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Huawei in talks with Indian government for smart city solutions

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Chinese telecom maker Huawei turns bullish on India, calling it as the most strategic market for growth. In a Q&A with TOI, Derek Hao, president, enterprise business group, Huawei India, said that the group will be expanding its enterprise products and working on other areas like IoT, big data, cloud at its Indian R&D centre in Bengaluru. Excerpts:

Can you tell us how important India is for Huawei?

We have our largest offshore research & development unit in Bengaluru; which employs 3,000 personnel of about 8,000 total employees in India. Our Global service centre another 1,000 staffers – and it supports our domestic and international telecom carrier customers in 30-plus markets across EMEA. We also have our two factories in Chennai, which will primarily focus on production of midrange smartphones like the Honor series. And we are actively looking to expand our distribution solution for enterprise products with dealers and channel partners like with Redington India.

Can you tell us about your smart city solutions in India?

We are currently in talks with the Indian government officials from the Government of India. We’ve also helped Kenya build a digital health system, which won an award at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. With the government’s recent push towards Digital India and Smart City projects, Huawei can contribute to a large extent.

Your initiative in the BFSI sector with Infosys?

Huawei has partnered with Indian IT major Infosys for hosting their banking product Finacle on Huawei’s FusionCloud based cloud platform. We have six of the top 10 global banks with us – in total we have more than 300 financial institutions.

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