The UN Broadband Commission and Huawei held the sixth Ultra Broadband Forum (UBBF 2020) online in Beijing. With the theme of ‘Intelligent Connectivity, New Value Together’, this year’s UBBF discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the connectivity industry in today’s era.
At the event, David Wang, Huawei Executive Director and Chairman of the Investment Review Board delivered a speech titled ‘Building intelligent connectivity for an intelligent world’. He also launched Huawei’s all-scenario intelligent connectivity solutions for home and enterprise scenarios. Through these scenarios, home broadband is said to enter and experience economy era and the digital transformation of industries will be accelerated.
The connectivity industry assures five changes:
Change 1: From IoT and intelligent IoT to connected Intelligent Twins. As we pursue a seamless AI life and the intelligent upgrades of enterprises, we must connect more things with intelligence.
Change 2: In enterprise scenarios, connectivity has gone beyond serving offices to serving both offices and production. The focus of enterprise digitization has shifted from digital office to digital production, transactions and operations.
Change 3: From best effort to differentiated deterministic services. If differentiated services are the default, then deterministic experience is a must. Therefore, operators can only open the door to vertical markets by providing differentiated and deterministic services.
Change 4: From Mbps to Gbps via any medium. Through concerted efforts across the industry, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi and fiber technologies can now deliver ubiquitous gigabit connectivity.
Change 5: From manual O&M to hyper automation. 5G will make network O&M more complex than that of 4G.
These five changes are placing new requirements on connectivity.
The first requirement is ubiquitous gigabit, as bandwidth is the foundation of connectivity. Ubiquitous gigabit connectivity is necessary for ultra-HD video, industrial VR/AR applications, AI cameras and drones. The second requirement being essential to home scenarios such as telecommuting and online learning, as well as enterprise scenarios like safe and reliable production. The third requirement is hyper automation. As networks advance in terms of complexity and scale, big data and AI must be utilized to achieve hyper automation.
Huawei’s all-scenario intelligent connectivity solutions
Intelligent distributed access: This solution has comprehensively upgraded home devices, the local end and network management. With gigabit Wi-Fi coverage throughout entire rooms, high quality service experience and precise user identification, intelligent distributed access will allow operators to benefit more from network experience than from the user base.
Intelligent campus networks: The central LAN & WAN management, Gbps access and AI based intelligent O&M, intelligent campus networks allow operators to provide one stop network solutions for enterprises as they move to the cloud.
Intelligent premium private lines: This solution helps in reducing latency, enabling operators to offer high end enterprise users 1ms ultra low latency and the ultimate experience. Built upon Liquid OTN technology, flexible hard pipes support flexible bandwidth access ranging from 2 Mbps to 100 Gbps, and lossless service adjustment. In addition, intelligent premium private lines connect enterprise customers to wavelength level private networks through exclusive wavelength or sub wavelength resources.
Intelligent cloud networks: This solution aims to create synergy between the cloud and network in the cloud era. Based on intelligent IP networks, intelligent cloud networks will build a high quality cloud private network, allowing enterprises to access multiple clouds.
“Over the past 30 years, Huawei has worked with customers and partners to create a seamless AI life for all homes and drive the intelligent upgrades of all industries. Our ultimate goal is to grow the digital economy and improve people’s lives. Through continuous investment in 5G, Optical Network and IPv6 Enhanced innovation, today we launch our all-scenario intelligent connectivity solutions. These solutions will make ultra-broadband networks greener and more efficient, and create a more intelligent world. Moving forward, we will redouble our efforts in basic research, invest more in next generation network technologies, and work with all stakeholders to shape a more low carbon, efficient and intelligent world,” concluded Mr Wang.