November 16, 2012, 3:57 PM — STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Stockholm hosted the 21st annual Global Forum this week, highlighted by forecasts of a heated-up world market in telecommunications, innovative R&D policy, and burgeoning e-government services.
The telecommunications industry as a whole appears to be recovering and prospering worldwide, and the meeting marked the powerful emergence of China on the world technology market, with Chinese telecom giant Huawei continuing to build its new international profile in its second year as a Global Forum sponsor.
Last year in Brussels, Huawei made a marketing splash through a commanding presence at Global Forum 2011. At Brussels, Huawei reported $28 billion in revenue. That year the enterprise employed 110,000 people, with 51,000 of them outside of China.
In 2012 at the Stockholm Global Forum, Huawei said revenue increased to $32.4 billion during its last fiscal year. Huawei produced a further $16.2 billion in revenue for the first half of 2012.
Huawei now has 150,000 employees, with 61,000 of them in research and development. The company has built five R&D centers in Europe and participates in over 130 standards bodies. Huawei boasts of serving one-third of the world's population today.
In strategy, Huawei seeks to move beyond its foundation as an infrastructure vendor into divergent technology sectors, including cloud computing; handset development to rival Apple and Samsung; and networking expertise to compete with Cisco.
Huawei wasn't the only vendor to make a splash at the Global Forum. Alcatel-Lucent described its own current approach to information technology: The company sees it not just as a communication device but instead, "a life device." They say that the network is best visualized as "the connection from the cloud to the hand."
As such, the net worth of this life network is more valuable than ever, and its impact is greater than ever. For example, Alcatel-Lucent reports that the day the Apple iPhone 5 was put on sale in New York City, network traffic there jumped 6%.