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Over the last year, Huawei's successes in POL (passive optical LAN) deployments have continued, supporting more than 350 enterprises across hospitality, healthcare, educational, airports, sporting venues, and smart grid verticals around the world. In parallel, Huawei is serving as the catalyst for POL engineering standards in China, under Cheda (China Exploration and Design Association).

Huawei is solving POL's key challenges

Huawei reviewed its POL successes during its April 2019 Analyst Summit in Shenzhen. Last year, Ovum focused on Huawei's support of PON-based networking across China's universities, bringing fiber to classrooms, labs, administrative offices, and dormitories. Huawei is continuing to grow its POL wins both in China and across 50 countries, including Australia's Skytower, Mexico's Original Hotel Group, Spain's SAMPOL Group, China's Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Dubai's Emaar Creek Harbour.

Since POL is not well known among many enterprise equipment vendors and system integrators compared to traditional LANs, Huawei is growing its local and international partnerships, promoting a robust end-to-end ecosystem. Partners include test and measurement vendors, cabling infrastructure vendors, and system integrators.

In addition to partnerships, Huawei is promoting POL standardization in China through Cheda. Participants include design institutes, construction companies, cabling companies, and several vertical industry research groups, such as the China Electric Power Engineering Research and Evaluation Center. The standards cover planning and design, system architecture, device set-up requirements, system security requirements, OLT and ONU design and selection, optical splitter design, and equipment room design, along with debugging and commissioning.

While the POL market is small when compared to the total LAN market, it will grow given its ease of upgradability to support high-quality video and cloud-based virtual reality and its advantages in capex and opex savings in addition to its strengths regarding reliability, redundancy, and security. Ovum expects Huawei to continue to add more wins to its impressive list of POL customers.


Further reading

2019 Trends to Watch: Higher Education, ENV006-000039 (October 2018)

Supporting the Future of Higher Education with Fiber Connectivity, SPT002-000076 (May 2018)

"Huawei leads the FTTx expansion to China's universities," SPT002-000083 (May 2018)

Global Higher Education Technology Spending Through 2022, ENV006-000017 (May 2018)


Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, Service Provider Technology

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