The Huawei Connect 2020, another major Huawei conference after the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC.Together), kicked off today in Shanghai.
Guo Ping, Huawei’s rotating chairman, attended and delivered a keynote speech titled “Five Machines Collaborate to Create New Values in the Industry.” In his speech, he said the United States has put a lot of pressure on Huawei, making survival Huawei’s primary focus.
In response to US sanctions on Huawei’s chip supply chain, Guo said that the third set of sanctions have greatly hindered Huawei’s production and operations.
“The chips and other products were only put into the warehouse in September, and the specific data is still in the evaluation process,” Guo said.
He added that Huawei’s existing chip inventory is sufficient for its services (base stations) in the business sector. For mobile phone chips, Huawei consumes hundreds of millions of units each year and is still looking for effective solutions, and its American suppliers are also actively seeking licenses from the US government.
Guo said he believes that the chip ban not only affects Huawei but also imposes huge restrictions on the sales of chips by American companies and even other countries. The company hopes the US government will reconsider the ban and emphasized that Huawei will be willing to purchase US chips and adhere to the global supply chain if the ban is lifted.
Guo also shared Huawei’s phased progress and business strategies in the four areas of connectivity, computing, cloud, and AI. He said that in the past few years, Huawei has completed a certain technological accumulation in the ICT field.
He added that the company will provide scenario-based solutions according to different needs to help enterprises achieve commercial success, and help the government achieve business development, benefit the people, and good governance.
“Connection, computing, cloud, AI, and industry applications will constitute five major opportunities for the entire industry,” Guo said. “We want to create new value in the industry with partners through the ‘5 machines’ collaboration.”