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Huawei’s White Paper (vision on what ICT will look like in 2025)
Tsang said: “According to Huawei’s White Paper (Global Industry Vision) that was compiled two years ago, all things will be connected in 2025.
“We found that about 40 billion intelligent devices (smart phones and other digitally connected devices) will be globally connected. Some 100 billion global connections are between people and machines and, machines to machines.
“These include things like the water and electricity meters, cars and others. Everything that we use in 2025 will be an intelligent or smart devise.
“There will be more intelligent services for consumers. All these connections will spawn more new business and job opportunities, though at the expense of traditional ones. When things are connected, you can get a lot of data. With data you can get a lot of analytics. With analytics you get immense insights. With insights, you can make many good and more accurate decisions,” he added.
Tsang said that of the 40 billion smart devices, eight billion would be smart phones and more than half will be smart homes that will have other connected devices inside.
“In the smart homes, there will be multiple smart devices such as smart refrigerators, smart televisions and others. The global mobile population will increase by 77%.
“At least 75% of homes will have broadband and 20% of those homes will have internet speeds of one gigabyte per second. Data traffic will also increase tremendously to serve content and speed demand in the internet. By 2025, 100% of companies and enterprises will have some sort of Cloud services.
“In the past, only big enterprises spend a fortune, in millions, to build-up their own data centre. Today, there are online platforms like Amazon, Microsoft and Google that provide public Cloud services or shared services and platforms. Some may still want to have their own data centres but some of their applications will be on Cloud, either public Cloud or a (customised) Cloud infrastructure,” he added.

Cloud computing application network
Tsang said Artificial Intelligence (AI) would also feature significantly on how enterprises conduct their business operations in 2025.
“With AI, things will become more intelligent and efficient. There is a projection that 85% of enterprises will use AI,” he added.

Industry innovation
Tsang said new digital technology advancements had already been developed for different industries and sectors, such as Agriculture and Livestock, fish farming, education, and others.
“These technologies will help reduce labour-intensive needs or unattractive work and make it much easier for people in different industries to monitor their business assets.
“Innovative ideas using ICT can help traditional industries such as livestock farming,” Tsang said.
“There are devices such as NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) devices already available and used to monitor the movement and behaviour of cows and other animals in the livestock industry.
“It can help to not only monitor the activity of cows, but also the health of the animal.

“Monitoring the health of the livestock can mean that you can sell your produce at a much higher price because of its high quality. Customers are always willing to pay more for quality, be it milk or meat. For dairy farming and for beef, data from cows can be obtained easily where data from cows can be transmitted through NB-IoT devices and Cloud technology applications for analysis, decision-making and action.
“This is digital solution for businesses and operations,” he added.
Tsang said: “There are now digital fish farms where High Definition (HD) cameras and NB-IoT technology applications are used to help monitor the activity of fish in cages, water temperature, food consumption patterns and preferences, health and other factors.
“Cameras take HD images 24 hours and the images are transmitted to a monitoring centre. You don’t need workers to stand watch for 24 hours to get whatever feedback that you need.
“Norway is currently using such digital technology applications that previously worked on 4G network capability but have since switched to using 5G.
“This is because 5G captures much higher image resolutions that enable farmers to even monitor the skin of the fish for health. Digital economy is thus about digitalising production and manufacturing,” he added.
Other industry innovations:

  • TRANSPORTATION – smart bikes and vehicles;
  • SAFE City – CCTV and IoT technologies are used to monitor city traffic (humans and vehicles) and activities of a city, provide security surveillance, and help police track down suspects and investigations;
  • SMART Education – Lessons can be conducted via the internet, thereby reaching out to rural areas where teachers are limited in numbers; and
  • SMART health care – Medical assistance and advice can be provided via the use of the internet.

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