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HUAWEI Consumer Business Group Announces 2017 Business Results

Lahore – 3 April, 2018: HUAWEI has released its audited financial results for 2017, reporting solid business growth. The company’s total annual revenue was CNY 603.6 billion (USD 92.5 billion based on year-end exchange rates), an increase of 15.7% over 2016. Net profits were CNY 47.5 billion (USD 7.3 billion), an increase of 28.1% year-on-year.

In HUAWEI’s consumer business, the HUAWEI and Honor brands ran full speed ahead, leading to rapid growth in their respective markets. HUAWEI shipped a total of 153 million smartphones (including Honor) in 2017, and reported CNY 237.2 billion (USD 36.4 billion) in annual revenue, up 31.9% year-on-year.

Creating synergy between the HUAWEI and Honor brands

In 2017, our dual HUAWEI and Honor brand strategy took the market by storm. Together, the two brands provide a full portfolio of flagship products. Focusing on innovative features and superior experience, the HUAWEI brand made many breakthroughs in the high-end market, served a wider audience, and worked hard to deliver the best possible end-to-end experience to consumers. Honor delivered stylish new tech, striving to become an online-only mobile brand that stakes a solid claim in the hearts of younger generations. We made the following achievements in 2017:

l HUAWEI’s flagship products, the HUAWEI P and Mate series, were hits among consumers around the world, boosting HUAWEI’s influence in the global high-end market. Overall shipments of the HUAWEI P10 and HUAWEI Mate 9 Series exceeded 20 million units.

l The HUAWEI nova series and Honor’s dual flagship series (the V and digital flagship series) further enhanced their presence, with a striking combination of technology and aesthetics. They became trendsetters among young, fashion-savvy consumers, and were generally well received.

l This was a year of market breakthroughs for the G and Y series, and multiple mid-range Honor models. A solid combination of performance and price competitiveness led to rapid, large-scale growth.

l Brand awareness, recognition, and reputation are growing among global consumers, and our market share has risen rapidly. Some of the major breakthroughs achieved in 2017 include:

n HUAWEI and Honor smartphones together secured more than 10% of the global market share. We are now firmly positioned among the top three phone makers in the world.

l Overall global brand awareness increased from 81% in 2016 to 86% in 2017. Outside of China, brand awareness rose from 64% to 74%.

l The number of consumers considering a HUAWEI device in non-Chinese markets saw a year-on-year increase of 100%, which put HUAWEI among the top three global vendors in this category for the first time.

l Our flagship products remained bestsellers after their launch, which raised the market share of our high-end models priced over USD 500 to over 10%.

HUAWEI’s smart devices have also been well received in regional markets. 2017 highlights include:

l HUAWEI (including Honor) held onto the largest share of the smartphone market in China. We became the most recommended brand in China’s mobile phone industry – a first for a Chinese brand. This award was issued to us by leading brand rating agency, Chnbrand, based on the China Net Promoter Score Index (C-NPS).

l In Europe, HUAWEI smartphones won high acclaim from consumers in countries such as Germany, Finland, Denmark, Spain, and Italy, improving both our market share and reputation. HUAWEI ranked as the second most considered brand in a portion of these countries.

l In Asia Pacific, HUAWEI made new breakthroughs in Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand, where market shares continue to grow. In key countries like Japan, brand consideration doubled.

l In Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, HUAWEI’s smartphone business grew steadily, with a market share of over 15%. In key countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Mexico, and Colombia, HUAWEI ranked in the top three for brand consideration, and the gap between HUAWEI and the top two brands continues to shrink.

Improving experience across the consumer journey

Our Consumer BG focused on improving user experience in 2017 as market share and brand awareness steadily increased. We centered our efforts on product innovation, mobile services, channel transformation, and customer service to continually enhance user experience and reinforce our foundations as a premium global brand.

In product innovation, we focus on the practical needs of consumers and common usage scenarios, using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve product performance and design intelligent phones that truly understand us. In October 2017, we launched the HUAWEI Mate 10 series, a true milestone in the industry. This device is the first major step in our evolution from smartphones to intelligent phones:

l The HUAWEI Mate 10 series comes complete with AI cameras, AI-powered smart battery management, intelligent assistants, and intuitive HiTouch functionality. These functions deliver an experience that is both positive and personal, pushing the boundaries of what traditional smartphones can offer.

l EMUI 8.0 leverages AI technology to reduce Android lag, powering phones that are born fast and stay fast.

l In mobile services, the HUAWEI AppGallery is committed to building a secure and reliable app platform for users, providing a four-layer security check mechanism that helps users defend against app security risks. In 2017, there were 61 billion downloads from the HUAWEI AppGallery, which also offered more than 600 paid apps across 18 categories. In 2017, progress in HUAWEI’s proprietary apps and software services included the following:

l HUAWEI Pay supported more than 66 banks and was available in 20 device models, including smartphones and smart watches. It can be used for public transport in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Wuhan, Guangxi, and many other cities.

l HUAWEI Video, HUAWEI Music, and HUAWEI Reader gained traction among a growing number of consumers.

l Skytone, an overseas data service, was available in over 80 countries and regions. With this service, consumers can access mobile Internet around the world without a SIM card.

With superior mobile services, our user base continues to expand. As of Q4 2017, HUAWEI’s mobile service users surpassed 340 million, with over 30 million in markets outside of China. In retail and channel development, as of December 2017, HUAWEI had more than 45,000 retail stores around the world, a year-on-year increase of about 10%. We continue to focus on a simple, compelling, and inspired high-end experience, doubling down on quality over quantity. Specific developments include:

l Establishing high-end experience stores in Italy, the UAE, Malaysia, Thailand, and many other countries, bringing the total number of experience stores to over 3,000 worldwide, a year-on-year increase of over 200%.

l Transforming channel operations, simplifying channel policies, and optimizing channel structure.

l Delegating more authority to regional sales teams, improving the efficiency of channel operations, and motivating channel partners

In customer service, we are constantly expanding service coverage to more regions and exploring new forms of service to provide users with a more convenient and personal experience.

l Offline services: As of Q4 2017, the Consumer BG had over 1,400 offline service centers in 105 countries and regions, including nearly 800 HUAWEI-branded service stores. Our stores provide a range of basic repair services. Consumers can visit stores for repair. They can also book appointments, receive home service, or mail in their devices. Value-added services like screen insurance, extended warranties, and trade-ins are also available at our stores.

l Online services: Online customer service is now available in 111 countries and regions in 65 languages. Services are available via hotline, the Internet, social media, email, and various selfservice modules, giving consumers access to more convenient, timely, and efficient support.

l In 2017, HUAWEI accepted 329 consumer requests for local optimization of products and services.

Embracing the future with an open ecosystem

Smartphones are an important point of entry to the intelligent world of the future, and as such, they themselves will evolve from smart to intelligent. Going beyond a personal tool, smartphones will become a natural extension of the human body and provide consumers with AI-powered assistance. Through machine learning and data analytics, intelligent phones will play many roles in everyday life. They will serve as our housekeepers, personal trainers, nurses, drivers, secretaries, and teachers, ultimately providing consumers with more attentive and personal experiences.

In HUAWEI’s Consumer BG, intelligent products and ecosystem innovation are managed in accordance with this vision.

l In 2017, we released the Kirin 970, an AI chipset with a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU). This chip powers the HUAWEI Mate 10 series of smartphones, helping break bottlenecks in computing performance and laying the foundation for new potential in human-machine interaction.

l Our Kirin chips are the foundation of the HiAI ecosystem. Built on HUAWEI’s distinct advantages in AI for chips, devices, and the cloud, this ecosystem integrates Kirin chips, the EMUI smart engine, and smart services into an AI mobile computing platform. This platform is open to global developers and partners, giving rise to a new world of intelligent applications.

l To deliver a smart experience in every scenario, HUAWEI is expanding its presence across PCs, tablets, wearables, smart homes, and connected vehicles. Such efforts include the following:

l Shipments of Huawei tablets saw a year-on-year increase of 40% despite an otherwise sluggish market, making HUAWEI one of the world’s top three tablet manufacturers in terms of market share.

l We launched the second generation of our MateBook, and the MateBook X won a series of top awards at CES Asia, including Best PC or Tablet and Best Experience, for its sharp design and powerful performance.

Smart homes will be a key component of an intelligent world. Our Consumer BG is advancing the deployment and operations of the HiLink smart home ecosystem with an eye on three stages of broader ecosystem development.

l The first stage is growing connectivity, during which all devices will be connected.

l The second stage is full connectivity, during which people, devices, and services will be connected in a closed loop.

l The third stage is intelligent connectivity, during which devices will be capable of independent learning and intelligent collaboration across a range of complex application scenarios.

Through the HiLink smart home ecosystem, Huawei has been working closely with more than 80 brands, involving more than 50 product categories. The ecosystem has launched over 300 products together with partners in the smart home, home appliance, real estate, and content service domains.

HUAWEI’s Consumer BG believes that competitiveness begins and ends with consumers. With this in mind, in 2018 we will continue to innovate in core technologies – including AI, AR, and VR – to guide evolution from smart devices to intelligent devices. With end-to-end capabilities that optimize synergy between chips, devices, and the cloud, our ultimate goal is to provide an experience that our consumers have never seen before, and lead the transformation of the smart device industry

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Jazz Selects ERICSSON to optimize their Complete Radio Network

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has signed a contract with Pakistan Mobile Communications Ltd (Jazz) in Pakistan for the optimization and performance management of its complete Radio Network. Coupled with Ericsson’s innovative expertise in the area, this partnership will allow Jazz to enhance the overall cellular experience of its customers.

· Ericsson has signed a contract with Jazz for Radio Network Performance Management and Optimization

· This partnership will enable Ericsson to play a pivotal role in improving Jazz’s network performance and in turn positively impact the end user experience

· Ericsson will have the opportunity to showcase its strength and superiority in the network optimization and performance management domain across the complete Jazz Network

The contract will see Ericsson delivering optimization and performance management services for approximately 23,500 Radio sites. The journey started one year ago when Jazz awarded a small portion of its network to Ericsson for optimization. Looking at Ericsson’s performance and execution, Jazz has decided to trust Ericsson with its entire Network for an additional three years, starting January 2018. This deal marks a major breakthrough in the Jazz-Ericsson partnership within the radio domain.

Aamir Ibrahim, CEO Jazz, says: “Our partnership with Ericsson gives me the satisfaction that Jazz’s radio network is in good hands. With our customers at the heart of every decision Jazz make, I am confident that Ericsson shares our commitment to providing the best user experience.”

Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: “This agreement sets a basis for Ericsson to proactively deliver innovative solutions, strengthen its collaboration capabilities and meet the strategic ambitions of Jazz. Now, we are expanding our partnership and building a foundation for a joint journey paving the way to next generation technologies.

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HMD Global introduces five new Nokia phones

Barcelona, Spain, 25 February 2018 – HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced four new additions to its award-winning portfolio of Android smartphones – Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, new Nokia 6 and Nokia 1. Delivering all the craftsmanship you expect from a Nokia phone, each new smartphone offers durability and reliability as standard, with the range setting new benchmarks in materials and design.

Furthering its promise to a pure, smart, secure and up-to-date Android experience, HMD Global also announced it is to become the first global partner to have a full suite of devicesi selected into the Android One programme by Google. The unwavering commitment to deliver a pure, secure and up-to-date Android experience has ensured Nokia smartphones were a natural fit for the global programme.

In addition to these stunning new Android smartphones, the iconic Nokia 8110 is reloaded, delivering 4G connectivity, apps including Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter, and the return of the slider phone.

Pure, secure and up-to-date reinforced with Android One commitment

Three new Nokia smartphones – the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus and the new Nokia 6 – join the Android One family, offering a high quality software experience designed by Google. Each phone will stay fresh over time with the latest AI powered innovations to the highest grade of security from Google. With a pure Android installation, Nokia smartphones come with no unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes that would eat up battery life or slow them down so you can enjoy your new phone for longer. Each of the new phones comes with a limited number of pre-installed apps so that you’ll get more storage space, as well as the latest innovations that help you stay ahead of the game every day.

By shipping with Android Oreo™ out of the box, you’ll be able to enjoy the latest features, including Picture-in-Picture for multitasking, Android Instant Apps to discover and run apps with minimal friction, 60 fantastic new emojis and battery-maximising features like limiting background app use.

Introducing four new Nokia Android smartphones and expansion of the portfolio:

Nokia 8 Sirocco: an ultra-compact powerhouse for the fans

Inspired by the rich design heritage of Nokia phones, the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s elegant design and compact style is the ideal blend of precise craftsmanship and purposeful innovation. Delivering powerful storytelling features including enhanced Dual-Sight, ZEISS optics and carefully tuned acoustics with Nokia spatial audio, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is an ultra-compact powerhouse, and our most beautiful smartphone to date.

Its curved glass finish envelops a precision-crafted stainless-steel frame to deliver a fusion of strength and beauty. Just 2mm thin at the edge, the Nokia 8 Sirocco combines a curved edge-to-edge pOLED 2K 5.5-inch display with smaller bezels and moulded body curves to create an ultra-compact profile.

Its stainless steel frame is 2.5 times stronger than 6000 series aluminium, and its 3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 is robust enough to endure life’s everyday knocks. Luxuriously weighted and perfectly balanced, it feels more secure in your hand thanks to the improved grip given by the dual diamond-polished stainless steel frame.

Now capture every detail thanks to the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics that combine an ultra-sensitive, wide angle primary camera for impressive low-light performance and a secondary 13MP sensor with 2x optical zoom. And with Pro Camera mode you get full manual control over every picture you take, helping you capture photos like a pro.

Nokia 7 Plus: the flagship hero for everyone

Made for creators to deliver stunning content, the Nokia 7 Plus has the screen, power, design and features to make it a true hero in our smartphone range. Combining innovative optical hardware and imaging algorithms, the Nokia 7 Plus captures moments into photos that are true to life. With enhanced Dual-Sight, dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics combine an ultra-sensitive 12MP wide-angle primary camera for excellent performance in both low-light and extra bright conditions and a secondary 13MP camera that delivers 2x optical zoom for the moments when you wish you were closer.

To enable you to capture and enjoy more content for longer, the Nokia 7 Plus is backed by the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 660 Mobile Platform. It’s been optimised and integrated for maximum performance and battery life, even when you are broadcasting your #Bothie videos live on Facebook or YouTube. Optimised to extract every bit of juice from the already powerful 3800 mAh battery, the Nokia 7 Plus delivers an amazing 2-day battery life.

Its gently curved back and slim edges give you a big-screen experience in a comfortable, neat package. The vivid 6-inch 18:9 Full HD+ display makes the Nokia 7 Plus perfect for browsing, social media consumption, gaming and entertainment with more content in the same width as a traditional 5.5-inch display device.

The New Nokia 6: our award-winning phone just got even better

Building on the success of its predecessor, the New Nokia 6 packs even more powerful performance and great new features in a more compact, durable body. Over 60% faster than its award-winning predecessor, it now offers enhanced Dual-Sight, ZEISS optics, USB-C fast-charging, a more compact screen-to-body ratio, Nokia spatial audio and pure, secure and up-to-date Android Oreo™.

The New Nokia 6 takes the original’s precision craftsmanship to the next level by combining a unibody, made from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium, with an 11-hour two-tone anodising and polishing process. And by uniting a sculpted 2.5D display with damage-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass, the New Nokia 6’s compact and refined body is built to last.

Our engineers have integrated the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 630 Mobile Platform to deliver fast and smooth performance alongside great day-long battery life.

Nokia 1: A complete Nokia smartphone experience, accessible to everyone

The Nokia 1 is a breakthrough in accessible technology, delivering smartphone essentials with the reassuring quality you expect of a Nokia phone and a refreshingly familiar design to fans around the world. Giving more people access to technology, it comes with Android Oreo™ (Go edition), a version

of Android optimized for devices with 1GB RAM or less. The Nokia 1 is designed to be smooth and responsive, with full access to the Google Play™ Store so you can find all your favourite apps from WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram to mobile banking while also highlighting apps that are optimised for Android Oreo™ (Go edition).

Featuring the iconic ‘Nokia smile’ in a fresh new package, you can give your Nokia 1 a makeover thanks to the popular Xpress-on covers, available in a range of vibrant colours. Simply click on and off in seconds to express your personal style with these exchangeable covers. Each cover has been built with the same precision and attention to detail as the phone’s original cover. Inherently coloured, the tough two-tone polycarbonate cover is ready to take on every day knocks and bumps with its durable design.

For the Originals: Reloading Nokia 8110

Reloading the legendary Nokia 8110, this 4G feature phone comes complete with the iconic curved slider design. Giving you the chance to switch off, have fun and relax with the knowledge that all your smartphone essentials are there when you need them.

With a familiar and easy to use interface, it features intuitive tactile mechanics, with slide to answer and end calls, as well as an addictive helicopter style spin on its axis. Nokia 8110 comes with the craftsmanship you expect from a Nokia phone, delivering durability and reliability as standard. Nokia 8110 delivers crystal-clear VoLTE calling and is perfect for anyone who wants an iconic 4G feature phone or a companion phone. With access to an app store, for favourites like Google Assistant, Google Search, Google Maps, Facebook and Twitter, send and receive emails or import your contacts and sync your calendar with Outlook and Gmail. To keep it running flawlessly, the Nokia 8110 features the Qualcomm® 205 Mobile Platform. And yes, it comes with a revamped version of Snake.

Florian Seiche, CEO of HMD Global, said:

“This time last year, we started our journey with huge expectations from fans and a massive responsibility to deliver on the legacy of one of the most innovative brands in our space. Since then we have reintroduced well-loved icons, forged partnerships with friends old and new and delivered our pure, secure and up-to-date Android experience across our smartphone portfolio. Last year we shipped over 70 million Nokia phones.

“As we’ve expanded our portfolio we’ve always maintained one vision: to deliver great Nokia phones that live up to the values that our fans expect. It has been an exhilarating time and as we look ahead, we plan to build on our success by expanding our portfolio and giving consumers a wide range of Nokia phones they can love, trust and rely on.”

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, said:

“Today, we are delighted to announce the expansion of our range with the introduction of five new devices, setting new benchmarks in smartphone design with Nokia 8 Sirocco and delivering our most accessible smartphone to date in Nokia 1.

“Through these new devices, you’ll see our innovative approach to engineering and our strong legacy in imaging coming to the forefront in collaboration with ZEISS. And you will recognise our best in class materials led design and the distinctive finish throughout the portfolio which delivers all the reliability and durability expected of a Nokia phone.

“We pride ourselves on making smartphones that address real-world needs. Our commitment to pure, secure and up-to-date Android is core to our strategy and is loved by consumers. Today, we take that commitment to a deeper level by becoming the lead partner for the Android One programme globally, delivering an experience that is endorsed by Google.”

Pekka Rantala, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of HMD Global, said:

“A smartphone is an everyday partner and something people need to know they can rely on. Last year we promised that we would deliver on all the hallmarks of a true Nokia phone experience and that we would live up to the trust people have in the Nokia brand on phones. This is why we are so excited to join the Android One programme, it is an important step in keeping this promise. We believe that after today’s additions to our phone portfolio consumers around the world can truly find their own Nokia phone that they can rely on.”

Jamie Rosenberg, VP, Business & Operations, Android & Google Play:

“Android One is our flagship partner programme, and this comprehensive line-up of new Nokia smartphones represents our biggest partnership to date. Now, users around the world can find the perfect device to fit their needs and know they’re getting a high-quality hardware and software experience that’s smart, secure, and simply amazing.”