Hu Houkun, vice chairman of Huawei, said in a recent interview that Huawei’s 5G networks have been deployed in 10 countries, and it is expected to be deployed in more 20 countries in the next 12 months. As the world’s largest manufacturer of 5G network equipment, Huawei aims to take the lead in the key fifth-generation wireless technology. 5G will be the key to supporting future technologies such as autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence assisted services.
As of December last year, Huawei revealed that it has obtained 25 5G commercial contracts and signed cooperation agreements with more than 50 business partners around the world. The number of commercial shipments of 5G base stations has exceeded 10,000, which is far ahead in the industry. In the first half of 2019, Huawei will release 5G smartphones equipped with 5G chips and will achieve commercial scale in the second half of 2019. At the Global Mobile Broadband Forum last November, British Telecom (BT) executives said, “There is only one true 5G supplier, and that is Huawei.”