Restructuring for agility

Staff Writer
21 Dec 2010

Wireless Broadband Network Vendor of the Year, FTTx Vendor of the Year: Huawei Technologies

Huawei's CMO for the South Pacific region, Lim Chee Siong, talks about its growth in a down market.

The past two years was a tumultuous year for the global economy and for the entire telecom industry. We are proud to have weathered the storm and recorded a solid year with a continuation of our steady growth. Our four business units all had steady growth.

What steps are you taken to improve your organization structure?

Huawei is transforming its organizational structure and our human resource mechanisms. We are moving away from centralized governance to a more decentralized structure, allowing organizations and employees who serve customers directly to have more decision-making power. This is enabling them to mobilize resources more quickly and to respond to customer needs more effectively.

Our account managers, solution experts and delivery experts are now organized into work groups to better understand customer requirements, improve customer communications and effectively delivery equipment and services to ensure our customers' business success.

Another important initiative, called Integrated Financial Services, is improving the efficiency of our internal management processes and supporting our global business development initiatives.

With so much focus on mobile broadband, how important will fiber build-outs be in Asia?

Technically speaking, fiber access has become an important approach to broadband penetration improvement and is developing rapidly. Many operators have laid down fiber broadband plans in line with the development goals and regulatory environments of their operating countries, and are making encouraging progress.

As information consumption continues to increase, the days before we achieve ubiquitous broadband access and bandwidth saturation are numbered, if Moore's Law still holds. Consumption in the form of personal storage, security, environment monitoring and control, and personalized communications will become prevalent. As the internet continues to spawn new applications, the Internet of Things and the internet of vehicles are not far behind.

Indeed, the development of national broadband is reducing the global digital divide, making the world a better place through better communication.

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