China's Huawei unveils its first 5G base station chipset

Pauline Obrien
January 28, 2019

Vodafone is putting Huawei on hold.

Huawei is estimated to have a market share of 35 percent through the whole of Europe.

Vodafone has said it will stop installing Huawei equipment in its network until there is greater clarity over whether Chinese authorities could use its products for spying.

The arrest of Huawei employee Wang Weijing by Poland last week on spying charges has nevertheless increased the pressure on China's largest privately-held company, amid broad security concerns raised by the USA and other European Union countries. [Translated]"We will lead the 5G smartphone market by accurately reflecting the needs of our customers base on solid foundation and stability", said Ma Changmin, vice president of product strategy at LG Electronics. They are well ahead of Sweden's Ericsson, Finland's Nokia and South Korea's Samsung, analysts say.

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Huawei overtook Sweden's Ericsson (Hanover: ERCB.HA - news) to become the world's biggest manufacturer of telecoms equipment earlier this decade, despite being shut out of the U.S. market.

Huawei has until now, as in other European countries, played a significant role in the development of Poland's telecoms infrastructure, and supplied the equipment for both of the country's first two 5G networks, launched by T-Mobile and Orange last month.

"We are working on foldable phones", Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei's consumer business told Digital Trends.

Furthermore, "everywhere in Europe, operators are the target of huge controls in that area and Huawei's equipment has never been found to be at fault".

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A Huawei spokesman said: "Vodafone and Huawei are long-term strategic partners that have worked together since 2007. We were the first to make breakthroughs in key technologies for large-scale 5G commercial use", Ryan Ding, Huawei Executive Director of the Board, said while delivering a keynote speech.

Balong 5000 - the world's first modem with simultaneous support for standalone (SA) and non-Autonomous (NSA) network architectures.

Nick Read said Vodafone had already agreed terms with a range of 5G suppliers, so moving away from Huawei in parts of the roll-out would not incur additional costs.

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is at the center of another geopolitical scandal after an employee was charged with spying for the Chinese government in Poland.

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Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday that Paris was aware of the risks of Huawei's access to mobile networks and said the government would take the necessary steps when needed.

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