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Huawei expects to retain lead position on 5G

Zhu Shenshen
Huawei makes a plea for "non-discriminatory treatment." 
Zhu Shenshen
Huawei expects to retain lead position on 5G
Zhu Shenshen / SHINE

Huawei remains 5G leading position and it calls for "technology back to technology," according to Ken Hu (second from right), the company’s deputy chairman.

Sanctions-hit Huawei Technologies will remain a leading player in the global 5G market, thanks to multiple-layer supply system and overseas expansion outside the United States, the tech giant said on Wednesday.

Huawei made a plea for “non-discriminatory treatment” from the authorities and governments worldwide, the company’s deputy chairman Ken Hu said in Shanghai. 

Huawei Technologies has secured 50 5G commercial contracts globally — two-thirds of the world's total. It has offered 150,000 5G base stations globally now, which is likely to touch 500,000 this year.

US put Huawei on a trade blacklist in May and has since put restrictions on American tech firms to offer chips and services to Huawei. 

“It won’t influence Huawei’s 5G leading position at all,” said Hu. “It’s a huge loss for carriers and consumers to enjoy 5G without Huawei’s devices and advanced technologies.”

Without Huawei, Europe’s 5G development will lag “at least two years," Hu added.

At the opening session of Mobile World Conference Shanghai, China’s biggest telecommunications event held annually in Shanghai, a senior government official also spoke against “technical bullying.”

“Unfair and technical bullying” still exists in the world. They are challenges to the healthy and sustainable development of 5G and the whole digital economy, said Liu Liehong, vice director of the Cyberspace Administration of China. 

JSC Kazakhtelecom, a telecom operator in Kazakhstan, said it’s “open to all vendors” on 5G construction. The country cares about technology and profitability than political reasons.

Huawei’s devices are used in over 30 countries, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. China, as the world’s biggest mobile network, gave out commercial 5G licenses on June 6. Huawei expects new contracts from Chinese operators. 

Huawei has invested US$4 billion on 5G and it will keep increasing investment. It has established a multiple-layer supplier system for chip and software, and does not have to depend solely on US suppliers, said Hu.

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