The road to intelligent connectivity

2020.07.29 By Wangtao, Executive Director of the Board, Chairman of the Investment Review Board
Wang Tao

The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the value of telecommunications infrastructure in a way that we've never seen before, with big data platforms, high bandwidth, low latency, and elastic capacity all proving essential to keeping society functioning and helping to fight the virus.

After businesses got back up and running in China, for example, network traffic quickly increased by 70 percent in 46 percent of the nation's data centers. In Europe, Italy’s lockdown saw subscriber call minutes shoot up by 50 percent, while data traffic from WFH and online education increased fourfold and fivefold, respectively.

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) asserts that the crisis has shown the importance of full connectivity and will in turn influence its work over the coming years.

At the same time, more nations are prioritizing the Industrial Internet to drive manufacturing and foster emerging industries. On April 23, 2020, the China Alliance of Industrial Internet (AII) released nine white papers, setting out eight major directions: Industrial Internet top-level design, campus, network, identifier resolution, edge computing, information modeling, industrial intelligence, and digital twin.

From the perspectives of macro policy, technical readiness, and network architecture standards, the Industrial Internet is maturing and creating new requirements for connectivity. These requirements center on quality (differentiated services and assurance capabilities in bandwidth, latency, jitter, and availability), elasticity (scalable connection resources), synergy (cloud-network synergy and connection-computing power synergy), and automation (agile delivery, online operations, and automated O&M).

Diverse scenarios and complex networks will become the new normal. Huawei believes that the connectivity domain requires a complete upgrade guided by the convergence of connection technologies, big data, and AI.

Driven by technology and business, Huawei will work with customers and partners to target the four major requirements of quality, elasticity, synergy, and automation. Together we will build full-scenario smart connectivity networks for consumers, homes, and enterprises, harnessing 5G, F5G, intelligent IP, and autonomous driving networks.