Ultra-Broadband Summit, Hong Kong

HONG KONG -- Ultra-Broadband Summit (UBBS) -- Network operators and other communications service providers from all over the Asia-Pacific region have converged on Hong Kong for the first leg of the Ultra-Broadband Summit (UBBS) World Tour to chat about their broadband, cloud, video and fixed-mobile convergence business models and networking strategies.

Light Reading is on hand to find out who is sharing their views and to capture the event in pictures. Click on the shot below to start our slideshow.

Connecting Asia
Huawei's UBB roadshow comes to Hong Kong, home to some of the highest-speed broadband connections on the planet.
Huawei's UBB roadshow comes to Hong Kong, home to some of the highest-speed broadband connections on the planet.

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iainmorris 4/27/2016 | 10:59:37 PM
VR demands HKT reckons VR systems will require bandwidth connections of 586Mbit/s -- about 50 times that needed for full HD TV. And European operators are still questioning the need for fiber-based systems?
[email protected] 4/27/2016 | 11:03:48 PM
Re: VR demands That's a very interesting stat - seems there are still a lot of different views about what sort of network is neeeded for VR (Isn't it the latency that is more important than the bandwidth?).

But the conclusion above all else is that fiber as close to the end point is going to be needed.... the fiber only as far as the street cabinet probbaly won't cut it....
[email protected] 4/27/2016 | 11:05:51 PM
How many generations... SO we have 4.5G on the way to 5G and that will start to give us a Gigabit over mobile connections?

Will there also be a 4.75G as we get closer to 5G?
[email protected] 4/27/2016 | 11:12:16 PM
Video is the driver fro much of this.... It's video all the way as the prime driver for the need for further broadband investments.

Just think about what Facebook live is going to do to 4G.... and WiFi capacity within broadband homes!
[email protected] 4/27/2016 | 11:16:59 PM
FTTY - not such a gimmick Fiber-to-the-yacht may sound like a gimmick but there are many places where a deployment like that could deliver a lot of money to service providers - people who own yachts will pay to have fiber taken to their docking points so they don't have to rely on WiFi signals from dry land...

(NOTE - I do not have a yacht... I am not talking from personal experience...)
mrobuck 4/27/2016 | 11:21:09 PM
Re: FTTY - not such a gimmick The FTTY slide caught my eye as well. It looks like PON to marinas? 
mrobuck 4/27/2016 | 11:27:18 PM
ICT 2020 Iain, did Huawei present its ICT 2020 network architecture framework at this event? That was a big focus at last week's NFV World Congress. Pretty ambitious plan. 
iainmorris 4/27/2016 | 11:40:29 PM
Re: ICT 2020 Not yet, but there are more Huawei presentations scheduled. So far there have been some good presentations from the Portuguese telecom reguator, HKT and Current Analysis offering different perspectives on the challenges around ultra-fast broadband. There is quite a lot of buzz around virtual reality and what that means for broadband.
iainmorris 4/27/2016 | 11:45:36 PM
Bandwidth explosion One thing I'm hearing quite a bit about at Huawei's UBBS event in Hong Kong is virtual reality and what this will mean for companies investing in broadband infrastructure. HKT says you'll need nearly 600Mbit/s to the home to support VR services -- that's about 50 times the requirement for full HD TV -- but it's in a good position, according to executives here, because of the investments it's already made in fiber, which should make the upgrade to even higher-speed offerings relatively straightforward. I have to say this sort of thing really does make you wonder about the situation in Europe and whether operators there are being short-sighted by trying to sweat their copper assets for as long as possible. No doubt there is a lot of hype surrounding virtual reality, but the expiosion we've seen in the use of video services online suggests bandwidth demands are going to continue increasing at a frightening pace. Are some of Europe's incumbents underestimating what they will need to do to get their networks ready?
iainmorris 4/27/2016 | 11:47:43 PM
Re: How many generations... EE in the UK (now a part of BT Group) has talked a bit about trials of 1Gbit/s services over 4G. The issue could be the backhaul, with a need for fiber-to-the-tower connections to support these kinds of speeds. 
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