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Make it Possible: Huawei Device Unveils its Global Consumer Branding Campaign at Mobile World Congress

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Announces full-year sales revenue of USD 7.5 billion and over 127 million devices shipped in 2012

BARCELONA, Spain /PRNewswire/ — Huawei Device, the consumer business group of Huawei Technologies, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, launched its global brand campaign today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013. The company also announced full-year global sales revenue of USD7.5 billion, a 10% increase from the previous year, as well as more than 127 million devices shipped. To build on its success in 2012, Huawei’s new ‘Make it Possible’ brand initiative aimed at consumers worldwide will be a top focus for this year as the company shifts gears to be recognized as a global consumer brand.
In 2012, out of 52 million handsets shipped, 32 million were smartphone shipments, representing an increase of 60% from the previous year. The company also shipped 50 million mobile broadband (MBB) devices and 25 million home devices during the 12 months. Huawei experienced unprecedented growth in the fourth quarter of 2012 with shipments of 10.8 million, an increase of 89.5% year-on-year, securing the number three position for smartphone vendors globally, according to IDC data.
“At MWC last year, we launched the product name of Ascend, and introduced a series of flagship products. Today at this same platform, we are strengthening the brand promise of our products with our new brand campaign, ‘Make it Possible’,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group. “This gives us strong momentum to focus our efforts to be a leading smartphone brand in the coming years. I am excited that ‘Make it Possible’ not only defines who we are, it also represents the desire for extraordinary experiences from consumers around the world.”
The ‘Make it Possible’ campaign embodies the spirit of Huawei as it combines expertise and imagination to make the impossible, possible. Beginning at MWC 2013, the campaign will be rolled-out in selected markets around the world throughout the year, and will encompass such touch-points as retail experiences, online activities, and media engagement. ‘Make It Possible’ is a result of extensive consumer research conducted in global markets, where consumers have indicated their desire for accessible and affordable cutting-edge products from Huawei Device.
At the MWC, Huawei also showcased “Make it Possible” with a visual installation of a solid, heavy floating medal cube, measuring 0.9m by 0.9m by 0.9m, the largest installation of its kind to date.
In 2012, more than 5,000 dedicated Huawei retail counters were set up in 45 countries and territories around the world. The company also recently concluded its most ambitious global product marketing campaign, where the campaign targeted millions of consumers in 45 markets from 15 regions.
About Huawei Device
As at the end of 2012, Huawei’s products and services are deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Huawei has also set up more than 20 R&D centers around the world in countries such as the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. Consumer business is one of Huawei’s three business groups offering a range of products that include mobile phones, mobile broadband devices, home devices, clouds, and consumer chipsets. With more than 20 years of rich business expertise in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, an extensive global network, vast global business operations and partners, Huawei Consumer Business Group, through Huawei Device, is dedicated to bringing the latest technology to consumers, offering a world of possibilities and creating extraordinary experiences for people everywhere.
For more information, visit Huawei Device online: http://www.huaweidevice.com
For regular updates on Huawei Device, follow us on:
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For media inquiries, please contact:
Sybil Lau, Burson-Marsteller Hong Kong
+ 852 2963 6771
sybil.lau@bm.com
Source: Huawei Device

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February 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

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Huawei Reveals the World’s Fastest 4G LTE Smartphone

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HUAWEI Ascend P2 breaks all records with its 150 Mbps download speed
BARCELONA, Spain /PRNewswire/ — Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today introduced the HUAWEI Ascend P2, the world’s fastest smartphone, at the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The Ascend P2 features a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and LTE Cat 4 providing an ultrafast web experience with download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Continuing the fashion legacy of the Ascend P-series, it is only 8.4mm slim with an infinity edge 4.7-inch IPS HD in-cell touch display with second-generation Corning® Gorilla® Glass, and will be available in black and white.

HUAWEI Ascend P2
“Ascend P2 is the perfect combination of elegance and power, and further proof that there’s no need to compromise when desiring a perfect smartphone. It is evidence of the outstanding smartphone experiences and great technology that we are committed to bringing to consumers globally,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.
The HUAWEI Ascend P2 will be on sale in France through Orange in June 2013.
“We’re pleased to be working with Huawei again to enable our customers to have easier and faster access to all their favorite content,” said Yves Maitre, Senior Vice President, Mobile Multimedia & Devices, Orange. “We are impressed by the design and look forward to putting the Ascend P2 into the hands of consumers as soon as possible.”
“The technological capabilities of the HUAWEI Ascend P2 will enable our customers to have the fastest access to all their content, with speeds up to 150 Mbps on our brand new 4G network,” said Florence Paour, Device Marketing Director, Orange France.
The HUAWEI Ascend P2 runs on the Android 4.1 operating system, with Huawei’s own Emotion UI 1.5. Powered by a 2420 mAh battery and 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, the Ascend P2 downloads HD movies in minutes, and loads online videos, web pages, songs or e-Books in seconds. Huawei’s proprietary ‘swift sharing’ supports uploads and downloads two to three times faster than other smartphones in a Wi-Fi environment. With its NFC module*, Ascend P2 enables e-payments and can act as an electronic ticket. Huawei’s unique Quick Power Control (QPC) and Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) power-saving technologies, reduces power consumption by 30% and charging time by more than 25% compared to other smartphones.
Continuing the fashion focus of Huawei’s Ascend P smartphones, HUAWEI Ascend P2 evokes the image of an infinity pool with its seamless, elegant design and curvy contours. Using in-cell technology, its LCD 4.7-inch IPS HD touchscreen is an impressive 8.4mm slim. Its ‘magic touch’ feature provides enhanced screen responsiveness even with gloves, and instant keyword translation and Wikipedia searches can now be done on a single window with ‘smart reading’. The screen also calibrates its brightness automatically under any light conditions, allowing users to perform any function, under any light.
The HUAWEI Ascend P2 provides optimal photo and video features including a 13 MP BSI rear-facing camera with HDR, and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera to support self-portrait and video shooting. A dedicated camera key on the side of the phone also allows instant access to picture taking, click once for the camera to be activated and another time to take the shot. With Huawei’s advanced camera algorithm, high-definition images can be captured even in backlit conditions. Auto adjustment modes further enable Ascend P2 to produce photos that rival professional cameras.
The Huawei Emotion UI*, available on the Ascend P2 is easy to use and customize. The UniHome function combines home panels with the main menu, while Huawei’s patent-pending Me Widget better utilizes screen real-estate by combining all the information and functions you need in a single, customizable widget. Emotion UI is also pre-installed with a smartphone housekeeper function to support real-time data traffic tracking, automatic blacklisting and blocking, periodical system cleaning, and spontaneous exiting of idle programs and cache cleanup, in addition to anti-virus, energy saving, privacy protection, software management, and more.
The Ascend P2 will also be available globally around the second quarter of 2013.
*This function is available in selected markets only.
About Huawei Device
As at the end of 2012, Huawei’s products and services are deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Huawei has also set up more than 20 R&D centers around the world in countries such as the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. Consumer business is one of Huawei’s three business groups offering a range of products that include mobile phones, mobile broadband devices, home devices, clouds, and consumer chipsets. With more than 20 years of rich business expertise in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, an extensive global network, vast global business operations and partners, Huawei Consumer Business Group, through Huawei Device, is dedicated to bringing the latest technology to consumers, offering a world of possibilities and creating extraordinary experiences for people everywhere.
For more information, visit Huawei Device online: http://www.huaweidevice.com
For regular updates on Huawei Device, follow us on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/huaweidevice
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HuaweiDevice
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/HuaweiDeviceCo
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/huaweidevice
For media inquiries, please contact:
Sybil Lau, Burson-Marsteller Hong Kong
+ 852 2963 6771
sybil.lau@bm.com
Source: Huawei Device

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February 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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Eko Atlantic Celebrates Reclamation of 5,000,000 Square Metres of Land from the Sea

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LAGOS, Nigeria/PRNewswire/ —
His Excellency the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, applauds a ‘noble initiative’ and gives the project the full support of his Government
Eko Atlantic, the visionary new city for Lagos, Nigeria drew high-level presidential praise from both the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan and the former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton during a dedication ceremony to mark a milestone event.
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(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130222/595491-b )
Describing the development of Eko Atlantic as an outstanding initiative President Jonathan said, ‘This landmark event is continuing the good news narrative that Nigeria must now embrace permanently. You cannot be hearing only ugly stories. Eko Atlantic City is bringing us happiness and this happiness has come to stay.’
Eko Atlantic land reclamation started in February 2008 with a 7-year dredging operation planned to create 8,000 square metres of new land every day.
A year after reclamation work began the Chagoury Group, the developers and planners of Eko Atlantic, based in Lagos, Nigeria, committed at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York to protect Victoria Island from coastal erosion through the forces of the Atlantic Ocean.
Since making their commitment the developers have built a sea revetment known as The Great Wall of Lagos that now stands at three and a half kilometres. Half the land needed to build the new city has been recovered from the ocean.
‘They have reclaimed five million square metres of land from the sea. They have built the beginnings of this amazing wall. They have kept their commitment and it will help to diversify the economy of Nigeria, to brand Lagos all over the world and to create an enormous number of opportunities. I am convinced that within five years people will be coming from everywhere just to look at the wall.’
The Great Wall has brought back the coastline of Victoria Island to where it was a century ago before coastal erosion began to wash it away.
‘This is an ingenious engineering feat,’ said President Clinton, This is something I am telling you there will be countless numbers of people coming here to study. It is something you can be very proud of.’
The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola hosted the dedication ceremony close to the massive sea revetment that protects the five million square metres of land. ‘When all is done, a new city will emerge here from what was once a devastated area as a result of nature’s onslaught, said Governor Fashola. ‘But that devastation is now history. Our ultimate triumph beckons,’ he said, ‘the human spirit will prevail because of the goodwill of a few good men.’
The dedication ceremony was attended by high-ranking Nigerian Federal and State officials as well as international developers, financial institutions and the diplomatic corps.
In his address, the Executive Chairman of Eko Atlantic, Mr. Ronald Chagoury, said, “Nigeria is a great nation. Building a city of this calibre can only be achieved by putting our hands together. Today we are at a turning point where the real construction of the city has started.” And he added, “Today Lagos is the economic capital of Nigeria. We pray by your blessing Mr. President, to become the economic and financial centre of Africa in the near future”.
The construction of infrastructure for Eko Atlantic, such as roads, drainage and sewage systems has also started as has foundation work for Eko Atlantic’s first commercial tower block. An international developer, Satellite Oil and Gas from Nigeria, has started to build Eko Energy Estate and numerous other projects are in the pipeline.
Upon completion, the developers and city planners of the new city will have produced 10,000,000 square metres of land, ripe for development: equivalent in size to the skyscraper district of Manhattan in New York City.
Eko Atlantic is designed to provide the space and infrastructure to house 250,000 people and become the workplace for a further 150,000.
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Source: South Energyx Nigeria Limited

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February 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

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Wall Street Journal Convenes Global Innovators At Inaugural “Unleashing Innovation” Conference In Singapore

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — CEOs, entrepreneurs and industry experts from 25 countries around the world – including the U.S., Israel, Zimbabwe, Russia and Saudi Arabia — gathered in Singapore this week for The Wall Street Journal’s inaugural Unleashing Innovation executive conference.
Staged in Singapore to recognise the growing role of Asian economies in driving innovation and investment in research and technology worldwide, the invitation-only event attracted leaders of innovation across a range of industries and cultures, including Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook; John G. Rice, vice chairman, General Electric Company; Vineet Nayar, vice chairman and CEO, HCL Technologies; James E. Rogers, chairman, president and CEO, Duke Energy; Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairman and managing director of India-based biotechnology enterprise, Biocon; Gary Wang, founder of tudou.com; and Nava Swersky Sofer, founder and co-chair, NanoIsrael, and former president and CEO, Yissum-Hebrew University Technology Transfer.
Hosted by top editors from The Wall Street Journal, the three-day event provided attendees with a rich mix of panel discussions, on-stage interviews and interactive sessions with a focus on innovation in business and society, as well as new strategies for implementing disruptive innovation in established markets. Topics included hiring and retaining global talent; China’s emergence as a research hub; innovations in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and biotech; and the future of education.
In addition, inventor and entrepreneur Jay Walker, founder of Priceline.com and curator of TEDMED, used examples from his Library of the Human Imagination to illustrate how imagination and innovation have developed over the ages.
The conference will be covered in a worldwide special report in The Wall Street Journal and on WSJ.com to be published Tuesday, Feb. 26. Video interviews from the event can be found here
The event was sponsored by Axiata, Huawei, Lexus, NTT Communications and The Ascott Limited.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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February 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

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Ageas Posts Strong Group Results Across All Businesses and Regions

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HONG KONG, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Ageas announced 2012 Full Year Results.

Group net profit of its insurance operations was EUR 624 million; fourth quarter at EUR 175 million
Group inflows (at 100%) of EUR 21.3 billion, up 24%; fourth quarter inflows at EUR 5.8 billion
Group net profit of EUR 743 million
Insurance solvency at 206%; Group solvency ratio at 231%; General account net cash position of EUR 1.2 billion
Strong financial and commercial performance in Asia

Ageas Asia’s net profit at EUR 128 million (vs. a net loss of EUR 64 million in 2011) of which EUR 34 million originated from its Hong Kong operations
Asia’s inflows at EUR 7.9 billion, up 28%
Hong Kong’s new business premiums increased by 49% following strong growth in both the agency channel and the IFA channel. Inflows were up 27% to EUR 447 million
Inflow of the non-consolidated partnerships increased by 28% to EUR 7.4 billion
Strong solvency at 268%
Announcing the 2012 results, Gary Crist, Chief Executive Officer of Ageas Asia commented:

“2012 was an excellent year with solid growth for both life and non-life businesses in Asia. The main drivers for this increase were organic growth from almost all entities and most distribution channels and the recovery of the financial markets across Asia. Activity in the bank channels picked up noticeably in the second half of the year. Continued focus on recurring premium production and persistency has resulted in a high-quality book.”

Please visit http://www.ageas.com.hk/pdf/about/press/2013/Ageas_Full_Year_Results_2012_eng.pdf for full details of the press release.

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February 25, 2013 at 11:30 am

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Experience Sydney in 360: Put yourself in the picture like never before

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Launch of Australia’s first 360 Digital Tourist Experience
SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Surf Bondi Beach and kayak Sydney Harbour without getting wet? Fly a helicopter over Sydney Harbour without leaving the ground? Sounds impossible… but thanks to innovative new 360 video developed and launched today by Destination NSW it’s a reality. In an Australian tourism first, visitors can now participate in iconic Sydney experiences before they leave, providing inspiration to book their next trip and turn the digital experience into a real one.
To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/60414-destination-nsw-experience-sydney-in-360
The panoramic 360 videos which can be accessed via Sydney.com/sydney360 are completely interactive allowing the user to jump into the pilot’s seat and drive their own 360 experience. An aerial video of Hunter Valley Wine Region is also available. Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said the 360 digital content was created to capture Sydney like it’s never been seen before.
“The 360 tools are a fantastic new digital innovation that will give visitors a taste of what’s in store when they visit Sydney and NSW, and get them excited and motivated about booking their trip — whether it’s to visit friends and family, attend a convention, go backpacking or have a holiday,” she said.
“Destination NSW continues to focus on digital innovation and is the first tourism organisation in Australia to launch such comprehensive 360 aerial and first person video content. This ensures we remain the industry leader; and an innovator in destination, tourism and event promotion.”
For the ultimate first-hand experience, the 360 first person videos allow users to literally “put their face in the picture” so it feels like they’re actually climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, surfing Bondi Beach, kayaking Sydney Harbour or interacting with animals at Taronga Zoo. Plus for ultimate bragging rights, the videos can be shared with friends, fans and followers through Facebook.
Highlights of Sydney 360 includes:
Australian first 360 video aerial tours which are fully interactive and controlled by the user
World-first first person 360 video technology
A dedicated Facebook application to share the first-person 360 videos
A mobile application for smartphones to view Sydney 360 panorama
A tablet application to view Sydney 360 panorama images using swipe and drag navigation.
Sydney 360 is available to view at http://www.sydney.com/sydney360
Media contact:
Elissa Tyrrell, A/Executive Manager, Media & Public Relations
P: +61 2 9931 1426, M: +61 (0) 421 130 440
Source: Destination New South Wales

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February 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

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