Huawei has announced it will invest $4bn into the research and development of fixed broadband technologies over the next three years in order to ensure networks can cope with ever-rising data demands.
The Chinese telecom giant revealed the plans at its annual Ultra Broadband Forum event in London. Huawei Products and Solutions president Ryan Ding explained that Huawei was putting the funding forward as new services such as 4K TV and 5G networks would place more strain on fibre networks in the years ahead.
“Huawei recognises fixed broadband as a key direction for strategic investment and will continue to increase the scale of investment in related technologies, core products and solutions,” he said.
“Our investment will further develop technological advances, help customers increase their competitiveness and decrease overall operating costs."
The funding will focus on improving fixed network components ranging from chips and silicon photonics to algorithms used to manage traffic delivery. New fibre technologies including all-optical networks and improved deployment methods will also be investigated.
The rise of data on fixed networks is likely to increase manifold over the coming years, with more and more devices coming online. The Internet of Things will also be a key cause of this, with machines ranging from cars to smart meters all predicted to come online. The forthcoming 5G network is seen as a key part of this growth.
The UK government is already exploring the possibilities of this, with digital minister Ed Vaizey speaking at the Huawei event on Wednesday, saying it was vital the UK was at the forefront of the IOT technology wave.
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