Open ROADS to a Better Connected World
Telefónica and Huawei are working together to promote
the Development of Mobile Network Cloud
With the robust development of mobile broadband (MBB) and explosive growth of digital applications, many challenges have arisen. Different applications and scenario shave vastly different requirements in terms of data rates (ranging from Kbps toGbps) and latency (ranging from seconds to miliseconds). The hotspots are getting hotter and hotter, and becoming increasingly unpredictable. It takes too long for mobile networks to achieve entire network coverage, which is the main obstacle to the subscriber penetration rate growth of new technology.
In order to face these challenges, Telefónica and Huawei reached consensus on the development direction, characteristics and connotation of the Mobile NetworkCloud:
The full cloudification is the right direction in the mobile network evolution.
Mobile Network Cloud has 3 characteristics: efficient resource utilisation, on-demand deployment and agile service provisioning.
Radio Access Network needs cloudification to realise a new network architecture with full flexibility from topology to resource distribution that can meet the multiple requirements by function virtualisation, cloud based resourcing, and flexible coordination. Multiple connectivity for resource convergence to enable inspiring experiences.Real-time and non-real-time resource layers for balanced distribution and centralisation.
Air interface resources like spectrum,power or channels need sharing schemes between different collocated radio technologies to enable operators to deploy services more flexibly and enhance user experience. Spectrum sharing allows different RATs to use the same spectrum, dynamically allocating spectrum resources based on fluctuations in traffic. This maximises spectral efficiency and helps get new RATs online faster to ensure more immediate coverage. It also prevents legacy terminals from occupying golden spectrum for long periods of time, enabling on-demand access based on service needs.
"This innovative solution will maximise the value of operator key assets, improve the efficiency of air interface, enabling Telefonica to deploy services more flexibly and, of course, enhancing user experience."
The Mobile Network Cloud is going to be fully aligned with Telefónica’s UNICA Virtualisation Program where Huawei will certify his VNFs portfolio and his X.86 hardware product against the UNICA Infrastructure platform.
Enrique Blanco Nadales, Global CTO of Telefónica Group stated that, "We are very glad to work with Huawei on Mobile Network Cloud. This innovation in spectrum share will help Telefonica to continuously improve network capacity and quality experience as a result. Telefonica is committed to MobileNetwork Cloud study and deeply test and also to define which will be the better implementation."
Zhou Yuefeng, CMO of Huawei Wireless Solution stated that, "We are very honoured to have reached this agreement with Telefonica to cooperate on Mobile Network Cloud. This innovative solution will maximise the value of operator key assets, improve the efficiency of air interface, enabling Telefonica to deploy services more flexibly and, of course, enhancing user experience."
The development of the MobileNetwork Cloud requires the joint effort of operators, infrastructure vendors,chipset/terminal manufacturers and other industry partners. Telefónica and Huawei said they will increase the investment in Mobile Network Cloud to accelerate the research, standardisation and commercial deployment. They also appeal to the major companies in the telecom industry to jointly contribute to the development of the full cloudification of wireless network.
Huawei Completes First Commercial Use of Its Butterfly Site, a Rural Mobile Network Solution
Cost-Effective Butterfly Sites Bring Connections to Unconnected Rural Areas
[Shenzhen, China, Feb 13, 2017] Butterfly site solution, a part of Huawei's rural network offering, have seen its first commercial deployment completed in Bangladesh. This solution is ideal for extending network services to vast rural areas where previously no networks were available. The deployment results show that butterfly sites reduced the total cost of ownership (TCO) by approximately 30% compared to traditional three-sector sites, which makes more rural areas afford profits for network coverage.
To improve investment returns in rural areas,Huawei rural network solution addresses a whole set of network constructionissues, including equipment, transmission, construction and power supply. Thebutterfly site downsizes three sectors to two sectors and saves the equipmentand power. Using high-gain antennas with a 90-degree horizontal beam width, abutterfly site can achieve 360-degree coverage with only two sectors, which canchange hexagonal networking structure of a three-sector site to squarenetworking structure and retain the same coverage. Butterflysites bring antennas and RRUs reduction by one third, representing a significantdecrease in deployment costs and power consumption. In particular, lower powerconsumption allows a butterfly site to run on solar energy,ensuring further capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operating expense (OPEX)saving.
Butterfly sites are highly versatile. They can be deployed for spot coverage in isolated villages, continuous coverage in multiple contiguous villages, and hybrid networking with three-sector sites in suburban. A butterfly site supports GSM, UMTS, and concurrent GSM and UMTS services and allows for smooth evolution to LTE.
The biggest issue facing rural mobile network construction lies in low investment return. Both the population density and expenditure on communication services are low in rural areas, meaning that per-site revenues are far lower for operators in rural markets. Weak infrastructure in rural areas, such as unstable power supply and inconvenient transportation, requires additional network construction and maintenance costs.Operators are desperate for innovative rural network solutions to reduce network construction costs and improve investment returns.
The mobile broadband business of Bangladesh is still in its infancy, but both the number of users and traffic volumes are increasing rapidly. Operators are poised to accelerate MMB development in this country to enable mobile broadband (MBB) coverage for the Bangladeshi people. Currently,approximately 70% of the 163 million population lives in rural areas,representing a massive demand for rural network coverage. Huawei provides the butterfly site solution in place of traditional 3-sector site, which brought30% TCO saving and expanded the profitable coverage area by 40% in Dhaka suburban.
"We are pleased that butterfly sites can provide a better economic solution for the construction of rural informatisation in Bangladesh." Yu Xiao, President of Huawei Wireless Network UMTS ProductLine said, "To provide mobile network for everyone and MBB for everyone,we will continue to innovate with operators through comprehensive rural network solutions to improve the return on investment (ROI) on rural networks and help operators to provide universal MBB networks for rural areas."
a basic service, telecom carriers must redefine their networks
By Ryan Ding
The video business is growing faster than anyone could have imagined. In 2016, the number of IPTV users in China doubled to 110 million. And in more than three quarters of China's provinces they have the option of watching IPTV in 4K HD. Last year both YouTube and Facebook launched virtual reality (VR) services. When the Chinese pop star Faye Wong played a concert in December, more than 20 million people streamed it over theInternet or on VR. VR services are now very much part of the online video landscape. At the same time, voice over LTE (VoLTE) is becoming increasingly common, offering users HD video and audio services. Analytics firm IHS predicted that 2.3 billion people, or 80% of LTE users, will have access to VoLTE services by 2021. In addition to home entertainment, 170 million IP cameras will soon be connected to fixed or wireless networks, enhancing public safety by monitoring streets and property worldwide.
For more and more telecom carriers, video is now a basic service. Video services are offered in three use cases:entertainment, communications, and industry. But carriers' networks are fighting to keep pace with fast changes in the nature of the services, user behavior,and the underlying technologies. For example, to ensure a good user experience with 4K HD video or virtual reality, carriers need to deliver gigabit-level downlink speeds, and highly scalable networks. And for industry video, CCTV in particular, the huge numbers of HD and 4K HD cameras in service around the world demand uplink speeds of at least 50 megabit/s.
Networks built for video deliver the best video experience
Early mobile networks were created to carry voice traffic. The needs of voice dictated the 2G and PSTN standards. Later,the needs of data shaped 3G technology and IP networks. Video raises a whole new set of challenges. It demands low latency and high bandwidth; data flows are high, and traffic bursts are frequent. Carriers that make video a basic service must redefine their networks to adapt to the needs of this new medium, optimising them to guarantee the best user experience.
What carriers need first is a low-cost,high-bandwidth network. It must enable gigabit connections to the home, gigabit access via any media, and a stripped-down three-layer architecture.
In addition, there are three other keyareas to consider:
1. End-to-end operations & maintenance.Users are extremely sensitive to the quality of their video experience.Carriers must make the experience that they deliver manageable, predictable,and sustainable. To achieve this, carriers need a standardised system for measuring the quality of the video experience; a smart experience management platform that enables proactive O&M from end to end; and a cross-departmental team dedicated to optimising end-to-end network performance and processes. With these three elements in place, carriers will be able to use their O&M tools and systems to quickly diagnose network issues, and cut the OPEX for their video business.
2. High-bandwidth uplink: Copper and 3G/4G accesstechnologies cannot offer the same bandwidth for both uplink and downlink. Theycannot meet backhaul demands of industry video services. At the present timeFTTH is the primary answer to this problem, but if carriers want to meet allthe different industry needs, they will have to use a broad portfolio of uplinksolutions: 5G Wi-Fi, Sub-6 GHz P2MP Microwave, and eLTE.
3. Scalable networks: Live video broad casts of popular events can drive sudden spikes in video demand which may undermine users' video experience. Under the old approach, expanding network capacity takes weeks. To cope with sudden surges in demand, networks must be able to scale up within seconds, requiring that they have great flexibility incapacity, scheduling, and data traffic control.
Capacity is delivered by an All-Cloud strategy. Network Function Cloudification (NFC) enables carriers to shift their content distribution networks (CDNs), session border controllers (SBCs),storage, computing, and other functions into the cloud. Therefore, they can flexibly scale up network elements and processing to handle the sudden spikes of video services.
and latency needs, and idle network resources can be instantly mobilised to handle bursts of video traffic.
As for data traffic control, traditionalQoS approaches cannot resolve the problem of data congestion when the demandfor the same type of video soars. Networks need the capacity to controlindividual users and their data flows in order to effectively manage trafficand ensure that the users who are connected have a better video experience.
These challenges are only going to continue. Virtual reality, augmented reality, and holograms will become increasingly common, and they will demand even faster networks, with ultra-low latency. Huawei is always innovating in our services and our network solutions. We will help carriers build video networks that are cost-effective, high-bandwidth, and highly scalable, because we want to embrace the video era together with telecom carriers.
Video networks help carriers maintain a competitive edge in the ecosystem
Video services connect diverse content with diverse users, so they are inherently collaborative. They succeed when the ecosystem succeeds. Carriers have a unique strength, because their business is connecting users over ICT networks, but this alone is no guarantee of success. Carriers will need to leverage all their online-to-offline channels and operational strengths to build a bigger video ecosystem. They will have to offer upstream content providers new ways to monetise their content, and offer downstream users the best video experience. The carriers that succeed at this will play a pivotal role in the emerging video ecosystem. They will be the success story of the video era.
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Huawei Redefines Mobile Access
Networks with CloudAIR
Mobile services have changed rapidly over the pastdecades, bringing significant benefits to our lives. Networks providing these servicestransmit data using specific radio access technologies (RATs) across specificspectrum blocks, with specific power levels, via specific channels (antenna). Suchradio technologies and communication elements are tightly coupled, whichinconveniences mobile operators and lowers network efficiency.
Extremely high spectrum costs
Spectrum is the most precious asset for mobile operators in the wireless communication era. To deploy new radio technologies such as 5G, mobile operators must remove certain spectrum blocks from LTE,UMTS, GSM and other existing technologies or buy entirely new spectrum.
The removal of spectrum blocks from existing technologies reduces capacity and degrades user experience.
Waiting for traffic to decrease naturally on existing technologies and releasing more spectrum to accommodate new technologies postpones network deployment, and deprives operators of the opportunity to cultivate high-end mobile users during the market initialisation phase.
The cost to operators of buying more spectrum through spectrum auctions is extremely high. In Canada,Rogers paid 3.29 billion USD for 22 paired spectrum blocks, covering 33.36million people in 2014. In the US, the AWS-3 spectrum auction cost operators44.9 billion USD in 2015. In India, Airtel paid 236.3 million USD for a band 1(2.1 GHz) 5 MHz spectrum, covering 110 million people in 2015. In Thailand,True paid 2.16 billion USD for a 10 MHz paired spectrum in 900 MHz in 2015
Slow deployment of new technologies
When introducing new-generation radio technologies(such as 4G), good network coverage helps operators build a strong brand. This in turn inspires customer loyalty and grows market share.
Unfortunately, it takes most operators 6-7 years to build a network with nation-wide coverage when introducing new technologies. For example, a mobile operator in Germany began deploying LTE in 2011, yet their network is expected to need until 2017to cover more than 95% of the population. In reality, this operator achieved nation-wide GSM coverage by using 900 MHz several years ago. They cannot however deploy LTE on this frequency as the spectrum is still occupied by GSM.
Static resource allocation for changing traffic volume
GSM and LTE usage peak at different times in most net works due to different patterns in voice and packet traffic. Traditional refarming solutions allocate dedicated and static spectrum blocks regardless of the daily changes to voice and packet traffic volume.
For example in China, GSM networks bear the brunt of voice traffic,which peaks just before midday. Packet traffic volume peaks in the evening around 8pm.
Degraded user experience in high-population-density areas
In a traditional network, every site has fixed cell coverage and experience is inconsistent across different locations due to radio signal attenuation. Service tends to be strong at the cell centre and weak at the cell edge. In denser areas, the network experience at the cell edge may suffer further due to radio interference across cells and a complicated radio environment.
In response to these challenges, Huawei introduced the CloudAIR solution at the 7th annual Mobile Broadband Forum in November2016. CloudAIR redefines radio communication with the cloud philosophy tocreate a more efficient network. This solution shares static resource allocation to specific radio technologies to dynamic sharing on demand.
CloudAIR covers 3 technical areas of cloudification: spectrum, power, and channel.
Refarming technology allocates dedicated spectrum to both existing and new radio technologies. Wide-band communication accounts for most types of new technologies designed to be deployed across a defined bandwidth block. For example, LTE bandwidth is designed to support 3 MHz, 5 MHz,and 10 MHz spectrum blocks. Meanwhile the legacy radio technologies such as GSMis defined with 200 KHz carrier bandwidth. If the spectrum vacated from GSM is not sufficient to cover LTE’s defined bandwidth, the spectrum cannot be fully used by re farming technology.
The voice traffic and packet traffic have different patterns, resulting in different peak times for GSM and LTE networks.The static spectrum allocation scheme used by re farming technology can’t accommodate this variety, leading to low spectrum utilisation across the network.
Refarming is widely used across modern networks to deploy multi-RATs in the same frequency band, dividing spectrum blocks into several sub-blocks and assigning every spectrum sub-block to a specific technology. Spectrum cloudification enables multiple RATs to dynamically share the same spectrum in a modern radio network.
By deploying smart scheduling and interference mitigation,these technologies may now share the whole spectrum block (except frequencies used for broadcasting system information).
Spectrum cloudification is designed for most modern radio technologies, including GSM& UMTS co-deployment and GSM & LTE co-deployment. LTE & 5G co-deployment may also benefit from spectrum cloudification in the near future.
Savespectrum investment and accelerate network deployment (one-click for full coverage of RATs)
Spectrum cloudification enables spectrum sharing between new and existing technologies and eliminates the need for dedicated spectrum. By leveraging this aspect of CloudAIR, operators are free to deploy new radio technology without waiting for traffic to decrease and vacate the spectrum.Operators also avoid significantly impacting legacy network capacity, degrading user experience, and buying new spectrum at high cost. New technology can now be deployed at lower cost and coverage can be extended nation-wide in a shorter time.
Expedite5G network deployment
In a future of standardised 5G, spectrum cloudification helps operators deploy 5G more easily by sharing spectrum with other technologies. When they share through spectrum cloudification, both technologies have the same amount of coverage. In other words, operators with nation-wide 800 MHz LTE networks can use spectrum cloudification to ensure equivalent 5G coverage in record time.
Maximize spectrum efficiency
Spectrum cloudification allocates spectrum to different technologies according to traffic volume. When traffic across the GSM network increases, more spectrum will be allocated. While traffic across theGSM network is low, LTE could use more spectrum to provide higher speeds and a better user experience. This on-demand spectrum allocation scheme significantly enhances spectrum efficiency.
SmoothPhasing-out of Legacy Network
The number of GSM mobile users in Europe has been in decline for the past 10 years. Owing to the long-tail phenomena however,remaining users still enjoy notable penetration rates. There are also M2M applications that do not require a high-speed data connection, such as point of sale terminal and cargo tracking devices using GSM connections to enjoy wide coverage.Consequently, mobile operators run a GSM network with high costs and low resource efficiency. The GSM network occupies ‘golden spectrum’ such as 900 MHz, which has good propagation properties and abundant site resources. To guarantee good coverage for the GSM user, such limited ‘golden spectrum’ is unavailable to LTE and other new technologies. This makes it difficult for mobile operators to promote ‘golden spectrum’ and extend their LTE coverage. Without ubiquitous coverage, operators need to pay more in marketing costs to persuade customers to use their new radio technology network.
As a result of on-demand spectrum allocation, ‘golden spectrum’ may support both GSM and LTE, assuring strong coverage across both networks and minimising the side effect of running a GSM network.
Most modern radio networks reduce their TCO byusing SingleRAN solutions. This means that multiple radio technologies aredeployed on the same base station hardware. Resource sharing between multiple carriersand multiple radio technologies is essential. The ability to transmit power is criticalto determining coverage and connection speed.
Mobile operators could use power cloudification toimprove power resource utilization and in turn, network capacity. Differentcarriers and different radio technologies could share transmitting power in thesame physical radio unit. This will make radio technologies transmit more powerto improve network connection speed at the cell edge, which will increase cell throughputas well.
Traditional networks are designed to be network-centric.If users are close to the base station (cell center), they will receive goodservice. Conversely, users at the cell edge receive degraded service due toweak signals. Moreover, cell edges are also known as overlapping coverage areasin that they are designed to receive signals from adjacent cells for handoverpurposes. All signals from adjacent cells interfere with and deteriorate theradio signals from the original cell, degrading user experience.
Channel cloudification aims to transform communicationbetween network and mobile users from network- to user-centricity and offer a no-edgeexperience. Channel cloudification leverages multiple signals received in anoverlapping coverage area to improve communication quality as well as multi-userMIMO technologies to increase network capacity. Meanwhile, channelcloudification schedules which base stations serve as active clusters dependingon dynamic user location. User experience and network capacity is improvedsignificantly in high-density areas such as stadiums and indoor scenarios.
Spectrum cloudification enables dynamic sharing of the same spectrum by multiple RATs in modern radio networks. Compared with refarming, this changes the way operators deploy new wireless technologies at lower cost, shorter time,and wider coverage. Since spectrum cloudification applies to technologies up to5G, areas with 4G coverage now enjoy 5G coverage. Thus, 5G coverage is faster and further.
Power cloudification improves resource utilisation of transmission power. This improves the capacity of networks shared by different carriers and technologies.
Channel cloudification converts the network to a user-centric model for consistently good experience especially in high-density scenarios.
Huawei cooperates with global partners in promoting the CloudAIR solution. In India and Nigeria, Huawei used CloudAIR to co-deploy GSM and UMTS in the same spectrum block. Similarly,CloudAIR was used to co-deploy GSM and LTE in Turkey and Thailand. Channel cloudification has been deployed in China and Japan to improve network performance in highly populated areas.
Fast Acceptance Solution Supporting Efficient Fiber Network Construction
100% Acceptance EnsuringNetwork-wide Project Quality
Since 2013, Europe witnessed a new network construction mode: non-telecom operators build optical distribution networks (ODNs) and open them to different telecom operators. These non-telecom operators are called ODN pipe operators. Compared with traditional telecom operators who build their own networks, these ODN pipe operators achieve higher network utilisation rates. They are responsible for constructing ODNs (including pipes, fibers, and passive devices) only, which generally cover tens of or even hundreds of middle- and large-sized cities. For such a large-scaled network construction, operators need to perform acceptance accurately to ensure the network quality.
Traditional ODN project acceptance is confronted with the following three problems: (1) Construction parties need to check fibers on both sides using the optical power meter and handheld optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR). The acceptance requires cooperation of at least 2 persons, which is complex and inefficient. (2) ODN pipe operators check the acceptance data provided by construction parties.However, because projects are excessively large, acceptance personnel generally perform spot checks instead of checking all fibers. (3) Project acceptance data and line connection information are imported into the system manually, easily causing mistakes. Furthermore, most ODN pipe operators do not have much network maintenance experience and it is hard for them to implement acceptance ideally.Efficiently checking and accepting all fiber network quality is always the biggest headache faced by operators.
To solve the preceding problems, Huawei raises an innovative acceptance solution. By deploying Huawei's line assurance system (N2510 OTDR test system) and installing reflectors at demarcation points, operators can fast check and accept fiber networks.
In the project construction phase, the construction personnel can use the mobile App ("N2510 Field Assistant") to achieve immediate acceptance upon installation. Moreover, ODN pipe operators can monitor on-site project quality and progress anytime. Different from dual-end cooperative acceptance and spot checks, Huawei's new solution improves the acceptance efficiency significantly and supports checks over 100% fibers. Additionally, acceptance results and fiber connection relationships are stored automatically, and files of fiber network project data are created and saved permanently. This information enables fast fault demarcation and locating for future O&M.
The N2510 ODN fiber acceptance solution resolves the problems (including complex operation,low efficiency, and data errors or missing) of traditional acceptance and realises 100% automatic acceptance, ensuring ODN project quality. Simultaneously, this solution greatly shortens the acceptance duration for ODN construction. With Huawei's solution, an ODN pipe operator who builds 100 thousands of GPON links can reduce 50% of acceptance construction personnel, 100% of spot check personnel, and 83% of acceptance time, and rent out fibers in markets at least one year in advance.
From the most basic voice applications to the vast and diverse world of digital multimedia, wireless networks are stimulating tremendous growth in wireless applications. However, as wireless network technology rapidly evolves, what changes will this bring to the industry? What impact will hundreds of thousands of new connections by 2025 have on the world?What applications will emerge with the support of such a powerful network connection capability in the future?
Born for Innovative Wireless Applications
To answer these questions, Huawei launched the X Labs initiative at theGlobal Mobile Broadband Forum in November 2016. X Labs endeavors to gather technology suppliers, partners from vertical industries and other related parties to jointly explore future mobile application scenarios. Huawei aims to build X Labs as a platform for idea exchanges. X Labs will host global communication and cooperation events on a regular basis, including technology application forums, industrial roundtable conferences, and industrial application white paper, to help incubate more cutting-edge ideas. Meanwhile, XLabs will become a centre for cooperation and innovation, transform ideas into projects, and turn concepts into realities. Project partners can leverage XLabs' resources, including advanced telecommunications labs and R&D innovation centres, to simulate future wireless network capabilities, allowing them to work together to develop new solutions.
For more details, visit Huawei X Labs booth in Hall1 and Huawei booth of GSMA Innovation City in Hall 4 at the Mobile WorldCongress 2017.
Precise User Identification toAccelerate Home Broadband Construction
Big Data Analytics to Precisely Identify Valuable HomeBroadband Users
Precise FTTx investments specifically focus on the following three phases:
First, analysing big data to identify valuable users. This includes fully considering customer market and network data, information obtained through web crawling, and data from third parties (such as governments, industries, and OTT providers), and then abstracting valuable data with focus on important indexes such as the location,consumption, competition, development, and inventory.
Second, developing mathematical models and using big data to objectively evaluate the comprehensive value indexes of home broadband communities. Based on these indexes, development goals of home broadband users in different communities can be calculated.
Third, based on current home broadband network coverage, technology selection, and finance models, such as the total cost of operation (TCO) or net present value (NPV) model, considering the technologies related to bandwidth acceleration, new FTTx construction, and fiber-copper synergy in depth. In this way, precise fixed broadband network plans and construction solutions can be delivered for different communities.
Planning Tool to Seek Precise Home Broadband Investments
geographic information system (GIS) and dynamically displays real-time information about live networks. Using this tool, operators are able to calculate community value indexes, set refined development goals, and accurately plan and construct home networks.
Smart CAPEX solution brings many benefits to operators. For example, their sales departments are able to set clear goals for the development of home broadband communities. The network planning and construction departments can work together to make plans and precise investments, greatly shortening the provisioning periods for valuable communities. The network O&M department can use complaint data, churn rate statistics, and heat maps to proactively identify problems related to network coverage, capability, and quality. Additionally, the marketing departments can improve the efficiency of precise marketing among home broadband users through the use of multi-dimensional data.
Year of NB-IoT: Huawei Plans 30 Networks Worldwide
[Barcelona, Spain,Feb. 26, 2017] Huawei has announced that 2017 will be the year of scale commercial rollout for Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) at the annualGSMA Global Mobile IoT Summit, a Mobile World Congress event. With the announcement Huawei also released its NB-IoT Ecosystem Partner List — a document containing information about various industry applications for NB-IoT— and revealed its plans to build 30 commercial NB-IoT networks in 20 countries worldwide by the end of the year.
Huawei's partnerlist compiles a range of market-ready solutions for NB-IoT developed by more than40 partners spanning 20+ industries. The solutions were developed incollaboration with Huawei as part of its innovative NB-IoT Open Lab initiative,in which Huawei gave support on technical aspects of terminal development, suchas antenna selection and battery power saving, conducted performance tests andverifications for wireless terminals, and also provided end-to-end testing.
Smart water, gas,and electricity meters, streetlights, and parking sensors were some of thesolutions to pass these tests which are included in the NB-IoT EcosystemPartner List. Huawei's aim in sharing the document with operators worldwide isto help them identify suitable vertical industry applications for NB-IoT whiledeveloping an ecosystem for the technology locally.
The extensiverange of solutions listed in the document is ideally positioned to accompany NB-IoTinto the scale commercial rollout phase of 2017. NB-IoT adoption is expected inmajor industries such as the water industry.
Huawei forecasts that it will support the deployment of approximately30 networks in 20 countries by the end of the year. NB-IoT emerges as the technology of choice for leading operators around the world.
Huawei had performed NB-IoT tests with 18 operators worldwide by the end of 2016, driving NB-IoT maturity in terms of technology, network rollout, and operation and maintenance.2017 is now in line to be the year of scale commercial NB-IoT. Huawei estimates as many as 50 networks in total around the world by the end of the year including those built by other vendors.
NB-IoT is already usedin the water industry in China, Spain, South Africa, Japan, Australia, andelsewhere. The Melbourne-based water utility South East Water plans tomodernize its water network using the technology, with applications includingsmart meters as well as monitoring systems for pipe networks, water sources,and flood drainage.
Philip Johnson, CFO of South East Water, said“” In the world first, South East Water this week deployed fully integrated NB IoT enabled digital meters at customer locations in our region. The ultrasonic meters, which are fitted with pressure, flow and temperature sensors, have been deployed to meet our specific requirements and are connected to our operational and customer system, transmitting data via existing telecommunication towers. The trial includes meters from three vendors, which we are connecting via operator’s networks, working closely with Huawei.”
Quan Yu, CSO of Huawei Wireless Product Line, said,"After exploring this technology over the last few years, a clear picture has emerged of the place of NB-IoT in the market and the direction in which it is headed. Particularly rapid progress was made in2016, which marked the commercial launch of Huawei device chipsets and network equipment. 2017 will be the year in which the NB-IoT ecosystem development pace will explode and the year of many commercial service launches. Huawei will be a major player in building this ecosystem, which in turn will drive advances in commercial services."
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