Showing posts with label Huawei. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Huawei. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

EE hits 2.8 Gbps downlink speeds in 5G tests with Huawei

EE, in partnership with Huawei, demonstrated peak downlink speeds of 2.8 Gbps in a test of an end-to-end 5G test network in its UK mobile lab.

The set-up tested an active antenna unit with 64x64 Massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) broadcasting 5G New Radio over 3.5GHz test spectrum. A proof-of-concept Huawei 5G baseband unit delivered consistent 2.8Gbps speeds and sub 5ms latency were delivered end-to-end, rather than just across the air interface.

The companies described the tests as a major step forward for network function virtualisation (NFV) with a fully virtualised 5G core network on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware.

EE is a division of BT, which has a strategic partnership with Huawei.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

LG U+ hits 2.5 Gbps in 5G mmWave testing with Huawei

LG U+, a leading mobile network operator in Korea, achieved a peak downlink rate of 2.5Gbps at a distance of 1 km in 5G intensive urban field test conducted in the Sangam area of Seoul in partnership with Huawei.

The testing was based on Huawei's research into the latest 3GPP 5G NR protocol frame. At the same time, this test also verified the large capacity of 5G. In addition, the peak rate of single user under millimeter wave 28GHz reached 18.5 Gbps.

http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2017/9/Huawei-LG-U-5G-urban-field-test

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Huawei picks Xilinx FPGAs for Accelerated Cloud Server

Huawei has selected Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ FPGAs to power their first FP1 instance as part of a new accelerated cloud service. The Huawei FPGA Accelerated Cloud Server (FACS) is a platform that enables users to develop, deploy and publish new FPGA-based services and applications on Huawei Public Cloud.

Xilinx said its FPGAs can provide a 10-50x speed-up for compute intensive cloud applications such as machine learning, data analytics, and video processing.  Xilinx FPGAs can be reconfigured in less than a second to a different design that is hardware optimized for its next workload.

"The Huawei FACS is a fully integrated hardware and software platform offering developer-to-deployment support with best-in-class industry tool chains and access to Huawei's significant FPGA engineering expertise," said Steve Langridge, Director, Central Hardware Institute, Huawei Canada Research Center.

The FPGA Accelerated Cloud Server now available on the Huawei Public Cloud.

http://www.hwclouds.com/product/fcs.html
http://www.huaweicloud.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

Huawei Launches X-Haul 5G Mobile Bearer Solution

Huawei released its "X-Haul" 5G-oriented mobile bearer solution for providing flexible access capabilities, implementing agile network operations based on a cloud architecture, enabling end-to-end network slicing, and supporting smooth evolution from 4G bearer networks to 5G bearer networks.

Huawei said its solution addresses the three major 5G application scenarios defined by 3GPP: enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC), and ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communication (uRLLC). Each of these scenarios impose high requirements on bearer network bandwidth, latency, connections, and O&M.

The Huawei X-Haul offers full fronthaul and backhaul coverage, supporting IP, microwave, and OTN access technologies.

For backhaul scenarios in areas that have a high population density, Huawei is offering a 50GE/100GE adaptive network slicing router, which provides seamless 100GE compatibility even when providing 50GE base station access. Huawei is also offering a 5G-ready microwave solution, where smooth capacity upgrades are supported through the use of a same frequency band or inter-frequency band Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology, which enables any-media 10GE to site. For fronthaul scenarios, Huawei is offering a 100G Full-outdoor WDM device, which is deployed at the same site as the base station to save optical cable resources.

Huawei X-Haul introduces a cloud-based architecture, with centralized orchestration through the Network Cloud Engine for various network media such as IP, optical and microwave. The device plane introduces Segment Routing, EVPN and OSP-TE protocols, simplifying bearer device control plane protocols and unifying the service model to implement the whole automated management life cycle of the bearer network. This improves the efficiency of network-wide O&M tenfold.

Huawei X-Haul uses the Flexible Ethernet (FlexE) to implement end-to-end network slicing and help operators accelerate new service innovation. FlexE can divide a single physical Ethernet port into multiple Ethernet flexible hard pipes based on timeslot scheduling, implementing service statistical multiplexing in the same slice while without services affecting each other in different slices. Through the Network Cloud Engine, end-to-end coordination between FlexE-based network slices and wireless and core networks is achieved, with support for the flexible slice creation, on-demand bandwidth adjustment, on-demand service-level agreement (SLA) assurance and rapid fault location for each network slice. This enables one network to serve multiple purposes, maximizing backhaul network value.

Huawei X-Haul also introduces highly cost-effective 50GE technology at the access layer, which reduces CAPEX by 30%, while enabling smooth future upgrade to 100GE based on FlexE. At the aggregation and core layers, which use the IP + optical two-layer architecture, the IP layer supports 200GE/400GE interfaces, and the optical layer implements one-hop transmission of wavelengths. Single-wavelength bandwidth can be expanded on demand to 200G/400G. This enables 4G-to-5G bearer network evolution, which will maximize operator investment.

"The 5G era is approaching, and the shape that service modes will take is not yet certain. The Huawei X-Haul solution fully supports 4G/5G bearing, so as to effectively support operators' new service development and expand the business blueprint. In the future, Huawei will continue to promote joint innovation with operators in the 5G field around the world, and join hands with upstream and downstream industry partners to promote the sustainable development of the 5G industry," stated Jeffrey Gao, president of Huawei Router & Carrier Ethernet Product Line.

http://www.huawei.com

See also Project 5G-Xhaul
http://www.5g-xhaul-project.eu



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Imagine to deploy Huawei WTTx broadband in rural Ireland

Huawei and Imagine Communications Group, a service provider based in Dublin, Ireland, have announced the formation of a strategic partnership under which Ireland will become the first country to see the deployment of a national wireless-to the-x (WTTx) network.

Utilising the latest released LTE technologies optimised to provide a fixed access network, Imagine will use Huawei's WTTx solution to deliver superfast broadband offering speeds of 200 Mbit/s and higher across Ireland to help address the digital divide between urban and rural areas.

Leveraging the latest 4.5G technologies including massive MIMO and massive Carrier Aggregation (CA), the solution is capable of delivering a downlink speed of over 1 Gbit/s, as well as providing a roadmap to 5G, using advanced CPE to connect premises to a fibre link at a mobile mast is faster.

Huawei noted that deployment of the technology has significantly lower cost compared to conventional fibre access solutions, with WTTx emerging as a strategic alternative to FTTx infrastructure for quickly extending high speed broadband availability.

Huawei added that Ireland is a country where there is a significant difference between urban and rural areas in term of network infrastructure. While in urban areas cable availability offers an alternative to limited FTTx networks, it often fails to meet the advertised speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s, and cannot meet demand for above 100 Mbit/s services. In addition, around 61% of the market in regional and rural areas is served with xDSL services delivering speeds as low as 3 Mbit/s.

Ireland initiated a national broadband plan in 2012 designed to make 30 Mbit/s broadband services available to every home by 2020. With FTTP as the only alternative and the difficulties and high cost of deploying FTTP, to date only an estimated 12,000 premises have been connected.

Huawei stated that in a limited commercial trial of the Imagine LTE fixed wireless access network in selected rural areas which offers 70 Mbit/s service, 16,000 customers have been connected, while over 100,000 customers have applied for the service. With the 3.6 GHz 5G licenses secured in the recent spectrum award, Imagine aims to be the first operator to provide 100 Mbit/s-plus services in rural areas.


Imagine plans to commence the rollout of its WTTx network in October this year, with the objective of achieving 85% market coverage by 2019.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

T-Mobile Austria selects Huawei OTN for metro and backbone

Huawei announced that T-Mobile Austria, a Deutsche Telekom (DT) company, has selected its OTN solution for its planned WDM metro and backbone network deployment projects.

Huawei noted that rapid growth in traffic driven by new services such as LTE/LTE-A, IoT, big data, cloud computing and 4K video mean that T-Mobile Austria's metro network needs to be able to provide higher bandwidth and lower latency. T-Mobile Austria, with around 1,300 employees, serves 4.6 million customers, as well as offering IT services worldwide in cooperation with DT unit T-Systems.

The T-Mobile Austria projects will create a next-generation, high-capacity WDM transport network designed to support the growth in network traffic and new services for the operator over the next five years.

For the project, T-Mobile Austria has selected Huawei's simplified OTN solution to increase bandwidth across its network to 200 Gbit/s per wavelength while efficiently utilising fibre resources leveraging the latest WDM technologies. The operator is also deploying OTN devices at CO sites to consolidate network layers and eliminate intermediate aggregation and forwarding to enable direct optical connections between sites for reduced network latency.

Huawei stated that T-Mobile Austria's existing backbone network supports 40 x 100 Gbit/s wavelengths, which is insufficient to handle increasing traffic loads, while in addition 10/100 Gbit/s hybrid transmission in many locations further limits transmission performance. Moreover, a complex dispersion compensation configuration presents challenges for network planning and O&M and means the existing network cannot support a data centre-centric network architecture.

To address these challenges, Huawei is providing a complete all-optical, coherent backbone network solution providing support for increased bandwidth, flexible traffic grooming and allowing the evolution of the cloud data centre interconnect (DCI) network architecture to enable future service cloudification.

The network-wide CDCG-ROADM configuration delivered by Huawei can support on-demand service grooming, 80 x 100/200/400 Gbit/s channels per fibre and will allow the evolution to the 1 Tbit/s ultra-high-speed transmission.


Huawei is also providing its intelligent optical-layer OSNR monitoring fibre self-test system, which combined with the simplified OTN architecture, is designed to simplify network planning and O&M to meet the demands of inter-data centre traffic.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Huawei reports H1 revenue of CNY 283.1bn, up 15% yr/yr

Huawei announced business results for the first half of 2017, including revenue for the first six months of CNY283.1 billion (approximately $41.83 billion), up 15% compared with CNY245.5 billion in the first half of 2016.

Huawei noted that during the first half of 2017 it achieved growth across all three of its business groups, and expects to maintain the current momentum over the remainder of the year.

For its business groups, Huawei reports that:

1.         In the Carrier Business, it continued its focus on supporting global carriers with their digital transformations across all industries, delivering business solutions designed to help carriers lower the cost of end-to-end network construction.

Huawei noted that it is collaborating to lead the development of 5G and is continuing to develop 4.5G technology, as well as supporting carriers' efforts to create all-cloud networks and leverage their existing infrastructure.

2.         In the Enterprise Business, Huawei stated that major companies worldwide are increasingly electing to partner with the company to implement the digital transformation leveraging solutions including cloud computing, all-cloud networks, enterprise wireless, IoT, big data, storage and servers, across sectors including government, finance, electricity, transportation, manufacturing and safe city initiatives.

3.         The Consumer Business maintained its focus on addressing user needs by working with global partners to enable the delivery of smart gadgets for consumers worldwide, and continued to build its global position as a premium brand.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Huawei expands D-CCAP portfolio with FTTB Giga Coax access

Huawei announced at the Cable Tech Show 2017 in Tokyo the launch of the MA5633-XB10, claimed to be the first Giga Coax access product enabling the delivery of gigabit bandwidth for MSOs that is designed for installation in corridors.

Huawei noted that the new product addresses the trend of moving fibre closer to end users on hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) networks, and expands its existing distributed-converged cable access platform (D-CCAP) solution portfolio.

Huawei's D-CCAP solution is a gigabit coaxial access solution specifically designed for MSOs. The solution allows video and data modulation to be supported at remote optical sites and thereby enables platform sharing with FTTH networks. The new MA5633-XB10 offers high capacity, compact size and low power consumption together with a distributed architecture, and is designed to deliver up to 1,000 Mbit/s bandwidth over coaxial cables to support a full range of data and video services.
Capabilities of the new MA5633-XB10 solution include:

1.         Support for 32 x 10 DOCSIS 3.0 channels, delivering a downstream rate of 1.6 Gbit/s and an upstream rate of 300 Mbit/s, sufficient to support 4K and 8K HD video.

2.         A compact, 'pizza box' package, with streamlined fins for heat dissipation and a fan-free design to reduce power consumption and allow for installation in narrow indoor cabinets.

3.         Capacity to support up to 256 households from a single platform, plus support for on-demand frequency configuration to allows operators to flexibly expand device capacities.


4.         Distributed, modular architecture that enables the future transition to FTTH, offering the ability to work with the MA5800 distributed smart OLT deployed at a central office and therefore support evolution to CloudFAN.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Intent-based Networking and MEF



Intent-based networking is an important part of MEF's work on Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO).

Intent-based networking makes use of next generation network policy frameworks and will enable top-level business and application developers to express the goals of their organization without having to define algorithmically how those goals are accomplished, says Dr. John Strassner, MEF Orchestration Area Co-Director; CTO, Software Lab, Huawei Technologies.

Recorded at the MEF Annual Members' Meeting in Toronto.

See video:  https://youtu.be/LuwEaFPy5wc




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ukraine's lifecell deploys Huawei in city of Lviv

Huawei announced a partnership with Ukraine's leading telecom operator lifecell for the deployment of its Easy Macro 2.0-based PoleStar site solution in the tourist city of Lviv.

Huawei noted that lifecell is first operator to deploy Easy Macro 2.0 commercially. Expanding on the Easy Macro 1.0 solution, Easy Macro 2.0 offers support for a wider range of radio access technologies (RATs) and higher power, and is designed to enable more flexible installation and provide more uniform coverage to help operators' address the difficulties of site acquisition and reduce site construction costs.

Huawei stated that Lviv attracts an estimated up to 200,000 tourists per day, creating high demand for network capacity. Ukrainian operator lifecell aims to provide a quality network and enhanced services for Internet access. However, with growth in data traffic network capacity restrictions cannot be addressed where spectrum resources are limited. As a result, lifecell is experiencing strong demand for site additions.

Huawei stated that the installation of traditional macro base stations presents challenges in terms of site acquisition, a lengthy site approval period, and site construction costs.

Integrating radio and antenna elements, Huawei's Easy Macro 2.0 product is designed to be small and light, and to allow the use of power pole resources present in urban areas for site deployment. The solution is therefore designed to resolve the issue of site acquisition for operators and enable faster site deployments.

Huawei's Easy Macro 2.0 offers concurrent support for GSM, UMTS and LTE, while also offering greater large power and significantly extended coverage area compared with the previous generation solution. The product additionally supports horizontal installation and features adjustable vertical beam width (VBW) to optimise coverage in high-rise buildings. The new version also supports centralised transmission and power supply to help reduce site deployment costs.

Huawei claims that using Easy Macro 2.0 lifecell has been able to increase network coverage by 8.73% while the release of suppressed network resulted in voice traffic increasing by 24.93% and the data traffic by 22.08% per cluster compared with the existing network. In addition, the company claims that deployment efficiency for a single site improved by 94% and the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the site was lowered by over 30%.

Friday, July 21, 2017

BTL picks Huawei Marine SEUL cable in Belize

Huawei Marine and Belize Telemedia (BTL), the main telecoms operator in the country, announced the delivery of BTL's Strategic Evolution Underwater Link (SEUL) project, bringing optical submarine cable connectivity to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, the largest island of Belize.

Spanning over 23 km from the Belize mainland to the Caye, the new optical link will support the delivery of high speed broadband to the island.

A joint project by Belize Telemedia and Huawei Marine, the new cable system represents a key milestone in BTL's previously announced four-year $100 million investment program to transform and modernise the country's mobile and landline infrastructure. With the installation of the submarine cable, BTL will be able to offer its DigiNet Broadband product, with speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s, to customers on the island of Ambergris Caye.

BTL noted that in June of this year its CEO Rochus Schreiber met with Daniel Guerrero, the mayor of San Pedro Town, to discuss the coordination of efforts for future fibre installation works and the forthcoming DigiNet service offers. BTL expects to begin offering residents and businesses on the island faster, more reliable and affordable fibre-based broadband from August 2017.

BTL is the leading telecoms provider in Belize, offering mobile (via the DigiCell brand), landline and broadband services to the residential and commercial markets, with full reach throughout the country. The company is owned 63% by the government of Belize, with the remaining shares held by domestic institutional investors and individuals.

Regarding the project, BTL CEO Rochus Schreiber, commented, "The SEUL project is an important element of BTL's transformative Network Evolution Plan, and its delivery permits high-speed network connection between Belize and the island of Ambergris Caye, which will significantly enhance the prospects for economic development on the Caye… and eventually throughout the country".


Thursday, July 20, 2017

i3 Broadband selects Huawei for residential broadband in Illinois

Huawei announced that i3 Broadband, a regional provider of fibre-based Internet services, has selected the company to enhance its deployment of services to residential homes and multi-dwelling units (MDUs) in the Champaign-Urbana and the greater Peoria areas of Illinois.

Huawei's scalable, end-to-end broadband solutions will enable i3 Broadband to expand its service offering to existing users, as well as help it to save time and reduce costs when installing connections to new MDU customers.

i3 Broadband noted that, driven by an increase in multifamily residential building construction, as well as growing customer demand for faster broadband speeds, it is experiencing increasing demand from MDU customers. To address this need, i3 Broadband has partnered with Huawei for the supply of GPON, NG-PON and D-CCAP technologies that can support gigabit services to MDUs.

Huawei stated that a key factor in its selection by i3 Broadband was its ability to offer cost-effective, future-proof solutions, which are designed to support software upgrades and eliminate the need to install new equipment.


* Recently, i3 Broadband announced plans to commence network construction in multiple neighbourhoods as part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment to extend the fibre network throughout Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. i3 Broadband is deploying FTTH infrastructure to deliver gigabit broadband, video and voice services to customers in the area.


* i3 Broadband is the local commercial partner that is working with the UC2B not-for-profit board to extend fibre connectivity to homes and businesses. The network expansion was to extend the initial UC2B fibre backbone build carried out from 2010 to 2013 that was supported by $26 million in federal and state grants and in-kind contributions from the cities of Champaign and Urbana and the University of Illinois.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Huawei and BT Openreach test 25/100G symmetric PON

Huawei and BT unit Openreach announced they have tested a 25/100 Gbit/s symmetric PON prototype as part of preparations to support future 5G speeds, as well as manage network demands from ultra-HD (UHD) video consumption and enterprise leased lines.

The Huawei technology trialled is designed to enable operators to increase speeds and bandwidth on their existing network infrastructure, and so help to future-proof their networks.

The PON prototype from Huawei supports a single channel of 25 Gbit/s and is designed to address bandwidth requirements arising from both FTTx services and provide two or four channels to support business and mobile backhaul services. During testing in Openreach labs, the prototype was able to support four channels to deliver an overall maximum symmetric bandwidth of up to 100 Gbit/s.

Huawei has developed the 25/100 Gbit/s symmetric PON prototype based on the MA5800 platform, a commercially-deployed distributed optical line terminal (OLT). When deployed, the PON prototype is designed to allow reuse of existing optical distribution network (ODN) infrastructures to help protect providers' investments and facilitate network evolution.

Huawei noted that its new-generation distributed smart OLT MA5800 and 10 Gbit/s PON ONT are currently in use by 50 operators worldwide. The company recently released the CloudFAN solution that supports slicing functionality for multi-service bearing over a single network to help enable an efficient access network.


* Recently, Openreach launched what it claimed was the first live demonstration of a 100 Gbit/s, 'hyperfast' broadband service at the BT R&D centre at Adastral Park in the UK working with Huawei.


The demonstration involved a standard residential FTTP connection with advanced transmission technology designed to enhance the broadband signal and enable increased capacity. Developed jointly with research partner Huawei, BT believes that the new broadband technology could be used to 'super-charge' speeds for business and consumer customers in the future.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Huawei details Boundless Computing server strategy and solutions

Huawei announced in Beijing the launch of its Boundless Computing server strategy and series solutions, which focuses on industry requirements for digital transformation and outlines the company's 5-year innovation roadmap for computing.

During the launch event, Huawei delivered an overview of the server strategy and its business positioning, and also launched its V5 series solutions, which include the all-flash SAP HANA appliance solution, a big data application acceleration solution, edge computing for smart video analytics solution, and the G series heterogeneous computing platform.

Huawei's Boundless Computing vision encompasses optimising computing for applications and bringing computing power closer to data sources to help realise the potential of computing. It also includes progressing beyond servers and enabling data centre-level resource pooling and on-demand provisioning to improve the computing efficiency of data centres.

The strategy also involves going beyond the limits the of data centre to enable smart access, and expanding computing into the data sources to enhance the intelligence of data at the remote end.

At the release ceremony, Huawei, together with customers and partners including Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Tencent, SAP and Microsoft, discussed the challenges to computing development and how they can be addresses. Huawei also released the FusionServer V5 delivering five key smart features.

Describing the strategy, Qiu Long, president, IT server product line at Huawei, said, "A fully connected world is unfolding and computing will be the pivotal force behind everything… the Boundless Computing strategy is about rethinking the road to a fully connected world, that includes unlocking the potential of computing, going beyond the boundary of servers, and extending further beyond the boundary of data centres".


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Omantel teams with Huawei on G.fast

Huawei announced that it will deploy what is believed to be the first G.fast network in the Middle East in partnership with Omantel, a leading operator in Oman, to enable the company to extend ultra-broadband services more efficiently by utilising existing copper infrastructure.

Huawei noted that Omantel has abundant copper resources in its existing network, and to address growing subscriber demand for digital home services and HD video Omantel plans to reconstruct its networks to enhance its broadband services. Specifically, by 2020 the company aims to cover 90% of residential subscribers in Muscat, Oman’s capital city.

Under the program, in selected service areas Omantel plans to deliver bandwidth from 200 Mbit/s to 1 Gbit/s to high density buildings to offer end users higher bandwidth and improved services.

For the project, Huawei proposed its E2E G.fast solution that features optical line terminal (OLT), G.fast distributed point unit (DPU) and G.fast CPE to help Omantel to meet its objectives. It noted that field tests show G.fast can support 800 Mbit/s and 400 Mbit/s over loops spanning 100 metres and 300 metres, respectively, which is greater than can be supported using ADSL2+ or VDSL2 technology.

Omantel will deploy the Huawei G.fast in the basements of tall, multi-story buildings, where the existing copper infrastructure, including telephone lines, will be reused to deliver ultra-broadband access. This approach removes the need for installation work inside homes to help lower costs, while the large-capacity G.fast sites, which are able to serve up to 96 lines, help to further reduce per-subscriber costs.

Omantel will also deploy Huawei's G.fast home gateway, which provides support for voice, data and video services, as well as dual-band gigabit-class WiFi services.

Huawei stated that to date more than 20 operators have conducted G.fast deployments or tests, with the technology currently deployed commercially with customers in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Canada.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Huawei deploys Butterfly Site in Bangladesh

Huawei announced that Banglalink, a major communications service provider in Bangladesh, has selected its Butterfly Site solutions to connect unserved citizens in rural areas.

Huawei stated that deployment of this solution helped Banglalink to cost-effectively extend its infrastructure to rural locations with not coverage and to address the issue of delivering services economically and profitably. The joint initiative by Huawei and Banglalink will help extend mobile broadband (MBB) coverage in Bangladesh and help the country to achieve the goal of creating an information-based economy.

Huawei's Butterfly Site solution is designed to allow service provider to address mobile service demand across large rural areas. Using two high-gain, 90-degree antennas and a high-power remote radio unit (RRU), a Butterfly site is designed to maintain coverage while utilising one sector less than a conventional three-site solution. The Butterfly Site solution is claimed to reduce the need for antennas and RRUs by around one third.

In addition, the compact size and lightweight design of the device enables on-pole mounting, while low power consumption allows the use of solar power to further simplify deployment and lower operating costs.

Banglalink and Huawei stated that they have completed Butterfly Site deployment in the suburbs of the capital city Dhaka. This deployment helped to verify the capabilities of the solution to support continuous networking and hybrid networking with three-sector sites. The site statistics data indicated that a reduction of up to 30% in equipment was possible in rural sites.

The Butterfly site solution is a part of Huawei's rural network offering that includes Macro nTnR for wide coverage, two-sector Butterfly Sites to enable cost-effective continuous coverage, and Simple Site, which combines on-pole installation and solar power to deliver local coverage in isolated sites.

Banglalink is a company of Telecom Ventures, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Telecom Holding, owned 51.9% by VEON (formerly VimpelCom).



  • Huawei announced in February that it had completed the first commercial deployment of Butterfly in Bangladesh. At the time, Huawei noted that the solution supports GSM, UMTS and concurrent GSM and UMTS services, as well as enabling evolution to LTE.
  • In its February announcement, Huawei stated that mobile broadband in Bangladesh was at an early stage, and that operators were preparing to accelerate their mobile broadband projects to expand and enhance coverage. It was estimated that approximately 70% of Bangladesh's 163 million population were living in rural areas, many without access to mobile broadband service.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Claro Brazil partners with Huawei to launch 4.5G

Huawei announced that Claro Brazil recently launched what is claimed to be the first commercial 4.5G network in Brazil, incorporating 4 x 4 MIMO, carrier aggregation (CA) and 256QAM technology, in the city of Brasilia.

Claro demonstrated 4.5G data rates averaging 250 Mbit/s on compatible smartphones during the release ceremony in Brasilia, which is claimed to be around ten times the average rate delivered on the existing 4G network. Claro also announced its new tariff policy at the event, which features increased data allowances for existing packages.

Huawei noted that as smartphones featuring support for both 4 x 4 MIMO and 256QAM become available in the market, users will be able to access the enhanced capabilities offered by the 4.5G network. On the network side, Claro is able to provide mobile Internet access with fibre-like speeds to mobile customers with suitable devices.

Huawei noted that 4.5G Evolution helps operators enhance their networks by introducing 5G technologies into existing 4G networks. This can allow operators to trial 5G-like services and develop the business models that 5G will support in the future.

Separately, Huawei announced that working with French operator SFR it had completed the first pre-commercial field verification of 4 x 4 MIMO technology in France, enabling a downlink throughput of 628.3 Mbit/s using a commercially available phone on SFR's 4.5G network.

The tests with SFR involved a commercial phone operating on the live SFR 4.5G network and served to verify that the use of 4 x 4 MIMO, combined with 2 CC carrier aggregation and 256QAM modulation, can enable throughput of up to 628.3 Mbit/s. Huawei noted that SFR is aiming to extend its 4.5G network coverage to 90% of customers in France by the end of the year, and to increase this to 99% during 2018.


Commenting on the network launch, Claro CEO Paulo C├ęsar Teixeira said, "The commercial release of the 4.5G network, with 4 x 4 MIMO, carrier aggregation, 700 MHz spectrum activation and advanced modulation, will help the Brazilian communications industry to play a significant role in the worldwide arena, as the country is a pioneer in this technology… Claro will use the recently acquired 700 MHz frequency band as a part of its ongoing effort to build a quality, next-gen mobile network nationwide".


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SFR and Huawei trial 4 x 4 MIMO enabling 628 Mbit/s

French telecom operator SFR and Huawei announced the completion of what is believed to be France's first pre-commercial field verification of 4 x 4 MIMO enabling a downlink throughput of 628.3 Mbit/s using a commercially available phone on SFR's 4.5G network.

Following the field verification, SFR plans to increase its investment in LTE technology as part of its objective of rolling out the fastest LTE network in France and provide customers an enhanced LTE experience.

Huawei noted that SFR began construction of its LTE network in 2012, and subsequently the increasing adoption of mobile video and real-time gaming services has led to mobile data traffic increasing at an average annual growth rate of up to 100% over the past two years. To address this rising demand, SFR launched a new unlimited data package in April this year and plans to focus investment on deploying a 4.5G network.

SFR is aiming to extend its 4.5G network coverage to 90% of its customers in France by the end of the year, and plans to increase this to 99% during 2018. Huawei noted that 4.5G technologies such as carrier aggregation (CA), MIMO and 256QAM can help increase network capacity, with MIMO, in particular enabling improved capacity and coverage, as well as an enhanced user experience, without the need for additional spectrum or base stations.

During the recent tests with SFR that involved a commercial phone operating on the live 4.5G network, the partners verified that the use of 4 x 4 MIMO, combined with 2 CC carrier aggregation and 256QAM modulation, can deliver throughput of up to 628.3 Mbit/s. Huawei noted that this data rate can allow mobile users to play HD video reliably and meet customer demand for smooth video viewing services.

Huawei stated that 4.5G Evolution technology enables operators to begin the introduction of 5G technologies into their existing 4G/LTE networks. This also allows operators to trial 5G-like services and develop new business models that 5G will be able to support in the future.


Regarding the trial, Michel Paulin, chairman and CEO of SFR Group, commented, "SFR's 4.5G network has achieved an average downlink throughput of 300 Mbit/s in over French 221 cities… and it (aims to) further increase the average downlink throughput to 500 Mbit/s by 2018… and will actively promote sophisticated 4 x 4 MIMO smartphones to offer users the best LTE experience".

Monday, June 26, 2017

Huawei and TELUS Collaborate on 5G

Huawei and telco TELUS of Canada announced they have successfully completed a 5G wireless connection using the global 3GPP technology standards platform as the industry moves towards the deployment of 5G.

TELUS noted that the pilot not only demonstrates the faster wireless speeds and lower latency that will be available to customers using 5G technology, but also showcases the potential for 5G technology to deliver wireless-to-the-premise (WTTx) connectivity with speeds and reliability required for smart homes and businesses.

The pilot network created with Huawei was designed to reflect a real-world point-to-multi-point connection over commercial central office equipment and transport networks. The network featured equipment based on 3GPP 5G foundational technologies over 28 GHz spectrum, although 5G standards are not expected to be finalised until early in 2018.
The pilot forms part of TELUS and Huawei’s joint 5G Living Lab facility in Vancouver, where the companies have been trialling next-generation technologies since 2015 in a live real-world environment. TELUS noted that last year the Living Lab demonstrated speeds of 30 Gbit/s in a controlled environment and implemented a heterogeneous network (HetNet) in downtown Vancouver.

While 5G wireless technology is expected to become commercially available in 2020, TELUS stated that customers living in the Vancouver area will have early access to the latest wireless technologies leveraging advances achieved at the 5G Living Lab.



  • Previously, in October last year TELUS and Huawei announced they had achieved wireless speeds of up to 29.3 Gbit/s at the 5G Living Lab in Vancouver. The companies also equipped a 4G LTE wireless site in Vancouver with the latest LTE-Advanced Pro technologies, enabling speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s, and planned to upgrade a further 5 sites.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Huawei launches multi-service metro OTN platform

Huawei unveiled a new metro multi-service optical transport (MS-OTN) solution, the OSN 9800 M24, designed to enable increased capacity, efficiency and flexibility in metro networks.

Huawei noted that in the digital era, as operators face the need to meet increasing demand for high bandwidth services while ensuring zero congestion and packet loss and low latency, and with emerging services that require greater bandwidth across various locations the central office (CO), which serves as the integrated service access point, is becoming increasingly important in metro networks.

To address these demands, operators therefore need to improve their CO capabilities to prevent metro networks from becoming a bottleneck for integrated service bearing. However, legacy CO equipment rooms typically need to be rebuilt to meet power supply, space, and bearing structure requirements.

Huawei stated that operators are applying OTN technology in metro networks to enhance capacity, efficiency and flexibility, and to meet projected capacity needs an OTN to CO solution is the next stage in the development of metro networks. The new OSN 9800 M24 metro MS-OTN product is designed to address service bearing requirements on CO nodes.

The new Huawei MS-OTN platform is designed to provide the following benefits:

1.         Support for existing services on metro networks, including home and mobile broadband and leased line services, while enabling a reduction in equipment and simplified network design.

2.         Ability to support VR/AR, 5G and other future services, providing single-subrack cross-connect capacity of over 2.4 Tbit/s, expandable to meet operators' future high-bandwidth requirements.

3.         Delivers an optical-electrical integrated solution with the facility to share parts with the Huawei OSN 9800 and OSN 1800 products for simplified O&M.

4.         Compact, low power platform designed for space-constrained CO equipment rooms.


Regarding the new solution, Richard Jin, president of Huawei transport network product line, said, "Huawei’s all-service bearing OSN 9800 M24 offers a compact structure, flexible deployment and O&M, enabling an OTN-to-CO simplified optical network to be implemented in operators metro networks… Huawei will continue to work with global operators to help build future-oriented cloudified transport networks…".


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