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Broadband for All

According to the World Bank, a 10% increase in broadband penetration boosts average GDP by 1.3% and job creation by up to 3%. However, 6 billion people lack access to high speed Internet and 3.8 billion have no Internet access at all.

Huawei works with customers to offer end-to-end solutions, so broadband networks can continue to expand and close these gaps. Our solutions include submarine networks, backhaul networks, backbone networks, fixed networks, and mobile networks, as well as the software that enables them all. Their primary value is to increase the efficiency of network operation and maintenance, make broadband deployment faster, fully leverage existing network and public assets to unleash site potential, and maximize spectrum efficiency.

These solutions are already delivering tangible benefits for carriers in emerging markets. CloudAIR spectrum cloudification technology has helped maximize spectrum efficiency in India and Thailand. Unlike traditional spectrum sharing solutions, CloudAIR offers spectrum cloudification to allow different radio access technologies (RATs) to dynamically share spectrum resources. This solution enables faster deployment of 3G and 4G networks and unleashes pent-up demand for network services.

In Mongolia, the Philippines, South Africa, and Sri Lanka, wireless to the x (WTTx) has provided the most cost-effective home broadband services available. Over the course of a single year, broadband connections are provided for 10% and 5% of households in Mongolia and Morocco respectively.

Mobile phones still provide the main form of Internet access in developing countries. Affordable, high-quality devices are critical infrastructure and we provide a wide range of products at different prices for all types of users. In 2017, we shipped over 153 million phones. We also worked to extend battery life which is essential in many places without convenient access to power supplies.

WTTx Makes Broadband Affordable for All

Huawei's WTTx broadband solution allows for wide network coverage and fast deployment, helping carriers shorten their network deployment time and reduce network construction costs. WTTx reduces costs by 60% relative to that of fixed broadband networks. It doesn't require digging, trenching, or pole installations. Short time-to-market is another hallmark of WTTx, especially for mobile carriers. Launching WTTx typically only takes a few months. This helps resolve last mile access issues encountered using traditional fixed-line solutions in both densely populated urban centers, and sparsely populated rural areas.

ITU statistics show that 148 countries around the globe have proposed national broadband strategies to enhance broadband penetration rates and Internet experiences. Many carriers in sub-Saharan Africa consider WTTx a top priority. They provided WTTx broadband access to over one million households in 2017. WTTx enabled connectivity can potentially be 75% cheaper and rolled out 90% faster than fixed-line deployments, cutting the payback period for carriers to less than two years.

In developed countries, wired broadband penetration rates are high; however, suburbs often lack wired broadband networks due to feasibility and cost. Other users may also need a boost in broadband speeds. As a result, governments there also encourage carriers to provide WTTx in suburbs to promote universal access services and improve user experience. Huawei has deployed WTTx in Japan, Australia, Europe, and North America.

Huawei is focused on meeting the ITU's Connect 2020 target of ensuring 50% of households in the developing world are able to access the Internet by 2020. The global success of our innovative WTTx solution has helped our customers expand their networks in a profitable way. We believe this technology is expected to play a key role in meeting the ITU's target.

New Partnerships to Make Use of Existing Infrastructure

Huawei works with industry partners in completely new ways, shortening the payback period for carriers and driving further investment in network construction. Huawei helps carriers use existing infrastructure to build site ecosystems and work with partners to improve infrastructure collaboration. In 2017, Huawei helped establish over 30 site alliances to help carriers maximize the efficiency of their investment in infrastructure. Some examples are shown in Figure 4.

Connecting Africa and the World

Connecting people in Africa remains a top priority. Huawei Marine Networks, in partnership with 20 carriers, has helped construct eight marine cable systems and upgrade two existing systems in Africa to provide better international data access for 15 countries. To date, Huawei Marine Networks has deployed 6,000 km of marine cable between Cameroon and Brazil that has improved international connectivity for a huge number of people.

In 2016, Huawei Marine Networks announced the successful delivery of the Avassa submarine cable system. The new system improves connectivity for approximately one million people on the Comoros islands, located on the east coast of Africa. The new 260 km submarine cable will improve on the existing microwave technology that has carried the majority of inter-island capacity, but due to its low speed and limited capacity was no longer sufficient to support the island's growing economy. This new high-speed, large-capacity submarine system will help support local economic development and provide local businesses and residents with an improved user experience.

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