DUBAI, UAE, Oct. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 9th Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF 2023), David Wang, Executive Director of the Board of Directors of Huawei and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICT Infrastructure delivered a speech titled “UBB5.5G Maximizes Digital Productivity” on the latest developments and best practices in the ultra-wideband industry. During this keynote, he shared his views on the strategic direction ultra-broadband (UBB) is currently taking: upgrading networks, accelerating the widespread application of digital technologies, and maximizing digital productivity.
Deeper application of digital technologies in the real economy is driving productivity increases. This so-called digital productivity is quickly becoming a central driver of growth for the digital economy. Digital technologies such as cloud, artificial intelligence, 5G and UBB are also constantly evolving. Now they are being seen in businesses and homes through new digital services. This has made digital transformation faster for businesses and is bringing better entertainment, smart living and working to the masses. The adoption of these new services is also compounding advances in digital productivity.
Wang said: "Originally, ultra-broadband networks focused on providing connectivity. Then we changed course to pursue a better experience. In the 5.5G era, ultra-broadband will focus on further unleashing the productivity of digital services, to so everyone can access digital services more easily and efficiently, regardless of where they are. This next-generation digital infrastructure will provide ubiquitous 10-gigabit access, ultra-broadband elastic transport, and massive computing power supported by hyperconverged data centers. Digital infrastructure will also enable faster development of the digital economy. Huawei will join hands with customers and industry partners to drive the evolution of F5.5G and Net5.5G, as well as the entire ultra-broadband industry to maximize digital productivity "
Maximizing digital productivity, Wang explained, will require overcoming three critical challenges. First, the industry will need to figure out how to support the enormous computing power needed to provide digital services. Secondly, it must provide guaranteed connectivity services for a large number of simultaneous users. Third, you will need to ensure ubiquitous access and a high-quality experience for anyone, no matter where they are.
He went on to explain the upgrades that productivity-focused ultra-broadband networks will require in the future.
First, ubiquitous access to 10 gigabits could be achieved by accelerating the upgrade of mobile broadband, home broadband, enterprise campus network, and the upgrade of enterprise private line service to 10 Gbps. This would enable ubiquitous 10-gigabit mobile broadband, provide integrated 10-gigabit whole-home home networks, improve 10-gigabit campus connectivity for organizations, and provide high-performance, elastic 10-gigabit private line services. Thanks to these high-quality 10 gigabit connections, digital services will benefit more people and organizations around the world.
Ubiquitous 10-gigabit access would also require converged carrier networks to evolve into high-quality, elastic transport networks. Most metropolitan optical and IP networks would need to support 400G and further evolve to 800G. The backbone networks would also support 400G, with greater transport capacities. End-to-end optical cross-connect (OXC) networks will provide experience assurance for latency-sensitive services. Currently, the acceptable latency for access, metro and national network services is 1 millisecond, 5 milliseconds and 20 milliseconds, respectively.
Additionally, hyperconverged data centers will be needed to fully unleash the computing power of AI. By adopting an advanced hyperconverged architecture, Wang said, data center networks could address the requirements of general-purpose computing, storage, high-performance computing and AI computing. When combined with the 800GE high-speed interconnect, this will significantly increase your return on investment. With explicit congestion notification algorithms and network-scale load balancing algorithms, lossless networks with 85% higher IOPS and AI cluster networks that increase training efficiency by 20% are possible.
Last but not least, large telecommunication models would be needed to make networks more autonomous and give them self-optimizing capabilities. Current networks with high levels of automation and digitalization are expected to soon incorporate new intelligent functions that make them more autonomous. Large telecommunications models can accelerate this process to develop L4 autonomous driving networks (ADNs) that are intent-driven and support human-computer interaction and self-optimization. These models already allow engineers to manage twice as many sets of equipment as before.
Wang emphasized that ultra-broadband is critical infrastructure that will drive digital economic growth. He called on different ecosystem players to work together to provide policy support and accelerate business innovation, product application and ecosystem development. By working together, Wang concluded, the ultra-broadband industry will continue to advance, maximizing digital productivity so that more people and organizations benefit from digital services.
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