Huawei introduced its global ICT solutions for Internet service providers (ISPs) to support enterprises for the first time in South Africa at the iWeek conference in Durban today.
ISPs today are having to go beyond providing only connectivity. They also need to offer managed services, managed user applications and soon, services around the Internet of Things (IoT).
According to research firm IDC, there are third platform technology markets opportunities that service providers can tap into in order to achieve this. These are predominately cloud, mobility, social and big data analytics technologies.
Aiding these are “innovation accelerators” such as IoT, next gen security, cognitive computing, robotics and 3D printing. IDC predicts that 80% of enterprises services will exist on cloud computing platforms in the next two to three years.
This will bring new challenges to network bandwidth, service provisioning and on-demand adjustment.
To help address the challenges faced by ISPs, Huawei has developed a new ICT architecture that features Cloud-Pipe-Device collaborated solutions to support new business innovation and commercial models. Highlighted solutions include cloud data centres, data centre interconnections (DCI), enterprise leased lines, network access and cloud WiFi, to enable a new cloud and network services ecosystem for ISPs.
The company provides solutions to more than 600 ISPs and data centre service providers around the world.
In the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) market, Huawei has implemented the industry’s first smart aggregation Optical Line Terminal (OLT) with a distributed architecture that supports ultra-broadband and smart capabilities — all on one fibre network.
The architecture is capable of supporting Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (G-PON), XG-PON (10 Gigabit), NG-PON (40 Gigabit) and 100G-PON on one unified platform.
In the telecom sector, Huawei successfully launched the All-in-One Box Internet Protocol Contact Centre (IPCC) solution which provides a single platform that supports voice, firewall, IPS and router functions, as well as Gigabit Ethernet (GE)/3G/LTE/DSL uplinks. The platform has also successfully saved up to 80% in operating expenditure (OPEX); and allows for remote management of services.
“We are committed in partnering with ISPs in South Africa to help enterprises achieve their goals of digital upgrade with agility and intelligence at the core,” says Charlin Zhao, ISP solutions director for the Huawei Enterprise Business Group. “Huawei recognises the challenges brought by the Internet industry and we firmly believe that comprehensive cloudification is the most effective method and technical support that is currently available for enterprises to achieve digital transformation. The Huawei ISP solutions portfolio is not a one product compromise, but an end-to-end solution for ISPs in the cloud era.
“The impact of ICT technologies such as cloud computing, big data, IoT and mobility on industries are increasing. Changes in business models, enterprise IT architecture, and the industry ecosystem are inevitable.”