Huawei to sink $4bn into fixed-line broadband
Company cites high-volume consumption such as 4K, big data, as reason for investment
China-based telecoms equipment vendor Huawei announced it would invest over $4bn in fixed-line broadband R&D over the next three years, Reuters reported.
Huawei sees the fixed broadband market as a "key direction for strategic investment" and will focus its efforts on the development of fibre optic technologies and software-defined networking.
The company said that placing emphasis on the connectivity of homes and offices was driven by the high-density-traffic requirements that have accompanied the emergence of technologies such as UHD/4K TV and big data.
Overall, fixed-line services have placed second to mobile data, which has seen growth in its global subscriber base of 20% this year, according to Reuters, which cited a UN report.