Huawei has announced its partnership with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
to develop the world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) network and to bring its “internet of things” technology to the Chinese market.
Huawei’s IOTA network will bring together the company’s expertise in network engineering, machine learning, sensors, data, and applications to create the most secure and affordable IoT network ever.
The announcement follows Huawei’s announcement in May of the company becoming a strategic partner with Alibaba to develop and launch its IOTA technology.
“The Chinese market has a long history of investing in IoT and we’re looking forward to working with Alibaba on creating the first IoT network in China,” said Huaiying Guo, CEO of Huawei Group.
“The IOTA Network will be a powerful platform that will bring Huawei’s expertise and expertise in the IOTA industry to the global IoT market.”
Huaiying added, “We’re excited to be working with Huawei to create a new, secure IoT network that will enable millions of Chinese consumers to access the internet of things.”
The Chinese company is not the only Chinese manufacturer in the IoT space.
Alibaba Group has announced a partnership with Chinese chipmaker Micron Technology Corp. to create an “Internet of things hub” to help Chinese firms connect to its ecosystem of millions of Internet of things devices.
In December of last year, Alibaba announced the acquisition of chipmaker Intel for $22 billion.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal will give Intel access to more than 50% of the global chip market, including chips that power the smartphones and other digital devices of more than a billion people.
Micron has announced plans to use the Iota Network to provide access to the world wide web for millions of its Internet of Everything devices.
The company said it will build the network into its chip fab in Shanghai and will partner with other partners around the world to deploy it in China.
Ahead of Huawei’s Iota announcement, Alibaba also announced a deal to buy the rights to use Huawei’s patent portfolio in China and to provide the company with access to its intellectual property, including its trademark “IOTA” in China, the world headquarters of Alibaba.
Earlier this year, Huawei was acquired by a consortium led by Chinese tech giant Huawei Technology, with the aim of launching a $2.2 billion acquisition of the semiconductor company in a bid to expand its presence in the China market.
Huawei has said it aims to become a global tech leader in the mobile phone and internet of everything market, but has struggled to capture that market share with a large number of its products in China due to competition from local rivals.
Alibaba is set to take on a new role in the Chinese IoT space in the coming years, with its Iota network and its data center in Shenzhen expected to be fully operational by 2021.
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