By Ma Haixu, President of Huawei Core Network Product Line
Today, broad application of smart devices has greatly enhanced the communication experience. Users are no longer merely satisfied with voice and SMS. They are increasingly concentrating on media services such as instant messaging, photo and video sharing, and HD conferencing. OTT players have had the advantage of late, as technological stagnation has made carriers slow to adapt to rapid changes in communication habits. LTE commercialization gives telcos a chance to revolutionize how we communicate and create value once more.
Evolution to 4G will drive network transformation from circuit-switched (CS) to all-IP VoLTE architecture and ultimately to network function virtualization (NFV) to facilitate ICT transformation. This evolutionary process will enhance the user communication experience and enable provision of services such as crystal-clear voice and real-time HD video communication services, as well as sharing- and coordination-based communications. These services will revolutionize communication, help carriers reconnect with users, and create new value. And what's more, with the evolution of 4G, carriers' network architecture and high-quality capabilities can be integrated easily with third-party applications in a wide range of devices and other machines. As a result, carriers can expand services and grow users by opening their network capabilities and building a cross-industry ecosystem, making for innovation of their business models.
Telcos are focused on two 4G evolutionary elements. First, faced with a lengthy and complex evolutionary process, carriers need an E2E solution that includes equipment and network integration services to simplify deployment, facilitate evolution, and make operations more efficient. Second, as carriers already cannot create much of a premium in the basic telco market, how can they profit from 4G evolution? They must open their communication capabilities to third parties so that new services can be developed by partners that serve new markets in the enterprise and vertical arenas. Together with third-party developers, carriers can jointly set up new business models that mesh with the cooperative ecosystem, which is inherently innovative and creative of value.
Huawei is the only ICT vendor that offers a complete set of solutions, from network technology to service integration. In 2014, Huawei won "Best VoLTE Product" and "Most Innovative Virtualized IMS Solution" at the IMS World Forum, and we have been chosen by 25 carriers worldwide for VoLTE deployment. We helped PCCW-HKT commercialize enhanced single-radio voice call continuity (eSRVCC) for the first time anywhere. We also helped Fujian Telecom break into the enterprise and vertical realms through an open communication platform, and we will certainly continue to collaborate with global carriers to change communications and create value through LTE.
President of Huawei Core Network Product Line