“Since arriving in New Zealand 10 years ago, Huawei has forged many great partnerships with local companies,” Mr Guo said.
“Their success has been critical to our success, and we are very happy to be given an opportunity to work with and support a new generation of New Zealand companies.
“We are proud to be partnering with Auckland Council on this initiative and hope to see many great ideas come to life here at GridAKL”
China is a huge growth market for Auckland and New Zealand, and Mayor Brown says the partnership creates significant potential opportunities for GridAKL to connect with China, and also other regions, through Huawei’s international networks.
Huawei will use its expertise to turn GridAKL’s first two permanent buildings into a premium location for growth ICT and digital media companies. ATEED has contracted an operator (a partnership of BizDojo and The Icehouse) to run the hub’s day-to-day activation, tenant management and marketing.
The partnership includes provision of Huawei’s enterprise platform and smart building infrastructure equipment for installation in the first two GridAKL buildings.
ATEED Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says Huawei’s link with GridAKL fits nicely with Waterfront Auckland’s new Wynyard Quarter Smart initiative, which draws upon technology to measure and communicate performance against a number of precinct-wide sustainability targets in areas such as energy use and building performance.
Huawei will also leverage its global procurement network, bringing its procurement team to meet with businesses at GridAKL.
Brett O’Riley says Huawei’s involvement adds powerful backing and international credibility to council’s investment in the innovation precinct, and reinforces the city’s vision to be an innovation hub of the Asia-Pacific.
“The partnership provides a platform for GridAKL to showcase emergent technology for New Zealand, encouraging other companies to invest in the project. This sponsorship helps to secure the precinct’s future economic stability, and is a start towards GridAKL being independent of Council funding,” Brett O’Riley said.
GridAKL fosters start-up companies, showcases Auckland’s world-class ICT industry to international investors and potential multi-national partners, and increases collaboration in the innovation ecosystem as a venue for networking and ideas sharing.
For more information contact:
Huawei Public Affairs Manager
021 384 958
Media Manager, ATEED
027 292 3601