Exchange of expertise and insights at Huawei-Nexans CTO Day

As part of its focus on industry development, tech giant Huawei holds approximately 100 Chief Technology Officer (CTO) days each year, inviting tech companies to share new developments and brainstorm on new directions together. On April 12, a 17-member team from Nexans gathered at Huawei’s R&D Center at its Shenzhen campus for the first Huawei-Nexans CTO Day.  The Nexans team included Pierre Kayoun, Corporate VP of Technology and Innovation, the senior management team of Nexans-China and members of the Nexans corporate R&D staff. “The event also marked the first time a cabling company was invited to participate, representing an honor for Nexans,” says Lussen Lu, General Manager for Nexans Cabling Solutions’ Asia Pacific region.

In addition to Lussen, representatives from Nexans Data Center Solutions included Mike Connaughton from the US, and Ben Jiang and Michael Wang from China, who joined with 40 technicial experts from Huawei.

The day was focused on two topic areas: the data center, and the impact of 5G on telecom. Jean Jacques Sage of Nexans opened with an overview of new developments at Nexans, then spoke on telecom and developments in 5G. On the data center side, Mike Connaugton presented an overview of Nexans ‘Own the Link’ strategy.

An ‘Innovation Fair’ was held in the afternoon, where the Nexans team shared the latest Nexans NRC innovations, and brainstormed with Huawei engineers about the potential value they would bring to them. This opportuntity to share information and brainstorm was one of the primary motivations for the CTO Day, that arose during discussions Nexans had with Huawei management last November.

“In the morning session, Huawei shared feedback on what they like and dislike about products they are using, across the technology ecosystem. This is very helpful to us, as we can take this input and go back home and refine and improve our products,” says Lussen. “The working sessions in the afternoon, where we drilled down into specific product activity, also gave us great insight into what the industry wants and needs.”

Based in China, Huawei has a presence all over the globe, offering products and expertise across a multitude of sectors and industries. An active member of more than 360 standards organizations, industry alliances, and open source communities, Huawei focuses on openness, collaboration, and joint innovation with customers, partners, and peers. The company is one of the top 10 brands in global R&D investment in the world, with 16 research centers and 36 joint innovation centers around the world.

“Expanding the relationship between Huawei and Nexans adds value for both companies,” says Pierre Kayoun.

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In the afternoon, participants split into groups, for in-depth brainstorming sessions.

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The first Huawei-Nexans CTO Day was held in Shenzhen on April 12.

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On the data center side, Mike Connaugton presented an overview of Nexans ‘Own the Link’ strategy.

“Expanding the relationship between Huawei and Nexans adds value for both companies.”

Pierre Kayoun, Corporate VP of Technology and Innovation Nexans

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