Huawei held the first Southeast Asia IP Club Carnival in Bangkok, Thailand. The two-day event, with the theme “Rethink IP, Building the Engine for Digital Transformation,” brought together approximately 400 IP Club members, industrial and academic experts, and IP technical professionals from Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Vietnam. These tech-savvy participants explored how to leverage innovative IP technologies in an effort to promote industrial upgrading and accelerate digital transformation across industries in Southeast Asia. At this event, Huawei spokespersons also elaborated on the IP Club membership benefits for the Southeast Asia region for the first time. This move marked another milestone to build IP Club into a professional, open, trustworthy, and respectful IP technology communication platform.
Insights from Key Opinion Leaders into IP Industry Development
At the IP Club carnival, Rohit Mehra, IDC’s Vice President of Network Infrastructure, shared his insights into how the rise of emerging technologies such as AI, big data, and cloud created both opportunities and challenges for network construction. Mr. Mehra stated that the network is central to the secure, scalable, and efficient use of emerging applications, and that network transformation is urgent because traditional networks no longer keep pace with digital transformation. He also predicted that future intelligent networks would continue to evolve towards autonomous, self-driven automated ones.
Michael MacDonald, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Consultant at Huawei Southeast Asia, also revealed his outlook on how the IP industry would progress under the tidal wave of digital transformation. In addition, he shared Huawei’s latest research and leading practices in the IP technology field. According to Mr. MacDonald, Huawei plays a pivotal role in industry fields such as Wi-Fi 6, AI Fabric, and SRv6, achieves market leadership, and makes outstanding contributions to the industry due to continuous innovation and R&D investment. Looking ahead to the future, he predicted Huawei would continue to increase R&D investment and provide leading intelligent IP network solutions in order to build a next-generation intelligent connectivity base for the upcoming intelligent society.
Debut of Differentiated Innovative Products
Huawei has more than 20 years of expertise in the IP technology field and is dedicated to offering differentiated innovative products for customers worldwide. With customer needs in mind, Huawei continues to apply the latest digital technologies such as 5G, cloud, and AI to the IP technology sector. At this event, Huawei proved its overall IP strength once again by showcasing the latest flagship IP products – AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 and CloudEngine switches.
AirEngine Wi-Fi 6, powered by Huawei 5G, stands out from the competition with its industry-unique 5G smart antenna technology and intelligent application acceleration technology. These innovations increase the Wi-Fi coverage area by 50% while reducing the Wi-Fi network latency to 10 ms. With Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6, enterprises can build a leading, premium Wi-Fi network that provides high-performance connections, delivers ultimate experiences, and enables new business.
Dr. Osama Aboul-Magd, Chair of the IEEE 802.11ax (the sixth generation of Wi-Fi) task group, shared the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard evolution trends and Huawei’s contribution to the Wi-Fi 6 standardization. He said: “Huawei has submitted 240 new proposals during 802.11ax standard development, accounting for 15% and ranking number one across all vendors”.
Dr. Li Xing, Vice President of the Campus Network Domain, Huawei’s Data Communications Product Line, then released the industry’s first commercial Wi-Fi 6 – P7060DN. He commented: “Huawei leads the industry in commercial Wi-Fi 6 products verified by Tolly Group, an international authoritative test organization. According to Tolly, Huawei’s commercial Wi-Fi 6 products achieved the highest performance among those tested.”
Built on Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA), Huawei CloudEngine switches deliver the fastest forwarding performance in the industry, helping construct an AI Fabric data center network for the AI era. These purpose-built innovative switches enable intelligent, lossless data switching, facilitate three-network convergence (namely, computing, storage, and data networks), and reduce TCO by 53%.
King Tsui, Chief Engineer Officer of the Data Communication Marketing & Technical Sales Department, Huawei Enterprise BG, said: “Huawei CloudEngine switches come with embedded AI chips and use innovative iLossless AI algorithms to truly achieve a network that ensures zero packet loss and unleashes 100% AI computing power.”
In the future, Huawei’s IP Domain will deliver more technologies and resources to better serve the Southeast Asia market. Through close collaboration, Huawei and its partners will provide more intelligent connections for enterprise customers. In addition, Huawei will continue to use the Digital Platform to integrate new ICT, helping customers to succeed in digital transformation and march towards a fully connected, intelligent world.
Dinesh Nair Appointed as Director for Consumer Business Lenovo India
Global technology leader Lenovo has appointed Dinesh Nair as Director, Consumer Business for India region. Dinesh succeeds Mr. Shailendra Katyal, who has recently been appointed Site Leader for Lenovo India and Managing Director of Lenovo’s PC and smart device business in India.
Dinesh Nair has been an integral part of the Lenovo India consumer business for more than 11 years and has worked successfully across several roles. His most recent role was as the sales & channel management lead for Lenovo’s consumer segment in India. He has handled leadership responsibilities across offline general trade retail, distribution management, field sales, eCommerce, large format retail and category management, and has been a key contributor to the company’s growth journey in India.
“During this difficult time in India, we are working hard to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers and I am grateful that we have excellent leaders in place to bring our team together and offer this support. I am proud to hand over the reins of the consumer business to Dinesh. At the same time, this is a demonstration of our commitment to developing talent internally. I am sure he, along with the consumer leadership team, will propel the business to new heights,” said Shailendra Katyal, Managing Director, Lenovo India.
ASUS ROG Announces ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports Tournament
ASUS ROG will host its first ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports tournament from March to April 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel around the region, the tournament will be conducted entirely online, with quarterfinal to final matches livestreamed.
The ROG Masters tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) as the official game title will provide opportunity to teams with enthusiastic players to pitch their skills against each other, as well as the best professional teams from their market and in the region.
The tournament will see various teams from 15 markets across the region vying for the chance to be crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champion.
The tournament will be played in three stages played over the course of 2 months:
- Country qualifiers
- Country finals
- Asia Pacific finals
Country qualifiers matches for India will start in the second week of April 2021; 8th April and the finals to be held on the 10th April. The India finals to find the top three teams to represent the country will be livestreamed live on 10th April.
Professional teams from across the region will be automatically placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from India to get through the qualifiers and meet the pro teams in the country finals.
Country Champions will then go on to experience battling winning teams from other APAC markets in the finals that will be livestreamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021.
3 qualifying teams from India finals will stand to win US$800 for first place, US$400 for second place, US$200 for third place. They will then go on to the Asia Pacific finals with the chance to win the following prizes for the championship:
|ROG Masters APAC Championship||APAC Finals (USD/ team)|
Registration and Official Tournament Website
Registration for the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific tournament opens on February 8, 2021 at the tournament’s official website.
Registration closes on February 28, 2021 Further details, match schedules, pro team information as well as rules and regulations can also be found on the tournament website.
Garena Launches Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars
Garena has announced the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Free Fire’s first-ever esports tournament for the South Asia region. Taking place on 6 February, the tournament will feature some of the gaming community’s favourite Free Fire streamers and personalities from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
The Free Fire community has continued to expand in South Asia and across the world, with the mobile battle royale game the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2020, according to App Annie. Through the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Garena will look to continue its efforts to excite and delight its fast-growing South Asian community with exciting Free Fire content, and to support and develop the incredible online community in the region.
The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature a total of 12 teams. Each team will be led by one of the top 3 streamers from each of the 4 participating nations – chosen by public voting – in this epic clash to determine the best in the region.
The 12 teams will compete in the Battle Royale Squad mode for a slice of the 1 million diamond prize pool. The ultimate winner of this star-studded tournament will receive 500,000 in-game diamonds; the first and and second runners-up will be awarded 300,000 and 200,000 diamonds respectively.
The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature some of the most popular streamers and personalities from across South Asia.
The team captains for each nation are:
- Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
- Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
- Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)
- Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
- Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
- Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)
- Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
- Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
- Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)
- RKG ARMY (1.77 Million YT Subs)
- Unusual Gamer (81K YT Subs)
- The Skinzo FF (75.5K YT Subs)
Fans can witness all the high-octane action by tuning in to the live broadcasts of the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars. These will be hosted on Free Fire Esports India YouTube and Facebook, Free Fire Bangladesh Official YouTube and Facebook, as well as on BOOYAH!.
To cater to the diverse South Asian community, the matches will be streamed with live commentary in 5 languages – Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.
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