Global connections to internet to reach 200 billion by 2030: Huawei

Doaa A.Moneim , Sunday 26 Sep 2021

The total number of global connections to the internet is expected to reach 200 billion by 2030, with objects and boundaries of network connectivity expected to continually expand, according to a report issued by Huawei on Sunday.


The report in question was released during Huawei’s ‘Intelligent World 2030 Forum’ — one of Huawei Connect Summit’s events — which kicked off on Thursday 23 September and will run till 31 October.

According to the report, by 2030, technologies such as XR, naked-eye 3D display, digital touch, and digital smell will develop even further and create an immersive and disruptive experience through next-generation networks.

Meanwhile, Huawei expects network design to change from focusing on human cognition to machine cognition, adding that an emergence of multi-level computing infrastructure and massive data will be seen, as well as computing power networks that provide connectivity.

“Additionally, four future network scenarios will gradually become a reality. They are the networks that will deliver a consistent experience for homes, offices, vehicles, satellite broadband internet, industrial internet, and computing power networks,” said the report.

It also expected that vertical farms unaffected by climate change will be applied on a large scale, thus, food will be available for all. It projected that 3D printing will make creating artificial meat to meet global nutritional needs possible as well.

In terms of global transportation, the report expected new energy vehicles to become the mobile “third space” and new aircrafts to make emergency services more efficient, reducing the cost of medical supplies and changing the way individuals commute.

Huawei also predicts that by 2030, solar energy will become one of its main power sources, with the proportion of renewables in global electricity generation expected to increase to 50 percent, the share of electricity in final energy consumption projected to exceed 30 percent, the ratio of new electric vehicles sold to exceed 50 percent, and that renewable energy will power 80 percent of digital infrastructure.

Regarding intelligent automotive solutions, the report expects electrification and intelligence to be inevitable in the next decade and that ICT technologies will converge with the automotive industry.

“The automotive industry will witness the development of intelligent driving, intelligent spaces, intelligent services, and intelligent operations. The ultimate goal of intelligent driving is to use technologies such as autonomous driving to greatly reduce the incidence of traffic accidents and deliver efficient and seamless travel experiences to users,” the report said.

“Intelligent driving has so far been mainly limited to closed roads like high-speed roads and campus roads, but it will gradually see more application on public roads, such as those in urban areas. Vehicles will become a new intelligent space. With the support of ICT, technologies like AI, biometric recognition, in-vehicle optical sensors, and AR/VR will bring new features to the cockpit.”

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