The research and development of 5G technology have gotten to advanced stages and the likes of Huawei and MediaTek are expecting their 5G devices to go commercial next year. Now, Chinese manufacturer, ZTE is ready to pull some strings with respect to 5G development. The fate of ZTE remains in a balance after the sanctions imposed by the United States, the consequences for the company are unpredictable. This stringent punishment also sparked the faster development of domestic self-developed chips. ZTE stated that it will continue to increase R&D investment in core chips and other products and strive to become a pioneer in 5G.
To support this ambitious goal, ZTE decided to invest at least twice as much on 5G R&D than it did last year. Its expenditure last year was 12.962 billion Yuan (just over $2 billion), accounting for 11.9% of its operating revenue. Specifically, ZTE will continue to increase R&D investment in products such as Pre-5G, 5G, high-end routers, SDN, OTN, and core chips.
The recent sanctions and restrictions on some Chinese company’s by the US has made other Chinese manufacturers more alert. Huawei is already a smoking gun in 5G tech, probably ahead of Qualcomm and it has its own self-made HiSilicon Kirin SoC even though the company has said it will not commercialize it. Reports also suggest that Huawei is also trying to develop its own operating system but its biggest challenge here will probably be app compatibility.