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Huawei's Richard Jin Proposes "FIBERS" Concept for Industrial Digitalization


[Barcelona, Spain, March 2, 2022] At the Mobile World Congress 2022 (MWC 2022), Richard Jin, Vice President of Huawei and President of the Optical Business Product Line, delivered a keynote speech titled "Green Intelligent OptiX Network, Lighting Up the Way to Industrial Digitalization". In the speech, Richard proposed the "FIBERS" concept for industrial digitalization and released the Green Intelligent OptiX Network for enterprises.

Richard Jin, Vice President of Huawei and President of the Optical Business Product Line, presenting at MWC Barcelona 2022

Richard Jin, Vice President of Huawei and President of the Optical Business Product Line delivering a keynote speech

"The efficiency and quality of connectivity determine the success of industrial digitalization," said Richard Jin. "As such, it is recommended that planning and construction be conducted in advance. Huawei's Green Intelligent OptiX Network will build the 'FIBERS' network infrastructure, lighting up the way to industrial digitalization."

Optical fibers are greener than copper cables. Richard Jin pointed out that optical fibers are easy to obtain, have a long lifespan, and do not generate any heat loss. With such advantages, optical fiber communication can effectively help enterprises reduce power consumption, save energy, and reduce carbon emissions, achieving low-carbon and sustainable development.

To enable digital transformation, connections must adhere to the “FIBERS” concept, which refers to the new connectivity requirements of various industries. Based on technical innovations and industrial digitalization practices, Richard Jin uses “FIBERS” to interpret the six key requirements on connections: saFe, Intelligent, Ultra-Broadband, Efficient, Reliable, and Simple.

  • SaFe: In special industry scenarios such as coal mines, connections must satisfy performance requirements while ensuring that underground network devices and cables are intrinsically safe by eliminating electric sparks.
  • Intelligent: This is now a major trend of connection development. Intelligent software can be used to implement cross-device and cross-product collaboration for greatly improved overall system performance and service innovation. For example, optical networks collaborate with storage systems to achieve zero data loss. And with the help of intelligent sensing algorithms, optical fibers can be used to implement unattended inspection of oil and gas pipelines.
  • Ultra Broadband: For the application of innovative technologies, such as cloud, big data, AR, and VR, ultra-broadband is considered as a basic connection requirement. As global data center traffic doubles every two years, only ultra-broadband Data Center Interconnect (DCI) systems can meet the increasing bandwidth requirements of customers such as banks.
  • Efficient: To enable digital transformation, connectivity must be highly efficient. In scenarios such as smart intersection reconstruction and new factory network construction, efficiency directly determines deployment experience. And in scenarios such as ports where remote machine control is implemented, deterministic ultra-low latency connections enable the control center to perform real-time operations on remote machinery, improving service efficiency.
  • Reliable: Key services must be guaranteed. In industries that are deeply intertwined with national interests and people's livelihood, such as electric power and transportation, service reliability is closely related to power supply and transportation safety. Therefore, connections must ensure the end-to-end physical isolation and high reliability of core services.
  • Simple: This is the basis for intelligent O&M. In scenarios such as smart campus, the access of countless terminals increases the network scale and pressure on O&M. Given this, the network architecture and O&M must be simplified to make O&M easier and improve operation efficiency.

Huawei released the Green Intelligent OptiX Network to enable industrial digitalization. At MWC 2022, Huawei launched five innovative scenario-based solutions — FTTO(Fiber To The Office), FTTM(Fiber To The Machine), Single OptiX, DC OptiX, and Sensing OptiX — which fully incorporate the green and “FIBERS” concepts to empower industrial digitalization.