Huawei will unveil world's first 5G foldable smartphone next month

Muriel Colon
January 27, 2019

The firm has repeatedly denied the accusations. "We were the first to make breakthroughs in key technologies for large-scale 5G commercial use", said Ding Yun, Huawei executive director of the Board and Carrier BG chief executive.

Europe's mobile service providers would face higher costs and delays to faster networks if authorities imposed a blanket ban on Huawei equipment, particularly the radio technology deployed on mobile towers, Vodafone's Nick Read said.

By contrast, whose current networks are for the most part made up of Huawei equipment, is thinking of ways to reduce its "vulnerability", according to the Nordic country's transport and communications minister quoted in the local press - especially towards countries with whom Oslo "has no security cooperation", an implicit reference to China.

These are distinct from its radio networks, of masts and equipment, and its transmission networks, which connect the core and radio networks. The battery of the handset in question has also been increased to 4000mAh capacity as 5G smartphones would consume more battery while capturing and sending data over 5G network. Huawei is the number one telecom infrastructure supplier worldwide ahead of Nokia, Ericsson and ZTE.

Huawei has about a 35% market share in Europe, making it an important player in the industry.

"Poland's alternative (to Huawei) is to build a state-owned company (or consortium) that would maintain 5G connectivity and using some sort of consortium they will pick partners", said Tomasz Siemoniak, a former defense minister and current parliament member.

Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile operator, said it was "pausing" the deployment of Huawei equipment in its core networks until Western governments resolve concerns about the Chinese company's activities. The Prince's Trust charity, the University of Oxford and Queen's University Belfast have also severed ties with Huawei, while its technology has effectively been banned in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Since 2014, their work has been monitored by Government officials on the HCSEC Oversight Board, set up after Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, led by former Defence Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind, expressed concern about the firm's grip on the United Kingdom telecoms market in 2013.

The US has taken an increasingly aggressive stance against the firm as the 5G race has gained momentum.

The company's Chief Financial Officer Margherita Della Valle said the performance improvements would start to show in the top line after the current quarter.

Mr Read also warned of higher costs and delays to the rollout of 5G if an European Union ban on the firm's equipment comes into force.

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