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Issue 44(11/2008)

Let us COMMUNICATE beyond technology and together understand the latest industry trends, analyze successful cases, find out about leading technologies and much more.
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Tao Jingwen, President of Huawei Global Technical Sales Department: Network transformation and new technologies have touched every network layer. Given the sweeping nature of nascent and potential applications, networks are becoming endowed with the prowess to transform the fundamental aspects of the way we live.

Voices from Operators

Vodacom is a Pan-African cellular communications company providing a world class GSM service to more than 34.6 million customers in South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho and Mozambique. Vodacom’s South African GSM and 3G networks cover more than 98% of the population.

How can a former incumbent and leading player keep its position in the highly competitive market? Huawei Communicate has met Mr. Lars Nyberg, President and CEO of TeliaSonera to find out. In this interview he elaborates on business migration, market exploration and management change, as well as his expectation on vendors like Huawei.

Cover Story

Thanks to MegaFon's 3G mobile broadband Internet service, customers were able to receive a live feed from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, an umimaginable feat just 2 years ago.

MegaFon is a cutting-edge operator who has given Russian mobile subscribers a variety of innovative solutions. It outpaced competitors in 2007 to be the first to cover all of Russia's licensed territories with 2G networks and, by October of that year, stood out as the only operator to have commercially deployed a domestic 3G network.

Main Topic

Traditional WDM devices can no longer effectively handle transport, grooming, and management of large-bandwidth IP services. A new generation of Tbit/s WDM devices are coming on to bolster the IP backbone.

Routers are major IP network devices. The security, availability, and reliability of routers are critical to many operational aspects. To construct IP networks that can carry multiple services, innovative routers need to be developed to do the job.

The increasing prevalence of 3G services imposes huge bandwidth burdens on backbone networks. The number of global 3G subscribers currently exceeds 0.7 billion and it is predicted that the number of global IPTV users will reach 50 million by 2011. In face of these pressures, sustainability in telecommunications has arrived in the shape of 40G.

How to Operate

As the China's ancient capital for thirteen dynasties, Xi'an has always been the hub that connects the central plains to the provinces in the western part of China historically. Today, it is no different.

While the BBC's iPlayer service has been warmly welcomed by both its subscribers and the BBC, operators have had the opposite reaction.


Networks have now entered the ultra broadband era, but all is not rosy. Does increasing bandwidth mean increasing power consumption exponentially? Will operating costs be prohibitive due to soaring energy prices? We spoke with Daniel Tang, Vice President of Huawei Network Product Line, to find the answers.

Now is the time for the inception of 40G transmission. Is 40G transmission ready for large-scale commercialization? Find out for more in this interview with Zhang Chengliang, Deputy General Engineer of Beijing Research Institute of China Telecom, and Cai Changtian, President of Huawei Transport Network Product Line.


The recent spike in network traffic due to video and web applications, like streaming media, video chat, online games, P2P downloads, even podcasting, has stressed existing network capacity. Will the Internet backbone become a sluggish bottleneck? Could it collapse under the volume of traffic?

The IP backbone is the core network node and requires carrier-class network maintenance. How to enhance its operation and maintenance efficiency amid increasing bandwidth demands? Find out why unified NMS is the right one to meet the challenge.

Backbone network development is facing major challenges such as QoS guarantee, increasing pressure on core routers, flexible transport of largegranularity services, and environmental protection. Meet and beat these challenges, operators can modernize and streamline their operations.

Leading Edge

Independent development of IP and optical layers in the backbone network increases backbone router capacity, complexity, power consumption and costs. Unified intelligent control plane technology can integrate the two layers to realize unified dispatching, thus reducing the burden on backbone routers and lowering service carrying costs.