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Chinese Technology Giant Huawei Opens ‘Market-Oriented’ OpenLab in India

It will offer ICT training to nearly 400 personnel per year and provide "ICT Career Certification" to 250 engineers per year; and "Proof of Concept Training" to nearly 100 engineers annually, Huawei said

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To accelerate enterprise digitisation in India and help the industry test and develop innovative solutions, Chinese technology giant Huawei on Friday launched its first “market-oriented” OpenLab in the country which is the company’s 12th such facility globally.

“Over the next three years, Huawei will be investing $23 million jointly in its OpenLabs in India and Thailand. These facilities will provide platforms for customers and partners to innovate together using Huawei’s ICT capabilities and India’s local talent,” said Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India.

Compared to traditional technology-centric labs, Huawei said its OpenLab Delhi will be market-oriented, and aims to develop hardware and software services as well as solutions based on customers’ requirements during their digital transformation.

Built as a part of Huawei’s Global OpenLab Programme, the OpenLab Delhi will provide Huawei ecosystem partners and customers a platform to freely test and customise their solutions.

The OpenLab Delhi will focus on driving smart city innovations in areas as diverse as IoT (Internet of Things), smart building, smart campus (perimeter alarm, smart parking, energy efficiency management and visitor management), smart transportation, intelligent video surveillance solutions and convergent command and control solutions, Huawei said.

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The OpenLab Delhi will focus on driving smart city innovations in areas as diverse as IoT (Internet of Things).

“In the future we will extend the range of solutions to digital banking, smart energies, and more and more areas,” Derek Hao, President, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei India, told IANS.

“With this OpenLab, Huawei looks to serve India as well as global partners and customers leveraging its global expertise, talents, technologies, and customer business successes,” he said, adding that the facility will serve as a co-innovation platform for Huawei, its customers and partners for incubating industry solutions to address the challenges of digital transformation.

The OpenLab Delhi, located at the company’s Gurugram headquarters, will also be providing training and certification to Indian ICT talent in the latest technologies.

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It will offer ICT training to nearly 400 personnel per year and provide “ICT Career Certification” to 250 engineers per year; and “Proof of Concept Training” to nearly 100 engineers annually, Huawei said.

In the first three quarters, Huawei achieved 60 per cent growth in the enterprise business in India, compared to the growth achieved in the three quarters of last year, Hao said, adding the the Huawei Enterprise Business Group is now serving top manufacturing, retail and large enterprise customers in India. (IANS)

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Xiaomi Focusing on Rural Retail in India

But the eight-year-old company wants to be recognised not as just another smartphone company and it began working towards this mission in 2014

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Xiaomi wants to change rural retail in India with new business.

Chinese electronics major Xiaomi, which is focusing on amplifying its product portfolio beyond smartphones, is all set to launch on Tuesday a new business which, according to the company, will “change rural retail in India”.

“Excited about a new business that we are launching. We’ll announce it tomorrow,” Manu Kumar Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi Global and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, revealed in a tweet on Monday.

“This new business will forever change rural retail in India,” he stressed.

Started with the online-only strategy, Xiaomi is fast expanding its presence in offline retail as well.

In September, the company launched its fourth flagship “Mi Home” experience store in the country, in Bengaluru, along with a new office.

“With the launch of a new ‘Mi Home’ experience store, we aim to bring maximum international products to the Indian markets,” Jain said at the time of the launch.

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With the purpose of strengthening its offline network further, Xiaomi said in September it wanted to open 100 “Mi Home” stores in 2018 itself.

Known for its low-cost phones, the company shipped 11.7 million units and became the top brand in the Indian market with 27.3 per cent share in the third quarter this year, with Samsung at second spot, according to an International Data Corporation (IDC) report last week.

The company grew to a new high on the back of its successful Redmi 5A and Redmi Note 5 Pro series and refreshed Redmi 6/A/Pro portfolio, said the report.

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But the eight-year-old company wants to be recognised not as just another smartphone company and it began working towards this mission in 2014.

Along with its products in the smart home portfolio, its is also venturing into non-technology related segments like luggage, shoes, apparel and more. (IANS)