Huawei to invest $4 billion in fixed broadband R&D in next three years


Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, said it would invest more than $4 billion in fixed broadband technology research and development (R&D) in the next three years, reports Reuters.


HUAWEI which has been busy making smartphones is now focusing on the fixed broadband. With the emerging ultraHD technology of 4K powering Television, given rising consumer demand for data-hungry applications; HUAWEI is aiming for providing the bandwidth required. Huawei, which has shifted its focus to the mobile device market in recent years, said in a statement on Thursday that

fixed broadband – the pipes connecting homes and offices – remained a “key direction for strategic investment.”

The company said it would research on basic technologies like photonics used in fiber optic and also research software-defined networking.

Fixed broadband has largely been overshadowed by the runaway growth of mobile broadband, which has grown 20 per cent this year in worldwide users, according to a UN report this week.

While Huawei plans to spend billions on fixed broadband technology, this does not mean the company is ignoring the potential profit in mobile technology. In August last year, the company revealed plans to be at the forefront of 5G connectivity — through engaging in collaborative projects with other industry leaders in order to lay down the foundation for 5G technology.

Originally a maker of fixed-line switches, Huawei rode the wave of mobile telecoms growth worldwide during the 2000s to become a global force, winning contracts to build cell networks for carriers around the world. In 2012 the company overtook Ericsson to become the world’s leading telecoms equipment maker. – Reuters.