Huawei to build new OpenLab in India

The new Indian "market-oriented" OpenLab is the latest in a number of investments Huawei has made to encourage tech innovation on the subcontinent


Huawei has announced it is building a new "market-oriented" OpenLab to strengthen its ecosystem of emerging businesses in India. The lab, which would be located in New Delhi, would bring together system integrators, technology partners and other players in the area to help businesses build solutions using its platform.

The new lab would be the 12th such lab the tech giant has built globally. Huawei has announced that it would be investing $23m jointly in its OpenLabs in India and Thailand over the next year in order to provide innovation solutions in South and Southeast Asia.

"Through this (facility), we want to bring our global practice to India for our enterprise business. With this lab, the aim is to build an ecosystem to supply end-to-end solutions with the help of partners for the enterprise," Derek Hao, president of the enterprise business group at Huawei India, told The Economic Times in a recent interview. "We have more than 1,000 (enterprise) customers in India already."

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Huawei has stated that its OpenLab Delhi will be particularly "market-oriented" and will aim to develop hardware and software services for clients as well as solutions for company's digital transformation. It will also focus on driving smart city innovations in areas such as IoT, smart building and smart transportation.

Huawei has been investing heavily in Indian innovation this year, with its enterprise business having grown more than 60% in the subcontinent in the first three quarters of 2018. Hao stated that this is driven by digitization in industries such as BFSI, energy and investments in smart cities.

"These verticals have been the growth drivers for us," he told The Economic Times, adding that the company was expecting similar levels of growth next year.

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