This week Huawei announced that it shipped 6.9 million 5G phones in 2019, despite US allegations about security concerns, and outright bans in a number of countries. And even strong-arm tactics from the U.S. government appear unable to stop Huawei dominating the 5G market.
Earlier this month Samsung announced it shipped 6.7 million 5G phones last year, and despite the numbers being close, Huawei can still claim bragging rights. The Chinese company launched eight 5G phones last year: the Mate 30 Pro 5G; the Mate 30 5G; the Porsche Design Mate 30 Pro RS edition; the Mate 20 X 5G; the Nova 6 5G; the Mate X; the Honor V30 Pro; and the Honor V30.
Taking on Trump
Donald Trump banning the company from the US, and urging others to follow suit, due to national security concerns that it could serve as a spy for China, will have had a major impact on Huawei’s numbers; making this announcement even more impressive. Huawei has repeatedly denied these allegations, and continues to ask for evidence of the fact.
Huawei faced more heat around its dominance of 5G infrastructure equipment this week, as U.S. senators looked to introduced a bill that would provide a cash incentive to develop competition for Huawei’s equipment, which is not considered to be “trusted and secure”.
And as if this wasn’t enough, a delegation of U.S. officials visited the UK again this week to try and persuade the government not to use Huawei’s equipment in its 5G networks. However, the Chinese tech company’s market dominance continues to increase, despite the allegations, and many experts believe that this will all be too little, too late, as the UK strives to remain competitive post-Brexit.