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Huawei announced that its Blade optical transport network (OTN) platform will assist China Telecom (Liaoning) in building a 5G-oriented cloud radio access network (C-RAN) fronthaul network, according Telecompaper. These fronthaul networks will enable Liaoning Telecom to cope with denser site deployment requirements in the future 5G era in addition to further improving the existing 4G/LTE network coverage. As the sub-platform of the X-Haul platform, Blade OTN is fronthaul-oriented and can meet Liaoning Telecom's network deployment requirements, Huawei said.

Blade OTN uses Huawei's Turbo WDM Technology to achieve the industry's largest 100G bandwidth using 10G optical components, the company said. Huawei will demonstrate how X-Haul at Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF) 2017, which will be held from 18 to October 19 in Hangzhou, China.