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Kenya’s Safaricom Goes With Huawei For Deployment of FTTH Network

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Kenya’s Safaricom Goes With Huawei For Deployment of FTTH Network

Kenya’s Safaricom will be working with Huawei for the deployment of Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The service provider will deploy Huawei’s end-to-end (E2E) FTTH solution to expand its capability to new home broadband services.

Kenya’s fixed broadband penetration rate is less than 1% and is unable to meet the growing requirements of home and enterprise customers. Safaricom wants to change this by developing a robust FTTH network. The service provider faces many challenges, including high cost of setting up network and scattered user distribution.

For precise investment, based on the idea of value-oriented network construction, Safaricom uses analytics to determine network rollout in line with customer demand as its first step. And then, Safaricom deploys Huawei’s E2E FTTH solution to achieve efficient network construction and operation, says the press release issued by the company.

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. 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.

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

Thibuad Rerolle, Safaricom’s Director said, “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.”

Jeff Wang, President of Huawei’s Access Network Product Line, said, “Emerging markets place strong demands on FTTH network services. The top challenge that operators face is shortening the ROI period. To solve this challenge, Huawei released the E2E FTTH solution. It features precise investment, fast network construction, quick service provisioning, and efficient O&M, enabling operators to greatly shorten the ROI period and achieve business success.”

Broadband networks are the foundations for a smart society. Huawei, a world-leading ultra broadband (UBB) network solution provider, is committed to providing innovative future-oriented solutions for operators in the long term. To date, Huawei has provided UBB access services for 500 million home users around the world. In the future, Huawei will continue to work with global operators and industry partners to drive the sustainable development of the UBB industry and build a better connected world.

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