Huawei Announces 5G Plans at MWC Shanghai 2019
Huawei Deputy Chairman Ken Hu announced an update on the company’s progress in 5G deployment, sharing examples of how service innovation and cross-industry collaboration are driving the next phase of growth in 5G, at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai.
According to Hu, the Chinese company has signed 50 commercial contracts for 5G around the world and shipped 150,000 5G base stations, far more than the company’s industry peers. Many operators around the world including those from Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific, are racing to deploy their 5G networks.
Huawei also holds more than 2,500 standard essential patents for 5G, which is roughly 20% of all 5G patents in the world, the Deputy Chairman said, adding that innovation is not just about technology, and part of Huawei’s success is the focus on making 5G easier to operate, more affordable, and simpler to deploy.
“The networks are the foundation of everything, but the future of 5G development will rely heavily on services. 5G-enabled service innovation will help Huawei push network performance to the next level, and help operators get greater returns on their 5G investment,” he said.
During MWC 19 Shanghai, Huawei Consumer BG is also showcasing a number of popular products, including smartphones such as P30, tablets, and watches. The M6 tablet series recently launched in Wuhan will also be displayed.
Huawei has invested US$2 billion in 5G over the past decade and has developed leading 5G capabilities in every aspect, from chipsets and products to networking. It is the only telecommunications company in the world that is able to provide end-to-end 5G commercial solutions. On June 6, 2019, 5G licenses were officially issued in China. Huawei has worked with China’s three major operators on large-scale 5G commercial pilots in over 40 cities, and those networks are all ready for commercial use.