Huawei Launches Middle East’s First IoT Incubator

Cloud-based hosting center to accelerate digital transformation

Huawei has announced the launch of the Middle East’s first Multitenant Internet of Things (IoT) Hosting Center in order to incubate the local digital ecosystem and accelerate IoT business development in the region. Based on IoT Hosting Center and ecosystem enablement, Huizhong and Hayat Communications are the first partners to obtain the Middle East IoT Hosting Center’s 1st NB-IoT enabled certificate.

IoT Hosting Center is Huawei’s new and innovative platform as a service solution that provides OceanConnect services such as open device connectivity, device management, and application enablement to customers across the Middle East region. It is designed to quickly develop IoT business in the Middle East region with reduced initial investment cost compared to CAPEX mode while providing a fast time to market by plug and play deployment.

The Hosting Center is deployed, maintained, and operated by Huawei Technologies. It’s a one-stop solution with established ecosystem with global partners and a pre-defined services catalogue that includes technical support, marketing support, and business cooperation.

This newly launched IoT Hosting Center and ecosystem strategy are aimed at accelerating digital transformation by bringing Huawei’s global IoT experience and partnership locally through empowered cloud. Huawei is working with over 700 global partners on 50+ use across 40 industries. The system also provides over 170 open APIs and serial agent software to promote app release, simplifying device access, guarantee network connection, and achieve a seamless connection between upstream and downstream products for partners.

In the Middle East, the IoT Hosting Center comes along with the IoT Regional Experience Center to speed up IoT ecosystem development locally. The Regional Experience Center provides a pre-integration testing environment for application developers, device, and module and chip manufacturers. It will also allow Huawei and local partners to explore cutting-edge developments including network solution verification, new application innovation, device integration, and product compliance certification. As of now, Huizhong and Hayat Communications have already completed the Middle East IoT Hosting Center 1st NB-IoT enabled certification.

“IoT Hosting Center and the Regional Experience Center follow Huawei’ series of initiatives and full commitment to developing IoT in the Middle East. These initiatives will help Middle East customers to focus on quick IoT business development while leaving the technological challenges to Huawei and partners,” said Su Wang, VP of Marketing, Huawei Middle East.

“IoT Hosting and Regional Experience centers allowed Huizhong to quickly integrate and verify our device compatibility with Huawei IoT System according to Middle East market requirements. IoT is a very complex industry, and device and use cases adaption to local requirements are paramount initiatives to develop IoT ecosystem in the Middle East,” said Bai Jie, Head of Overseas Business at Huizhong.

“We are proud to be part of this revolutionary initiative, which is aimed at quickly developing the IoT ecosystem in the Middle East. Together, with Huawei and other partners, we are committed to accelerating Digital transformation in the Middle East,” said Narinder, Oman Country Manager of Hayat Communications. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the SAMENA Telecom Leaders’ Summit held in Dubai earlier this month.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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