To accelerate the often time-consuming process of constructing broadband networks and expediting returns on investment, Huawei on Thursday released FastReach, a solution designed to help providers more rapidly build networks and reduce deployment costs by up to 70%.
FastReach also helps operators quickly establish operation environments, thereby increasing the installation rate for residential broadband and shortening the timeframe required to earn ROI, according to Huawei.
The solution allows operators to create deployment synergies for broadband networks and power facilities to generate fast fiber routing; maximize and reuse infrastructure resources by deploying mini optical line terminals (OLTs) and wireless base stations in one cabinet or site, and perform acceptance via smartphone apps without meters. This enables providers to create smart, automatic and fast acceptance for optical distribution networks (ODNs), Huawei said.
FastReach focuses on three components: Mini operations support system (OSS), number provisioning map and an app for integrated installation and operation and maintenance.
Huawei's announcement comes at a time when many city, state and national governments are looking at ways to reduce the time and expense of fiber rollouts. The United States, for example, is toying with a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure investment and AT&T recently began deploying the FirstNet broadband network for first responders around the country. New York Chief Technology Officer Miguel Gamino is spearheading an ambitious project to bring broadband to connect the approximately one fifth of New York residents who are current un- or under-served, he told UBB2020.
But regions without extensive infrastructure already in place also struggle with fiber deployments, said Guo Dazheng, general manager of Huawei's Network SingleOSS Domain, in the release.
"The biggest obstacle hindering the development of emerging markets is excessively low broadband ROI. We believe that by supporting fast network construction and fast operation, Huawei's FastReach solution can help operators develop their broadband user base rapidly and increase installation rates effectively," Dazheng said. "Therefore, operators are able to shorten ROI periods and construct valuable networks."
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