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XL Axiata Partners with Huawei to Build Southeast Asia's First 5G Ready Simplified Transport Network

Feb 27, 2019

[Barcelona, Spain, February 27, 2019] During Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, PT XL Axiata Tbk partnered with Huawei to announce the joint construction of the Southeast Asia's first 5G Ready simplified transport network. This network will cover the whole country to fully support XL Axiata's expansion in individual, home, and enterprise services, provide ultimate service experience for end users, and accelerate the digital transformation process of enterprises.

XL Axiata is a leading mobile telecommunications service operator in Indonesia. It has extensive network and service coverage in Indonesia and provides data, voice, SMS, and other value-added services for individual, home, and enterprise users. XL Axiata is committed to becoming the most popular data communication provider and has proposed the 3R (Revamp, Rise & Reinvent) strategy to provide rich content services for users and bring digital services to every Indonesian family and enterprise by building a new business model with data services as the core. To accelerate transformation into an all-service operator, Indonesia XL Axiata is promoting unified planning and construction of the entire transport network and building a simplified 5G Ready network to enhance its leading position in the 5G era.

From right to left: Richard Jin, President of Huawei Transmission & Access Product Line; Ms. Yessie Dianty Yosetya, CTO of XL Axiata; Kevin Huang, CMO of Huawei Transmission & Access Product Line

Ms. Yessie Dianty Yosetya, CTO of XL Axiata, said, "We are reconstructing the transport network to provide Fixed Mobile Convergence businesses. Huawei's solution supports the construction of a high-bandwidth, low-latency, and simplified transport network, which effectively matches our strategic goal for network simplification. We are confident that this solution will provide optimal network experience for all customers across Indonesia and help them better enjoy digital life."

Richard Jin, President of Huawei Transmission & Access Product Line, said, "We are glad to work with XL Axiata to build this future-oriented all-optical transport network. This is an important milestone in the global commercial use of Optical Networking 2.0. In the future, we will cooperate with XL Axiata to achieve more innovations, continuously improve its network O&M efficiency, and build an all-optical transport network centered on user experience, enabling XL Axiata to seize strategic opportunities in the 5G era."

Under this backdrop, XL Axiata has applied Huawei's Optical Networking 2.0 solution to significantly simplify network architecture and build a simplified transport network oriented to the Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) and 5G era. This solution uses the industry's first OXC (all-optical cross-connect) device to build a 3D-mesh backbone network and enable one-hop connection between sites to implement fast end-to-end service provisioning. It also promotes the extension of optical networks to end nodes on the network and builds a simplified 5G Ready metro network based on the industry's highest-integration MS-OTN product and industry's first 6-mode-in-1 MA5800 optical access platform.

The end-to-end all-optical integrated service transport network helps XL Axiata effectively address the challenges of 10-times bandwidth, 1/10 latency, 100-times network connections, and 10-times network complexity in the 5G era, making XL Axiata evolve toward an all-service operator. In addition, this network will provide more innovative services such as Cloud VR, 4K live broadcast, and premium private line for users, and propel the digital transformation of enterprise customers. MWC 2019 runs from February 25 to 28 in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei is showcasing its products and solutions at booth 1H50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1, booth 3I30 in Hall 3, the Innovation City zone in Hall 4, and booths 7C21 and 7C31 in Hall 7. For more information, please visit www.huawei.com/mwc2019/.