Huawei on Tuesday urged the telecoms industry to foster a spirit of cooperation in order to make network rollout more economically viable.
″Who can afford to build a network?″ asked Kevin Tao, president of Huawei in Western Europe, taking the stage at Broadband World Forum 2012.
In order to cope with growing demand from the predicted 1 billion-plus smart devices that will be in use worldwide by the end of this year, the telecoms industry will have to manage the transformation of the network, said Tao.
He detailed the benefits of the move to an all-IP flat network architecture. ″One platform can solve all the problems,″ he said. ″The network is too complex.″
Like the speaker before him, Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson, Tao said software-defined networking will be vital. ″We want the hardware to be more standardised, industrialised,″ so it can then be defined with software, he said.
The network must be ″stronger and more stable,″ said Tao. At present, ″it doesn't have the sensitivity to feel what things are connected [to it],″ he said. ″We need to change the network to be the troubleshooting, to [be] the precaution system,″ he added.
″[But] who can afford to build so expensive a network?″ The answer, according to Tao, is collaboration.
″Nobody can get it alone,″ he said, calling for cooperation between not just telecoms operators and equipment providers, but also governments and regulators.
″[I'm] quite confident... collaboration will be achieved,″ he concluded.