[Madrid, Spain, September 8, 2015] Huawei announced its Gigaband development strategy today at the Ultra-Broadband Forum 2015. The strategy represents Huawei’s commitment to opening ROADS (Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social) to build a better connected world by working with industry players and driving the ultra-broadband industry into the Gigaband era.
The global ultra-broadband industry will enter a new era of energetic development in the next five years as broadband connections enter the Gigaband era. Constructing Gigaband infrastructure will lay a solid foundation for a fully connected world in future.
A wide range of applications such as video services, especially ultra-HD video, are driving demand for higher bandwidth. Service innovations have promoted the integrated operation of Mobile Broadband (MBB), Fixed Broadband (FBB), HD video, and Smart Home services, increasing the benefits to both operators and subscribers. Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) 2.0 will become mainstream and pose higher requirements on telecom networks. Moreover, from the perspective of vertical industries, Industry 4.0 and Smart City require industry-level networks to guarantee industry development. Huawei believes the ICT sector, as an engine of the advancement and modernization of other industries, should shift away from its traditional technology-centric mindset and prioritize the ROADS experience for a new strategic approach to effectively address the challenges posed by the transformation.”
“In terms of bandwidth, Huawei is researching and innovating access technologies for upgrading broadband from 100M to 1000M, which builds the foundation for the ROADS experience,” said Ding Yun, President of Huawei Products & Solutions, as he introduced the Gigaband development strategy at the Forum. “As to coverage, Gigaband networks will cover over 90% of households by 2020 making the ubiquitous ROADS experience possible. Huawei has adopted the vMOS system to quantize video experience indicators and form a unified video experience standard, to assess and measure the quality of operator networks using the high-quality video experience benchmark, which makes the ROADS experience measurable. The Gigaband strategy both improves access speed and network coverage and enhances subscriber experience,” Ding explained.
Implementing the Gigaband strategy requires the joint efforts of UBB industry players and governments. Industry policies must change from encouraging competition to promoting investment, and municipal infrastructure can be opened to operators, helping operators reduce Fiber to the Home (FTTH) costs and deployment difficulties. For example, China implements Fiber-from-the-home for new buildings to facilitate FTTH. Operators also need to formulate network development strategies to support a gradual evolution and build data center-based simple and agile ultra-broadband networks. Operators should increase investment in innovative Gigaband applications to realize the value of Gigaband networks and form a healthy UBB industry circle.
“Huawei will continue to invest in ultra-broadband to enhance input and research on core technologies, products, and solutions,” Ding noted. “The ultimate aim is to optimize networks to constantly improve the ROADS experience,” he said.