Johannesburg — HUAWEI has released its 2017 Sustainability Report, demonstrating initiatives undertaken to bridge the digital divide, support network stability and security, protecting privacy, promote environmental protection and build a healthy ecosystem.
Over the past year, Huawei has actively benchmarked its operations against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to achieve its strategic goals in sustainability.
"At Huawei we wish to leverage our expertise to build a sustainable, fully connected, and intelligent world," said Chairman, Dr Howard Liang.
"We see a future where every person, home and organization enjoys the benefits of innovation and connection. As we encourage more inclusive and sustainable global economic growth, we sincerely hope to contribute more to our world and the future."
With information and communications technology becoming a key enabler of global sustainability, Huawei continues to increase its Research and Development investment, innovate in ICT, and bring the fruits of this innovation to more people.
In 2017, Huawei's innovative WTTx solution helped resolve last-mile access issues in both densely populated cities and sparsely populated rural areas.
The solution reduces connectivity costs by 75 percent and makes network roll-out 90 percent.
The company also deployed RuralStar 2.0, a solution for rural networks, for 12 carriers in eight countries, including Thailand, Ghana and Mexico.
This solution helps increase network coverage in rural areas, allowing more people, especially those in under-developed regions, to access the online world.
Huawei's Mobile Money solution enables carriers and banks to deliver innovative, reliable mobile banking services without adding too much to their asset base. It has been deployed in 19 countries and serves over 152 million users. This solution makes financial services simpler and more accessible, driving financial inclusion.
"We actively benchmark our operations against best industry practices to keep ourselves up-to-date," said Kevin Tao, Board Member and Chairman of Huawei's Sustainable Development Committee.
"We now intend to set more aggressive goals and pursue innovation in sustainability practices, as this can help improve the sustainability of the whole industry," Tao added.