Huawei faces fresh threat from US-China spat over COVID-19

While the two presidents have spoken to each other again, the American government is still planning to further restrict Huawei’s access to chip supplies.

President Trump and Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, spoke on the phone for the first time since February after increasing acrimony between the two countries blaming each other for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It took place shortly after an emergency G20 online conference, in which both heads of state participated, and after Johns Hopkins statistics showed the US has registered more COVID-19 patients than China’s official number.

After the talk, Trump, in keeping with his communication tradition, turned to Twitter to share the news and his assessment:

If there is anything surprising in the tweet, in addition to Trump’s unpredictable change of mood and throw-away sentiments, is what is not there. It did not include the term “Chinese virus” which the President has repeatedly used in reference to the coronavirus that caused COVID-19 since a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman publicly promoted the conspiracy theory, on Twitter (which is banned inside China), that it was the American Army personnel that brought the new coronavirus to Wuhan, where the current global pandemic first started.

The official Chinese media, for example the China Daily, unsurprisingly covered the story in a manner as if the phone call had been a lecturing by Xi. In addition to defending China’s actions in the course of the pandemic, and offering to help other nations combat the disease, Xi is reported to have specifically asked the US to “adopt concrete measures to protect the safety and health of Chinese citizens, including students, in the US.” Many of China’s rich and famous have sent their children to the US, as students or otherwise. Xi’s own daughter was at Harvard before he became China’s supreme leader.

There had been signs of rapprochement prior to the call. For example, China’s ambassador to the US refused to endorse the foreign ministry spokesman’s conspiracy theory in an “Axios on HBO” interview a few days before.

Despite the possibility of thaw in the US-China relations at the highest level, actions behind the scene to curb China’s expansion in the US have not stopped. Reuters reported that just before the G20 conference call, officials from the National Security Council and the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Energy and Commerce had met and agreed to change the Foreign Direct Product Rule in an effort to restrict Huawei’s access to chips made by companies using American technologies and American equipment.

This is aimed at reviving a similar plan tabled in February, which President Trump has presumably refused to sign into law. He told reporters at that time “We’re not going to be sacrificing our companies … by using a fake term of national security. It’s got to be real national security. And I think people were getting carried away with it.”

Huawei’s founder has remained defiant throughout, downplaying both the impact of the American sanctions and that of the hit on market by the pandemic. However, if the new measures pushed by the American government are approved by the President, they can have material impact. Despite that HiSilicon, Huawei’s wholly-owned chip design company, has made impressive progress in recent years, it relies on fab firms like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest microchip manufacturer, to turn the designs into physical chips. There are only a handful companies that can do so, and almost all of them use American technologies.

China’s public stance to shift blame of the COVID-19 pandemic to other countries may even backfire from markets in addition to the US, and Huawei could be caught in it. The same foreign ministry spokesman has also actively disseminated rumours that the virus was originated in Italy, which has been flatly refuted by the Italian scholar it purported to quote. This and his earlier shenanigans against the US have lent support for growing pressure inside the British government on Boris Johnson, the PM in self-isolation after tested positive for COVID-19, to revisit the decision to allow Huawei to participate in building the country’s 5G networks.

It is probably fair to say that Huawei’s opaque relationship with the Chinese state has not helped its image in the western markets, nor has China’s questionable way in both dealing with the pandemic and reporting its number of patients and casualties. The company itself, as well as other Chinese tech companies, has generously donated large quantities of medical equipment and protective gears to Europe.

Innovating to Unleash the Value of Fixed Networks in the 5G Era

Last year saw an explosive growth of Fixed Broadband (FBB) and Mobile Broadband (MBB) networks as well as the volume deployment of gigabit access. The compound annual growth rate of the 10G PON market will exceed 30 percent in the next five years and more than 70 countries worldwide have started or are planning 5G rollouts. Judging from the broadband initiatives of different countries, the business strategies of operators, and the competitive landscape, an era of dual-gigabit speeds based on FBB and MBB has arrived and the two access technologies will coexist for a long time. FBB and MBB will work together to further accelerate technical innovation and network transformation.

China accounts for 60 percent of the global Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) market. Back in 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China launched an initiative to “promote gigabit rollout, increase the adoption of both fixed and mobile broadband, and offer the same speeds on the same networks”. China’s three national operators released detailed gigabit broadband plans in 2019 and have since deployed gigabit access for homes and 10G speeds for enterprise buildings in some cities. In 2019, the China-based Broadband Development Alliance (BDA) proposed 10 application scenarios for the gigabit network in a bid to guide the industry on how to commercialize the technology. In their broadband buildouts and broadband acceleration deployments, the Chinese operators have come up with a number of measures that include “driving the development of FBB with MBB, maintaining the competitiveness of MBB with FBB, and promoting MBB with FBB”. These approaches have been proven to help FBB and MBB networks grow together and complement each other.

The difference between the user bases of FBB and MBB also means that the two broadband access modes will live a coexistent, mutually-reinforcing manner for quite some time. Homes and enterprises constitute the vast majority of FBB users. This largely fixed user base demands that FBB meet high standards in terms of stability, reliability, security, bandwidth, Quality of Service (QoS), and so on. By contrast, MBB as represented by 5G mainly serves individual users and a few indoor coverage scenarios. Although 5G vastly improves bandwidth, security and QoS over 4G, it still lags behind FBB in bandwidth. Thanks to the different user groups they target, FBB and MBB have different characteristics and employ different technologies. They will promote and complement each other in the foreseeable future.

Innovation in Cost-Effective Bandwidth Upgrades Ensures Basic Broadband Capabilities

10G PON is one of the major technologies of gigabit networks and it is expected to be deployed on a large scale in the next five years. As the successor technology to 10G PON, 50G PON is projected to be put into use in around 2025. An important consideration for operators choosing gigabit broadband technology is that the network equipment must have good evolution capabilities. For example, a platform should support multiple technology generations and existing network resources should be reused to reduce upgrade costs. ZTE provides a family of end-to-end solutions to implement fixed gigabit access. At the system side, ZTE offers the industry’s first three-rate Combo PON solution for 10G PON networks to be built on a large scale in the most cost-effective manner. One Combo PON port supports both GPON and XG(S)-PON access, thus creating a smooth upgrade of bandwidth. Different Optical Network Units (ONUs) can be deployed on demand at the user side, where they can form part of a mesh Wi-Fi network to deliver seamless whole-home gigabit coverage and enhance user experience. Since its launch, the Combo PON solution has led to more than 30 operators around the world collaborating with ZTE to test, trial and deploy it. In the process, the solution has become a preferred solution for operators to build 10G PON networks.

Innovation in Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) Expands and Exposes Network Capabilities

To make FBB and MBB work in tandem, concerted efforts from standards organizations, operators, equipment vendors and other industry stakeholders are needed. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project Group (3GPP) and Broadband Forum (BBF) are jointly formulating 5G-FMC standards. 3GPP works on producing standards for 5G Core (5GC) networks to support the convergence of FBB and MBB, while BBF focuses on enhancing wired access networks so that they can interconnect with 5GC networks. In the FMC field, ZTE is an ardent promoter, an active industry player, and a member of multiple standards bodies. It actively participates in the formulation of 5G-FMC standards.

As its standardization advances, FMC is gaining wide attention in the industry, with some operators already implementing FMC at the service and network levels. FMC brings operators two benefits. On the one hand, they can provide FMC-based packages to increase user loyalty and boost market competitiveness. On the other hand, they can use the convergence of FBB and MBB networks to improve network resource utilization and reduce network construction cost. Years ago, ZTE began to work with Indonesian operator Telkom to implement mobile backhaul over the operator’s existing FTTx network. It has connected 16,000 2G/3G/4G base stations through an FTTx network for Telkom and helped the operator build the world’s largest FTTM network. Meanwhile, ZTE continues to tap the potential of copper infrastructure. It released a copper-based enhanced Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) solution that utilizes G.fast technology and in-building copper resources to route 5G signals into the home in a low-cost, stable and reliable fashion.

Innovation in IT+CT Integration Boosts Network Efficiency and Value

As video becomes a basic service of broadband networks and as user attention shifts from bandwidth to experience, operators are also changing the focus of their service operations. To meet users’ increasing experience requirements, operators need to find a way to make the most of their legacy network resources and employ differentiated means. Building Information Technology (IT) functions in Communications Technology (CT) devices is an industry trend. With IT capabilities introduced into CT devices, a network can have higher utilization, more functional scalability, higher elasticity, and more freedom to accommodate future services.

ZTE actively explores the application scenarios, technologies, and product practices of IT+CT integration. One innovation of ZTE in this area is embedding blade servers in an Optical Line Terminal (OLT), which is a telecom access device, to further expose its capabilities. Based on the blade servers, ZTE launched the Access CDN solution to move the Content Distribution Network (CDN) to OLTs in Access Offices (AOs). By locally accelerating services such as video and pushing service provision closer to end users, the Access CDN solution can significantly reduce packet loss, latency, and pressure on upper-layer networks. The solution has been commercially deployed by multiple operators to cache and accelerate video services, helping them address network issues including traffic congestion, poor experience and insufficient upstream bandwidth. Through the deployments, the solution has demonstrated that it can offload 50 percent video traffic, relieve pressure on upper-layer networks, slash the proportion of video stalling time by 98.5 percent, and increase the play success ratio from 98 to 100 percent, thereby drastically enhancing user experience.

As a leader in the field of FBB, ZTE understands that only innovation can lead to steady, sustained development, create more value, and win the future. Over the years, it has been committed to bandwidth acceleration and technology innovation. In the 5G era, ZTE will go on innovating and creating success for customers.

China Mobile (Chengdu) Adopts Huawei BusinessPON Solution to Upgrade Private Line Services, Greatly Improving User Experience

Recently, China Mobile (Chengdu) adopted the Huawei BusinessPON solution to deploy gigabit Internet private lines for more than 50 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Chengdu Jiaozi FinTech Center, significantly improving user experience and satisfaction.

The Jiaozi FinTech Center has about 150 innovative enterprises in fields such as big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. Currently, the network services are poor in experience and cannot meet enterprise digitization requirements. To improve user experience, China Mobile (Chengdu) carried out joint innovation with Huawei, and adopted the Huawei BusinessPON solution to upgrade private lines for business buildings in the Jiaozi FinTech Center and provide premium gigabit private line experience for enterprises using the PON technology.

  • On the terminal side, gigabit enterprise gateways replace normal home ONTs. One device fulfills multiple service requirements, such as voice, Internet access, cloud VPN, Wi-Fi coverage, and perfectly solves problems of ONT suspension and packet loss.
  • On the CO side, independent MA5800 OLTs are configured with dedicated 10G PON boards, and enterprise private lines are isolated from home broadband services to safeguard the bandwidth of enterprise private lines.
  • On the ODN network, the split ratio is 1:32 (or 1:16) to reduce optical power loss and improve network stability.

A follow-up survey shows no disconnection or frame freezing occurs after the upgrade, and user experience and satisfaction are greatly improved.

  • A high-tech startup company of 10 employees focuses on AI and machine learning. Before upgrading the private line, the network would frequently disconnect (once to three times a week), had a rate of only 20–30 Mbps, and could not well support video surveillance services. After the upgrade, the Internet access speed now exceeds 200 Mbps, and the video surveillance service switches on immediately. The network service experience is much better.
  • A software company of around 20 employees relies on big data and cloud computing to develop payment software for banks. Previously, sending and receiving emails were slow, code sometimes failed to be uploaded to the cloud server, and it took several minutes to log in to the product demonstration page. All in all, the overall network experience was poor. After the upgrade, login to the product demonstration page takes only 1 second, and everything turns on immediately. Video conference also becomes smooth, improving the office work efficiency.

Digital transformation has become a common requirement of various industries. SMEs, which are most vibrant in innovations, are in urgent need of high-quality one-stop cloud private lines. They value the actual service experience, and require private lines that support high concurrent access by multiple employees, with guaranteed bandwidth, flexible and secure cloud access, as well as agile O&M. In the joint innovation carried out by China Mobile (Chengdu) and Huawei, the Huawei BusinessPON solution significantly improves the enterprise private line quality.

Many SMEs are not only technologically innovative, but also play a critical role in providing jobs and promoting economic growth. Enterprise private lines for business buildings are typical application scenarios of F5G. Huawei adheres to the principle of customer requirements first, and will continuously upgrade the BusinessPON solution to help operators build differentiated new private lines, provide ultimate gigabit experience to customers, and enable digital transformation for SMEs.

Chinese vendors continue to gain share in the global telecoms equipment market

Preliminary numbers from research firm Dell’Oro reveal that, while the kit market grew in 2019, it was driven almost entirely by Chinese vendors.

Dell’Oro’s total telecoms market numbers include the following product types: broadband access, microwave & optical transport, mobile core & radio access network, SP router & CE switch. Its preliminary numbers have the overall market growing by 2% in 2019, which marks its second consecutive year of growth.

The relative revenue shares over the past six years are shown in the table below. The rounded percentages are as follows, with 2018 share in brackets. Huawei 28% (28%); Nokia 16% (17%);  Ericsson 14% (14%); ZTE 10% (8%); and Cisco 7% (8%). So in the past year ZTE’s rebound has been the big story, with Nokia and Cisco losing out. Over the longer term, however, you can see how much share Huawei has taken from Nokia and Ericsson.

The two largest equipment markets in the year were Mobile RAN and Optical Transport, together accounting for about 55% of the overall telecom equipment market. They were also the growth drivers, apparently. 5G RAN seemed to be an especially pleasant surprise, as previously anticipated by Dell’Oro and confirmed by the firm’s recent Q4 2019 RAN numbers.

“While the overall RAN results in the quarter were in line with expectations, 5G wireless RAN activity surprised on the upside, underpinning projections that the rollout of 5G wireless networks is accelerating,” said Stefan Pongratz, VP at Dell’Oro. “This migration from LTE to 5G NR continued to accelerate at a torrid pace throughout 2019. We remain optimistic these trends will extend into 2020, propelling the overall RAN market to advance for a third consecutive year.”

So a crude interpretation of those numbers is that Huawei and ZTE are out-competing Nokia and Ericsson in the RAN market, which is slightly counterintuitive given the restrictions the US has put them under. One possible answer to that riddle could be that the Chinese government obliged its operators to favour domestic suppliers in response.

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.”

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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:

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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.”

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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:

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Great expectations for the Next Generation 5G Core

The single biggest change in the telecoms landscape over the last year was that commercial 5G networks went live around the world. More than 50 networks in over two dozen countries had switched on 5G services by the end of 2019. Subscriber uptake was already faster than the same period when 4G was first introduced, according to data released by the South Korean operators. The research firm Ovum (now part of Omdia) predicted that over 1.3 billion subscribers are expected to sign on 5G by 2023.

(Here we are sharing the opening section of this Telecoms.com Intelligence special briefing to look into why and how the industry should start embracing the next generation 5G core (NG 5GC) and where we are now vs. the expectations.

The full version of the report is available for free to download here.)

Why we should embrace Next Generation 5G Core

5G has come with high promises. The technology was designed from the outset with service scenarios. The plan was for 5G to provide enhanced mobile broadband access (eMBB), ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC), and massive machine-type communications (mMTC), to serve both consumers and business customers. So far, although there have been limited tests of URLLC and mMTC, all the 5G commercial networks have primarily been marketing high speed internet access as its key selling point, both on mobile and in the form of fixed-wireless access.

What 5G operators can offer is constrained by the underlying networks that power the service, which in turn are constrained by the specifications process. No company would be happy to invest in a technology, only to discover soon after that it would not be interoperable with the industry standards. The current mode of 5G implementation involves overlaying 5G radio access network (RAN) on top of 4G core networks, the so-called non-standalone (NSA) mode. In order to offer more advanced services, such as end-to-end network slicing, the industry needs end-to-end 5G, or the standalone (SA) mode. 3GPP, the standardisation body, will publish Release 16 (R16) in the first half of this year, which will define the specifications of the Next Generation 5G Core (NG 5GC). Only after the specifications are frozen can the industry start serious investment in the latest technology.

The industry needs NG 5GC for multiple reasons. On the customer side, the excitement from fast internet access can only go so far, and even on this count, the underwhelming experience from today’s patchy coverage and inconsistent speeds have already raised eyebrows. Global Wireless Solutions, an American network benchmarking, analysis and testing firm, conducted a field test of the 5G networks in the centre of London towards the end of last year. The highest download speed of 470 Mbps was recorded on EE network, while the lower speeds of 330 Mbps and 320 Mbps were recorded on O2 and Vodafone networks respectively. These did not only fall far short of the “gigabit speed” promised prior to the commercial launches, but also could be achieved only if the customer stood next to the base stations. Probably more importantly, the Global Wireless Solutions tests have found no meaningful improvement in latency from 4G connectivity. Both failed deliverables, the speed and latency, come primarily down to the fact that the live 5G networks are in NSA mode and are limited by 4G’s Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

On the service provider side, they need to up their game to justify the 5G investment. With the exception of the South Korean operators, which have priced 5G at a considerable premium (entry price of $46 vs. average ARPU of $29), most operators in other markets have not vastly hiked the tariff of 5G packages. This may not hurt them too much, as it cost the operators less to deliver data over 5G networks than over 4G networks, calculated on per GB basis. However, to recoup and to increase return on investment in 5G, operators need to aim to provide higher value services to business customers, including URLLC, edge services, network slicing, among others, which need 5G in SA mode supported by NG 5GC.

Then there is economics. Building a telecom network is not too dissimilar to building a railway network. The investment in radio networks, transport, core, etc. is sunk cost, just like the money spent on laying the rail tracks. No operator would want to go halfway with 5G, with plenty of investment but only limited possibility of return. Therefore, there will be the need from operators to go all the way to SA mode including to deploy NG 5GC to power it.

The following sections of the report will look into the opportunities the era of aggressive SA mode 5G launches will open to telecom operators and adjacent industries, and how telecom operators can capture these new opportunities by embracing NG 5GC. Specifically, the rest of the report will look at:

  • What NG 5GC is about, and why we need it now
  • What the practitioners are doing
  • When we will have NG 5GC

The full version of the report is available for free to download here.

Huawei Upgrades SingleFAN Pro Solution to Boost Gigabit Full-fiber Broadband Development

[London, UK, February 24, 2020] At the Huawei products and solutions launch event in London, Huawei announced it had upgraded the Huawei SingleFAN Pro solution. The solution provides a series of sub-solutions, including AirPON, BusinessPON, CurbPON, Digital QuickODN (DQ ODN), embedded AI (eAI) ONT, and Flex-PON (A-B-C-D-E-F), to help global operators deploy gigabit full-fiber access networks in various scenarios.

Fiber broadband is critical for operators to succeed in the future. Global operators are actively investing in fiber broadband infrastructure. China, Japan, South Korea, Spain, France, the UK, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have launched a series of strategic initiatives to accelerate fiber broadband construction. Leading operators in both developed and emerging markets are actively seeking the most efficient fiber broadband construction mode to gain a competitive edge in the next decade.

Jeffrey Zhou, President of Huawei’s Access Network Domain, said, “As a global leader in the fiber broadband industry, Huawei is committed to providing operators with leading full-fiber access solutions. Huawei’s upgraded SingleFAN Pro solution can fully adapt to different gigabit fiber broadband requirements of global operators. By fully utilizing live networks, these end-to-end sub-solutions help operators quickly build gigabit full-fiber access networks and achieve business success in broadband markets.”

To enable mobile operators to efficiently build fixed networks, Huawei provides the AirPON sub-solution to reuse existing mobile stations to install outdoor OLT devices and lay out fibers, reducing CAPEX by 27%. Using this solution, the ODN network is visible from end to end, reducing the ODN sunk cost by 20%. Fibers are pre-connected in the construction process, improving the construction efficiency by 70%.

For the enterprise gigabit access scenario, Huawei provides the BusinessPON sub-solution based on the OptiXstar series four-in-one enterprise gateways. The solution fully utilizes existing FTTH networks to fulfill the cloudification requirements of small- and medium-sized enterprises. It also removes the need for dedicated maintenance personnel, achieving zero service interruption while greatly improving the ARPU of enterprise users.

For the copper-to-fiber evolution scenario, Huawei provides the CurbPON sub-solution to reuse street cabinets of existing FTTC sites to deploy mini OLTs. This solution shortens the average fiber deployment distance from 2 km to 500 m. It reduces the fiber deployment period and cost, and enables copper operators to rapidly roll out FTTH networks.

For the fiber network construction scenario, Huawei provides the DQ ODN sub-solution to introduce all-scenario AI capabilities. In this solution, OLTs can work with ONTs to accurately identify passive ODN links. Furthermore, the iMaster NCE-FAN platform makes dumb ODN pipes visible and manageable, helping operators fully utilize ODN resources.

For the home network scenario, Huawei provides the industry’s first series of eAI ONTs which can intelligently identify service types of home users. With innovative Wi-Fi 6 slicing and intelligent power adjustment technologies, the ONTs can reduce the latency of specific services by more than 50%, achieving zero frame freezing for high-priority services. By leveraging this advantage, operators can launch value-added services with a guaranteed experience to improve the average revenue per user (ARPU) of home broadband users.

For the gigabit upgrade scenario, Huawei provides the Flex-PON sub-solution which supports GPON, XG(S)-PON, and XG(S)-PON Combo auto-sensing, enabling smooth evolution without replacing line cards. Once a network is built, it can meet the requirements of the next decade, saving 30% of TCO in the long run.

Jeffrey Zhou said, “The era of gigabit full-fiber broadband has arrived. Huawei’s SingleFAN Pro, including the A-B-C-D-E-F series sub-solutions, provides end-to-end solutions to help operators quickly build gigabit full-fiber access networks that can meet the requirements of the next decade at an optimal cost, helping operators to transform from bandwidth monetization to experience monetization and achieve greater business success.”

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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