Huawei in 2016: investing in SDN, IoT and 5G innovation

Telecom network maker Huawei started 2016 with its focus on the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality, cloud, SDN and 5G technology.

The Chinese firm was the first to initiate the 5G tests, working alongside the Japanese wireless carrier NTT Docomo last year on field tests. It is expected to see a full-fledged release by 2020, while Huawei plans to upgrade its LTE Advanced services, until then.

Huawei fared well at the SPEC CPU2006, which is the industry’s most authoritative CPU benchmark test, with its blade server FusionServer E9000 having set three world records. The record breaker devices is based on Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 CPU that showcases the latest 14 nm process and provides up to 22 cores delivering 20 percent higher performance than its predecessor E5-2600 v3.

Advanced Network : 100G

Huawei had earlier this year claimed that though the LTE network is advanced enough for artificial and virtual reality, an IoT system in every home will have a requirement of much faster Wi-Fi and cellular speeds. In consequence to the above, Huawei and Telefonica combined forces together to announce the joint deployment of 100G intelligent metro network in Spain, which will aid Telefonica to modernize metro networks for richer and higher-quality broadband services and better user experience in the coming 10 years.

Huawei says the Optical Transport Network (OTN) solution uses the latest optical networking platform, containing auto-restoration features based on GMPLS control plane, which supports smooth evolution to Transport SDN (T-SDN). Here, the fixed broadband solution provider, providing advanced metro WDM/OTN bearer solutions, claims that Huawei’s metro OTN solution is about two times more efficient than traditional solutions regarding service provisioning and management.

LTE-Advanced Pro Technology : UL 2CC CA 

Huawei’s latest technology, Uplink 2 Carrier Aggregation Technology (UL 2CC CA), has been implemented in its first commercial LTE-Advanced Pro version eRAN11.1, which will give the users better uplink data rate of up to 108 Mbps, which will enable users to upload files much faster on their mobile devices and can be seen on the South Korean mobile carrier LG Uplus, which is the first cellular carrier in the world to deploy UL 2CC CA on a commercial network.

Cloud Technology : Based on Openstack

Huawei’s cloud strategy, which is primarily based on OpenStack and other open source technologies, aids enterprises to make efficient use of cloud-ready products and solutions. During the OpenStack Summit, Huawei presented how the FusionSphere cloud operating system gears into OpenStack expectations to the directors, project team leaders (PTLs), core members, and technical experts from the community as well as other attendees.

NB-IoT Strategy and Open IoT Lab

Huawei released its Narrow-Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) strategy and innovations to advance IoT applications and smart cities that provide social and economical benefits at the M2M World Congress in London. Huawei also displayed the building of its ecosystem that will work together to realize the full potential of NB-IoT, which stood out as the Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) standardized by 3GPP, including its collaboration with Vodafone to launch the Vodafone NB-IoT Open Lab in Newbury, U.K, which took place on April 25, 2016. The global information and communications technology solutions provider will also join forces with Vodafone Group for the opening of an Open IoT Lab to work on the development of products and applications relating to Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology.

4.5G IP mobile bearer solution

The company recently launched its 4.5G-oriented best experience IP mobile bearer solution, which focuses on experience network construction, with centering on building best experience mobile video bearer networks. This solution flaunts the three new network construction standards: xGbps-to-site, U-vMOS 4.0 video experience, and agile operation and maintenance (O&M). The launch is also symbolic of the progress in mobile backhaul development from the perspective of technological innovation, user experience, and business success.

Optical Transport and T-SDN Network

Huawei has also come together with Baidu, China’s largest search engine, to build up China’s first Internet data center (IDC) optical transport network that interfaces with T-SDN. The bandwidth on demand (BoD) feature of the T-SDN enables dynamic and flexible transmission pipes for Baidu to handle burst traffic between IDCs, in order to meet the needs of the rapid development of the current cloud computing industry. The accomplishment of this project paves path for industry peers to construct new-generation IDC optical transport networks that support SDN.

U-vMOS Supports and Video-as-a-Service solution

Huawei also let out the Video Experience Measurement System dubbed as User, Unified, Ubiquitous-Mean Opinion Score for Video (U-vMOS) support for video communications usage situations. The U-vMOS implementation allows real-time monitoring of degradation in user experience and provides carriers with an end-to-end diagnostic tool to determine and locate video experience issues from end-user to access networks, to transmission networks, and to core networks.

Also, the Video-as-a-Service solution to the industry launched at the TV Connect 2016 in London, is meant to build an E2E SaaS-based video service that helps carriers to quickly provide video services, minimize investment risk and lessen time-to-market (TTM). In the aid of Huawei’s global content and application aggregation platform, operators are able to provide end-users with a diversified video service and better user experience, thereby increasing revenue.

Vina Krishnan
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