Huawei says that it will work with Philippines national carrier PLDT to use existing copper lines to deploy the company's SuperVector technology to deliver bandwidth of up to 300 Mbps, and G.fast networks for up to 800 Mbps.
PLDT owns more than 70% of fixed broadband market share in the Philippines. In light of the development of social media software, 4K video, and virtual reality (VR), PLDT plans to release new digital services, such as pay TV and smart home security, which will impose higher network capability standards.
According to Huawei, PLDT also intends to offer 5 million users bandwidth of at least 100 Mbps and offer 800 Mbps premium broadband services in more than 100 high-end buildings by 2018.
Huawei says it will evaluate the carrier's network-wide copper lines to advance PLDT's digital society goals. Huawei's evaluation report demonstrates basic line information about network-wide ports and forecasts attainable bandwidth after broadband acceleration at original sites or after site migration.
"Huawei's evaluation on network-wide copper lines helps us identify bottlenecks that hinder copper broadband acceleration," said Czar Lopez, PLDT's assistant vice president for access network planning and engineering. "In addition, we jointly set up pilot projects regarding cutting-edge copper line technologies—G.fast and SuperVector. These projects have strengthened our confidence towards copper broadband acceleration and fast delivery."
Huawei is providing end-to-end systems based on segmented scenarios to enhance user experience, and support PLDT's imperative broadband development goals. Additionally, the Chinese systems house is offering G.fast systems to deliver services to small enterprises and what it described as "VIP home users." The technology enables a single device to deliver bandwidth of up to 800 Mbps for 96 users concurrently.
Huawei also will supply SuperVector devices that deliver as much as 300 Mbps for high-end home users; the devices are compatible with current DSL terminals to facilitate an upgrade that is undetectable to users. The company says it also can offer vectoring devices in original cross-connecting boxes or fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) sites to reduce project delivery completion time as well, while delivering100 Mbps bandwidth tobasic home users.
Huawei has commercially deployed SuperVector and G.fast series products in the UK, Switzerland, Italy, and other countries. In 2016, German network operator M-net contracted Huawei to assume sole responsibility for the second phase of a gigabit broadband network deployment that includes the use of G.fast (see "M-net to deploy G.fast in FTTB applications in Germany"). In July of this year, Huawei announced plans to jointly deploy the first G.fast network in the Middle East with Omantel (see "Omantel to deploy Huawei's G.fast systems").
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