Safaricom Adopts Huawei’s Fiber-to-the-Home Solution in its Network

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Safaricom has adopted Huawei’s end-to-end (E2E) fiber to the home (FTTH) solution to expand its capability to new home broadband services in Kenya.

As it enters the home broadband market, Safaricom faces challenges including scattered user distribution, high network construction costs and low early phase service provisioning rates and revenues.

“By using Huawei’s E2E FTTH solution, we can quickly build the FTTH network. We are keen to broaden the development space for new fixed broadband services,” Safaricom Director Thibuad Rerolle.

Huawei is a leading ultra broadband (UBB) network solution provider which provides innovative future-oriented solutions for operators in the long term with the belief that broadband services are the foundations for a smart society.

Jeff Wang, President of Huawei’s Access Network Product Line highlighted the strong demands emerging markets place on FTTH network services. The top challenge, however, is shortening the ROI period.

Huawei released the E2E FTTH solution that features precise investment, fast network construction, quick service provisioning, and efficient O&M to solve this challenge.

It enables operators to greatly shorten the ROI period and achieve business success.

Safaricom will use analytics to determine network rollout in line with customer demand and then deploy Huawei’s E2E FTTH solution to achieve efficient network construction and operation.

For fast network construction, through infrastructure synergy and engineering innovation, Safaricom can fully utilize existing metropolitan area network (MAN) optical cables and preferentially use aerial cables, Huawei says.

Through the synergy of fixed broadband optical distribution networks (ODNs) and mobile backhaul networks, Safaricom can deploy mini optical line terminals (OLTs) and wireless base stations in the same cabinet, realizing fast deployment and centralized home access, and greatly decreasing network construction costs.

Huawei’s lightweight mini operations support system (OSS) will help Safaricom to reduce the system integration period and complete deployment within only three months, down from 18 months, in terms of efficient operation.

Huawei also provides a smartphone App that integrates installation, maintenance, and operations, supporting on-site service provisioning and acceptance, shortening service provisioning period from two weeks to less than 48 hours, and doubling installation rates.

It has provided UBB access services for 500 million home users around the world to date.


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