Digital transformation is now inevitable if telecom operators are to remain relevant and competitive in a constantly changing digital world. However, digital transformation requires a strong digital business ecosystem to help navigate the road from rigid legacy business systems to a digital-first environment.
Many operators have struggled to innovate their business models, but to thrive in this new era they need a radical shift to a value-driven business model - one that offers customers a Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social (ROADS) experience.
Huawei is helping operators drive business-model innovation and place digital transformation at the heart of their operations to provide a rich digital experience for their end users. Huawei advocates an All Cloud Strategy to cultivate a healthy digital business ecosystem. Huawei believes that without an All Cloud network, operators will be challenged to achieve the digital maturity required to succeed in the digital era.
The cloud enables transformation to a more dynamic and on-demand business model, helping operators deliver high-quality user experiences while accommodating rapid expansion and room to experiment with emerging technologies. However, ‘cloudification’ isn’t without its challenges and operators need to address three major areas on their All Cloud journey:1. Multi-vendor integration
The product interface standards between different vendors will differ widely, and overcoming this marks the first step on the path to ‘cloudification’.2. Seamless network migration
Smooth migration from an existing network to a new, targeted network is vital to ensure the business continues to operate seamlessly during the process.3. Smart digital transformation
Customers expect operators to deploy the latest technologies for a better user experience. A key concern for operators is how to implement a smart transformation in a short timeframe.
The case studies below demonstrate how Huawei’s consulting and system integration services capabilities have enabled operators to overcome key challenges in these areas. Huawei’s interconnected facilities across four Cloud Open Labs provide purpose-built pre-integration and pre-verification solutions in a multi-vendor environment to support network migration to the cloud.Huawei Cloud Open Labs has completed the integration and certification of more than 70 industry partners covering SDN, NFV, Cloud DC and IoT domain etc. and provided pre-verification support to more than 1,100 ICT projects around the world. The labs also collaborate with many open-source communities, including OPNFV, OpenStack, and ONAP, establishing an open innovative ecosystem for a distributed, multi-vendor, multi-layer and cross-domain network environment. Based on knowledge gained through many verification, sharing and optimization projects with open-source communities, Huawei has developed new automated test models and professional services, such as Testing-as-a-Service, to speed testing and verification of services for operators.
Huawei Cloud Open Labs Case Studies
Huawei Cloud Open Labs focus on the following key capabilities to create deliverable solution capabilities and help customers achieve business success:
1. Quick integration: Cloud Open Labs provide a professional integration certification system that builds and promotes testing standards, and is based on a multi-vendor environment.
Inter-operation and interconnection test between third-party and Huawei products: to ensure compatibility so that operators can use both product functions without running into problems
End-to-end integration verification test between the third-party and Huawei products: to provide operators with efficient joint solutions
Joint test between Huawei and a third party on the application’s functionality and reliability: to open the API capacity of Huawei products so the third-party can effectively use their ICT capacity
Ooredoo’s UNIFY strategy is centered on driving ICT transformation to deliver a digital customer experience through simple and agile IT. As part of the strategy, it aims to deliver any service that consumer and business customers want, to anywhere within days at a competitive price. In addition to providing network-based applications, Ooredoo wanted the network to manage new and advanced services, such as high-definition VoLTE and Internet of Things (IoT) etc.
Ooredoo also wanted to implement leading-edge NFV technology via a multi-vendor approach including Huawei, VMware, HP and Cisco in projects across Qatar, with Huawei as the Prime System Integrator (PSI). Integrating a range of services and solutions from different vendors involved inherent complexities and unique challenges. The primary challenge of the project was the end-to-end (E2E) integration and delivery of third-party NFV infrastructures, including installation and testing. The entire E2E NFV solution included technologies from VMware with new customized features and functionality, posing further integration challenges for Huawei.
2. Smooth evolution: Cloud Open Labs simulate live networks to verify targeted network architectures and ensure a smooth digital transformation.
China Telecom wanted to establish an agile, on-demand intelligent network while reducing operational costs, improving network openness, and driving business innovation and competitiveness through its entire network architecture.
There were two fundamental changes that China Telecom network architecture reconstruction required:
1. Transforming from a reactive network model to a more proactive, faster and flexible network model to support fast-changing internet applications.
2. Moving network resource deployment from hierarchical structures, based on administrative regions, to brand new networks based on China Telecom’s data centers
Huawei Cloud Open Labs and China Telecom Network Restructuring OpenLab worked together through MV integration testing and verifications. The key joint innovations included:
3. Enabling innovation: Huawei adopts the DevOps’ α + β model and uses its capabilities to facilitate faster incubation of new services between partners.
These industry successes have gained widespread recognition, winning several industry awards for their contributions to cloud development. At the SDN/NFV World Congress, Huawei Cloud Open Labs won the ‘Best Validation/Certification Program’ award in the Ecosystem & Partnership category in October 2017. It’s collaboration with UK EE won the Informa 2017’s ‘Most Successful Deployment of NFV’ Award, and the partnership with China Telecom's Network Restructuring OpenLab also received a commendation for its ‘Telecom Transformation’.
These industry examples demonstrate that Huawei Cloud Open Labs are improving the capabilities of the new digital ecosystem, helping businesses on their digital transformation journey to take advantage of new possibilities.
“The Huawei Cloud Open Labs are designed to support operators’ network evolution and operation transformation,” says Xun Su, Vice President of Global Technical Services, Huawei. “We believe that by continually investing in R&D, expertise and innovative offerings to the telecom industry, Huawei Cloud Open Labs will grow and transform as a Lab-as-an-Ecosystem model in the future, attracting more industry partners to join in the deployment of a more open and agile digital transformation environment.”