HUAWEI NE40E Universal Service Core Router

Flexible, high-performance core routers for building Internet Data Centers and tiered enterprise networks, NE40E Series Universal Service Routers are an excellent choice for mission-critical applications in government, transportation, TV broadcasting, fin


HUAWEI NE40E Universal Service Core Router


Product appearance

The NE40E series includes the NE40E-X16A/X16, NE40E-X8A/X8, and NE40E-X3/X3A models to satisfy requirements for networks at various scales.


Product characteristics

1. Extremely large capacity line card 

The NE40E can support at maximum a 2T Line Card, which fulfills the increasing network requirements of customers. The powerful 480G line card can support both 100 GE and 10 GE port types, to provide customers with flexible configurations. With excellently developed chipset technology and fine design techniques, the NE40E provides sustainable high bandwidth capacity for the future.

2. Energy saving design

The NE40E uses Huawei-developed Solar chips, which are reliable and secure. It can dynamically allocate and manage multi-core NP resources and automatically disable redundant or unused ports, buses, and chips. The NE40E also supports dynamic frequency adjustment and intelligent fan speed adjustment, which significantly reduces power consumption, with less than 1W for each gigabit, the lowest in the industry.

3. Future-oriented IPv6-compatible solutions 

The NE40E supports a variety of IPv6 features including IPv6 leased line, dual stack, tunneling, and translation. The NE40E supports Next-Hop Separation to optimize the IPv6 convergence time and supports larger IPv6 FIB and CGN cards of 160G throughput to improve the scalability. These help to provide comprehensive solutions for high performance during the transition from IPv6 to IPv4 and allow each provider to determine their transition strategy most suitable for their own network.

4. All-round reliability solution

The NE40E provides reliability protection at different levels, including the equipment, network, and service levels. The NE40E can provide a multi-level reliability solution that completely meets the reliability requirements of different services. The NE40E lays the foundation for enterprise services with a system availability of 99.999%

Product specifications









Switching Capacity

81.92 Tbit/s

12.58 Tbit/s

25.16 Tbit/s

7.08 Tbit/s

2.76 Tbit/s

1.08 Tbit/s


Forwarding Performance

14,464 Mpps

5,760 Mpps

5,760 Mpps

2,880 Mpps

900 Mpps

360 Mpps

330 Mpps

Number of Slots

22 slots, including
2 MPUs (1:1 backup), 4 SFUs
(3+1 backup), and 16 LPUs

22 slots, including
2 MPUs (1:1 backup), 4 SFUs
(3+1 backup), and 16 LPUs

12 slots, including
2 SRUs (1:1 backup), 2 SFUs
(3+1 backup), and 8 LPUs

11 slots, including
2 SRUs (1:1 backup), 1 SFUs
(2+1 backup), and 8 LPUs

5 slots (for 3 LPUs and 2 MPUs)

5 slots (for 3 LPUs and 2 MPUs)

2 slots

(H x W x D)

1,778 mm x 442 mm x 650 mm (40U)

1,420 mm x 442 mm x 650 mm (32U)

930 mm x 442 mm x 650 mm (21U)

620 mm x 442 mm x 650 mm (14U)

264 mm x 442 mm x 664 mm (6U)

175 mm x 442 mm x 650 mm (DC 4U)
220 mm x 442 mm x 650 mm (AC 5U)

89 mm x 442 mm x 220 mm (2U)

Power Consumption
(in full configuration)

9,040W (480G)

4,610W (120G)
7,970W (240G)

4,770W (480G)

2,340W (120G)
4,100W (240G)

600W (200G)

1,070W (AC)
920W (DC)

537W (AC)
499W (DC)

Weight (in full configuration)

356 kg (480G)

246 kg (120G)
279 kg (240G)

186 kg (480G)

119 kg (120G)
136 kg (240G)

75 kg (200G)

42 kg (DC)
52 kg (AC)

11 kg (DC)
12 kg (AC)

Interface Types

· 100 GE/40 GE



· OC-192c/STM-64c POS

· OC-48c/STM-16c

· POS OC-12c/STM-4c POS

· OC-3c/STM-1cPOS 

· Channelized OC-3/STM-1

· Channelized STM-4 

· OC-3c/STM-1c ATM

· OC-12c/STM-4c ATM 

· E3/T3

· CE1/CT1


· Support for static routing as well as dynamic routing protocols, such as RIP, OSPF, IS-IS, and BGP-4

· Line rate forwarding on all interfaces in complex routing environments, for example, when route flapping occurs


· Various IPv4-to-IPv6 transition technologies: manual tunnel, automatic tunnel, 6to4 tunnel, GRE tunnel, and ISATAP tunnel

· IPv4 over IPv6 tunnel and IPv6 Provider Edge (6PE)

· IPv6 static routes and dynamic routing protocols, such as BGP4+, RIPng, OSPFv3, and IS-ISv6

· IPv6 neighbor discovery, PMTU discovery, TCP6, ping IPv6, tracert IPv6, socket IPv6, static IPv6 DNS, IPv6 DNS server, TFTP IPv6 client, and IPv6 policy-based routing

· Internet Control Message Protocol Version 6 (ICMPv6), Management Information Base (MIB), User Datagram Protocol Version 6 (UDP6) MIB, TCP6 MIB, and IPv6 MIB

· L2NAT, NAT444, DS-Lite, and NAT64


· MPLS TE and MPLS/BGP VPN, in compliance with RFC 2547

· Inter-AS VPN Option A/B/C

· Integration with Internet services

· Martini and Kompella MPLS L2VPN

· L2VPN techniques, such as VPLS and VLL

· IP interworking over heterogeneous media

· Multicast VPN


Layer 2 Features

· IEEE 802.1Q, IEEE802.1ad, IEEE 802.1D, IEEE 802.1w, and IEEE 802.1s

· VLAN aggregation (super VLAN)

· Filtering list based on MAC addresses and ports

· 1483B


· Well-designed HQoS and advanced scheduling and congestion avoidance technologies on each LPU

· Accurate traffic policing and traffic shaping

· Complex rule definition and fine-grained flow identification

· MPLS H-QoS, ensuring QoS for MPLS VPN, VLL, and PWE3 services

· 8CT that combines MPLS TE and the DiffServ model

· TE-tunnel-oriented QoS


· ACL-based packet filtering



· DHCP snooping

· ARP attack defense and DoS attack defense

· MAC address limit and MAC-IP binding

· Secure Shell (SSH) and SSH version 2 (SSH v2)

· BGP-Flowspec

· RIPv2, OSPF, IS-IS, and BGP MD5, SHA256, Keychain

Environmental Requirements

· Long-term operating temperature: 0°C to 45°C

· Short-term operating temperature: -5°C to 55°C

· Long-term operating humidity: 5% RH to 85% RH

· Short-term operating humidity: 0% RH to 100% RH

· Operating altitude: 3,000 meters