JOHANNESBURG, July 2020 – Cloud computing offers unique opportunities to drive inclusive growth
and economic transformation in Africa by developing the digital economy and supporting artificial
intelligence (AI) opportunities.
This was the message emerging from this week’s HUAWEI CLOUD Summit Africa 2020, an online
event to unpack the opportunities of cloud computing for African business under the theme
“Building an Intelligent Africa”.
“AI and digitization offer untold benefits for almost every sector,” said Marcus Tay Soon Guan, Chief
Tech Director of HUAWEI CLOUD Africa Region at the Summit. “AI and the opportunities of the
Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) can help enterprises build relevant, game-changing offerings for
their customers and society.”
Tay said that due to the enormous amounts of information being generated by people, equipment
and connected devices in the emerging 4IR era, there were massive data storage and analysis needs,
and Cloud was the most effective way to deliver this.
“AI is no longer just an IT capability – it’s an operational requirement,” he said. “But we envisage an
AI future where computing power is readily available through the Cloud, like the air we breathe,
unleashing the full, transformative potential of algorithms.”
Cloud&AI has applications in e-medicine, logistics, resource management, online education, and
retail. Speakers at the summit also described how AI can materially transform finance, urban
planning, farming, mining and several other industries.
Tay outlined how the HAUWEI CLOUD offering had lowered the threshold for entering the AI arena,
allowing industry experts to access the productivity benefits of AI, without any of the technology
HUAWEI CLOUD has seen rapid uptake, with the company tripling global revenue and paid users in
one year. The main demand for Cloud applications has been in database services, development, video and the Internet of Things (IoT), while the ModelArts platform supports the development of
applications like device to-AI-synergisation, automatic speech recognition and video ingestion.
Tay said that Cloud empowered organisations to become digitally smart.
“The application potential of cloud-enabled AI to solve business problems is limited only by the
human imagination,” he said.
“In today’s context, AI alone is insufficient – it needs Cloud and 5G technology,” said Tay.
“Fortunately, Huawei is in the unique position of being able to offer an AI-infused Cloud model, along
with cutting-edge 5G technology capabilities to build solutions for digital enterprise needs,” he said.
Tay said that the key to digital inclusion was expanding AI services to benefit Africa’s people in the
public and private sector, in a way that was affordable and scalable, with simple development
platforms and expert support.
He said businesses could now use AI to target their precise enterprise intelligence needs without any
long-term capital requirement – consuming the service without any equipment outlay. For the public
sector, the delivery of services could be revolutionised through the power of data.
“The age of artificial intelligence is upon us,” said Tay. “It will transform Africa’s future, as long as it
remains inclusive, affordable, effective and reliable.”
About HUAWEI CLOUD
HUAWEI CLOUD now distills 30+ years of accumulated technology, innovation, and expertise in the
ICT infrastructure field to offer customers everything as a service. You can grow your enterprise in
the best environment with stable, secure, and ever-improving HUAWEI CLOUD services and
affordable, inclusive AI. HUAWEI CLOUD provides a powerful computing platform and easy-to-use
development platform to support Huawei’s full-stack, all-scenario AI strategy. By the end of 2019,
HUAWEI CLOUD had launched 200+ cloud services and 190+ solutions. News agencies, social media
platforms, law enforcement, automobile manufacturers, gene sequencing organizations, financial
institutions, and a long list of other industry customers are all benefiting in significant ways from
HUAWEI CLOUD. 3500 applications were added to the HUAWEI CLOUD marketplace with offerings
from more than 10000 business partners.
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