Xiaomi plans world domination, moves manufacturing to Brazil and India
There has been a lot of talk surrounding smartphone manufacturing firm Xiaomi in recent months. The company - which has ambitious plans to become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer in the next five to ten years - has just announced it will start manufacturing in Brazil and India – two of the globe’s most populous countries.
Lei Jun, Xiaomi CEO has spoken about his ambition to knock tech behemoths, Apple and Samsung off their smartphone thrones. In order to do this he needs to expand the footprint of Xiaomi in more regions and manufacture enough smartphones to meet demand.
According to reports, Xiaomi may begin producing mobile handsets, as well as its other key electronic products in Brazil and India in the next few years. The Chinese Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) had an outpouring of success in the Indian market, and has reportedly been shipping nearly 200,000 smartphones a week via its logistic partners.
A move to Brazil and India is big news for Xiaomi and demonstrates the company’s mission of expanding into the world’s emerging markets. Its other target markets include Russia, Thailand, Mexico and Turkey, as well as China.
As per the report by Bloomberg, Xiaomi aims to begin operating and manufacturing mobile devices in India in the next couple of years, while Brazil may start a little earlier.
Xiaomi is to produce its smartphones in some of the most populated countries where it wants to grow its brand as part of the company’s strategy to expand its presence. The company is already in talks with the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group, said Hugo Barra, vice president in charge of global operations at Xiaomi, in an interview. Production in India will likely kick off within two years, and Brazil may start sooner, he stated.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.