem and serve as an innovation platform for Huawei. The tech giant will bring system integrators, technology partners and other players together, to help test and develop innovative solutions as well as to accelerate India’s enterprise digitization.

“India is a key market for our enterprise business and OpenLab is an important part of our global OpenLab plan. We aim to serve India, as well as global partners and customers leveraging its global expertise, talents, technologies and customer business successes.” said Huawei India president of Enterprise Business Group, Derek Hao.

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Huawei said its OpenLab Delhi will be less tech-oriented and more marketing-driven. The aim is to develop hardware and software services as well as solutions based on customers’ requirements during their digital transformation.

Huawei is planning to educate more than 400 engineers, of which 250 will be certified to work in the OpenLab. “We will do over 100 proofs of concept every year with partners,” Hao said, adding that the focus was to grow the public sector, large enterprises and small/medium enterprise verticals.

During the first three quarters this year, Huawei’s business has grown by over 60 percent compared to the previous year, driven by industries like BFSI, energy and investments in smart cities.

“These verticals have been the growth drivers for us,” Hao said, adding that they are expecting the growth to continue at a steady pace into the following year. Huawei Enterprise Business Group is now serving top manufacturing, retail and large enterprise customers in India.

With a total investment of $200 million, Huawei has set up 20 such facilities globally this far, including Singapore, Dubai and Moscow, the OpenLab in New Delhi being one of the most recent. “These facilities [in India] will provide platforms for customers and partners to innovate together using Huawei’s ICT capabilities and India’s local talent,” said Jay Chen, CEO of Huawei India.