Huawei won't stop: 50G PON, 50G Ethernet, G.fast Revision 3, 5G & 10G microwave backhaul for small cells, low-cost 4G, remarkable Kirin 980
Tim Cook claims Apple's "A12 Bionic is the smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone." He's probably mistaken because Huawei's Kirin 980 will probably beat it by some measures and do about as well as Apple in many others. Both are great chips, produced on the same TSMC assembly line. Hundreds or more likely thousands of first-rate engineers worked for years on both. Neither is significantly superior; Qualcomm, Samsung, and Intel also will soon have chips.
Similar rankings are true across telecom. Huawei spends US$15 billion each year on research and now has the broadest product line. At the Geneva UBBF, Swisscom told me the new G.fast (Amendment 3) is shipping and will deploy across the country. 10 GPON costs have come down so much that Xavier Niel's Salt Switzerland is selling 10G for the same price as GPON. I stopped by the Salt store and they told me customers love the 10G. If that's not enough, Huawei demonstrated 50G PON.
50G Ethernet looks to be the primary backhaul in China and was display. Verizon is strong on NG-PON2 but most western companies are content with 10G. The boards featured state of the art HiSilicon network processors and some of Huawei's own optical units.