Sunday, September 16, 2012

U.S. Intelligence Committee Investigates Huawei and ZTE

The U.S. House of Representatives'  Committee on Intelligence held an open hearing in Washington, D.C. to question Huawei and ZTE about possible threats they pose to national security.

Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said he called the hearing because "Huawei and ZTE provide a wealth of opportunities for Chinese intelligence agencies to insert malicious hardware or software implants into critical telecommunications components and systems.  And under Chinese law, ZTE and Huawei would likely be required to cooperate with any request by the Chinese government to use their systems or access for malicious purposes."

Charles Ding, Corporate Senior Vice President, Huawei, said that cyber security is a global issue for the the whole industry and denied any involvement from the Chinese government in Huawei's products or operations.

Zhu Jinyun, ZTE’s Senior Vice President for North America and Europe, also testified that China's government has never made a request to access ZTE's telecom infrastructure equipment for a cyber attack, and that the operations of ZTE USA are bound by U.S. law.

Prepared testimony is online.

NeoPhotonics Optimizes GPON Transceiver for 1:128 Split

NeoPhotonics introduced a multiport Mode Coupling Receiver (MCR) optical line terminal (OLT) transceiver for gigabit passive optical networks (GPON) in an SFP form factor and for use in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks.  The new devices allows FTTH operators to optimize GPON bandwidth utilization.

NeoPhotonics said its platform PIC technology enables an economical SFP form factor, which is compatible with the installed base of GPON OLT line cards.  The first version is a 4-port MCR GPON Class B+ OLT in a pluggable SFP form factor, which is designed to increase the split ratio in a standard PON from 1:32 to 1:128 while maintaining the original link budget and reach. This module features a connector with 4 fiber outputs where each individual fiber corresponds to the output of a conventional GPON OLT SFP compliant with ITU-T 984 standards.

Huawei Updates its SingleFAN Access Platform for 10G PON, Copper Vectoring

Huawei announced its new generation multi-mode & dual-core MxU with support for PON/10G-PON multi-mode uplink and Vectoring downlinks over copper access at up to 100 Mbps.  Huawei's MxU is the key processing module in its SingleFAN solution, which is the company's unified platform for PON, P2P, DSL, coax, E1, and other network access infrastructure.

The upgraded MxU now leverages dual-core CPUs to improves processing speed and enable better system reliability, as timely protection switching will occur when a CPU subsystem is faulty.  Huawei's new MxU also features dual-BIOS technology, enabling automatic restoration should an error occur because of an upgrade failure or similar fault.  The MxU adopts an intelligent architecture that integrates path protection, remote monitoring, web-based management, VPN functions, and hardware support for Y.1731. This simplifies network performance monitoring and better caters to the needs of various service scenarios. The MxU also supports intelligent fault detection over PONs and real-time fault detection for voice services, shortening troubleshooting time.

Huawei Wins Big Managed Services Deal with VimpelCom Russia

VimpelCom Russia, one of the world's largest integrated telecom operators, awarded a five year contract to Huawei to manage its integrated telecommunications network. VimpelCom will transfer an estimated 1,300 employees to Huawei, which will then take complete responsibility for the multi-vendor, multi-technology fixed and mobile networks, which cover the Volga and the Far East. The scope of work includes end-to-end network management, including multi-vendor operations and maintenance, field operations, 24/7 network assurance and spare parts management. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"By transferring the network operation and exploitation to the Huawei, with its considerable experience and expertise, VimpelCom will achieve several important targets. The first is increasing efficiency and quality of network management, which will improve the service level for end-users in the mass market, as well as in the business segment. The second is optimizing business-processes and cost savings through the realization of the projects such as this partnership with Huawei, part of our strategic program to increase operational efficiency. The business-model of transferring network operation and exploitation to a third party is a common global trend today and we are glad that we are leading the Russian market in this sphere. We are certain that this large-scale cooperation with Huawei will strengthen our position and help us to achieve our targets," said Anton Kudryashov, Head of the Russia business unit and General Director of OJSC VimpelCom.

Huawei described the contract as a important milestone on the development of its Managed Services business.  The company noted other recent Managed Services contracts it was won across many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Indonesia, and Singapore. Huawei now has more than 240 managed services contracts in over 60 countries around the world, with a compound growth rate of more than 70% for the past six consecutive years.

Huawei's Ren Zhengfei Meets with the President of the European Council

Huawei CEO and Founder, Mr. RenZhengfei met with the President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy at the council's headquarters in Brussels to discuss the development of the economy and the ICT industry in both China and Europe.

Mr. Ren said that mutual trust-based collaboration and investment between China and Europe in the ICT industry will drive the acceleration of technological innovation and support the openness of the markets.