Fifth-Generation fixed network boosting the gigabit Industry

Fifth-Generation fixed network boosting the gigabit Industry
2019 Broadband World Forum Gigaband Industry Summit sees operators and analysts discuss what is next for the fifth-generation fixed network
Published: 15 October 2019 - 12:13 p.m.
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), Wi-Fi Alliance, analyst firm Ovum, and multiple mainstream operators around the world held intense discussions on how to leverage the fifth-generation fixed network to promote the global gigabit ecosystem, at the 2019 Broadband World Forum Gigaband Industry Summit,

In the keynote speech at the summit, David Boswarthick, director new technologies of ETSI, said, "Looking back on the development history of fixed networks, we have experienced the 64 kbps narrowband era represented by PSTN/ISDN, 2 Mbps era represented by ADSL, 20 Mbps era represented by VDSL, and 100 Mbps era represented by GPON/EPON. Currently, we are entering the fifth-generation Gigabit era [1–5 Gbps] represented by 10G PON. With effective collaboration with wireless technologies such as 5G, Gigabit fiber networks are providing a flexible and high-performance connectivity network for the Telecom Industry as well as opening up exciting new opportunities in numerous vertical industries.”

Compared with previous generations, the Fifth-Generation Fixed Network features full-fibre connection, ultra-high bandwidth, and ultimate experience. Fibres will connect not only homes, but also more vertical industries such as enterprises, transportation, security, and campuses. Symmetric Gigabit and Wi-Fi 6 will further upgrade network capabilities. End-to-end network latency will become lower and more stable, and operators will shift from traffic-centric operation to experience-centric operation.

Besides, mainstream European and Latin-American operators from Switzerland, France, Paraguay and Turkey, also shared their successful experience in building gigabit FTTH networks.

Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst of Ovum, said, “More than two hundred operators in the world have released gigabit services, and twenty operators have released 10G services. 10G PON has become a basic technology for gigabit networks. In the next five years, it is estimated that the compound growth rate of 10G PON OLT ports in the central office will reach 41%, and that of 10G PON ONTs will reach 124 per cent.”

Huawei provides the SingleFAN Pro solution to efficiently provide multiple services under various scenarios, bringing the three values of new blue ocean, new capabilities, and new experience to operators. To date, Huawei has delivered 1.5 million 10G PON ports, and helped more than 80 operators around the world to achieve large-scale FTTH deployment.

"We cannot agree more with industry organisations, analysts, and operators on their ideas about the fifth-generation fixed network and Gigabit era. They have drawn a blueprint for the global fixed broadband development. Huawei is dedicated to working with industry partners to promote the Fifth-Generation Fixed Network; to extend full-fiber coverage to each room, desktop, and machine; and to share the trillion-dollar blue ocean across the industry chain,” Jeffery Zhou, president of Huawei Access Network, said.

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