The fifth Ultra-Broadband Forum was held in Geneva recently where Ryan Ding, Huawei Executive Director and President of Carrier BG, said in his keynote speech, “The global ultra-broadband industry is booming. New service models, such as ultra-HD videos, interactive gaming, and Cloud VR, are driving broadband networks to evolve and upgrade, placing new requirements on bandwidth, latency, and service experience.”
During the previous year, Huawei worked with global operators and industry partners to explore and build an ecosystem for Premium Broadband. They made numerous innovations in experience-driven operations and value-driven network deployment, with an aim to improve broadband user experience and achieve high-value growth.
“After a year of exploration and practice, Premium Broadband has become widely accepted by the global ultra-broadband industry,” said Mr. Ding. “Ecosystem, network experience, and O&M efficiency are the three key factors for operator success in Premium Broadband.” Specifically, the following three points are essential in order to achieve Premium Broadband.
An ecosystem focusing on video and home service scenarios to extend the business scope of broadband: Operators must build an open platform for video content aggregation to integrate all kinds of content resources. Coordinated innovation between industry partners will accelerate the development of video business models. As of now, Huawei has brought together nearly 200 content providers and helped over 100 operators to provide high-quality content services and improve their video experience. Huawei’s convergent video platform supports fixed video and mobile video, as well as industry videos. Huawei is also working to diversify home service applications, standardize home Wi-Fi network deployment and O&M, and build an open smart home ecosystem that will push the business scope of broadband even further.
AI technology to break the link between OPEX and network size growth and improve the user experience: Operator OPEX has remained high for years, undermining operator service innovation. By introducing AI technology, operators will be able to achieve smart O&M that boasts improved O&M efficiency, energy efficiency, and resource utilization, as well as lower OPEX. AI also enables predictive O&M and active optimization, helping operators troubleshoot network faults prior to user complaints, and ultimately, improve the end user experience.
Architectural innovation to break the link between CAPEX and traffic growth: A simplified network architecture enables flexible scale-out and rapid service provisioning. According to Moore’s Law, the growing capacities of optical networks, IP networks, and broadband access will drive the continuous evolution and upgrade of network capacity.
“A virtuous circle for Premium Broadband can be built following three key steps,” said Mr. Ding. “First, the industry should build an ecosystem to extend the business scope of broadband. Second, AI should be introduced to reduce operator OPEX. And third, operators need to satisfy growing service demands through network architecture innovation and Moore’s Law.”
Looking ahead, Huawei will work with global operators to further explore and innovate in Premium Broadband, improve the end user experience, and ultimately, embrace the intelligent world together.