Huawei this week introduced its X-Haul 5G bearer solution. The network equipment giant will be demonstrating it at the Ultra-Broadband Forum (News - Alert) in Hangzhou, China, on Oct. 18 and 19.
This solution supports backhaul and fronthaul applications with IP, ITN, and microwave connectivity. It allows for a smooth evolution between 4G and 5G environments. And it delivers central orchestration through the Network Cloud Engine; supports EVPN, OSP-TE, and Segment routing; and employs Flexible Ethernet technology for end-to-end network slicing.
(Speaking of 5G and Ethernet, Huawei (News - Alert) last year at the ITU-T 2020 FG Workshop and Demo Day was talking about its X-Ethernet technology for 5G bearer networks).
This week’s Huawei X-Haul announcement featured an array of specific product announcements. That included:
- a 50GH/100GH adaptive network slicing router for backhaul in densely populated areas,
- a 5G-ready microwave solution for applications in which optical cables are not used,
- a 100G outdoor WDM device for fronthaul use cases, and
- support for one or mulitple frequency bands.
Network operators around the world – even some in the U.S. – continue to hand over their business to the Chinese company. It has happened with enterprise and carrier wireline networks. Huawei was among the leading infrastructure providers for 3G and 4G networks. Huawei will be a global power player in 5G as well.
Huawei has been doing 5G work with a variety of service providers, including BT, China Mobile, M1, NTT (News - Alert) DoCoMo, Optus, StarHub, and Telus. Huawei also has been staging 5G workshops for network operators in India.
But Huawei’s dominance is not just expanding on the network side. It’s happening with devices too. AT&T reportedly plans to offer a Huawei smartphone in the U.S. next year.
In August, ZDNet published a report saying “Huawei’s global carrier trials on 5G network technology, as well as its continuing investment in research and development, will put it in a “unique” position to implement new technologies into its consumer devices….”
Edited by Alicia Young