New appointment arrives to clean up Three’s network fiasco

UK telco Three has announced the appointment of Carlo Melis as Chief Network Officer just as the Huawei saga starts to rear its head once again.

Over the course of the last week, the rumour mill has been churning at full capacity, with Huawei’s name popping up on more than one occasion. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a backbencher revolt unless ‘high-risk’ vendors are removed from networks within years, while the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is once again investigating whether the firm is in a sound enough position to work with UK telcos.

One might have said there were better times for Melis to join the business.

Arriving from Wind Tre in Italy, Melis has been working on network resilience during the on-going COVID-19 landscape though eventually his attention will turn to managing the spectrum portfolio and presumably creating a network which can rival market leaders within the UK. Much work has been done in recent years, though thanks to outside influences, Three is still in somewhat of a difficult position.

“Three has been on an incredible journey, completely overhauling its network and IT infrastructure and laying the foundations for a 5G network that will dramatically transform the experience for its customers, at the same time as delivering major 4G improvements,” said Melis.

“I’m looking forward to joining Three, bringing my expertise to build on the great progress already achieved and to deliver a network that will stand the business in good stead long into the future.”

The last few months have certainly been an eclectic mix of ups and downs for the Three business. The fixed wireless access (FWA) proposition and campus network offering was looking healthy before Ros Singleton left the business. These business units are still functional, but look a little weaker without Singleton involved, however it is the more mainstream 5G programme which looks more precarious.

Announced at almost the exact same time as the departure of Phil Sheppard, who was effectively the company’s CTO, was the conclusion of the Supply Chain Review. Huawei was designated a high-risk vendor, and therefore limited to providing a maximum of 35% of a telcos network infrastructure equipment. This is a significant problem for Three which decided Huawei was going to be the sole supplier of RAN equipment for its 5G network.

These are the complications Melis needs to manage over the next few months. Alongside the teething problems of a new cloud core and ensuring the 4G network remains stable during this period of dramatically increased traffic, the 5G deployment strategy needs to be reimagined. Of course, this becomes difficult when even more uncertainty is introduced by rebellious politicians and the NCSC investigation.

It could have been a smoother start for Melis…


Telecoms.com Daily Poll:

Should privacy rules be re-evaluated in light of a new type of society?

Loading ... Loading ...

Three UK turns to Virgin for 5G backhaul

Virgin Media Business has signed a deal with Three UK to provide dark fibre backhaul for a bunch of its 5G cell sites.

The deal covers over 3,000 existing and future cell sites around the UK, presumably any that Virgin has fibre to. On top of that Virgin has committed to build new fibre connections to a bunch of urban hotspot locations. This represents a good win for Virgin, building on the backhaul work it got from Vodafone as part of the MVNO deal the two of them signed back in November.

“We’re building the high capacity fibre backbone that will link mobile phone masts and cell sites across the country and power the UK’s 5G future,” said Peter Kelly, MD of Virgin Media Business. “With a powerful network and skilled engineers already in place, our infrastructure will help mobile operators to roll out their 5G network at scale. Virgin Media Business is fast becoming the backhaul bastion for 5G rollout.”

Virgin says that even before this deal it accounted for the backhaul and aggregation of around 40% of the UK’s voice and mobile data traffic. Momentum seems to be in its favour and it could end up grabbing a bigger chunk of the 5G business. One reason for this is presumably the desire on the part of other MNOs not to give business to their direct competitor BT in they can possibly avoid it.

According to the FT, Virgin is also chatting to O2 UK about a similar deal, which would give it the full non-BT set. However, the two are also mulling a merger, which would make turn Virgin into a direct competitor of Vodafone and Three too. Existing backhaul deals would presumably be honoured, but if that merger goes ahead smaller providers such as CityFibre may benefit.

In other Three UK news, its CEO Robert Finnegan has published an update on how the company is dealing with the current unique circumstances. Most of it is the standard corporate stuff about how caring and conscientious the company is, but there are some interesting data points concerning the changes in network traffic after the country was locked down in late March.

  • Calls – increase of 8% to 2.5 billion in March.
  • Average call duration increased by 21% to almost 4 mins.
  • Data usage up 12% despite main video providers reducing the quality of their streaming
  • Use of Zoom up 1325% and Facetime up 100%.
  • Calls to prayer lines doubled in the first two weeks of lockdown

Finnegan also mentioned that Three has had over 30 attacks on its mast sites, which seems consistent with what other MNOs are reporting. “There is absolutely no link between 5G and Coronavirus,” he said. “The 5G rollout by all UK MNOs complies with all global standards on health and safety which have been developed since the early 1990s.” That should do it.

800G Pluggable MSA Work Group Releases the 800G White Paper

[March 12 2020]

After several rounds of technical discussions and workshops, the 800G Pluggable MSA work group releases a white paper– ENABLING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CLOUD & AI USING 800GB/S OPTICAL MODULES. The white paper explains the evolution path for Data Center architectures and optical interconnect requirements of cloud expansion. Different scenarios of 800G applications are discussed from the technical point of view.

The white paper is available to download from the MSA official website with the link below.

https://www.800gmsa.com/documents

 

About 800G Pluggable MSA

The 800G Pluggable MSA work group was formed in September 5, 2019 and promotes a joint industry exchange and collaboration between data center operators and vendors of infrastructure equipment, optical modules, optoelectronic chips, and connectors.

It focuses on the data center network interconnection scenario, targeting to determine the optimal interconnect architecture, define interface specifications of the 800G pluggable optical modules, build the ecosystem, and guide healthy development of the industry.

For more information, please visit www.800Gmsa.com

 

—End—

 

 

 

Build optical cross-connect (OXC) transport networks with the lowest per-bit cost

The acceleration of 5G application, rapid development of video services, increasing demands for quality, and longer video viewing times lead to sharp traffic increases. Ovum predicts that global mobile broadband (MBB) and fixed broadband (FBB) traffic will reach approximately 3,000,000 PB in 2023, roughly triple 2019’s traffic. This brings great changes and challenges to transport networks.

Bandwidth bottleneck: Networks are congested, user experience is poor, and new services are difficult to provision. By applying ultra-high-speed transmission technology and efficient spectrum utilization, Huawei solution increases the load of each “vehicle” and the “lanes” of each “road”. However, network traffic is unevenly distributed, and the core nodes have heavier traffic. A single plane needs upgrading to 3D architecture to meet the transmission requirements at the core nodes. This doubles the transmission directions, which is equivalent to building an overpass over heavy-traffic sections to ease congestion.

Insufficient network coverage: 5G and video services cause WDM devices to move downward to CO nodes. The number of rings connected to core nodes correlates with the increase of CO nodes, and consequently, the number of degrees at core nodes increases by 2N (N indicates the number of connected rings). The network then flattens to enhance coverage. This is similar to adding local roads to a main road, where each new local road provides two more directions.

Mesh network: As services migrate to the cloud and the number of DCs increase, inter-DC services require low latency and high availability, driving the evolution of inter-DC connections to mesh networks. Furthermore, the number of degrees increases by (N-3) (N indicates the number of network nodes). This is similar to providing detours when roads are unavailable.

The increase of degrees at core nodes brings challenges such as insufficient equipment room space, high power consumption, complex fiber connections, service provisioning and O&M. The zero-touch transport solution will help operators address these problems.

One board of Huawei OptiX OSN P32/P32C, which leverages the unique all-optical backplane technology, can replace the function of a subrack in the traditional reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) solution. Therefore, each degree needs only one board, significantly improving integration. This reduces footprint by 90%, power consumption by 60%, and eliminates the need for internal fiber connection, minimizing the usage of equipment room resources.

In terms of O&M, OXC utilizes the digital optical layer and works with the NCE, which can visualize end-to-end wavelength resources, monitor fiber quality, wavelength performance, usage, and paths in real time. It can also predict optical-layer faults. It is similar to using a map application that informs users of real time traffic conditions so that they can plan the fastest and most convenient route.

Transport networks are one of the most important infrastructure networks of operators. With the accelerated growth of 5G and video services, transport networks evolve to a 3D, flattened, and meshed architecture. OXC simplifies the optical layer and enables flexible grooming, while NCE-T enables efficient and proactive O&M, helping operators build a zero-touch transport network, and further reduce the per-bit transmission cost.

Nokia gets Rakuten Mobile optical transport gig

It’s all about the photonic mesh in the backhaul for Rakuten’s brand new mobile network, and Nokia’s switches are going to help make it work.

Rakuten Mobile is the talk of the telecoms town these days, not only because it’s disrupting the Japanese mobile market with some aggressive pricing, but because it has built its entire network from scratch, using the latest whizzy technologies. Everything is virtualized and cloud-native, just as we’ve been talking about for years, so Rakuten is essentially showing the world how it should be done.

It’s not much good having all that cloudy agility, however, if you’re still constrained by your physical backhaul network, which is where optical mesh networks come in. Now, we’re not going to pretend to be experts on the topic, but the underlying point of them seems to be to provide much more redundancy and flexibility than traditional fixed networks.

The word ‘photonic’ seems to be interchangeable with ‘optical’, at least in this context, and Rakuten has only gone an built its own photonic mesh mobile backhaul network, hasn’t it. Everyone knows you can’t just whack regular optical switches into such a cutting-edge thing, which is where Nokia comes in. Rakuten will use the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch, which is a handy deal win considering it was competing with a bunch of US companies for whom switches are their main event.

“The introduction of 5G will require a network that can support dramatic increases in bandwidth in a dynamic fashion,” said Sam Bucci, Head of Optical Networking at Nokia. “Nokia is proud and excited to partner with Rakuten Mobile to build a fully reconfigurable photonic mesh network to meet the 5G networking challenge at the lowest total cost of ownership.”

“Rakuten Mobile is creating the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network, delivering unprecedented network agility and disruptive economics to end users,” said Tareq Amin, CTO, Rakuten Mobile. “Nokia’s Photonic Service Engine 3 coherent chipset and integrated ROADM technology enables us to achieve unprecedented levels of integration and performance building the mobile network for 4G and 5G.”

Apparently this is also the first time ever a photonic mesh has been created for a mobile backhaul network. If even half of the boasts Rakuten is making about its network are true then NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI are in all sorts of bother. The theory is that all this extreme efficiency will make Rakuten’s opex much lower than its rivals, meaning they will either have to spend big on network modernization or kill their margins to compete.

Turkcell and Huawei Complete the World’s Leading 800G Trial on the Live Carrier Network

[Istanbul, Turkey, March 2, 2020] Turkcell announced that it has completed the World’s leading 800G WDM trial with Huawei out of China on a live Mobile Carrier network. This gives Turkcell a competitive edge in high speed transmission while also driving the evolution of this technology in 5G era.

Turkcell is Turkey’s integrated telecom operator, providing high-quality fixed and mobile communication services for more than 35.7 million subscribers in Turkey. Turkcell’s network traffic has been increasing by 35% year on year, and with the emergence of 5G, cloud computing, and Big Data, service traffic will triple in the next five years. In order to be ready for 5G, the construction of fiber infrastructures and evolution of equipment and technology must make strides to cope with the challenges of digital floods.

Turkcell has cooperated with Huawei to innovate ultra-high-speed transmission technologies and as a result successfully implemented 800G high-speed transmission between two data centers in Istanbul. This trial leverages Huawei’s latest ultra-high-speed service processing boards which supports the programmable and flexible adjustment of multiple modulation formats ranging from 200G to 800G. By using the industry’s unique second-generational channel-matched shaping (CMS) technology, the latest Faster than Nyquist (FTN) algorithm system and AI neuron function module, the system can monitor complex link environments on live networks in real time to quickly and automatically learn and optimize network transmission performance. This ensures optimal spectral efficiency and transmission performance while achieving the single-fiber capacity of 48 Tbit/s. The trial also confirmed the 400G ultra-long-haul transmission capacity of the live network, which can implement 1040 km of unregenerated transmission from Istanbul to Ankara.

Mr. Gediz Sezgin, CTO of Turkcell, said that, “We continue our infrastructure investments to strengthen our existing technology and prepare our networks for 5G for superior user experience. In 5G-era, virtual reality applications, autonomous driving, and smart cities will be mainstays in the digital area. These technologies will pave the way for generating large revenues and transform our lives at large. High-speed data-needs will be at their highest, and next- generation technologies such as remote surgery and robots will offer solutions to a wide variety of problems. We have been able to respond easily to rapidly increasing capacity needs through the 800G and 400G long-haul channels that we have deployed in our network. Turkcell will continue to lead the industry on new technologies in the future”.

Simon Lu, President of Huawei’s Transmission Network Domain, said: “We are happy to work with Turkcell and complete the 800G WDM trial on the live network, which cements Huawei’s leadership in the ultra-high-speed optical transmission field. Huawei will continue to maintain its strategic investment and innovation in high-speed optical transmission and provide high-quality, reliable, and evolvable solutions for customers around the globe.”

–ends—

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.

At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 188,000 employees by the end of 2018, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com or follow us on:

http://www.linkedin.com/company/Huawei

http://www.twitter.com/Huawei

http://www.facebook.com/Huawei

http://www.youtube.com/Huawei

 

Iliad is starting to look very light on infrastructure

French telco Iliad has confirmed a deal to sell 51% ownership of its fibre assets to InfraVia for roughly €300 million.

As part of the deal, Iliad spun off its fibre assets into a company which will now be known as Investissements dans la Fibre des Territoires (IFT). The enterprise value of this venture will be €600 million, which will now be 51% owned by French private equity firm InfraVia.

The separation of network infrastructure from retail business units is becoming an increasingly attractive strategy for the telcos. As the value and ROI of the network will no longer be tied to the commercial performance of the retail business following a separation, it looks like a much more attractive investment to companies like InfraVia.

InfraVia is a company with notable experience in the telco world. The firm is an investor in Cignal, an independent telecom tower companies in Ireland, as well as Celeste, a digital infrastructure-provider in France and data-centre company Etix Everywhere.

While this is further evidence of the attractiveness of the connectivity industry for long-term investors, it is also demonstrative of the financial strife the telcos find themselves in.

In pursuit of investment to fuel the next generation of connectivity, Iliad has resigned itself to selling off 51% of its fibre company. Free, Iliad’s mobile brand, will act as the anchor tenant of the network though IFT is now free to engage other operators to offer the same services.

Elsewhere in the Iliad universe, the team also found it necessary to sell passive infrastructure assets for its mobile network. In May 2019, Iliad signed a deal with tower company Cellnex. Cellnex would receive 5,700 sites in France currently operated by Free and 2,200 Iliad sites in Italy, as well as 70% of the new company that will manage the sites. The deal brought in €2 billion for Iliad.

The telcos are in a difficult position. Key revenue streams have been destroyed over the last decade, voice and SMS for example, though these are the companies which are being asked to invest more in network than ever before. Divestment, partial or full, in assets such as towers or fibre networks is becoming an increasingly common way to balance the equation, but this might be a case of ‘short-term gain, long-term pain’.

In selling assets, the telcos will have to accept they will be tenants on this infrastructure in the future. The consequence of this trend will not be seen for some time, but owning infrastructure is certainly a more sustainable and healthy position to be in than lease agreements.

South Africa’s Rain and Huawei Build the First 5G Transport Networks Using OXC+200G Solution

[Johannesburg, South Africa, February 26, 2020] South Africa’s Rain announced that it has cooperated with Huawei to build a 5G transport network using Huawei’s optical cross-connect (OXC) and 200G solution, leveraging Huawei’s latest all-optical switching product, OXC (P32), to build a metro optical transport network with minimal footprint, high provisioning efficiency, simple O&M, and high scalability to address the medium- and long-term challenges brought by 5G and revolutionary services.

Rain is focused on bringing mobile broadband (MBB) networks to South Africa and becoming the first operator to deploy 5G networks in South Africa. In terms of 5G transport, Rain combines TCO with lifecycle considerations. It must not only consider network construction costs, but also consider the cost of equipment rooms, O&M, capacity expansion, and network evolution. The traditional ROADM mode requires a higher footprint, extra subracks (one for each new transmission direction), site visits, and manual fiber connection, resulting in low O&M efficiency. These factors underline Rain’s motivation to use Huawei’s OXC and 200G solution for the construction of their 5G transport network.

Rain applies OXC technology at core nodes. Huawei’s OXC uses highly reliable and low-insertion-loss optical backplane technologies to merge the independent boards originally found in ROADM sites, reducing footprint by 80%. The reduced footprint is even more significant when there are more transmission directions. The industry-leading liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) switching technology and 32-degree optical cross-connection grooming meet Rain’s long-term capacity expansion requirements. Only one OXC device is required per site, capacity can be expanded by adding boards instead of subracks, and the expansion efficiency is 80% higher. Furthermore, Huawei OXC simplifies optical-layer connections and achieves zero intra-site fiber connections at the optical layer. The built-in digital optical parameter detection function monitors fiber quality, wavelength performance, wavelength, and paths in real time, implementing digital O&M at the optical layer and greatly improving O&M efficiency.

At the electrical layer, comparing with 100G solution, Huawei’s 200G solution improves the fiber capacity and reduces the E2E per bit cost. This solution features high integration, uses less power, and delivers high performance. The entire network requires no regeneration boards, greatly reducing the per wavelength cost.

Rain said, “With Huawei’s E2E solution and new OXC+200G, our first 5G users can experience an ultra-high speed 5G broadband service at home. Rain will further strengthen its partnership with Huawei in 5G network innovation and practice to offer an exceptional service experience to users.

Richard Jin, President of Huawei’s Transmission and Access Network Product Line, said, “Huawei is happy to cooperate with Rain to build South Africa’s first 5G transport network. This is a milestone in the global use of our OXC+200G solution. This transport network can meet the requirements of the next decade, realize higher network O&M efficiency, and provide an unrivaled user experience. Huawei will continue its innovation and research to provide customers with sustainable and evolvable solutions while helping Rain achieve greater business success.”

–ends—

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.

At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 188,000 employees by the end of 2018, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com or follow us on:

http://www.linkedin.com/company/Huawei

http://www.twitter.com/Huawei

http://www.facebook.com/Huawei

http://www.youtube.com/Huawei

 

Globe Reinvents Connectivity Solutions for Enterprise through Network Modernization and Transformation

Telco giant teams up with Huawei in streamlining enterprise and transport connectivities for enhanced customer experience

[Philippines, Manila, February 24, 2020] Recently, Globe (Philippines) and Huawei jointly released a new enterprise private line solution. The company leverages advanced technologies such as optical transport, IP, SDN, and NFV to reshape the traditional enterprise private line solution through a series of network modernization and transformation projects. The new solution features the industry’s first high-quality private line network with an IP+optical dual-layer architecture for large-scale commercial use. The network is also the first to implement full automation cross domains and vendors based on NCE, which is highly praised for its openness and interconnection capabilities.

Over the years, Enterprise customers have maintained a gradual transition towards the Ethernet platform while keeping the physical isolation connection on the WAN side for higher service availability.

“For Globe, this meant building a hybrid ecosystem that can deliver connectivity solutions with a broad range of capacity from 1G to 100G, so Enterprise customers can provide the breakthrough customer experience and digitally transform their businesses,” said Globe Telecom Transport Network Division Head Constantine A. Serafica.

To support capacity and 5G requirements of enterprises, Globe’s first modernization initiative focused on Optical transport, building a high capacity network flexible enough to provide converged services. “These high capacity optical transports are not only deployed on the Core and Distribution, but also extended to the Access layers. DWDM network elements are being deployed towards the Access loops to form a hub and spoke topology, increasing capacity for each node from a 10G sharing capacity on the access ring to dedicated multiple 10G to 100G capacity”, explained Serafica.

Globe also worked on IP network consolidation and simplification by rationalizing the architecture and protocols used. This initiative not only flattens the network for easier administration, but also created synergies between the consumer and enterprise networks, paving the way for Segment Routing and network programming which complements 5G and next generation enterprise services.

Lastly, the telco giant completed its SDN deployment, enabling end-to-end service provisioning, Bandwidth-on-Demand, Bandwidth Calendaring and end-to-end topology visibility.

Globe continuously deploy the latest technologies to build its infrastructures and systems. By remain digitally agile and advanced, Globe is able to extend these advantage and technology leadership to its enterprise customers with the reinvented connectivity solution, enabling enterprises to catapult their business towards success.

–ends—

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.

At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 188,000 employees by the end of 2018, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com or follow us on:

http://www.linkedin.com/company/Huawei

http://www.twitter.com/Huawei

http://www.facebook.com/Huawei

http://www.youtube.com/Huawei

 

CAT Cooperates with Huawei to Build Southeast Asia’s First International OTN Premium Private Line Network

[London, UK, February 21, 2020] CAT, Thailand’s national telecom operator, and Huawei announced that they will build Southeast Asia’s first OTN premium private line network. This network aims to serve multinational companies and customers in public and private sectors, such as government agencies and finance customers. The network will provide high-quality domestic and international private lines to support the global transformation of enterprises and lay a solid network foundation for the Thailand 4.0 strategy.

The Thailand 4.0 strategy aims to transform traditional small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into intelligent enterprises, and add value to traditional service industries. Furthermore, Thailand’s major companies are accelerating their digital transformation while expanding their global presence. This raises the requirements for international private leased circuits (IPLCs), including faster data transmission, better network stability, and lower network latency.

CAT is poised to shoulder the responsibility of building high-quality network infrastructure to support the 4.0 strategy. The majority of CAT’s enterprise private lines are MPLS VPN based. The private lines suffer from unstable latency, an availability that does not exceed 99.9%, network resources that are not visible, a long service provisioning period, and lack of value-added functions such as on-demand bandwidth. This does not live up to CAT’s reputation as a leading, nation-wide telecommunications service provider.

As one of the early adopters of Huawei’s premium private line concept, CAT has upgraded its existing 100G cross-border network by deploying Huawei’s Intelligent OptiX Network solution to build a high-quality private line network that covers the whole of Thailand, while connecting China, Singapore, Cambodia, and Myanmar. This cements Thailand’s position as an ASEAN Digital Hub. The network provides superior IPLCs featuring a high bandwidth, availability exceeding 99.99%, millisecond-level latency, fast provisioning (within days), and real-time SLA visualization to support Southeast Asian enterprises in their international transformation.

Commenting on the cooperation, Colonel Sanpachai Huvanandana, President of CAT, said: “This OTN premium private line network will cover 76 administrative regions in Thailand and connects multiple countries around the world. It can provide 2M to 100G high-quality private lines for enterprises in Southeast Asia, facilitating digital transformation. It will also strengthen our Business-to-Business sector and become an engine driving CAT’s development in 2020.”

Kevin Huang, Vice President of Huawei’s Transmission & Access Product Line, said: “With a strong presence and in-depth understanding of the OTN field and enterprise private line requirements, Huawei has proposed the OTN premium private line solution that features technological advancement and sustainable evolution. This solution aims to provide ubiquitous optical connections for enterprises to enjoy a quality experience and create a win-win situation for enterprises and operators.”

Huawei has over 20 years of experience in the optical network field and has held the largest market share for 10 consecutive years. Huawei has built more than 30 OTN premium private line networks for global operators by leveraging a portfolio of advanced products, including the OptiXstar OTN CPE, ASON, and iMaster NCE. For the future, Huawei will continue to promote innovative next-generation OTN technologies to help operators build leading premium private line networks and accelerate the digital transformation of global enterprises around the globe.

For more information about CAT OTN premium private line network, visit: Link

–ends—

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.

At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 188,000 employees by the end of 2018, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com or follow us on:

http://www.linkedin.com/company/Huawei

http://www.twitter.com/Huawei

http://www.facebook.com/Huawei

http://www.youtube.com/Huawei