Huawei launches industry's first Liquid OTN Optical transport solution


Following the release of the Intelligent OptiX Network strategy in 2019, Huawei has launched what it claims to be the world's first Liquid OTN optical transport solution, AirPON optical access solution, and embedded AI (eAI) ONT optical terminal products.

This comprehensively upgrades the Intelligent OptiX Network strategy with ubiquitous optical connections, bringing a premium experience to home, enterprise, and industry users in the 5G era. 

Kevin Huang, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei's Transmission & Access Network Product Line, explained that, "Network innovation are shifting from bandwidth-driven to experience-driven. Therefore, our innovation will focus on connectivity, bandwidth, and latency to bring unparalleled experience for users and enable the business success of operators, enterprises, and industries.

Building user experience-centric next-generation network infrastructure is a shared goal among global operators, enterprises, and industries. Fiber has inherent advantages in energy efficiency, transmission bandwidth, and low latency. Kevin Huang, pointed out that, "By using the innovative Huawei OptiXtrans, OptiXaccess, and OptiXstar products, Huawei aims to build ubiquitous optical connections and lay a solid foundation to provide an outstanding experience for end users. Today, the Liquid OTN, AirPON and eAI ONT products and solutions will greatly enhance Intelligent OptiX Network to provide premium experience to every person, home and organisation." 

Liquid OTN: Industry's First Small-Granularity OTN Optical Transport Solution

Liquid OTN adopts Huawei OptiXtrans products and is the world's first all-service optical transport solution. It has the following three key capabilities:

Ubiquitous all-optical connectivity: Liquid OTN introduces OSUflex containers to support flexible bandwidth definition. Furthermore, network hard slices can achieve a fine granularity of 2 Mbit/s, improving the number of supported connections by 500 times.

Hitless bandwidth adjustment: The solution supports hitless bandwidth adjustment from 2 Mbit/s to 100 Gbit/s, ensuring zero service interruption and full use of network resources.

Ultra-low transport latency: Liquid OTN significantly flattens the network transport layers, provides differentiated latency levels, and reduces per-site latency by 70% to reach the microsecond level, adapting to different delay-sensitive scenarios.

Liquid OTN will be an engine for the optical transport networks from physical transport networks to service transmission networks, supporting operators, enterprises, and industries in building experience-centric transmission networks. Furthermore, Liquid OTN technology will promote the prosperity of the global optical network industry and achieve the balanced development of industry and business innovation."

AirPON: Industry's First Optical Access Solution for Fixed Mobile Convergence

The AirPON solution comprises the blade OLT, the Digital QuickODN (DQ ODN) in Huawei's OptiXaccess portfolios, and Huawei's OptiXstar home terminals. It helps mobile operators quickly develop high-quality gigabit fiber broadband services. This solution has the following advantages:

  1. The AirPON solution achieves “0” site acquisition. The solution uses millions of existing mobile stations to shorten the fiber access distance from 5 km to less than 1 km, significantly improving network construction efficiency and reducing the CAPEX by 27%.

  2. The AirPON solution supports end-to-end ODN visualisation to achieve accurate resource management and fault locating, as well as fast service provisioning, reducing the ODN sunk cost by 20%.

  3. DQ ODN-based end-to-end pre-connections improve the construction efficiency by 70%.

eAI ONT: Industry's First ONT that Intelligently Identifies Service Types

As the industry's first ONT product with embedded AI, Huawei eAI ONT can intelligently identify the service types. Innovative Wi-Fi 6 slicing and intelligent power adjustment technologies half the latency of some services, increasing the ARPU of home users. In addition, the product adopts the APM intelligent sleep mechanism, which reduces the overall power consumption by 20% compared with other vendors. Currently, Thailand's 3BB project has adopted Huawei's eAI ONT, helping 3BB build a home broadband network that offers the best gaming experience.

Kevin Huang said, "Liquid OTN will enable the convergence of transport and access networks. The end-to-end optical connectivity ensures ultra-high bandwidth and ultra-low latency. This will help operators and enterprises build networks with guaranteed good experience to achieve business success in home and enterprise scenarios."

“Kevin Huang, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei's Transmission & Access Network Product Line, spoke at the Huawei products and solutions launch in London.”

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