Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News is pleased to conduct an interview with Jun Chie, Vice President & General Manager at Keysight regarding Keysight’s achievements for 2018, the company’s aims for 2019 and the trends that will shape the industry next year.
Can you sum up your company’s focus and achievements in 2018?
Keysight’s focus in 2018 revolved around 5G technology, automotive & energy, network visibility.
Asia saw greater demand for research & development for 5G, particularly in the wireless ecosystem. We also saw a growth in data center next-generation 400GbE and high-speed digital tests.
Automotive & energy-related orders from our customers have also increased over the past two years. Additionally, driven by our robust 5G solutions, we are pleased that network security orders from our customers such as leading mobile operators in Japan, Korea, China and the United States have surged too.
Some key offerings Keysight launched in 2018 include PathWave and KeysightCare to enable customers to not only accelerate innovation and product development from concept through manufacturing and deployment but also offers design and test engineers dedicated, proactive support for instruments, software, and solutions. In 2019, Keysight will continue to transition from being a product-focused company to a solutions-led one, and our new solutions embody this move.
Our strength in network security has also extended to our visibility solutions, following the acquisition of Ixia in 2017. This has allowed for an expansion in both the depth and breadth of our portfolio. With the combined strength of Keysight and Ixia’s solutions in network testing, visibility, wireless and physical layer test and measurement, we can deliver full end-to-end solutions across the communications workflow for our customers.
What business trends in Asia are of interest to your company in 2019?
In 2019, we will continue to focus on these key areas in Asia – 5G, Automotive & Energy, Network Visibility.
Our broad portfolio of 5G solutions coupled with the engagement with leading market makers strengthens Keysight’s leading position in this fast-growing market. Countries like South Korea, Japan and Singapore are leading the way; with South Korea’s commercial roll-out of 5G services in this year. Operators in Japan are also trialling pilot services on schedule towards full 5G operation at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Singapore is no stranger to 5G as well. Companies and education institutions like Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic are partners in the development and build of a local 5G ecosystem. With the digital infrastructure in place, we will see an increase in commercial enterprises leveraging on 5G technologies for their services/products.
In terms of automotive and energy, Keysight believes that by 2025 every car on the road will be connected in some way. Access to wireless communication networks will be critical for safer and autonomous driving. More than ever, we are committed to work and serve customers to support innovative projects that will drive the automotive and energy industries. In fact, Keysight established four Automotive Customer Centres in the world, with the most recent center opened in January 2019 in Nagoya, Japan. The center includes customer electronic test and measurement labs, technical experts, and state-of-the-art test equipment, as well as a customer training facility for hands-on workshops and seminars.
What do you think is the key industry trend to watch out for 2019?
We are currently witnessing an unprecedented boom in data volumes following the proliferation of connected devices and the move from 4G to 5G communications.
By 2020, there will be 20 billion connected devices, with each individual predicted to be connected to an upwards of 10 devices, thus resulting in a predicted trillion gigabytes of stored data.
The huge data boom in turn spells tremendous growth potential in the 5G technology market – this data will require ultra-fast transmission and low latency rates that our current 4G technology is not equipped to handle.
5G connectivity is the solution to this. Autonomous driving is a case in point. In a sudden emergency-brake scenario, the safety features of the autonomous car system will immediately emit a real-time warning to vehicles that are following it to prevent a chain collision. To achieve this, the signals from the lead car must be received ultra-fast for the following cars to take the necessary action.
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