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Huawei Launches the Industry's First 4T Router Line Card for Ultra-High Bandwidth Backbone Networks

Mar 02, 2017

[Barcelona, Spain, March 2, 2017] At the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Huawei unveiled the industry's first 4T router line card, delivering the industry's highest density 100GE interface interconnection; and Huawei's NE9000 backbone router which can reach a capacity of 80T, to support ultra-high bandwidth demands. The NE9000 supports Huawei's CloudBackbone solution, enabling higher capacity and efficiency for core nodes and data center interconnection (DCI), which helps operators address data flow challenges in the cloud era.

The rapid rise of new services and applications such as high definition (HD) video services in the cloud era has created new challenges for operators' backbone networks. As more consumers and enterprises use HD video services, network traffic has grown rapidly, and existing network devices are struggling to meet operators' long-term service development requirements. In addition, future backbone networks will be DC-centric, and service cloudification will result in traffic between data centers (DCs) becoming more complex and dynamic, which means networks need to support on-demand changes. With the need to improve network capacity and increase device power consumption, new challenges are emerging such as overcoming network deployment issues and controlling escalating O&M costs.

The new Huawei 4T router line cards use the latest Solar5.0 network processing chip design, to deliver the industry's highest density 100GE interface interconnection, which helps operators to construct flattened backbone networks. Also, because the NE9000 supports 400GE interfaces, end-to-end 400GE links can be jointly implemented with transport devices, simplifying network topology and improving data transmission efficiency. The NE9000 can reach a capacity of 80T, allowing it to support 2 million concurrent online users streaming 4K videos, thereby satisfying customer network bandwidth requirements for the next 5-10 years to protect operators' network investments. In addition, the NE9000 uses energy-saving technologies with a single device only consuming 0.4W/G, just half of that of competitor products. Therefore, the NE9000 is able to effectively meet backbone network device energy efficiency requirements in the cloud era.

As a key component of Huawei’s CloudBackbone solution, NE9000 cooperates with Network Cloud Engine to achieve centralized control, and detect real-time traffic changes on the network. This helps operators to implement smart adjustment of their networks, improving network efficiency. The NE9000 can be divided into multiple virtual devices to implement unified bearing of multiple services to reduce the necessary number of network nodes, which in turn reduces network construction costs. Additionally, service isolation is also achieved through virtualization technology, increasing network security and reliability.

Gai Gang, president of Huawei's Router & Carrier IP Product Line, said: "Huawei's 4T router line cards make the NE9000 the most integrated in the industry, allowing operators to effectively meet requirements for capacity and flexible cloud service bearing. Moving forward, Huawei will further accelerate innovation into advanced routing technology, and continue to help operators achieve long-term, sustainable network development and business success in the cloud era."

The 2017 Mobile World Congress takes place in Barcelona, Spain from February 27 until March 2. Huawei's exhibition area is located at Fira Gran Via hall 1 area 1J50, hall 3 area 3I30, and hall 4's innovation city exhibition area. For more information, please visit: