Huawei has launched the 4.5G-based and 5G-oriented eLTE-DSA (eLTE Discrete Spectrum Aggregation) solution for commercial use.
The system is meant to help power companies build the “last mile” of the neural network for power grids.
The Kenya Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd. (KETRACO) becomes the latest to join this venture where its transmission network will become the backbone for fast speed internet solutions provided by Huawei.
KETRACO Chairman Eng James Rege said: “Kenya’s power transmission network is expanding rapidly. With the fast development of digitization and the need for business monetisation, there is an exponential growth in demand for backbone bearing network bandwidth.”
He added that electric power companies need a bandwidth solution that caters to long-term growth evolution and flexibility in capacity expansion.
According to Rege, Huawei’s OSN 1800 V, not only supports immense bandwidth and MS-OTN features but it is a one-stop solution for complex power transmission and transformation.
“A next-generation smart grid universal transport flagship solution, it also innovatively integrates multiple functions such as the WDM, MPLS-TP, SDH, and PCM. With the release of new equipment, I am even more confident about Huawei’s innovative capabilities in the optical transmission field and our future cooperation,” he added.
To date, Huawei’s fully-connected grid solution has been implemented by 13 of the world’s top 20 power companies and has been widely used in 73 countries worldwide. This serves more than 190 electric power customers, including State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), E.ON in Germany and ENEL in Italy.
An increasing number of electric power companies are leveraging their rich network resources to explore new services.
Apart from the original production and operation services, a broad array of value-added services are flooding communications networks.
In Kenya, ISP Zuku uses Kenya Power’s grid to supply internet to consumers.
With KETRACO joining the fray, it means that broadband connectivity in the country can only get better in a country where the appetite is yet to be satisfied especially in the rural areas.
At the CIGRE exhibition in Paris on Tuesday, Huawei provided a comprehensive analysis of the key factors of power communications network construction.
These key factors include power transmission and transformation service bearing, backbone communications capability building, network infrastructure resource monetization, and a continuous profit-making business model.
Huawei also officially released the next-generation Universal Transport Solution for smart grids.
The rapid expansion of the global power grid is driving a spike in the construction of power transmission and transformation networks that have greater requirements for more types of service and higher bandwidth.
Traditional low-speed services such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and relay protection will continue to exist for a long time, providing high levels of security.
Against this backdrop, it is essential to ensure the ongoing high reliability of the power transmission and transformation network.
To help electric power companies develop simple, future-oriented networks with continuous value growth, Huawei Next-Generation Universal Transport Solution integrates OTN, SDH, packet, PCM, and other technologies based on the MS-OTN architecture.
A single wavelength can reach 100 Gbit/s or 200 Gbit/s, and a pair of optical fibres can achieve an ultra-large bandwidth of 20 TB.
This enables power transmission bearer networks to allow unified access to multiple services from backbone networks and access devices, simplifying networks and unifying devices.
This solution meets the bandwidth requirements of smart grid informatisation and digitisation and revitalizes network infrastructure resources for continuous business value growth.