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Press Release -- October 16th, 2013
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Huawei Develops Strategic SoftCOM Partnership with Leading Carriers

Jointly Participates in the World's Largest SDN Forum

[Frankfurt, Germany, October 15, 2013]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, showcased a number of SoftCOM solutions at the world's largest SDN forum, the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2013. Jointly developed with the world’s leading carriers, these solutions mark the beginning of a new phase in the commercial exploration of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

SoftCOM is a future-oriented end-to-end ICT network architecture based on technologies and concepts including cloud computing, SDN, NFV, and network openness. It continues to create new value for telecom carriers by helping them tackle challenges and seize market opportunities during ICT integration. As a substantial step toward realizing SoftCOM, Huawei launched the SoftCOM Business Initiatives Zoom-in (BIZ) program which aims to develop strategic partnerships with major carriers. The BIZ program studies each network field to find application scenarios for SoftCOM and develops SDN/NFV solutions that can be quickly deployed on existing networks. It also aims to help carriers benefit from the commercial value of SoftCOM by providing solutions such as SDN-based mobile backhaul, SDN-based Gi service LAN, SDN-based Data Center Interconnection (DCI), Cloud IMS/EPC, virtualized STB, Business Enablement Suite (BES), and Communication as a Service (CaaS). Successfully employed by many carriers, these solutions help them improve network utilization and operation efficiency, reduce structural costs, realize quick customized service provisioning and improve network monetization efficiency.

Huawei's SDN-based Gi service LAN and NFV-based Cloud IMS solutions were among the highlights of the congress. With the rapid development of mobile Internet, the demand for Gi-port bandwidth connecting the mobile network and the Internet has been growing at a fast rate. Adopting a serial structure and static configuration, traditional Gi service LAN only allows for user and business-type traffic data to go through a single service path in a pre-determined order. This will cause two major problems: firstly, expanding the capacity of Gi service units will be costly and will result in huge pressure on capital expenditure (CAPEX); secondly, the service paths cannot be chosen or customized flexibly according to the actual demand. In particular, changing the configuration of the service paths will be extremely complex, and will result in high pressure on operating expense (OPEX) and a negative effect on the efficiency of service delivery.

Based on the SDN concept and technology, Huawei developed a brand new Gi service LAN solution that can support a unified control platform to enable flexible configuration of service paths based on service type, user type and access network type, among other on-demand service paths in different dimensions. In addition to saving approximately 40% of Gi service unit expansion cost as compared with the original serial structure, the solution will also greatly reduce maintenance cost and the cost of new service configuration, cutting the OPEX of Gi service LAN by 25%. Huawei's SDN-based Gi service LAN solution can be deployed quickly through a smooth upgrade on existing systems, creating commercial value in a short period of time. Huawei has cooperated with many major carriers and has achieved excellent performance during tests.

The Cloud IMS solution showcased by Huawei and Deutsche Telekom at the congress is a successful demonstration of the NVF-based concept and technology, which has captured the attention of the industry players. Traditional telecom network equipment has different form factors, and is difficult to maintain with low efficiency. Huawei's NFV solution supports different hardware platforms (including the universal hardware platform) and builds the Huawei FusionSphere Cloud OS platform, realizing different network functionalities with different software functions. It enables the decoupling of hardware and software, resources sharing, dynamic resource scheduling, reduction in operator costs, shortened time to market for new services, in addition to satisfying the special requirements of telecom networks for real-time, high reliability, high performance, and high security. With this platform Huawei provides the Cloud IMS solution for Deutsche Telekom and other carriers to realize the dynamic allocation and scheduling of network resources, and improve resource utilization, network scalability, and the agility of service deployment.

Running on the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) standard hardware platform, Huawei and a number of global leading carriers have jointly carried out demonstrations on the next-generation core network and proof of concept (PoC) testing. In addition to the features of IMS-based VoLTE services based on the FusionSphere platform, the tests also verified its reliability, scalability and manageability. The platform is fully recognized by these global leading carriers and is widely used by them, for example, in cloud data centers and in telecommunications.

"As a leader and a key contributor to the SDN standards body, Huawei will continue to work with major carriers around the world to explore commercial values of SoftCOM and drive technological innovations, promoting the development of IT-based networks and standardization of the IT system in order to build an open ecosystem," said Jeffery Gao, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of Huawei Western Europe Region. "SoftCOM solutions will help carriers explore new business fields and business models, securing a place for them at top of the value chain in the era of ICT."

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