Huawei Powers NFV Commercial Deployment into the Fast Lane

As leading equipment supplier, Huawei leverages its experience and knowledge spanning years in the telecommunications and IT fields to create industry-leading NFV solutions that will power widespread, rapid NFV commercial deployment.

Huawei has launched NFV commercial deployment and POC test with more than 100 operators globally, and signed more than 50 commercial contracts so far. In 2015, Huawei signed the contract with telecom operators such as Personal Argentina and XL Indonesia, which will help the operators to transform their mobile packet core networks to NFV based architecture. In 2016, Huawei will continue to push forward the NFV commercialization with world top operators.

The reason why Huawei got impressive market progress in the past few years is its continuous resources investment and quality solutions. Huawei NFV solution’s competitive edge contains the following three aspects.

Design and development to carrier-class standards

From a telco's commercial perspective, fast and efficient business requires elastic resource utilization. Software reconstruction and corresponding infrastructure design need to meet carrier-grade service level agreements. Huawei's cloud-based NFV solution enables efficient business processing and scalable content distribution. It also provides middleware for data centers to give customers flexible deployment capabilities. Each module has its own backup mechanism in the cloud-based architecture, featuring over 99.999% reliability.

From a telco's performance perspective, IT clouds tend to focus on computing and storage resources, while telecommunications networks are more concerned with data forwarding and matching network resources. This difference means that telecommunications clouds must address common x86 migration issues to avoid potential performance degradation. Huawei has developed software to upgrade forwarding capability and hardware using industry acceleration methods to meet the needs of carrier services. Combined with in-depth optimization software, Huawei has increased forwarding performance of traditional x86 ten-fold. Demands of services requiring forwarding capabilities are also met with IPSEC (Internet Protocol Security ), SA(service awareness ), and firewall dedicated-daughter cards.

Mature NFV integration and O&M capabilities

On a traditional network, operators are mainly concerned about issues of integrating devices from different vendors and performing joint O&M on them. The situation gets more complex in the NFV era where software is decoupled from the hardware. Operators must also consider how to deal with the coexistence of NFV and traditional devices with increased vendor participation. 

In early 2015, Huawei announced the establishment of its industry-leading NFV Open Lab in Xi'an to boost multi-vendor integration and verification capabilities. Many mainstream vendors and operators, including VMware, RedHat, and WindRiver, are regular users of this lab. This lab embodies Huawei's determination in joint service innovation with customers, partners, and industry organizations. Huawei hopes to construct an ecosystem with the entire industry through win-win cooperation. 

With its layered architecture, a cloudified network comprises multi-vendor devices in a variety of combinations. Performing O&M on such a network is incredibly challenging. Drawing from its in-depth understanding of telecom services and decades of experience, Huawei has proposed a solution that provides quick integration, pre-verification, and O&M automation for cloudified networks. Value features such as cross-layer troubleshooting and self-healing greatly simplify routine maintenance for operators.

Building an open ecosystem with MBB interconnections and capability exposure platform 

Future business innovation on NFV-based networks needs support from an open interconnected ecosystem, which can attract application developers from various vertical markets to add value to mobile users. Open Mobile Foundry (OMF) is Huawei's platform for third-party application providers to rapidly deploy a diversity of such services. Meanwhile operators can also open location, QoS, billing, and other network capabilities to OTT players using APIs and contribute to this open Internet ecosystem.

China Mobile Guangdong is one such operator. Having deployed the Huawei OMF solution and launched its Sponsored Data service, China Mobile Guangdong has created a business module where mobile traffic is paid for by OTT providers instead of end users. It also offers mobile gaming acceleration services for Tencent Game, a mobile game service provider. British operator SKY has also deployed OMF-based video and web optimization.