Huawei's plans for artificial intelligence in India unchanged: Report

Huawei's plans for artificial intelligence in India unchanged: Report
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3 Sep, 2019

Global telecommunications and networking solutions provider Huawei said its artificial intelligence (AI) plans for India remain unchanged despite an on-going dispute with the US government.

The tussle has led to a ban on Huawei’s operations in the US with a 90-day reprieve plan, news agency Press Trust of India reported. 

"As for our AI (artificial intelligence) strategy in India, it's no different from our overall strategy. We are going to develop Atlas card and servers based on the standard processors, and we are also going to work on MDC (mobile data centre) based on standard processes as well," Huawei’s rotating chairman Eric Xu said at a launch event in Shenzhen, the report said. 

Huawei, which is working on delivering affordable and scalable computing power in India, plans to offer its AI products and solutions to enterprises, partners and universities across the country for training, research and application development.

5G rollout

Huawei doesn't have a clear runway in India. In June, TechCircle reported

that the Chinese telecommunications major was hopeful that the Indian government will take an “independent decision” on its participation in upcoming trials for 5G mobile networks.

“I think it is the right time for the Department of Telecommunications to make a decision after almost 6-8 months of very close engagement,” said Huawei’s India chief executive officer Jay Chen. “I believe the decision will be based on a level playing field policy, standard procedures and security measures.” 

Australia and New Zealand have prohibited the company from participating in 5G building projects.

While Xu didn't elaborate on plans for 5G launch in India, the company has announced separately that Asia-Pacific region leads the developments in terms of 5G. 

Last month, the company claimed it had made the world's most powerful AI processor Ascend 910 that would work along with proprietary framework called Mindspore. 

Last year, the company had said it would invest $2 billion over the next five years to allay fears around cybersecurity.