This collaboration is intended to see new AI-based wireless infrastructure installed in East London to drive innovation and development.
The ‘Wireless Gigabit Zone’ is proposed to be established in London’s Royal Docks through an MoU signed today (November 20) between international business district developer ABP and Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) provider.
The pioneering collaboration covers the proposed creation and installation by Huawei of a wireless infrastructure system forming the foundation of a ‘Gigabit Business Zone’ enabling high-speed internet access without the need for fixed broadband fibre connections and transforming the way tech companies can do business across the Royal Docks.
Under the MoU ABP London and Huawei will work together to explore setting up a data centre in Royal Albert Dock and in addition, Huawei proposes to support a comprehensive AI estate management solution supported by a high-tech marketing showroom with an onsite technical development and support team.
Both companies intend to provide ongoing and sustainable technical platforms for productive data exchange between tech businesses, as well as working together to identify new opportunities to attract tech businesses to locate to the Royal Docks from international markets.
The collaboration is intended to target new businesses via a range of business forums, conferences and discussions including bi annual tech conferences in the Royal Docks, media outreach with key journalists and the promotion of visits from international tech delegations to visit the area and its facilities. An ongoing programme of engagement with local and national government for greater public-sector investment in the Royal Docks is also proposed.
The MoU between the two companies was signed by ABP Royal Albert Dock London CEO, Nancy Xu, and Huawei UK, Vice President, Liang Guoxiong, at the Global Mobile Broadband Forum at London’s ExCeL before an audience of business leaders and policy makers.
A Huawei test system is already underway in the Royal Docks and the ‘Wireless Gigabit Zone’ is expected be operational in 2019.
ABP London’s Nancy Xu, said: “We have a long standing relationship with Huawei and so they are our natural partners for this groundbreaking venture. We anticipate that ABP’s development at Royal Albert Dock will be the economic engine to drive prosperity in east London and we are fast becoming a leading destination for UK and international tech companies.”
Peter Zhou, Huawei Wireless MKT VP said, “Both Huawei and ABP both recognized the potential of the east of the city. We are proud to be working to create a Wireless Gigabit Zone in the Royal Docks and with ABP establish this as an innovation and technology centre to boost the area and the wider UK economy. Our vision is to bring digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world. “
Nancy Xu, CEO of ABP London (front right) and Liang Guoxiong, Huawei UK Service & Delivery Vice President (front left) signed the MOU agreement to deliver the first Wireless Gigabit City. The signing was witnessed by Bao Ling, Minister Counsellor (Economic & Commercial) of the China Embassy in the UK (rear right) and Robin Cooper, Head of Regeneration, London Borough of Newham (rear left).
Nancy Xu, CEO of ABP London (2nd right) and Liang Guoxiong, Huawei UK Service & Delivery Vice President (2nd left) signed the MOU agreement to deliver the first Wireless Gigabit City. The signing was witnessed by Bao Ling, Minister Counsellor (Economic & Commercial) of the China Embassy in the UK (1st right) and Robin Cooper, Head of Regeneration, London Borough of Newham (1st left).
Notes to editors:
Founded in 2003, ABP has extensive experience in delivering large scale enterprise districts and bringing together clusters of companies. It is responsible for delivering the £1.7 billion Royal Albert Dock development on the 35-acre site, creating the capital’s next international business district. The first phase of more than 600,000 sq. ft of the development, comprising 21 office buildings, will open in Spring 2019.
Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – and is committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
Huawei invests heavily in research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs to drive global progress. The company employs more than 180,000 people worldwide and operates in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.
About the Royal Docks
Comprising Royal Victoria Dock, Royal Albert Dock and King George V Dock it was once the cargo hub for shipping during the height of the Victorian era, with more goods passing through than any other any other docks in the world. Royal Albert Dock was the first dock in the world to have electricity and so allowing the use of electric winches and for ships to be unloaded day and night. The docks closed to shipping in 1982 and the area is undergoing transformation. London City Airport is located in the Royal Docks as is the ExCeL International Exhibition Centre. The Royal Docks are London’s only Enterprize Zone.
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