According to recent reports, South Korean manufacturing giant, Samsung Electronics intends to the 5G competition in Europe to fill the gap in Huawei. However, if Samsung will join the 5G competition in Europe, it faces a major obstacle, that is, operators worry that its products will not be compatible with Huawei’s existing 4G network. If these systems are not simple upgrades, they will mean more costs.
A Samsung spokesperson said that the claim that Samsung devices are not compatible with existing infrastructure is a misunderstanding. However, he did not provide details. The company insists that its equipment is indeed compatible with the existing 4G infrastructure. In September this year, the company received an order from Verizon worth about $6.7 billion to provide Verizon with wireless communication solutions in the United States.
This transaction is a key catalyst for Samsung to regain market interest. With this, other companies are now monitoring the company’s progress with keen interest. The likes of Telefonica and Orange are particularly interested in Samsung’s progress. These European mobile operators are seriously considering replacing Huawei with Samsung as the core supplier of 5G systems in Europe. Currently, Samsung Electronics provides 4G and 5G communication equipment to US operators such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.
Industry experts have different opinions on whether Samsung can compete with Nokia and Ericsson in the local market. Analysts believe that Huawei needs to take more measures to compete with Nokia and Ericsson in their home markets. Samsung insists that it has a strong network team and research institutions in Europe, and it can indeed cultivate the necessary relationships to enter this blank space when opportunities come.
Huawei is a world leader in 5G technology
Huawei is one of the world’s leading network technology providers. It is also one of the few companies that can provide 5G technology. Since the beginning of this year, the company has run into a wall in many countries. In July of this year, the British government issued a ban that stops companies from buying new Huawei 5G equipment from next year. The ban also aims to completely remove Huawei equipment from the 5G network before the end of 2027. In addition, France has also imposed strict restrictions on the use of Huawei equipment.
In October of this year, two major telecommunications companies in Belgium dropped Huawei. These companies opted for Nokia and Ericsson for their 5G network construction. Furthermore, Huawei and ZTE are also prohibited from providing 5G equipment for any 5G network deployment in the United States and Australia.
Although Huawei is not part of the 5G networks in some countries, there are many others that welcome the company. The likes of Malaysia, Russia, the Philippines, Cambodia, and many parts of the African continent welcome Huawei.