According to recent reports, the boss of the Swedish company, Ericsson, recently told the media that no 5G company is ahead of Ericsson. Ericsson CEO, Borje Ekholm, dismissed China’s Huawei as a leader in 5G, saying that “no one is ahead of us” in this technology. He told the media at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: “When no one is ahead of us, I think it’s a bit tough to say we’re behind.” Ekholm said that “despite the recent troubles Huawei faces, it creates uncertainty in the market…”.
He also said: “I hope to find a solution that will enable our world to move forward. In the 5G world, security issues will be crucial”. Well, the major players in the 5G equipment sector, for now, are Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson, and a few others. Unfortunately, Ekholm (Ericsson CEO) did not elucidate what he meant by “no one is ahead of us”. He could be talking in terms of 5G deployment, contracts, technological advancement or even patents.
As of mid-last year, Huawei had over 16,000 5G standard patents ranking first in the world and accounting for 20%. At the time, all companies in the US account for less than 15% of 5G core patents. “China believes that we have the largest 4G network in the world, and we have every reason to believe that China will also have the world’s largest 5G network,” said Huawei’s VP.