Huawei Announces Ultra-Broadband 2020 Vision at First Asia Pacific Ultra-Broadband Summit

Telecommunication Press Releases Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:22
Bangkok--4 Aug--Francom Asia

Huawei recently announced its vision for Ultra-Broadband (UBB) at the first Asia Pacific Ultra-Broadband Summit. The vision, UBB 2020, is comprised of a business and network strategy, and supported by three solutions aimed at driving the wider industry to build a better connected world.

As the demand for broadband has increased to become an integral part of people's lives, so has the demand for a wide range of communication options to meet users' needs, including faster speeds, wider coverage and fully connected cities powered by reliable UBB technology. As an industry leader in this field, Huawei is realizing its UBB 2020 vision to deliver unlimited connectivity to broadband users in the region and around the world.

"Society has entered into a new phase, one which sees connections being made everywhere – for example, via smartphones, immersive video experiences and smart homes – and this is changing the way people communicate drastically," said Mr. Zha Jun, President, Fixed Network Product Line, Huawei, during his opening speech at the event. "To meet the demands for increased connectivity, Huawei has developed its UBB 2020 vision, and over the next five years will continue to invest in products and solutions to achieve this vision, especially for customers in Asia-Pacific."

To do this, Huawei has identified two strategies: a business strategy focused on service innovation and synergy, and a network strategy encompassing Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Underpinning the vision and strategies are the following three solutions, FMC 2.0, Gigaband and Network on Demand:

FMC 2.0:
  • A state that fast-moving operators and over-the-top content (OTTs) providers are already evolving towards, FMC 2.0 refers to F for Fixed Broadband (FBB), M for Mobile Broadband (MBB), and C for Content. The solution aims to monetize existing fixed pipe resources and facilitate revenue sharing between operators and OTTs, offering a full service experience, especially for mobile operators who have just begun to invest in FBB.
  • The solution promotes investment in, and acquisition of, content business as a key revenue generator, especially with the introduction of 4K and the future launch of 8K which will bring immersive ultra-high definition video experiences to users. In the UBB era, this marks the transition from the connection-oriented FMC 1.0 to the FMC 2.0 stage, characterized by ACE-DRIVEN architecture (application, cloud and experience).
  • Huawei believes that entering into the Smart Home business will provide telcos with an abundance of new opportunities, helping to develop the Internet of Things service platform, seize home portals, and generate more revenue, all while bringing an enhanced digital experience to life for users. Telefonica and AT&T are two examples of operators that have made significant deployments recently by providing services such as WiFi coverage and home security to customers. Across the industry, an increasing number of operators including Orange, Swisscom, and STC are launching these digital smart home services.
  • Government plays a vital role in broadband infrastructure development. Last year, ITU released its Connect 2020 program in order to boost the development of a connected society, a target of which is to enable broadband across 55% households globally in the next five years. In the past ten years, developed countries such as Korea, Japan Malaysia and Singapore have successfully deployed national broadband infrastructure plans, either through public-public partnerships or public-private partnership initiatives. The key aspects of these initiatives are increased broadband penetration and any-media Gigaband connectivity (gigabit bandwidth over fiber, copper, coax) to average households.
  • A successful test case is Malaysia's equivalent of a national broadband network, which has achieved significant broadband penetration, revenue and GDP growth within its first five years of implementation. In addition, developing countries such as Cameroon and Sudan are also proactively following this pattern and are currently establishing policies for the development of nationwide broadband infrastructure.
Network Evolution:
  • Huawei's SoftCom strategy supports the implementation of the network component of UBB 2020, which defines on-demand network evolution based on E2E SDN/NFV implementation and internetized operations for better and more simplified network control. SoftCom is a network architecture and operations strategy with E2E SDN/NFV at its foundation that simultaneously introduces the telco OS system and implements operational reform on the ICT network. This approach removes the need for significant and expensive network reconstruction, including IT system re-design, data center construction, and Network Element Virtualization.
  • As a result, most operators will choose to implement a step-by-step process to evolve from their existing networks to Network on Demand. This process is based on network simplification, and reduces networking hops to three levels – Optical Transport Network (OTN), Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), and Customer Edge (CE) routers – which upgrades bandwidth capabilities by reducing latency and replacing old equipment.
  • Belgium's Belgacom successfully implemented a SIMBA strategy to support service evolution last year that included a step-by-step transition to SDN/NFV for network virtualization which supports scenarios including virtual data center (vDC), SDN IP Core, and IP+Optical. By making these changes, operators are able to achieve shorter time to market and higher efficiency, as well as avoid the need to invest in network reconstruction.

"In the next five years, the ultra-broadband industry will see Huawei focus on supporting telecom operator development by providing the best FMC 2.0, Gigaband, and Network on Demand solutions," added Mr. Zeng Xingyun, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Fixed Product Line. "Together, we will lead the ultra-broadband industry to a brighter future."

The first Asia-Pacific Ultra-broadband Summit gathered more than 400 guests, including high-level industry executives from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), representatives from national telecommunications regulatory bodies, in addition to telecom consultative machinery and telecom operators from countries including, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Laos, Myanmar and Nepal.

In order to boost ultra-broadband industry growth with the aim of seeing increased broadband infrastructure readiness globally, Huawei has held summits on the topic around the world, including Singapore, Dubai, Brazil and Russia. These events bring together industry executives from top operators, industry stakeholders, international research institutions and government departments, and provide them with a platform to exchange views on ultra-broadband innovation, best practices and sustainable development for the future.

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