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Turning Shenzhen into a smart city

Huawei and China Telecom plan to deliver gigabit connectivity to homes in Shenzhen

Chinese ICT services provider Huawei and China Telecom Corporation signed a cooperation framework agreement to deliver gigabit connectivity to homes and communities in Shenzhen to lay the foundation for creating a smart city. 

The two companies plan to transform Shenzhen into a “Gigaband City” delivering 1,000 Mbps connections with all-optical networks, paving the way for the creation of a smart city.

Shenzhen is the first city in China to propose a “Gigaband City” using large-scale deployment of Next- Generation Optical Line Terminals (NG OLTs) and Next-Generation Passive Optical Networks (NG PONs) to deliver 100% gigabit coverage for communities and gigabit access to 900,000 homes.

The framework agreement between the two Chinese firms covers a five-year period.

The Gigaband network will offer residential users better service experience for new Internet applications such as 4K video and Virtual Reality (VR) films and TV programs. It will also provide governments and enterprises with service solutions, such as Passive Optical LANs (POL), Gigaband hotels, and “Optical + Cloud” applications, Huawei said.

“China Telecom Shenzhen is dedicated to accelerating Shenzhen’s broadband network capabilities and together with Huawei we aim to rapidly transform into an ultrafast landscape. This will enable Shenzhen to keep pace with consumer demand for new Internet applications such as ultra-broadband (UBB) video, VR and AR, Gigaband campus, and smart homes. We believe a Gigaband city will also foster digital economy innovation in Shenzhen and establish Shenzhen as an oasis for inventors,” said Li Pengfei, General Manager of China Telecom (Shenzhen).

“The growing demand for 4K video, VR, smart homes, internet of things (IoT), and cloud services is driving the emergence of a new Gigaband era. By collaborating with China Telecom (Shenzhen) to transform Shenzhen into a Smart City, we will help Shenzhen become an enabler of infinite innovation, and a society embracing new applications, business models and industries,” Zeng Xingyun, VP of Huawei’s Fixed Network Product Line, said.

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