Huawei has announced strategic partnerships with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Keppel Data Centres, and Ascent Solutions through the signing of two Memorandums of Intent (MOI) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), cementing Huawei and its partners’ commitment towards Singapore’s Digital Economy future for a Smart Nation.
The partnerships aim to enhance industry collaboration, enable local companies to scale globally, empower the workforce with skills relevant for the digital economy as well as equipping companies with the technology and knowledge to build strong digital capabilities in a sustainable manner.
Huawei, IMDA, and Keppel Data Centres will focus on a two-year strategic collaboration to explore the technical feasibility of a first-of-its-kind high-rise green data centre building.
Huawei and IMDA will collaborate to accelerate the growth of local small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), by leveraging Huawei’s technical expertise and facilities, go-to-market opportunities and global business network.
Huawei will support Ascent Solutions as its technology enabler, allowing the local company to tap on Huawei’s global business network and explore overseas opportunities.
In addition, IMDA and Huawei will jointly promote deeper talent and capability building among local information and communications technology (ICT) students. This initiative will include 45 overseas training stints and internship opportunities for students to explore new capabilities in technology areas critical to the future such as the Internet of Things, 5G, and cybersecurity.
Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Huawei is one of the significant players in Singapore’s information and communication technology ecosystem, with investments ranging from research and development (R&D), to a regional base for digital innovation and solution integration across the Asia Pacific region.
Green technologies for data centre industry
The first MOI is a tripartite partnership between Huawei, IMDA and Keppel Data Centres that aims to improve energy and land efficiency of the data centre industry in Singapore through the implementation of innovative technology and solutions.
The partnership will leverage IMDA’s programmes to support the development of an Iconic Green Data Centre in Singapore; Keppel Data Centres’ capabilities to construct and operate the Iconic Green Data Centre; and Huawei’s technological expertise to develop innovative green data centre solutions.
Accelerating the growth and reach of Singapore companies
The second MOI, between Huawei and IMDA, is focused on accelerating Singapore-based tech companies’ growth and expansion. Through this partnership, 35 local companies, to be jointly shortlisted through the Strategic Partners Program (SPP), will have the opportunity to access and benefit from Huawei’s breadth of technology capabilities, market insights and global business network.
The opportunities will enable the participating companies to develop products and solutions that address global market demands in specific sectors such as healthcare, logistics, financial services, public safety, public utility and more.
Enabling the Internet of Things
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between Huawei and Singapore-headquartered IoT and cargo security tracking company, Ascent Solutions, builds on an existing partnership between the two companies and extends the partnership to a global scale. Through this partnership, Huawei will enable Ascent Solution to provide its services and solutions to a global audience and contribute towards a robust, innovative ICT ecosystem in Singapore.