Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, plans to invest more than US$4 billion in fixed broadband technology research and development (R&D) in the next three years.
Huawei, which has shifted its focus to the mobile device market in recent years, said fixed broadband — the pipes used to transmit high-speed data to homes and offices — remains a “key direction for strategic investment”, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing a statement from the company.
The Shenzhen-based company said R&D would focus on basic technologies such as photonics used in fiber optic cables as well as software-defined networking.
Huawei said investing in fixed broadband technology will be important given the rise of high-resolution video technology, which powers 4K television sets as well as commercial big data operations that also consume significant bandwidth.
Fixed broadband has largely been overshadowed by the runaway growth of mobile broadband, which has grown 20 percent this year in worldwide users, the report said, citing a United Nations report.
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