Huawei will support an intern and scholarship program at Macquarie University and continue to use NSW-developed fibre optic technology under two new agreements announced today by NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell.
Guo Fulin and Professor Jim Piper sign the agreement between Huawei and Macquarie University (Credit: Huawei)
Optical communications manufacturer Finisar Corporation will provide Huawei with fibre equipment after the two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Huawei made a commitment last year to buy dynamic Wavelength processors and Wavelength Selective Switches from Finisar. The new agreement builds on this.
"Under the MoU, Finisar will provide Huawei with several new types of Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) devices, which are used in fibre broadband networks," O'Farrell said. WSS devices allow mixed signals sent down fibre to be separated according to their wavelength, without the need to convert them into electronic signals.
Although Finisar is based out of Sunnyvale, California, O'Farrell said that all of Finisar's WSS research, development and manufacturing is conducted out of the company's hub in Sydney.
One of the Finisar technologies that Huawei is trialling is Finisar's NSW-developed Flexgrid product, which enables WSS devices to be retrospectively adapted to allow higher data rates without replacing deployed WSS modules.
The other agreement between Macquarie University and Huawei will see students hosted by the technology company as part of Macquarie's Industry Internships Program and Industry Work Experience Process.
O'Farrell looked on via teleconference from China as Huawei CEO Guo Fulin and Macquarie University deputy vice chancellor (research) professor Jim Piper signed the contract.
As a part of the agreement, Huawei Australia's CTO Peter Rossi will be appointed to the university's Industry Advisory Committee.
"Huawei will also support an intern and scholarship program at Macquarie University for talented NSW electronic engineering students, including two $5000 annual scholarships," O'Farrell said.
Huawei has already partnered with RMIT University for a Next Generation Technology Training Centre in Melbourne, and committed $250,000 in funding towards it. Its increased focus in Australia has also led it to develop an Australian Board of Directors, including former senior politicians John Brumby and Alexander Downer as independent directors.