Huawei came in first in a 5G radio access network (RAN) evaluation, while Samsung Electronics placed fourth behind Ericsson and Nokia.
The assessment was done by market research firm Global Data, which evaluated four items -- baseband unit (BBU) capacity, wireless communications portfolios, ease of installation and technological evolution. Huawei received the highest score (five points) in all four sectors (a total of 20 points), receiving the Leader grade.
Following Huawei, Nokia scored 16 points, Ericsson 15 points, Samsung Electronics 14 points, and ZTE 14 points. The four companies excluding Huawei have all received the “Very Strong” grade.
Samsung Electronics received three points, a relatively low score, in ease of installation and technological evolution.