Huawei is a curious company. Back in 2008, tech writers were falling over themselves to announce that when it came to the global mobile market 'the Chinese are coming' - with Huawei at the forefront. They were going to produce an iPhone killer and global domination would follow.
But then it didn't happen. The more mature mobile markets (US, Europe) simply weren't prepared to hang up their iPhones - instead, their heads were turned by the Android platform and, to a degree, the advertising muscle of Samsung.
So China remains Huawei's key market. But that may be about to change, thanks to its enterprise cloud offering. This article covers the recent announcement and Huawei's commitment to take on the Microsofts and AWSes of the world. Another false dawn? Time will tell.
Huawei is planning a major push into cloud computing, following the unveiling of a series of initiatives at its Huawei Connect 2017 event in Shanghai today, and the establishment of the company's cloud-business unit in March this year. "In the future, we predict there will be five major clouds in the world. Huawei will work with our partners to build one of those five clouds, and we've got the technology and know-how to do it," said CEO Guo Ping in a keynote session.