Huawei stated Tuesday that they are supplying two-thirds of the world’s 5G connectivity to providers and contractors outside China. The Shenzhen-based company’s statement comes in between heated tension with the United States.
Ryan Ding, Huawei president for its carrier group, told the news during an industry conference that the telecommunications company has secured 50 commercial 5G contracts in countries such as South Korea, the Philippines, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Finland and more.
In all, the world’s largest telecoms gear manufacturer has shipped more than 150,000 base stations, says Ding.
5G is the most significant innovation to smartphones in over a decade. In perspective, download speeds could reach up to 10x or even 100x faster compared to the offerings of the current 4G LTE network.
5G’s promise of revolutionizing the cyberspace with its otherworldly speeds of 450 Mbps at its low and up to 1.5 Gbps or even 2 Gbps at its peak, has caused a worldwide competition of who gets to offer it to the public first.
Notably, 5G will not only benefit the smartphone industry but a wide range of other sectors from its ultra-fast internet connectivity.
For example, China earlier this year performed the first remote surgery via 5G. Meanwhile, cloud-based online gaming hubs such as Google’s Stadia, Microsoft’s Play Station X, and Sony’s Project X Cloud are all looking forward to using 5G to power their software.
Mainly, because of its unique bandwidth connection, it can deliver futuristic speeds through walls and other conventional hindrances that cause the 4G LTE delays or slow data connectivity.
Huawei is leading the game by enabling these industries to have access to 5G. In China, both Ericsson and Nokia have secured 5G contracts from state-run carrier China Mobile.
In other nearby countries like the Philippines, Huawei is offering its equipment to support the first 5G connectivity in Southeast Asia. Although Globe Telecoms is only offering the service as a home broadband network, it will be able to provide the Filipino people “first world Internet service,” after experiencing one of the worst internet speeds — ranking only 107th among 140 countries.
Huawei worked to make contracts with other countries through offering no-backdoors pacts with governments from the U.K. and India.
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump first said that Huawei equipment shows to be a national security threat because of a Chinese law indicating that any company under its regime are obliged to report to the government when asked. Trump then urged others to ban Huawei to protect their privacy and sensitive information.
Despite constant denial from Huawei that their equipment cannot save and search private information or referred to as backdoors programming, the Trump administration pushed on legalizing the ban on Huawei equipment on all government offices.
The tension resulted in worsening on-going trade wars between the two countries that have consequently affected the world market.
For Huawei, the US ban could result in $30 billion in losses. CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei noted that “trade restrictions may compromise the firm’s output in the short term […] and overseas smartphone shipment faces a 40% plunge.”
Meanwhile, US telecoms companies are still on the race of providing 5G connectivity to the American people. Companies like AT&T and Verizon have been able to give a peek into the potential of 5G since April but faced with challenges.
Particularly, AT&T has the infrastructure but needed hardware that could connect to it. Now that the Galaxy S10 5G is days away from being released—AT&T’s first 5G-capable phone—it is set to release the service in six cities on June 28.
Cities including Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York City will have a taste of 5G’s 1.8 gigabits of data per second.
Furthermore, “test after test, AT&T’s 5G network topped Verizon’s fastest network speeds—1.8Gbps on AT&T and 1.3Gbps on Verizon. That’s especially impressive knowing that AT&T decided to “cap” its 5G speeds at 2Gbps, suggesting they could go even higher,” CNET said in a report after comparing speeds of US telecoms companies’ 5G speeds.
“Sprint peaked at 484 Mbps (megabits per second). That’s 3.7 times slower than AT&T’s highest score, but still, nothing to scoff at. For reference, 4G LTE speeds could get you 100Mbps down, and fast home internet speeds might hover in the 400Mbps range.”