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

Thursday, December 26, 2019

WSJ: Huawei benefited from US$75B in state support

Huawei Technologies' spectacular rise to the top of global telecommunications was fueled in part by state support valued at tens of billions of U.S. dollars, according to an analysis published by The Wall Street Journal. The article examines records pertaining to public grants, loans, tax incentives and other forms of financial assistance awarded to Huawei by government officials in China. The Wall Street Journal estimates this support totals around US$75 billion over the past two decades. Of this total, approximately $46 billion was for credit lines and loans.

In a rebuttal posted on social media, Huawei asserts that its "relationship with the Chinese government is no different than any other private company that operates in China." Huawei insists that its working capital comes from its own business operations and external financing. The company says that R&D subsidies from the government amount to less than 0.3% of its revenues. Huawei is considering legal action against the Wall Street Journal.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/state-support-helped-fuel-huaweis-global-rise-11577280736
https://twitter.com/Huawei/status/1210110450198671360/photo/1

Thursday, December 5, 2019

BT Ireland tests 1.2 Tbps DCI from Huawei

BT Ireland has completed testing a 1.2 Tbps connection between two data centers in Dublin using equipment from Huawei.

The trial used Huawei-developed OptiXtreme series oDSP chips and high-performance optical transmission modules, which use a unique Channel-Matched Shaping (CMS) technique to sense key parameters of optical channels. AI enables the system to compensate for link impairments and optimize the transmission spectrum efficiency accordingly.

Huawei said its Super-C line system can deliver a single-fiber capacity of 48 Tbps.

https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/news/2019/12/Huawei-BT-Ireland-Industry-First-1dot2Tbs-Transmission-RealTime-Trial

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

InterDigital files 3/4/5G patent lawsuit against Huawei

InterDigital filed a patent infringement action in the United Kingdom against Huawei seeking, among other things, a determination of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms for a license to InterDigital’s portfolio of 3G, 4G and 5G standards-essential patents (SEPs).

The InterDigital patents asserted are:

  • European Patent (UK) 2 363 008 – Enables the efficient control of carrier aggregation in 4G (LTE). In advanced mobile phones, carrier aggregation is key to achieving high data rates.
  • European Patent (UK) 2 557 714 – Supports the use of multiple antennae transmissions in 4G (LTE). The patent enables the use of flexible levels of error protection for reporting by the handset, increasing the reliability of the signaling.
  • European Patent (UK) 2 485 558 – Allows mobile phone users quick and efficient access to 4G (LTE) networks. One of the main technological challenges of developing LTE networks was efficient bandwidth usage for various traffic types such as VoIP, FTP and HTTP. This patent relates to inventions for quickly and efficiently requesting shared uplink resources — for example, reducing lag when requesting a webpage on a smartphone on LTE networks.
  • European Patent (UK) 2 421 318 – Relates to an enhancement to 3G known as High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA), where efficient, fast scheduling of resources is key to optimizing the user’s experience. The patented invention decreases latency during HSUPA transmission by eliminating certain scenarios in HSUPA where scheduling requests may be blocked. A blocked scheduling request may prevent a smartphone from sending data. 
  • European Patent (UK) 3 355 537 – Also relates to HSUPA. The patented invention increases efficiency of bandwidth usage during HSUPA transmission by ensuring that mobile phones do not utilize resources allocated to them for HSUPA transmission in an inefficient manner.

“InterDigital is committed to constructive, arm’s-length negotiation, fair licensing, and the use of impartial arbitration when parties are simply unable to reach agreement,” said William J. Merritt, President and CEO. “We’re also committed to having our significant intellectual property and contributions to standards respected and enforced. We’re hopeful that Huawei will choose to resolve this situation through arbitration or negotiation, rather than holding out or through litigation in a favorable court, especially given the significant history of negotiation and arbitration involving the two companies.”

http://ir.interdigital.com/file/Index?KeyFile=401374476

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Etisalat tests Huawei's liquid-crystal-on-silicon optical cross-connect

Etisalat, the UAE-based telecommunications services provider, completed the first trial of Huawei's compact all-optical cross-connect (OXC) for transport networks.

Huawei's OptiXtrans series OSN 9800 P32C is a high-speed optical switch for the backbone or aggregation layer that is designed for fast grooming of large-granularity services and separated east-west deployment in a transport network.

Huawei said its new platform leverages liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) to push the optical switching capacity to Pbps level (Peta Bits Per second). It achieves the industry's highest compact 16-degree grooming capability. The device integration is nine times that of the traditional reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) solution, which can save 80% of the room space. Huawei has also developed an optical label technology to support end-to-end visibility of wavelength-level network status.

Esmaeel Al Hammadi, Senior Vice President, Network Development at Etisalat, said: "This joint innovation project with Huawei is a result of Etisalat’s focus on its vision and strategy of ‘Driving the digital future to empower societies’. This has motivated us to continuously invest to provide superior network services for our customers. This new solution with Huawei will enhance development of the infrastructure and simplify the network, reducing service provisioning time, and improving efficiency in operations and maintenance to provide an optimal network experience for customers.”

"We enjoyed working with Etisalat to complete the joint trial of compact OXC,” said Simon Lu, President of Huawei Transmission Network. “This is an innovative solution that will redefine and simplify the methodology to develop the optical layer in the transport industry. Huawei will continue to carry out technological innovation and research to provide Etisalat with intelligent, simplified, and ultra-broadband all-optical transmission ON2.0 solutions, helping Etisalat to achieve business success."

Monday, November 25, 2019

Bloomberg: BT Seeks Third Fiber Supplier

BT will seek a third supplier of fiber optic equipment as it looks to reduce purchases from Huawei Technologies, according to Bloomberg. Openreach is conducting an evaluation process. Nokia is the other lead supplier for the carrier's broadband fiber rollout, which currently reaches about 1.9 million homes.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-25/huawei-s-u-k-prospects-dented-as-bt-seeks-third-fiber-supplier?


Sunday, November 24, 2019

FCC bars Huawei and ZTE from USF program

The FCC voted to prohibit the use of its $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund (USF) to purchase equipment and services from Huawei and ZTE.  The FCC cited a national security threat, noting that both Huawei and ZTE have close ties to the Chinese government and military. The newly adopted order also establishes a certification and audit regime to enforce the new rule.

Furthermore, the FCC is proposing to require carriers receiving USF funds, known as eligible telecommunications carriers, to remove and replace existing equipment and services from Huawei and ZTE. 

The FCC will study the extent to which eligible telecommunications carriers have equipment from Huawei and ZTE in their networks and the costs associated with removing and replacing such equipment. 

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai commented "We take these actions based on evidence in the record as well as longstanding concerns from the executive and legislative branches about the national security threats posed by certain foreign communications equipment manufacturers, most particularly Huawei and ZTE.  Both companies have close ties to China’s Communist government and military apparatus.  Both companies are subject to Chinese laws broadly obligating them to cooperate with any request from the country’s intelligence services and to keep those requests secret.  Both companies have engaged in conduct like intellectual property theft, bribery, and corruption. 
Moreover, we know that hidden “backdoors” to our networks in routers, switches, and other network equipment can allow a hostile adversary to inject viruses and other malware, steal Americans’ private data, spy on U.S. companies, and more." 

Monday, November 18, 2019

U.S. Depart of Commerce Extends Huawei temporary general license

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will extend for 90 days the Temporary General License (TGL) authorizing specific, limited engagements in transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items – under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) – to Huawei and its non-U.S. affiliates which are subject to the Entity List.

 “The Temporary General License extension will allow carriers to continue to service customers in some of the most remote areas of the United States who would otherwise be left in the dark,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The Department will continue to rigorously monitor sensitive technology exports to ensure that our innovations are not harnessed by those who would threaten our national security.”

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Huawei to invest 100 million euros in European AI partners

Huawei announced an investment of 100 million euros over the next 5 years in European AI companies.

According to Jiang Tao, VP of Intelligent Computing BU, "Huawei is committed to investing in the AI computing industry in Europe, enabling enterprises and individual developers to leverage the Ascend AI series products for technological and business innovation. Over the next 5 years, Huawei plans to invest 100 million euros in the AI Ecosystem Program in Europe, helping industry organizations, 200,000 developers, 500 ISV partners, and 50 universities and research institutes to boost innovation."

At HUAWEI CONNECT 2019 (Shanghai), Huawei launched a broad product portfolio based on its Ascend 910 AI training processor. The products include the Atlas 300 AI training card, Atlas 800 training server, and Atlas 900 AI training cluster. The Atlas series products support all scenarios across device-edge-cloud, accelerating intelligent transformation of industries with ultimate computing power for training.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Spark New Zealand pilots private 5G solution from Huawei

Spark New Zealand is testing a private 5G solution from Huawei to provide connectivity for a sailboat from Emirates Team New Zealand ahead of the next America’s Cup.

The trial 5G service, which covers parts of Auckland Harbour, off Milford and Takapuna,is an extension of Spark’s existing 5G Lab in Wynyard Quarter in downtown Auckland, and uses test spectrum on loan from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

It is delivered using Huawei equipment.

https://www.sparknz.co.nz/news/Spark-5G-Auckland-Harbour-Emirates-Team-New-Zealand1/


New Zealand blocks Huawei from 5G Infrastructure

The government of New Zealand will block Huawei from participating in 5G infrastructure.

Spark New Zealand disclosed that the Director-General of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has notified the company of the decision based on national security concerns.

Spark was planning on deploying Huawei equipment in its 5G RAN rollout. Spark said is disappointed by the decision but remains on track to launch 5G services by mid-2020.

https://www.sparknz.co.nz/news/GCSB_declines_Spark_proposal_Huawei/

Sunday, November 3, 2019

HC2 agrees to sell its 49% interest in Huawei Marine

HC2 Holdings, a diversified holding company, announced that its Marine Services Segment, Global Marine Group has agreed to a sale of its stake in Huawei Marine Networks, its 49% joint venture with Huawei Technologies Co., to Hengtong Optic-Electric Co Ltd (“Hengtong”).  The sale of GMG’s interest values HMN at $285 million, and GMG’s 49% stake at approximately $140 million.

Under the agreement, GMG will sell 30% of HMN to Hengtong at closing and retain a 19% interest in HMN under a two-year put option agreement at the greater of the same equity value ($285mm) or fair market value.  Hengtong is also purchasing Huawei’s full 51% stake and will own 81% of the joint venture upon the closing of both sales, and 100% upon the exercise of GMG’s put option.  Completion of the sale is expected during the first quarter of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, with proceeds delivered to GMG at that time.  After satisfaction of any pending obligations and in concert with any sale of Global Marine Systems Limited (“GMSL”), HC2’s share of the net proceeds from the HMN sale will be utilized to reduce debt at the HC2 holding company level.

“We are very pleased at the outcome of the joint venture sales process,” said Philip Falcone, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of HC2.  “We want to thank our partners at Huawei, with whom we have had a great working relationship since our acquisition of GMG five years ago, for successfully growing the joint venture and completing over 98 projects globally since inception.  Inking this deal now further sets the stage for a potential sale of GMG, including the main operating subsidiary, Global Marine Systems Limited, which continues to be a top priority for us as we close out 2019.”

Huawei to sell its stake in subsea business to Hengtong

Huawei Technologies has agreed to sell its 51% stake in Huawei Marine Systems Co Ltd to Hengtong Optic-Electric Co Ltd, a supplier of optical networking products company based in Jiangsu province. The deal was disclosed in a filing by Hengtong to the Shanghai Financial Exchange. Financial terms were not disclosed.  The remaining 49% in Huawei Marine Systems is held by Global Marine.

Hengtong is already a leading supplier of submarine power cables, submarine optical fiber cables, optical fiber composite submarine cables, special underwater cable, transoceanic communication system accessories and high voltage power cables.

http://www.hengtonggroup.com

U.S. Commerce Dept. expects to approve export licenses to Huawei

In an interview over the weekend with Bloomberg, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the first export licenses to Huawei could be approved "shortly." He stated that 260 requests for export licenses to Huawei have been filed with the department.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-03/ross-optimistic-on-china-trade-deal-says-huawei-licenses-coming?srnd=premium-canada

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Huawei introduces 5G Microwave SuperHUB

Huawei introduced a SuperHUB 5G microwave solution with simplified architecture to improve the spectrum efficiency and enables high bandwidth for aggregation sites. H

vision Multiplexing (SDM) technology. The solution enables a spectrum used only once within 90° range to be multiplexed three times, thus improving spectral efficiency by 300%. This allows the same amount of spectrum to provide triple the bandwidth for all directions at a hub site, facilitating multi-directional bandwidth upgrade.

Huawei is also using modular dual-band antennas to combine any two 6–86 GHz bands at a site. This avoids the deployment of multiple antennas in cases where a single band is not sufficient to achieve a high bandwidth. The carrier aggregation ODU can aggregate four channels into one, resulting in a single ODU delivering capacity equal to that of four regular ODUs. This amounts to a 75% reduction in installation space and load bearing required on a tower where multiple channels are used to support high bandwidth.

Huawei also unveiled 40Gbps and 100Gbps ultra-bandwidth microwave solutions for 5G aggregation sites, setting a new record for microwave solution bandwidth. The company says its ongoing E-band innovation will increase transmission distances by 30% for E-band while boosting bandwidth to 40Gbps in short-distance cases when compared to current all-scenario 10Gbps capabilities. This will enable operators to meet the requirements of high bandwidth at huh sites as 5G continues to mature. New innovations involving new spectra, such as D-band (130–175 GHz), will be able to support an ultra-high backhaul bandwidth of 200Gbps, raising microwave bandwidth to new heights.

https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/news/2019/10/Huawei-Released-5G-Microwave-SuperHUB-Solution

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Huawei cites 24% annual growth rate, sixty 5G contracts, strong smartphone sales

Huawei announced CNY610.8 billion (US$85.676 billion) in revenue for the first 9 months of 2019, an increase of 24.4% year-on-year.

The company said its net profit margin in this period was 8.7%. In a series of announcements from its headquarters in Shenzhen and corporate events in Europe, Huawei described its 5G business as robust,saying the company continues "to boost the efficiency and quality of its operations." Huawei states that increased operational and organizational stability has solidified the company's performance in the first three quarters of 2019.

 Some highlight from the Huawei announcements:

  •  In the carrier business, commercial deployment of 5G networks around the world has sped up. 
  •  The production and supply of Huawei's optical transmission, data communications, and IT products grew steadily. 
  • By the end of Q3 2019, more than 700 cities, 228 Fortune Global 500 companies, and 58 Fortune Global 100 companies had selected Huawei as their partner for digital transformation. 
  • In Q3, Huawei announced its computing strategy and released Atlas 900, the world's fastest AI training cluster. 
  •  Other innovative products the company has launched include the HUAWEI CLOUD Ascend AI cluster services, 112 new services powered by Kunpeng and Ascend processors, and Industrial Intelligent Twins. 
  •  Huawei's smartphone shipments in the first three quarters of 2019 exceeded 185 million units, representing a year-on-year increase of 26%. 
  • The company also saw rapid growth in other new businesses like PCs, tablets, wearables, and smart audio products. 
  • The Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem has also developed rapidly, covering more than 170 countries and regions. 
  • It has attracted over 1.07 million registered developers worldwide. 


Speaking at Huawei's 10th annual Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2019 in Switzerland, Ryan Ding, Huawei Executive Director of the Board and President of Carrier BG, said Huawei has large-scale 5G rollouts underway worldwide.

Some key points from the speech:

  • Huawei has won more than 60 5G contracts (In February at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Huawei cited 50 5G contracts)
  • Huawei has now shipped over 400,000 5G active antenna units (AAUs).
  • China is now on course to build 600 to 800 thousand 5G base stations by the end of 2020.
  • The theme of this year's event was "5G, Gear Up"

At the end of his speech, Ding told the attendees that "the best way to predict the future is to create it" and called upon carriers, regulators, vertical industry players, equipment vendors, and systems integrators to work together to build a thriving 5G industry.

http://www.bizconfstreaming.cn/webcast/huawei20191006.html

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sunrise and Huawei hit 3.67Gbps in 5G

Sunrise and Huawei achieved a top speed of 3.67Gbps downlink with multiple 5G smartphones in one 5G cell in Z├╝rich over the carrier's commercial network using 100MHz of bandwidth.

The test leveraged Huawei' MU-MIMO technology, wihch substantially increases 5G capacity without additional requirement of spectrum and power resource.

Sunrise is now providing 5G coverage in more than 262 cities/villages throughout Switzerland, offering broadband internet, HD-TV, interactive gaming 5G services etc.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

NYT: Trump Green-Lights Some Sales to Huawei

Citing unnamed sources, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration has decided to issue licenses to some companies to resume shipment of general merchandise to Huawei. However, a spokesman from the Commerce Department told The New York Times that “as of right this moment, the status quo holds.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/09/us/politics/trump-huawei-trade.html

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Eric Xu takes over rotating Chairmanship of Huawei

Mr. Xu Zhijun (Eric Xu) will assume the position of Rotating and Acting Chairman of Huawei from October 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. During his term, Mr. Xu will serve as the company's top leader, and head the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.

 Xu joined Huawei in 1993 and has served as President of the Wireless Network Product Line, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Chief Products & Solutions Officer, Chairman of the Investment Review Board, Rotating CEO of Huawei, and Chairman of the Strategy & Development Committee (SDC). Currently, Mr. Xu serves as Deputy Chairman of the Board and Rotating Chairman of Huawei.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Bharti deploys Huawei's microwave for 1 Gbps backhaul links

Bharti India is deploying enhanced MIMO microwave links from Huawei.

The enhanced MIMO solution of 5G microwave will deliver 1Gbps capacity over a single 28Mhz channel.

Bharti India has deployed more than 100 hops of the enhanced MIMO microwave links.

Huawei said that by adding carrier aggregation technology to the enhanced MIMO link can increase capacity to 2Gbps MIMO link with additional 28Mhz spectrum.

Bharti relies heavily on microwave transmission for its network in India.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Ren tells media that Huawei is willing to negotiate, license 5G patents

Huawei's chairman Ren Zhengfei said the company is willing to license its 5G technology to a Western company in order to create a new competitor in the market, according to an interview published by the Economist. The perpetual license could include Huawei's 5G patents, licences, code, technical blueprints and production know-how.
https://www.economist.com/business/2019/09/11/huawei-may-sell-its-5g-technology-to-a-western-buyer

Separately, in an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Ren Zhengfei said Huawei is now willing to negotiate with the U.S. Department of Justice with no pre-conditions.  The article quotes Ren as follows: “If the U.S. reaches out to us in good faith and promises to change their irrational approach to Huawei, then we are open to a dialogue. The U.S. shouldn’t try to destroy Huawei over something trivial. If the U.S. feels we have done something wrong, then we can discuss it in good faith and find a reasonable solution. I think we can accept that approach."
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/opinion/huawei-trump-china-trade.html

Monday, September 2, 2019

Huawei and China Telecom implement 5G Super Uplink

China Telecom Shanghai announced the implementation of a 5G Super Uplink solution featuring TDD/FDD coordination, high-band/low-band complementation, and time/frequency domain aggregation. Super Uplink, which is supported from end to end by Huawei 5G technologies, was first announced by the partners at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

The 5G Super Uplink implements the time-frequency domain aggregation of TDD and FDD in the uplink frequency band. This increases uplink spectrum resources of NR, boosts the uplink capability of the 5G network, reduces latency, and improves the utilization rate of the uplink spectrum of 2.1 GHz/1.8 GHz.

The companies said the newly launched Super Uplink solution increases uplink speeds by 20%–100% under good radio conditions, while also delivering a fourfold increase to cell-edge uplink rates.

China Telecom Shanghai plans to expand pre-commercial trials and increase research and development, network construction, and industrial cooperation.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Huawei advances its AI with Ascend 910 processor and MindSpore

Huawei officially launched its Ascend 910 AI processor as well as its "MindSpore" AI framework.

The Ascend 910, which is designed for AI model training, delivers 256 TeraFLOPS for half-precision floating point (FP16), and 512 TeraOPS for integer precision calculations (INT8). Its max power consumption is only 310W.  All of these are new industry benchmarks, according to the company.

Huawei claims its MindSpore AI framework is adaptable to all devices, edge, and cloud environments. It helps ensure user privacy because it only deals with gradient and model information that has already been processed. It doesn't process the data itself, so private user data can be effectively protected even in cross-scenario environments.

"We have been making steady progress since we announced our AI strategy in October last year," said Eric Xu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman. "Everything is moving forward according to plan, from R&D to product launch. We promised a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio. And today we delivered, with the release of Ascend 910 and MindSpore. This also marks a new stage in Huawei's AI strategy."

Xu also outlined ten areas where Huawei wants to drive change for AI:

  1. Provide stronger computing power to increase the speed of complex model training from days and months to minutes – even seconds.
  2. Provide more affordable and abundant computing power. Right now, computing power is both costly and scarce, which limits AI development.
  3. Offer an all-scenario AI portfolio, meeting the different needs of businesses while ensuring that user privacy is well protected. This portfolio will allow AI to be deployed in any scenario, not just public cloud.
  4. Invest in basic AI algorithms. Algorithms of the future should be data-efficient, meaning they can deliver the same results with less data. They should also be energy-efficient, producing the same results with less computing power and less energy.
  5. Use MindSpore and ModelArts to help automate AI development, reducing reliance on human effort.
  6. Continue to improve model algorithms to produce industrial-grade AI that performs well in the real world, not just in tests.
  7. Develop a real-time, closed-loop system for model updates, making sure that enterprise AI applications continue to operate in their most optimal state.
  8. Maximize the value of AI by driving synergy with other technologies like cloud, IoT, edge computing, blockchain, big data, and databases.
  9. With a one-stop development platform of the full-stack AI portfolio, help AI become a basic skill for all application developers and ICT workers. Today only highly-skilled experts can work with AI.
  10. Invest more in an open AI ecosystem and build the next generation of AI talent to meet the growing demand for people with AI capabilities.
At a press event in Shenzhen, Xu also told reporters that the company is working to replace design tools from Cadence and Synopsys, and that being placed on the U.S. entity list will not impact Huawei's AI ambitions.

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