Folk Fest, Shohoz and DMoney: The love triangle no one asked for

In a city like Dhaka where we don’t really have any place to hang out apart from going to restaurants and cafes, the Dhaka International Folk Fest is a breath of fresh air that everyone eagerly waits for.

Performers from home and abroad come together for three days of music from all over the world. Unfortunately, an online controversy preceded this year’s fest. The controversy is bringing light to issues around data privacy, data sharing and the most dangerous habit of everyone in the internet– accepting terms and conditions without reading them.

The organisations at the heart of the issue is Shohoz and Dmoney. Shohoz is a service provider app which is in charge of registration and distribution of tickets for Dhaka international Folk Fest. In order to register for the Folk Fest, registrants were required to submit their NID/Passport details to complete the registration procedure. This has become practice in some larger events and in previous versions of the event. In order to complete registration, one also had to accept the terms and conditions which included general rules to maintain security, regulate behavior within the premises and other important details.

However, a clause was also included in which the registered individual consents to share personal information with the digital payment partner of the event, which is D Money Bangladesh Limited.

To me, an addition of such a clause is dubious and lacks clarity. For me, consenting to a clause like this translates to a violation of my privacy. Many festival goers did not read the fine print. This feels like an unnecessary clause for a music festival; I feel that the organizers unfairly tried to re-purpose the data that I was giving to them for registration.

This clause was highlighted by some concerned festival goers on Facebook a day before the event. To their understandable surprise, some people who registered at the folk fest received a confirmation email from D Money stating that an account has been opened under their name. The email also stated that they will be notified shortly after for a verification of their NID and Bank information.

When this came to light, many registrants, including I, felt appalled at Shohoz and the organizers of Dhaka International Folk Fest for mishandling the information. The Dhaka International Folk Fest has been happening since 2011, and I have come to associate it with culture and winter festivities. Such incidents put a shadow on that association, and may sour impressions on the international stage that the festival is.

To extrapolate from the email, not only did Shohoz and DIFF share phone numbers and email addresses of the people who registered for the event, but they also shared sensitive information like NID and Passport copies. After these facts made rounds on social media, the organizers of DIFF, Shohoz and the D Money issued the following statement:

I find this explanation unsatisfactory and feel that this defense was poorly put together. I do not think that a company that handles finances (is therefore considered credible) would make such an ‘accident’. Confirmation emails to people who did not knowingly sign up for their services indicate that Shohoz may have shared the information for this very purpose. Otherwise, an accident indicates a case of poor management that is not expected from such organisations.

I hope that this makes us talk about data privacy more seriously. Mismanaging or being careless about user data is wrong– it’s wrong when Zuckerberg does it, it’s wrong when anyone else does it. I hope we carry forward lessons from this and actually read terms and conditions before accepting them. Unfortunately, our very personal data can be easily taken from us and used to benefit others.

I hope it’s not too much to ask for when I request all of you to, at least, skim if not read every detail before installing an app next time. Because we need to be vigilant that our privacy is not being violated.

The published article is an Op-Ed piece by the author and Op-Ed articles may or may not reflect the stance of the publication.

Uber now lets you share your trip with fellow passengers who are going to the same direction

Ridesharing giant Uber continues to make our lives easier. Earlier this year, Uber apparently launched their CNG services in Chittagong. And now, Uber comes up with Uber Pool in Dhaka which lets you share your trip with other users.

Read more: Uber has launched CNG services in Chittagong, apparently

What is Uber Pool?

Uber Pool is the most affordable car-ride option in comparison to Uber’s other offers. Uber Pool allows a user to share the trip with other riders going towards the same or nearby destinations. The fare of the trip is shared between the riders and according to Uber, a rider can save up to 30% compared to a regular UberX ride. Anyone can call for an Uber Pool from the ride options using the app.

Uber now lets you share your trip with fellow passengers who are going to the same direction
Source: Uber Blog

How does it work?

Uber Pool, comes with a set of conditions. A rider cannot choose a custom pick-up or drop-off point. Uber has an algorithm in place for this. For the algorithm to determine an efficient pick-up and drop-off point, it factors in the location of the driver, the location of the rider, the location of other riders and the best route to reach the common destination.

Uber now lets you share your trip with fellow passengers who are going to the same direction

That means anyone hailing an Uber Pool will have to walk to the pick-up point within the allotted time. And chances are, the drop-off point is a bit far from the desired destination. It takes longer than usual for the app to match with a ride because the Uber app has to search nearby drivers, riders, routes and use the algorithm to ascertain the best possible pick-up and drop-off locations.

All UberX cars are available for Uber Pool. So, one can safely bet that there will be no compromise in the quality of the service.

Where is it available?

Uber Pool is currently available in most parts of Dhaka including Pallabi, Mirpur, Shaymoli, Tejgaon, Farmgate, Dhanmondi, Kalabagan, Hathkhola, Arambag, Motijheel, Mohakhali, Gulshan, Banani and so on.

It is obvious that Uber Pool will be very helpful for commuters during the office rush-hours and during sudden downpours.

OPPO set to introduce “Made in Bangladesh” smart-phones

Global smartphone brand OPPO is all set to introduce ‘Manufactured in Bangladesh’ smartphones in the Bangladeshi market.

OPPO’s manufacturing plant in Gazipur has a production capacity of 1 million units per annum. The state-of-the-art assembling will uphold the company’s ability to serve the local market with all the latest innovation that is happening in the smartphone industry. This new investment from OPPO will shine the image of the country in terms of doing business in Bangladesh and also create jobs in technology. With this new manufacturing plant in Bangladesh, OPPO now has 10 manufacturing plants around the globe.

Employment opportunities for locals

The manufacturing plant of OPPO, under the company name of Benli Electronic Enterprise Co. Limited, has created employment opportunity for over 200 Bangladeshi nationals. The factory in Bangladesh is fully compliant with the global standards of OPPO and the company is eying on potential export opportunities.

Initially, OPPO A5S and A1K will be being manufactured in the OPPO manufacturing plant in Bangladesh.

Currently, there are 162.3 million mobile phone subscribers and 92.361 million mobile internet users in Bangladesh. Monthly demand for handsets stands at 1 million units. With this growing demand for smartphones in Bangladesh, OPPO has decided to start manufacturing smartphones in Bangladesh to strengthen the company’s ability to meet the growing demand for smartphones.

OPPO set to introduce "Made in Bangladesh" smart-phones

“Bangladesh is the fastest growing economy across the world. The country is already in leading position in terms of digitalization. Bangladesh is eying to be the early mover in adopting 5G technology. By setting up a smartphone assembly plant in Bangladesh, OPPO will be able to offer smartphones at a reasonable price and that will facilitate the revolution of high-speed internet across the country. Also, this investment from OPPO will create jobs and develop a pool of technically skilled workforce in the country.”

Managing Director of OPPO Bangladesh Mr. Damon Yang says regarding the opening of a manufacturing plant in Bangladesh

OPPO has been in Bangladesh for five years since 2014. OPPO has always been committed to providing outstanding quality smartphones for the smartphone users of Bangladesh.

Cheaper phones, faster availability

After five years of experience, OPPO has decided to set up a factory in Bangladesh to serve the customers with unmatched quality smartphones at an affordable price. Earlier this year OPPO has brought a brand new ‘A’ series 2020, A9 2020 and A5 2020 respectively.

With the establishment of OPPO Factory in Bangladesh, OPPO is now equipped to bring favourite smartphones in the quickest possible time.

How online quizzes steal your data and why you should be concerned

Most people love to talk about themselves. Even the emo edgy ones among us occasionally feel the need to inform others of their edgy state of being. Social media in its entirety is based on people’s vanity projects. And one of the largest providers of that vanity is online quizzes. Because we all like to know which brand of toilet paper we are. And there is not much wrong with that. But what if the cost of finding out your designated light-sabre at Hogwarts is your personal information turned into packets of data?

Facebook’s data breach through quizzes

We’re all familiar with the tendency of companies to use data from our internet usage into targeted marketing strategies. Whether the perceived convenience of such practices holds up against ethical code is a different issue. But the discretion with which these tactics collect information that one might not want to share is often frightening.

Just this March, news broke of stolen data collection through Facebook quizzes. While users took a quiz, a browser extension was auto-installed on their computer. This extension siphoned personal data like name, gender and profile picture. And then it resulted in targeted ads that looked like the average Facebook ad. Facebook even filed a lawsuit over this.

Read more: Understanding cybersecurity in a more connected Bangladesh

How you compromise yourself and why it matters

This goes to show just how vulnerable our security is on the internet. Seemingly harmless activities give away information you don’t even know is important. Even less discreet methods; questions on quizzes like “What is your name/gender/etc” can go a long way in compromising your personal safety. The result might seemingly be just targeted ads, which many don’t even mind.

But data like that may result in companies easily being able to categorize your personality index and even subliminal suggestive advertising to make you purchase things you don’t even want. Think about it, did you really ever think you needed those exercise equipment you bought online before you did?

Read more: How your money is at risk and what to do about it

Steps you can take

Knowing about how data is stolen can go a long way in preventing it. Always try to notice what extensions, add-ons or login information any online page asks for. Don’t give out sensitive information or even basic information about yourself. And please try to take these quizzes less often. You can do without knowing what type of onion you are today.

iPhone 11 series is now in Bangladesh. Here’s where you can get it

Grameenphone has brought it the magnificent iPhone 11 series in Bangladesh. Following the pre-order period of October 25 to October 30, a handover ceremony was held at the Grameenphone Lounge in Gulshan today as the pre-bookers received their prized purchases from Michael Foley, CEO of Grameenphone and Grameenphone brand ambassador Tahsan Rahman Khan.

The latest from Apple

The iPhone 11 series is the newest addition to the groundbreaking smartphones brought in by Apple. Presented in three variants iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, each phone is powered A13 bionic chip and 4 GB RAM. While the iPhone 11 is available in ROM sizes of 64GB, 128GB and256GB; iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max caters to ROM sizes 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. Prices of the variants range from BDT 87,999 to BDT 169,999.

“iPhones are renowned for its continuous innovation and the new iPhone 11 series poses to be the epitome of new-age smartphones. These innovations are here to enhance the Grameenphone 4G user experience and perfectly aligns with our 4G ambitions.”

Speaking on the occasion, Michael Foley, CEO of Grameenphone said

Customers availing the iPhone 11 series from Grameenphone channels will be able to enjoy bundle offers available from October 31 and continue till December 29, 2019. The bundle includes a primary free 22GB Data (11GB 4G+11GB Bioscope Streaming) with an additional purchase offer of 11GB data (2GB Open + 9GB 4G) at BDT 150 (inclusive all) which the customer can enjoy 6 times in 3 months.

Exclusive offers

Additionally, up to 36 months EMI will be applicable on purchases from Grameenphone sales channels applicable for credit cards of Standard Chartered Bank, The City Bank (AMEX), Eastern Bank Ltd, DBBL, BRAC Bank, Mutual Trust Bank and Trust Bank while the first 75 customers purchasing through The City Bank Amex cards will be entitled to BDT 3,000 cashback.

The customers will also be able to enjoy a 25% discount on share trip, couple dinner at Four Points, original Apple back cover, 30% discount on Diamond World and Watches World and an exclusive exchange program from Livewire. Moreover, the customers purchasing any of the iPhone 11 series smartphones will be upgraded to the topmost tier of the GP STAR program–Platinum Plus.

How technology can save our agriculture

Bangladesh has a long history of agriculture and farming has been an important part of us ever since our history. Even the Bengali Calendar itself was influenced by the solar agricultural cycle. Up to this day, the agriculture sector remains to be one of the most vital engines for our country’s economy.

In the FY2019-20 budget, the govt has allocated Tk 16,985 crore for the agriculture sector, which is about 7.6 per cent higher than the previous year. But, the plight of the farmers continues as the production cost goes higher and crop prices fall. 

Add to that is another major problem, climate change, which is going to give a fatal blow to our agriculture sector in the coming years if we are not prepared to tackle it.

With the government’s earnest effort to revamp the sector and increase the production rate to meet the country’s food demand as well as export the products to add revenue to our economy, the overall output from the sector is declining due to various factors. This is a serious concern for a country like ours which depends heavily on agriculture.

The solution

The solution lies in addressing the core problems and eliminating the barriers which are mostly tied to policymaking. Increasing the budget or providing loans and subsidies have proved to be futile attempts in the past to resolve the farmers’ distress.

The farmers are begging for a fair price for their crops as they are hardly managing to make a good profit in the end.

This is possible to solve if we can eliminate multiple layers of middlemen who intercede between the farmers and the end-customers, ultimately raising the product price multiple times as the number of middlemen grows.

A problem like this can be resolved by making use of modern network technology. The problems caused by climate change can also be greatly diminished by using advanced biotechnological solutions. As Bangladesh aims to become a developed country by the next 20 years, it is important to take the help of modern technology to implement the new effective solutions.

Electronic Trading Platform

A modern concept that is built upon the internet connectivity and aimed at making trade easier and fairer between the farmers and the buyers. An Electronic Trading Platform (ETP) can exist in Mobile Apps and it can help reduce the number of middlemen in the whole process.

A farmer can directly sell his crops to different buyers regardless of his location and all of the transaction histories will be recorded in the server; bringing the transaction data of the entire country under the close monitor of the higher authority who can impose a minimum price for each type of crop. The ETP will also ensure better market discovery and less reliance on the local middlemen who exploit the farmers. 

Agriculture sensors

Plants have different requirements for their growth, and the requirements vary from species to species. There are various useful sensors that record important data to be used for designing optimal growth conditions for plants. Sensors such as optical sensor, electrochemical sensor, a mechanical sensor, dielectric soil moisture sensor, airflow sensor etc. can provide data about soil quality, soil nutrient level, pH, air permeability, yield monitoring, weed mapping, salinity mapping and many more. Softwares can use this combined information for predictive analysis, helping farmers optimize the growth condition by applying fertilizer, irrigation or pesticides as necessary.

As the world is sleepwalking towards the climate catastrophe, the seasonal temperature and the weather will go through massive change. In order to save the crops and to expect high yield, farmers will need modern equipment and machinery to fight any possible crisis. 

Automation

According to the recent reports, farmers expressed their concern over the lack of availability of workers willing to work on the field. And the ones who are working are demanding high wages. This, in return, is raising the farmers’ overall expenditure for crop production. Automation can play a big role here by eliminating the need for the human workforce and thus reducing the production cost.

Although this may sound counter-intuitive for Bangladesh, the growing trend of leaving the rural areas and forsaking the farming practice among the villagers mean that automation is the only viable solution should we want to save the remaining farmers from going extinct. Developed countries have already moved to automation and are using self-driving tractors, harvesting robots, automated seeders and drones.

Drone has become a popular tool among the farmers as it can quickly identify problem zones in a field by multispectral image and infrared analysis. A drone can also be used for dusting fields, blowing waters or crop surveying.

Biotechnology

Agricultural Biotechnology or Agritech is part of the modern biotechnological solution where advanced genetic changes are worked on. Plants are modified at their genetic level so that they can resist pest, drought etc. and provide increased yield.

Techniques such as mutagenesis, RNA interference, transgenics, molecular breeding and many more are used to selectively modify a plant towards the desired characteristic; this in return makes the plant resistant to disease, insects and tolerant to temperature, herbicide. Agritech can also increase the nutritional content in crops and reduce the amount of toxicity in plants.

The Genetically Modified Organism or GMO plants are available for purchase and consumption in the United States under the safety testing and regulations of government agencies. Despite high concerns from various organizations, scientists have given green lights to various GMO foods as safe for consumption. So, farmers can use high-quality seeds, GMO plants as well as biofertilizers to increase the amount of crop yield in his field.

Vertical farming

The world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, and about two-thirds will live in the cities. In the absence of speedy transportation service, the cities will suffer from the imbalance of fresh food supply versus food demand. Vertical farming is a fairly modern concept that intends to grow massive amounts of foods inside the concrete buildings.

Automation and software technology carefully control the amount of LED light, airflow and nutrients fed to the plants that ultimately produce premium grade foods without requiring any type of sunlight, soil, fertilizers or pesticide.

Vertical farming also ensures that farming can run without a scratch regardless of seasonal weather pattern. As growth conditions are highly optimized and the yield is greatly enhanced, foods are ready to be sold as per customer’s demand in 24/7.

A burger flipper turned CEO worth $148 million: The incredible story of Ashik Ahmed

A very common scenario of any immigrant going to a first world country is simply this: doing a part-time job to earn their bread. The scenario was somewhat similar for Ashik Ahmed. Flipping burgers was the way 17 years old Ashik would meet his ends. However, a powerful vision, creativity, and indomitable perseverance have made Ashik one of the big shot CEOs in Australia. He is now worth a staggering amount of $148 Million!

How it all started

Ashik came to Australia from Bangladesh when he was 17 years old. He started flipping burgers at a fast-food chain in Melbourne to earn his living. He recalled about his hard early days in an interview with SBS Australia, saying:

“I was an hourly-paid worker myself so I saw all the challenges on this side, and I also got to see it from the employer’s side in managing the employees.”

This indomitable ambition and thinking outside the box have paid well for Ashik. His exposure to the multidimensional work environment of Australia, along with his ardent passion for Mathematics and Science, had helped him co-found Workforce management ‘Deputy’ back in 2008.

Quoted from his Forbes Bio,

“I was fortunate to meet my co-founder Steve Shelley (a small business owner) for whom I was able to make a significant difference by improving people management in his business. In 2008, we co-founded Deputy to make every other small business owner successful like Steve. Deputy is now used by over 40,000 workplaces in 73 countries.”

Read more: Snapchat’s former Bangladeshi CSO, Imran Khan, launches e-commerce venture to compete with the likes of Amazon

About Deputy

Deputy is a global workforce management platform for employee scheduling, timesheets, and communication.  The mission of Deputy is to improve the lives of shift workers and small business owners, by providing them with the necessary technological disruption. 

Deputy mainly provides cloud-based workforce management and scheduling platform. It is designed specially to help companies organize, track, and manage their teams. The company now has a client list of more than 184,000; which includes big names like NASA and Qantas.

The 38-Year-Old Ashik Ahmed is now worth over 148 Million Dollars.

The once burger-flipping 17-year-old is now listed at number 25 on the Australian Financial Review Young Rich List,  which was released this week. Ashik Ahmed has made good use of his 11 years in entrepreneurship, and is an inspiration for any aspiring entrepreneur!

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How your money is at risk and what to do about it

Let’s start with a small tale. I watched a guy get scammed on the bus the other day. He got a call from some guy claiming to be a Bkash representative. In a few minutes, he handed over his account details. I tried to stop him as soon as I got wind of what was happening, but it was already too late, and he had handed over his pin number. We can safely assume what followed. 

To many of us, remote transactions are still very hazy. In general, we prefer to exchange via cash. This is in no small part due to the lack of safety over the remote channels available to us; in addition to general inconvenience. Bkash scams are everyday things now. And even if they weren’t, the process of maintaining a Bkash account feels tedious to me. Load up an online wallet with money, pay some money every time you do it. Our banks have made huge strides in making transactions more liquid, but there is still room for improvement. With relatively new technology on the horizon which provides many of the answers we’re looking for; let’s take a look at blockchain

Blockchain, how it works

Simply put, blockchain is a chain of blocks that contain and communicate information. Although its implementation is relatively new, its roots can be traced back to 1991; when it was primarily used as digital timestamps. In 2009, the foundation for use of blockchain as it is today was laid, as it contributed to the creation of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. It should be noted that once some data has been recorded in a blockchain, it is nearly impossible to alter. A very simple example of the information in a block would be the basics of a transaction: sender, receiver and amount. Any changes in the block can be traced by changes in its hash; a hash being a sort of digital fingerprint. What this means is a blockchain cannot be created or edited without informing everyone on its related p2p network. This essentially makes blockchain one of the most secure modes of technology.

A more secure future for your bucks?

When you think about it, the money you have remotely; like in bank accounts and mobile wallets, works because it connects to you. Without your identity attached to it, the money belongs to no one. And in that way, your money is under threat via your identity. Blockchain technology ensures your money, your identity and your transaction details are secure. Intermediaries like banks or companies like bkash keep track of your transactions and your money.

Blockchain moves to cut out the middleman and keep your money assigned to you.

In many ways, blockchain currencies are the better option for ownership of money. And with blockchain phones and other technologies on the rise, it may be time to take a look. 

Read more: World’s first Blockchain phone is here. And you can buy it in Bangladesh

This article was intended to remind the readers of the risks and inconveniences of traditional bookkeeping and transaction procedures. In addition, we took a simplified look at blockchain as a possible solution. Stay tuned for more as we explore more on cryptocurrency, blockchain and try to decode the technology behind them in an upcoming series.

Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

No one in South Korea or Lee Byung-Chul himself had ever thought that his small grocery store will one day become a multi-billion-dollar company. A company that will change the history of innovation in the world. This little venture, now as we know as Samsung, has reshaped the world with its incredible innovation and technology.

The beginning

Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

Since November 1, 1938, the beginning of the company; Samsung has expanded into various businesses including construction, insurance, retail business, and shipbuilding.

After 32 years of its inception, the company produced its first-ever electronic product – 12-inch black and white television.

Driven by the simple but profound goal of creating meaningful innovation, Samsung has pushed the limits of mobile technology and set the standard for what the smartphone can and should be. Right from the beginning, the company saw the potential of turning the mobile phone into a multi-functional device. The release of TV phone in 1999 brought entertainment to the palm of our hands, while the built-in 10-megapixel camera on the Samsung B600 brought high-quality photography and the mobile phone together.

The Galaxy series

Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

In 2002, Samsung launched the True Color Phone, introducing the world to the active matrix LCD display, and paving the way for the innovations in mobile display technology that are synonymous with the Galaxy series. Over the years the Galaxy series continued to break new ground, improving and expanding the smartphone experience with each new device. With its Galaxy Note series, Samsung introduced a new category of smartphones – the phablet – which has been widely copied by competitors. Currently, Samsung is the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones.

Ever since the original black and white TV, Samsung has been introducing cutting-edge technologies across its consumer electronics, home appliances, and mobile businesses. The company’s innovation process began with research conducted by multidisciplinary teams of designers, engineers, marketers, ethnographers, musicians, and writers, who searched for users’ unmet need and identify the cultural, technological, and economic trend.

Style and substance

Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

Samsung has built an impressive record on design, garnering more awards than any other company in recent years. The bold design of its televisions often defies conventional style. Samsung has been the world’s number one TV manufacturer for 13 consecutive years now. The company’s market-leading journey began in 2006 when Samsung unveiled the Bordeaux TV with an LCD display.

Inspired by the round-shaped glasses, the Bordeaux laid the foundation for a new era of TV design. A couple of years later, Samsung launched the world’s first edge-lit TV, before introducing LED TVs in 2009, followed by a groundbreaking development of Smart TVs on 2011, where they enabled internet access on television. From then onwards, Samsung brought many other pioneering developments starting from first curved OLED to the latest QLED 8k TVs.

Other ventures

Let’s not forget, Samsung has also developed various home and kitchen appliances. The company’s ground-breaking and consumer-focused products have challenged the routines and stereotypes, by leading the market into delivering true innovations and convenience to its valued consumers. Samsung will maintain the market leadership position with premium, innovative products like the FamilyHub refrigerator featuring advanced voice recognition technology that is guaranteed to improve family communication, the FlexWash washing machine which can support two simultaneous or separate washes of different clothing capacities and fabric types, and the WindFree air conditioner for staying cool without direct wind.

Samsung Electronics rapid rise and technical achievements put the company in the spotlight in the semiconductor industry. Its 4-megabit chip, in fact, had made the company the leading global producer of DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) chips by early 1995. Currently, Samsung is the largest memory chip manufacturer in the world.

Changing the world with innovation

The innovation that Samsung has brought for the last 50 years has opened up the world to endless possibilities for consumers everywhere. The next chapter of electronics industry story will soon begin, and one thing can be said for sure: Samsung will continue to develop meaningful breakthrough designs to help you do more of what you love.

Huawei wins New Product Innovation Leadership Award

Huawei’s NetEngine 8000 Series routers received the “Global Service Router New Product Innovation Leadership Award” from Frost & Sullivan, a renowned consulting firm, at the Excellence in Best Practices Awards Gala. The NetEngine 8000 series is the industry’s first router that provides a capacity of 14.4T per slot, which is 1.5 times the industry average.

This award recognizes Huawei’s contributions to product innovation in the newly launched NetEngine 8000 series routers, which provide an all-scenario unified platform that features SRv6-powered intelligent connections, and AI-boosted intelligent operations and maintenance (O&M). 

The IP bearer network is the foundation of various digital services such as mobile, home, and private line in the 5G and cloud era. Nevertheless, the IP bearer network faces many challenges in terms of large capacity, multi-network convergence, service-level agreement (SLA) assurance, and efficient O&M.  But NetEngine 8000 series applies to the metro core, aggregation, DC gateway, and international gateway scenarios. The 4-in-1 platform for all scenarios greatly simplifies network node deployment and complexity. All NetEngine 8000 series routers support network slicing, multi-service bearing, and one network for multiple purposes.

SRv6 enables automated connections across domains, service provisioning within minutes, and one-hop access to the cloud. 

Huawei launched the industry’s first intelligent metro router for 5G at the MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress 2019 in Paris in April 2019 to meet what is expected to be a huge demand for 5G ready solutions. According to research from GSMA, by 2025 there will be 1.3 billion 5G users and 1.36 billion 5G mobile devices worldwide, with 40% 5G network coverage. Gartner forecasts that the number of global IoT connections will reach 2.5 billion by 2021.

According to Frost & Sullivan, ubiquitous services in the 5G and cloud era bring uncertainty to metro network traffic and direction. Vendors need to continuously innovate to help operators provide new services in a faster and more reliable manner. After analyzing the advantages of Huawei’s NetEngine 8000 series in technologies and products, research and development (R&D) capabilities, industry leadership, as well as brand influence, Frost & Sullivan determined that the series consists of outstanding intelligent metro routers.

Hank Chen, President of Huawei’s Service Router Domain, commented, “Huawei has engaged in router R&D since 1995. After more than two decades of continuous investment, Huawei established itself as a leading intelligent IP network provider. The NetEngine 8000 series large-capacity new platform continues to lead in the service router field. Huawei actively promotes the implementation of SRv6 standards at Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and cooperates with operators to accelerate the development of the industry and commercial use of SRv6. Huawei also explores new O&M fields to help improve operators’ intelligent and automated proactive O&M capabilities.”

The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award is designed to recognize companies that demonstrate outstanding achievements or display remarkable performance in leadership, technical innovation, customer service, and strategic product R&D in the global or domain market. Senior analysts compare and evaluate vendors through in-depth interviews, analysis, and research to determine the industry’s best practice award winners. The NetEngine 8000 series won the award in the service router field, indicating that the industry authority recognizes its leadership.