Huawei has signed 22 commercial contracts for 5G network deployments with global telecom operators.The largest telecom equipment maker, which has its headquarters in China, did not reveal the name of the 5G mobile operator clients.
The development assumes significance because Huawei is facing a possible ban in supplying the 5G network equipment in the US, Australia and Germany. Some of these countries fear that China military has some connection with Huawei. Huawei denies this.
“We have signed 22 commercial contracts for 5G, and we are working with over 50 carriers on 5G commercial tests. Through investment and innovation, we are helping carriers deploy 5G networks cost-effectively,” Huawei Executive Director and President of Carrier BG Ryan Ding, said.
The 5G contracts are a reflection of customers’ strong recognition of Huawei’s leading 5G end-to-end capabilities and innovative products and solutions, Ryan Ding said.
Earlier, Ericsson CEO clearly stated that the ban on 5G equipment from Huawei did not create any special opportunities for the Sweden-based telecom equipment maker.. Ericsson is the second largest mobile infrastructure supplier ahead of Nokia, ZTE and Samsung.
The development of 5G is picking up speed thanks to two factors. First, major countries are among the first adopters of 5G, and together they represent one-third of the global population – a scale of adoption that is larger than the first waves of commercialization seen in 3G and 4G.
Asia Pacific and North America will be the early adopters of 5G, according to telecom industry body GSMA.
The second enabler of 5G is the device industry. 5G smartphones will be available in 2019, including 5G foldable phones that will create whole new experiences for users. Leading phone makers will launch budget phones (priced around US$100) soon after the commercial roll-out of 5G networks, driving the 5G industry forward.
Earlier, analyst reports suggested that 5G smartphones will be too costly for people to buy and experience 5G.
Huawei has innovative 5G network solutions that can facilitate carriers’ 5G deployment. Huawei’s Massive MIMO solution is the world’s lightest and smallest AAU and is strong enough to perform even during level-15 typhoons.
Huawei’s 1+1 simplified antenna solution can keep sites clean and simple, and reduce rental costs for carriers. Huawei also provides an uplink and downlink decoupling solution that can achieve co-coverage of 4G and 5G C-band, delivering seamless coverage to users.
Huawei’s innovative 5G power solution and microwave solution help carriers build 5G faster and easier, with lower cost. Huawei is also using AI to help carriers simplify O&M and slash their Opex.