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Huawei Releases New Flagship ONT EchoLife K5 Pro to Deliver Premium Home Wi-Fi Experience

Mar 18, 2019

[Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 18, 2019] At the FTTH Conference 2019, Huawei released its new flagship GPON ONT, the Huawei EchoLife K5 Pro, which complies with the latest TR-398 Wi-Fi performance test standard released by the Broadband Forum (BBF). This flagship device delivers a carrier-class Wi-Fi service to users, providing a smooth, high-speed Wi-Fi experience, full coverage in homes and the ultimate ultra-HD video experience.

In large apartments and houses, although the access bandwidth can be as high as 100 Mbps, common Wi-Fi devices are unable to provide whole-home coverage. This results in poor performance and service experience, especially as new services such as 4K/8K video, online games, and IoT become more popular. Existing home networks struggle to realize the high-speed experience required in many home network service scenarios.

Statistics from OVUM show that 30–60 percent of experience complaints are related to Wi-Fi. Smooth Wi-Fi experience has become a key feature of premium broadband services. Experience bottlenecks slow the growth of operators' broadband revenue. Operators must therefore shift their focus from bandwidth to user experience, and building premium Wi-Fi is the key.

The EchoLife K5 Pro, Huawei's flagship GPON ONT, is designed to resolve many of the issues found on Wi-Fi networks for smooth playback of 4K videos, such as signal conflicts, severe interference, poor coverage, and low throughput, which negatively affect home user experience. With Huawei's EchoLife K5 Pro ONT, operators are able to build home Wi-Fi networks that deliver premium Wi-Fi and ultimate 4K/8K video experience.

Huawei EchoLife K5 Pro ONT

Delivering a smooth, high-speed Wi-Fi experience, the EchoLife K5 Pro ONT meets the BBF TR-398 performance test standard, with an air interface rate up to 2180 Mbps. It leverages the beamforming technology to improve Wi-Fi coverage by up to 25 percent, and automatically selects the optimal Wi-Fi frequency band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) to ensure a carrier-class Wi-Fi experience with strong anti-interference for multiple users in one residence. In addition, the ONT achieves smooth playback of 4K videos on multiple TVs over Wi-Fi — even if the packet loss rate reaches near 1 percent — thanks to an optimization algorithm designed to address severe interference.

With the EchoLife K5 Pro ONT, users can realize ubiquitous high-speed broadband experience throughout their homes. The ONT supports the PremiumWi-Fi solution to form a mesh network with edge ONT products and flexibly extend Wi-Fi coverage, facilitating whole-home Wi-Fi coverage in areas where signals from a single ONT cannot reach. This solution integrates the Wi-Fi cloud O&M management system to support real-time Wi-Fi performance visibility and help operators detect Wi-Fi faults with one click, reducing home visits by 30 percent and significantly lowering O&M costs.

The EchoLife K5 Pro ONT also supports gigabit high-speed access and high-fidelity voice, providing ultra-gigabit broadband access for bandwidth-hungry services such as home video, entertainment, and games.

The Huawei EchoLife K5 Pro fully supports GPON FTTH network deployment, helping operators deliver a premium home Wi-Fi experience. To date, Huawei's fixed network terminal products in its Transmission & Access Product Line have been widely used in more than 100 countries and regions, with global shipments exceeding 380 million units. Thanks to continuous innovation, Huawei has taken the lead in both the GPON and 10G PON era to help operators succeed in the home broadband market.