Huawei restructures to focus on cloud computing, AI

technode.com | January 14, 2020

Huawei announced last week changes to its organizational structure and management team, creating a fourth business group for its cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) divisions in a sign that the telecommunications giant is priming to ramp up its efforts in this sector.Why it matters: The changes echo Huawei’s “Cloud Only” strategy announced (in Chinese) in April, in which the company pledged to invest more resources and funds to build a “full-stack cloud platform.”The world’s largest telecom equipment maker and second-largest smartphone vendor is actively opening up new business lines amid US trade sanctions and backlash.A focus on cloud computing puts Huawei in direct competition with the biggest Chinese players including Alibaba and Tencent, as well as global heavyweights such as Amazon and Google.
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