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October 21, 2016 13:00 ET

Openserve and Huawei Join Forces for Seven-Fold Increase in Fibre Network Provision across South Africa

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwired - Oct 21, 2016) -  Openserve, Africa's largest integrated communications company, and Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, have jointly announced the successful deployment of a high-speed fibre packet and optical transport network. This will enable Openserve to respond to the exponential growth in demand for data services across South Africa, with trial results indicating a seven-fold increase in the speed of fibre deployment.

The network will support 8Tbps per fibre, with one pair of fibre supporting 400 000 families with 20Mbps bandwidth per family concurrently. It uses a future-oriented Software Defined Networking (SDN) architecture based on IP and optical synergy. The core network deployment started in Gauteng and is currently being rolled out nationally.

Openserve is currently in the process finalisation phase before implementation and is investigating future services which would also use SDN architecture.

"Openserve insisted on this architecture, when we began designing our packet and optical transport network in 2014," said Alphonzo Samuels, CEO of Openserve. "With the quick service provisioning and smart management that SDN brings, we can quickly develop more innovative services to meet various customer requirements, improving our competitive position in South Africa's telecom market. The successful deployment of the packet and optical transport network will be the first step in reconstructing our network architecture in the future. I am proud of my team and look forward to further successes in follow-up cooperation with Huawei."

David Wang, President of Huawei Network Solutions, said "We are honored to provide Openserve with our leading SDN based transport solution, which includes high speed optical system and high capacity routers. With the introduction of an agile SDN controller, a "brain of network" and "machine to machine communication mechanism" instead of existing traditional service operation processes, Huawei's SDN based IP and Optical Synergy solution shortens the end to end service provisioning time from weeks to minutes. It enables Openserve new business models including BOD(Broadband on Demand), Flexible Service Chain, Virtual Data Center etc. Huawei will continue to improve its innovative SDN solutions, helping Openserve achieve greater business success."

Openserve will continue to collaborate in SDN Innovation, from transport network to cloud service, in order to meet the challenges of a digital future.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei's 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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