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Huawei Envisions SoftCOM as End-to-End ICT Network Architecture

By Ashok Bindra October 17, 2013

Despite advances in technology, modern networking infrastructure designs have not kept pace with ever-growing requirements of telecom operators struggling to keep up with the increasing demand for bandwidth and personalized services. Telecom equipment supplier Huawei believes that these challenges can be addressed by holistically reshaping the way operators manage their network and operations. In essence, streamlining the basic  architecture to simplify the entire networking process.

Toward that goal, the telecom equipment giant has developed SoftCOM, a cloud-based systematic future network architecture that leverages the power of SDN and enhances telecom operators’ competitiveness by transforming network, operations and business. According to Huawei, the four key elements of SoftCOM are Equipment-Level Cloud-Lization, Network-Level Cloud-Lization, IT System Cloud-Lization, and Internetized Operation.

Huawei recently showcased a number of SoftCOM solutions, which were jointly developed with the world’s leading carriers. In Huawei’s words, these solutions mark the beginning of a new phase in the commercial exploration of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Amongst the highlight of SoftCOM solution was the company’s SDN-based Gi service LAN and NFV-based Cloud IMS solutions. Based on the SDN concept and technology, Huawei has developed a brand new Gi service LAN solution that can support a unified control platform to enable flexible configuration of service paths based on service type, user type and access network type, among other on-demand service paths in different dimensions.

In addition to saving approximately 40 percent Gi service unit expansion cost as compared with the original serial structure, the solution is also expected to significantly reduce maintenance cost and the cost of new service configuration. Thus, cutting the OPEX of Gi service LAN by 25 percent, said Huawei.

Furthermore, Huawei's SDN-based Gi service LAN solution can also be deployed quickly through a smooth upgrade on existing systems, creating commercial value in a short period of time. Huawei claims that in cooperation with many major carriers, it has achieved excellent performance during tests.

In a statement, Huawei’s chief strategy and marketing officer Jeffery Gao, said, "As a leader and a key contributor to the SDN standards body, Huawei will continue to work with major carriers around the world to explore commercial values of SoftCOM and drive technological innovations, promoting the development of IT-based networks and standardization of the IT system in order to build an open ecosystem." He further added, "SoftCOM solutions will help carriers explore new business fields and business models, securing a place for them at top of the value chain in the era of ICT.”

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

NFVZone Contributor

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