NETX2025: GUIDE TO THE FUTURE NETWORK FOR WIN-WIN BUSINESS SUCCESS
Society is ushering into a fully connected, intelligent world. The ICT industry has entered a new cycle of development, accelerating digital transformation. ICT infrastructure has also become the digital foundation for the digital economy and national development of Asia-Pacific countries. Especially in the post-pandemic era, with the large-scale deployment of new technologies, it is changing the way of life and production while facilitating digital transformation services.
Operators need to plan future target networks to cope with new business challenges and build differentiated competitiveness advantages.
How can operators cope with new business challenges, build differentiated competitive advantages, and seize new opportunities in the future? Huawei and operators should work together to shift the focus of target network planning from traffic-centric to service-centric to achieve business success.
Operators are in a unique position to provide high-quality connections through 5G and private lines, as well as boast abundant DC resources and reliable collaboration with government and industrial customers. This will enable them to fulfill diverse digital transformation requirements from government and industrial customers and develop comprehensive application ecosystems.
In addition, by utilizing excellent steering capabilities of network connections, they can expand the cooperation with OTT industry chains and leverage cloud-network synergy to encourage enterprises to migrate to cloud platforms, improving user experience, and while user experience is reliant on cloud, background networks are the key pillars that enable the improvement. Therefore, differentiated E2E network connections will always be key to the competition in the future.
However, operators need to actively practice and explore to build their differentiated competitiveness advantages. As capabilities are developed in practice, improving operators' capabilities in terms of delivery, O&M, and marketing will allow them to seize opportunities and quickly achieve a positive business cycle. This can increase their competitiveness and ensure they gain a bigger market share in turn. Our planning model for B2C services should transform from traffic-driven to experience-driven. Regarding B2B services, we should more carefully consider how to address uncertain needs. Planning based on target networks should focus on providing the optimal industry application experience.
Operators' Future Target Network: GUIDE
From the perspectives of business success and technological capabilities, we believe that the target network must have five characteristics: Gigabit Anywhere, Ultra-Automation, Intelligent Multi-Cloud Connection, Differentiated Experience, and Environment Harmony. These five key characteristics are abbreviated as “GUIDE”.
G: Gigabit Anywhere is essential for target networks to provide digital services to users. Gigabit networks are the foundation which a company, a city, and even a country's economy can grow upon. Gigabit connectivity is the most fundamental requirement for manufacturing applications like VR and AR, industrial camera, and production data collection.
U: Ultra-Automation is essential for target networks with intelligent O&M. With 5G massive deployment and more operators launching industry digitalization services, the scale and complexity of networks are increasing exponentially. Operators must enable ultra-automation by adopting big data and intelligent technologies. Operator networks can create greater value by intelligently automating complex tasks and simplifying human work.
I: Intelligent Multi-Cloud Connection creates a target network platform for service aggregation. After years of development, cloud technology has evolved from traditional IT to cloud computing, and then to cloud native. The digital transformation of enterprises has driven IT systems to become cloud-based, and multi-cloud connection is now essential to meet requirements for cost control, service reliability, and multi-cloud disaster recovery. These changes have driven new requirements for intelligent multi-cloud connection and brought new opportunities for operators to develop cloud-network convergence services.
D: Differentiated Experience is the key to allowing target networks to facilitate business success. The essence of user experience is business, and the essence of business is monetization. More and more practices have proven that differentiated experience can create a premium. For example, in the enterprise and government market, stock exchanges are willing to pay 10 times the rent for a 1-ms lower network latency. For operators, differentiated experience means providing both best-effort experience and deterministic experience. Good experience can satisfy users' personal needs and differentiated experience is where operators gain new value.
E: Environment Harmony is the target network's commitment to social responsibilities, and is part of the sustainable development strategy of leading operators worldwide. Operators must continuously innovate products and technologies to save energy, reduce emissions, and develop a circular economy. They should also drive industry players to cooperate in order to build a low-carbon society by enabling green connections, services, O&M, and applications through innovations in equipment, power, network deployment, data centers, operations, and applications.
Through business exploration and technological innovation, Huawei continuously work together with operators to plan target networks and win future business.
At CommunicAsia 2021, we also released the NetX2025 Target Network Technical White Paper to the Asia Pacific region. We hope to continue work together with operators to plan the target networks and meet future challenges through business exploration and technology innovation, as well as helping operators in achieving a win-win future business success.