Huawei is one of the top 5G companies in the world. In terms of 5G network construction, it is in competition with Nokia and Ericsson. However, the ban from the U.S is putting Huawei at a disadvantage. Many of the U.S allies have followed the path of the U.S. by banning Huawei. This is obviously taking away many 5G contracts from the Chinese manufacturing giant. However, a recent report on GizmoAlpha claims that Huawei is involved in half of the world’s commercial 5G networks.
Huawei’s executive director, Ryan Ding, made this assertion at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai Station in 2021. Mr. Ding said that Huawei has undertaken more than half of the 140 commercial 5G networks in 59 countries or regions around the world. Furthermore, he said that “5G development speed has exceeded our expectations, and the ecosystem is also maturing”. In addition, he claims that this technology is “no longer just for early adopters. We should prepare because it will improve our daily lives”.
Manufacturing industries in China now use 5G
Presently, there is an overwhelming spread of 5G smartphones in China. Ding Yun claims that over 68% of the smartphones selling in China are 5G compatible. Furthermore, the prospects of 5G in China are very high. The country is already using 5G in multiple industries including mining, steel, and others. The application of 5G makes the work easy, safe, and more efficient.
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According to Ritchie Peng, president of Huawei’s 5G product line, there are over 800,000 5G sites globally. In addition, he claims that the total number of 5G users worldwide is about 200 million.
Huawei phone component orders will drop by more than 60% this year
Huawei is still facing the U.S. ban and its smartphone business is going down. The company has already sold its Honor sub-brand and it is no longer releasing phones as usual. Nevertheless, Huawei is not giving up just yet. In fact, the Chinese manufacturer will release a couple of flagships this year. According to recent reports, Huawei has notified its suppliers that orders for smartphone parts will drop by more than 60% in 2021. However, Huawei did not say why it is reducing its orders. According to Huawei, its orders for this year will be for 70 to 80 million smartphones. This is a far cry from the 189 million phones it shipped last year.
Not long ago, Canalys released the Q4 global smartphone shipment report for 2020. The data show that Huawei has fallen out of the top five. Although the mobile phone business is facing difficulties for the time being, Ren Zhengfei made it clear in a recent media interview that Huawei will never sell its smartphone business. “We can transfer 5G technology, but we will never sell the mobile phone business.”
Regarding chips, Ren Zhengfei believes that it must rely on globalization to solve the problem. He added “No matter what, we will never give up the idea of globalization. No matter how sanctions and blockades are, we will persist in globalization. When the global chip supply is surplus, someone will come to us to buy chips, I think there will be this era.”