UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Huawei does not exclude that fifth-generation (5G) mobile communications will become its main business in Europe, Abraham Lew, Huawei’s chief representative at EU institutions, said in an interview with RIA.
When asked if he expects 5G to be the main business for Huawei in Europe, Lew said, “I think so.”
“I think 5G will definitely become the future of the information infrastructure. That is, any information will be transmitted over the 5G network. That’s why the US can be so nervous – because they have some fundamental flaws and we put them in a bad position in this international 5G race.” – added the representative of the Chinese company.
In May, the US Department of Commerce decided to put Huawei and its legal entities on the black list, limiting their ability to buy services and components from US firms.
The United States has made considerable efforts to convince its allies to keep Huawei out of their telecommunications infrastructures, citing security risks and the ability to spy on customers. Huawei insists that the company is not controlled by the Chinese government, military or intelligence services. The Chinese tech giant has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the restrictions in the defense bill.
“I think the US is worried that they were left behind. And this situation was created by themselves. Firstly, in the USA there is a lack of frequencies: Sub-6GHz, the best frequency for 5G, was given to the military. Thus, these frequencies will not available to commercial users … In addition, in the US there is a shortage of 5G suppliers, “said the representative of the Chinese company.
As a result, American politicians feel that in this crucial area the United States may be left behind and that the country will not be able to catch up in the short term, he said. “So what they are doing is slowing down the competition,” Lew summed up.
Since 2018, mobile operators have begun the deployment of fifth-generation (5G) networks to meet the growing data transfer needs of both ordinary consumers and industrial users. Each new generation of cellular networks has offered improved speeds, greater capacity and new features and services.
5G is no exception. It is expected that new networks will allow mobile operators to expand consumer services (provide high-quality streaming video, virtual reality applications), support a growing number of connected devices (medical devices, smart homes, the Internet of things), and implement new industrial applications (for example, industrial sensors , industrial monitoring systems), perform advanced data analytics and use advanced technologies (for example, applications for a smart city, autonomous vehicles wa).
Thanks to the implementation of many 5G applications, enterprises from a wide range of industries will be able to significantly increase work efficiency and reduce costs. For example, on the basis of the 5G network, you can create a comprehensive emergency medical care system consisting of ambulances connected to the network, AI equipment with support for augmented reality (AR) technologies, virtual reality and drones.
After placing the patient in an ambulance connected to the 5G network, the doctor will be able to complete a medical examination using the medical equipment installed in it, for example, to perform a blood test, an ECG or an ultrasound scan in B-mode. The information received (pictures, description of symptoms, patient’s medical records, etc.) can be sent to the hospital in real time, so that doctors plan ahead for an emergency and prepare for surgery. This will allow more time to save the patient’s life and increase the success of treatment.
5G is expected to bring significant economic benefits. Market analysts believe that in the United States alone, 5G could create up to 3 million new jobs and add up to $ 500 billion to a country’s gross domestic product (GDP). According to experts, globally, 5G technologies can generate $ 12.3 trillion in sales across several leading industries and provide 22 million jobs by 2035.
In early September, Sue Wenwei, director of Huawei and director of the Institute for Strategic Studies, said that Huawei has received more than 50 commercial contracts for the supply of 5G equipment. In total, Huawei has already shipped more than 200 thousand 5G base stations to customers. Thus, almost two-thirds of the 5G base stations in the world use Huawei equipment, and ZTE is much inferior to Huawei in a new growing market.
China is currently testing 5G in all major cities and provinces in preparation for mass commercial network launches. In October of this year, the fifth generation communications technology will come to Shanghai. In 2019, China Mobile operator promises to build more than 50 thousand 5G base stations in 50 cities of China. Its competitor, China Telecom, announced that it will complete the commercial deployment of technology in 40 cities of the country, and the third operator, China Unicom, also announced the introduction of 5G by the end of the year.
According to GSMA forecasts, by 2025, 28% of mobile devices in the country will work in 5G networks, which is about 3/4 of all connections in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region and 40% of the global number of connections.
According to GSMA estimates, in 2025, investments by Chinese operators will amount to $ 184 billion out of $ 370 billion for all operators from the Asia-Pacific region. A 5G study published by the Chinese Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT) predicts that the country’s three largest network operators (China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom) will spend more than 220 billion yuan ($ 31 billion) on 5G equipment only in 2020 .
Recently, 5G base station construction schedules have been published in 11 cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Shenyang. Beijing, like Shanghai, will build more than 10 thousand 5G base stations by the end of 2019; Shanghai will install another 20 thousand 5G base stations in 2020; Guangzhou will build at least 20 thousand stations, and Shenzhen will install 15 thousand stations in 2019.
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