Huawei Makes SPIT Headway
The Chinese vendor has developed a prototype of what it calls an Intelligent Optical Distribution Network (iODN) for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments, which, it says, "automates the identification and the collection of optical fiber connections and splitters, ensures that optical faults are correctly located, improves maintenance efficiency, and simplifies and enhances operation and maintenance efficiency." (See Huawei Unveils FTTH Distribution Manager.)
It sounds like a fancy name for an integrated fiber access network inventory management and asset discovery system, which, of course, would be useful. The vendor is showing off the iODN at the Paris event, so we can find out more then. For all the news from that show, check out our special Broadband World Forum show site.
Also this week, Huawei unveiled its Digital Shopping Mall, a hosted service delivery platform that offers unified telecom services, applications, and content, including music, digital books, and games -- an app store on steroids, in a way. Huawei says the Mall, which service providers brand as their own and then offer to their customers, is compatible with a range of mobile devices and operating systems. (See Huawei Opens Digital Mall.)
Having a broad array of physical network equipment is all very well, but it's these sorts of software-based platforms and services that (if they work as advertised) act as the glue between the vendors and the service providers, opening up opportunities for long-term relationships and higher-margin product development and support services. Huawei and its major traditional network equipment rivals all recognize this, which is why professional services, application development, and cloud services enablement are hot topics in the telecom community these days. (See The SPIT Manifesto, NSN Buys Turkish Services Firm, Heavy Reading Sees Managed Services Growth, AlcaLu Opens Ops Hub in India, and AlcaLu Shows Off Its Apps Abs.)
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading