Huawei’s F5G: for sustainable Africa Broadband Development

Huawei has underlined its commitment to the F5G (Fix 5G) solution, aimed at spurring the development of broadband in Africa. The announcement was made at the recent SATACONNECT Virtual Expo 2021, held on March 11 – 12, 2021, where the key message delivered to suppliers and buyers was adoption and supplying the Africa region with the open standards, interfaces, and open-source solutions enjoyed by the rest of the world.

ITU’s statistics show that nearly 1 billion households worldwide have no access to fixed broadband. Of the 1 billion households connected to fixed broadband, only 53% have access to optical fiber. In Africa, the situation is even more desperate. According to the World Bank, 45% of Africa’s population is further than 10 km from fiber network infrastructure, which is a higher percentage than on any other continent. F5G can go a long way to plugging those gaps by providing people with high quality, affordable connectivity.

Huawei as an F5G enabler and explorer

Fixed 5G (F5G) has turned the paradigm of Fiber to the Home into Fiber to Everything Everywhere, aiming to extend fiber coverage to every desk, room, base station, machine, and data center. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has also defined three major features of the F5G era: full-fiber connection (FFC), enhanced fixed broadband (eFBB), and guaranteed reliable experience (GRE). This new vision indicates the direction the fixed network industry is taking.

“At Huawei, we believe we can realize the vision of F5G in Africa from three aspects: high bandwidth, inspired experiences, and all-optical connectivity,” says Yang Hongjie, Head of Innovation and Regulatory Affairs, Huawei Southern Africa. “In terms of high bandwidth, the aim is to connect households, buildings, and campuses to progressively faster networks. Ultimately, we want people to have the best possible online experience, no matter where they are”.

Opening a new chapter in fixed networks together

Moving forward, 5G and F5G will complement each other and create synergy to become the foundation of a fully connected, intelligent world.

“Huawei will contribute to developing ETSI’s standards for fixed networks, and we will maintain our strategic investments in fixed networks,” Hongjie adds. “Based on ETSI’s standards, we will promote the commercial use of F5G innovations in the optical transport and optical access domains. We will continue to explore new use cases to drive a thriving fixed network industry and make greater contributions to the industry.

“We invite all global players across the fixed network industry to join the F5G industry ecosystem and embrace the F5G era. Together, we will realize our shared vision of fiber to everything, everywhere”.


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