Despite pressures from the U.S. government, a growing number of countries are authorizing the use of Huawei's equipment in building 5G networks.
Huawei said on March 22 that Germany and France have announced that they will approve the use of Huawei equipment following the decision in January by the United Kingdom and the European Union not to exclude Huawei 5G network equipment.
Huawei believes that the main reason these countries are allowing the use of Huawei’s 5G equipment is its technological excellence.
Since 2008, Huawei has invested about 60 trillion won in R&D for over 10 years. In particular, it has continued to invest in basic scientific fields such as algorithm research for improving performance and the quality of 5G base stations, and material research for lighter equipment for 5G base stations.
In addition, a recent analysis of the number of European patent applications registered in 2019 by the European Patent Office showed that Huawei ranked first with 3,524 registrations. The number of its registrations increased by 41.8 percent compared to 2485 in 2018 and it rose by one notch from second place. Huawei is the only company with over 3,000 patent registrations followed by Samsung Electronics (2nd, 2,858) and LG Electronics (3rd, 2,817). Huawei's patent registrations included a variety of technologies needed to build a 5G network.
Meanwhile, Huawei announced that it has signed a total of 91 5G commercialization contracts and shipped more than 600,000 5G base stations at a briefing session on Huawei 5G products and solutions in London, the United Kingdom in February. Until the third quarter of last year, Huawei ranked first with a 31.2 percent share of the global 5G equipment market, followed by Ericsson (25.2 percent), Nokia (18.9 percent), and Samsung Electronics (15 percent), U.S. market research firm Dell’Oro Group said in a report.