Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, is a major force to reckon with when it comes to 5G. Although the U.S. ban is limiting the company, it is still a top 5G equipment manufacturer. According to Huawei’s executive director, Ryan Ding, Huawei has undertaken more than half of the 140 commercial 5G networks in 59 countries or regions around the world. Obviously, it does not have more because some of the 59 countries also ban the company.
At the pre-communication meeting of Mobile World Congress Shanghai Station in 2021, Ding Yun stated that “5G’s development speed has exceeded our expectations, and the ecosystem is also maturing”, adding that the technology is “no longer just for early adopters. We should prepare because it will improve our daily lives”.
5G now applicable in manufacturing industries
According to him, over 68% of the smartphones selling in China are 5G compatible. Ding Yun is optimistic about the 5G application prospects this year. According to him, 5G is now applicable in many industries. He says that in China, 5G is already working coal mines, steelmaking, and other manufacturing industries. The use of the 5G network makes these industries “safer, smarter, and more efficient.”
The large-scale commercial use of 5G in various industries in 2021 will require operators to develop new capabilities in network planning, deployment, maintenance, optimization, and operation.
Ritchie Peng, president of Huawei’s 5G product line, said that the total number of 5G users worldwide has reached 200 million, and more than 800,000 5G sites have been deployed. According to him, the price of 5G phones is now as low as $350.
The impact of the U.S. ban on Huawei is affecting the company’s smartphone business. Thankfully (for Huawei), it does not affect its 5G equipment manufacturing. Huawei, Ericsson, and Nokia are the major players in the 5G equipment field. The Chinese manufacturer is currently battling for supremacy with these two European giants. However, Huawei is in a disadvantageous position because of the ban.