European telecommunication companies should work more closely together to boost innovation of 5G, ICT and artificial intelligence, Chinese tech giant Huawei suggested at an event held here on Tuesday.
In a keynote speech delivered at the Huawei European Innovation Day held at Rome's prestigious Convention Center La Nuvola, Huawei chairman Liang Hua stressed his company aimed at building stronger partnerships with Europe's telecommunication partners on such path.
The Chinese ICT firm has been operating in the continent for over 15 years now.
"We are working to build digitalization in Europe, and helping industry prepare for an intelligent world," Liang said.
"Huawei will continue to trust in the power of tech innovation, and in the power of openness and collaboration."
For example, Huawei recently worked with Telecom Italy in order to launch the first 5G base stations across the country.
The event organized by the Chinese ICT giant in Rome was broadcast live on social media, and involved experts, private actors, and public stakeholders in a common discussion on the perspectives of ICT innovation in societies at global level.
Key speakers included Turkish professor Erdal Arikan with the Bilkent University in Ankara, and inventor of Polar Code for G5, professor Eric Moulines with the Ecole Polytechnique's Applied Mathematics Center, and Michael Frank, director of Development and Engineering at Leica Camera AG.
Addressing the conference, the head of Strategy Innovation and Customer Experience at TIM (Telecom Italy) agreed with Liang on the key role of 5G as a primary tool of development.
"The 5G is an important growth factor for Italy, for its industry in terms of increased competitiveness, and for its citizens, who will be able to enjoy the innovative services of the Smart City," Mauro di Mauro said.
"With TIM, we want to keep driving the development of ultra-broadband infrastructures, creating value for the country System and for our company, as already proved also with the major investment made for the acquisition of frequencies," di Mauro added.
This edition of the European Innovation Day would be followed by Huawei ECO-Connect Europe 2018, taking place at the same Convention Center La Nuvola on Nov. 8-9.