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Huawei USA Experts to Discuss Future of 5G at The Big 5G Event
Huawei Technologies USA
May 11, 2022

Execs from Huawei USA will address 5G security and ecosystems during two sessions at Light Reading’s annual conference

AUSTIN, Texas, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ Huawei Technologies USA will lead two discussions at Light Reading’s The Big 5G Event, which will provide unique insights into the current 5G landscape, including applications for enterprises as the U.S. adopts the technology for digitalization of businesses and industries. The multi-day conference is returning to a full in-person event, taking place in Austin May 16-18, and is expected to host more than 1,500 professionals to discuss the future of 5G networks and solutions.

Huawei Technologies USA is participating in The Big 5G Event 2022 as a gold sponsor. Audiences at the event will hear from two executives: Andy Purdy, CSO of Huawei Technologies USA and Mohamed Madkour, VP Global Wireless & Cloud Core Network Marketing and Solutions, Huawei Technologies

Panel Discussion: Security Strategies for the 5G Era
Date & time: Monday, 16 May 2022 2:50pm – 3:30pm CST
Participants: Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading; David Stehlin, CEO, Telecommunications Industry Association; Anubhav Arora, VP, Security Engineering, Cradlepoint; Andy Purdy, CSO Huawei Technologies USA
Topic: As 5G adoption continues to grow, service providers must come together to align on the future of 5G security strategies, how security strategies evolve as 5G services are commercialised, the extent to which they are prepared to meet 5G related security challenges, and the technology best practices to build integrated and holistic vs adjunct 5G security networks.
Sponsor Address: Enriching Enterprise 5G Ecosystem
Date & time: Tuesday, 17 May 2022 4:25pm – 4:40pm
Speaker: Mohamed Madkour, VP Global Wireless & Cloud Core Network Marketing and Solutions, Huawei Technologies
Topic: In this presentation Madkour will provide insights on 5G devices, applications and tools, and business models with a focus on improving inclusive connectivity economics globally.
Huawei Technologies USA has a longstanding relationship with Light Reading dating back to 2011, and has been sponsoring The Big 5G Event at a platinum level since 2016, offering its expertise in the 5G space as a global leader in 5G innovation. Spokespeople will emphasize the company’s commitment to providing widespread connectivity for all during conversations at The Big 5G Event.

Russian telcos left with Huawei as Ericsson and Nokia down tools
IAIN MORRIS, International Editor

Russian telecom may have to be made in China from now on. Both Ericsson and Nokia today confirmed they would cease product deliveries to Russian customers while they assess the impact of Western government sanctions, imposed after the invasion of neighboring Ukraine ordered last week by Russia, that leaves Russian operators with only Huawei as an alternative.

It means Russian mobile operators – MegaFon, MTS and Veon – could potentially face billions of dollars in future swap-out fees to replace Nordic equipment they can no longer support. What’s unclear at this stage is just how reliant those companies are on the Western equipment vendors. But all seem to have some degree of exposure and Russia – like most other countries – has no viable domestic suppliers.

MegaFon, for instance, is known to have signed a multi-year contract for nationwide microwave backhaul with Ericsson back in 2019. It also identified Nokia as a mobile network supplier last year. Veon, an Amsterdam-headquartered operator with a huge Russian business, has bought IT products from Ericsson previously, and Nokia is understood to have replaced Veon equipment, including gear made by Ericsson, at about 2,200 Russian mobile sites, sources revealed in 2019. In its last annual report, MTS identified Ericsson and Alcatel (now a part of Nokia) among its principal suppliers.

On a bad day for Ericsson, due largely to new revelations regarding a scandal in Iraq, the Swedish company confirmed its move in a statement emailed to Light Reading. “Ericsson is also urgently reviewing how our business might be affected by sanctions imposed,” it said. “We have decided to suspend all deliveries to customers in Russia while we conduct our analysis.”

Nokia adopted a similar line. “Our focus is to ensure we comply with all sanctions and restrictions on Russia and have put a pause on our delivery system,” it said by email. “This is a complex situation which is evolving rapidly and we continue to assess it.”

The decisions are unlikely to have a major impact on either company’s business. While they do not break out financial results for most individual countries, Ericsson identified the UK as its fourth-largest market last year and generated just 3% of its revenues there. Raymond James, a bank, thinks Russia accounts for just 2% of Ericsson’s sales.

Action was taken days after US President Joe Biden announced sweeping sanctions against Russia. They include “Russia-wide restrictions on sensitive US technologies produced in foreign countries using US-origin software, technology or equipment,” said a White House statement. “This includes Russia-wide restrictions on semiconductors, telecommunication, encryption security, lasers, sensors, navigation, avionics and maritime technologies. These severe and sustained controls will cut off Russia’s access to cutting-edge technology.”

The rules could affect ZTE, a Chinese vendor that still relies heavily on US components. Any continuation of sales might land ZTE in trouble with US authorities and back on the Entity List. Named on that trade blacklist several years ago, it was unable to procure technologies it needs for its products and almost went out of business. Restrictions were lifted only when ZTE agreed to pay a crippling fine to the US Department of Justice.

Huawei aligns with China

Deemed a security threat as a big Chinese company, Huawei still features on the Entity List and is therefore subject to many of the same restrictions that now affect Russia. It has relied on stockpiles as well as in-house and other Chinese technology and has shown no public interest in halting Russian deliveries, as Ericsson and Nokia have done. A spokesperson for the company confirmed its position has not changed.

That will do nothing for Huawei’s image in Western countries horrified by Russia’s activities. Huawei has long insisted it has no connections to China’s government and is independently owned. But if it carries on with business as usual, it will appear aligned with Chinese authorities that have refused to be critical of Putin. A possible scenario is that Russia moves even further into China’s sphere of influence, replacing Western suppliers with Chinese ones across various industries.

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But the sanctions have left operators in an extremely difficult position. A wide-scale rollout of 5G has not started in Russia and Huawei’s stockpiles may have depleted by the time it does. Denied access by US sanctions to chips made by TSMC and Samsung, the world’s most advanced chip foundries, Huawei may eventually need to fall back on less sophisticated semiconductors for 5G network equipment. China currently lacks the expertise needed to produce state-of-the-art chips and is not expected to acquire it for several years.

In the meantime, Russia’s currency has plunged to a record low against the dollar after various Russian banks were ejected from SWIFT, the main international system for cross-border transactions. With interest rates jacked up to 20%, and ordinary Russians struggling to make payments, Veon’s share price has plummeted 61% since February 23.

Seeking to reassure investors, the company issued a statement about liquidity, saying it has about $2.1 billion in cash and deposits, including $1.5 billion at banks in the US, European Union and Japan. “The $1.5 billion HQ cash and deposit balance and $0.8 billion undrawn credit line under the RCF [revolving credit facility] will allow us to maintain a prudent liquidity position in these times of macroeconomic uncertainty,” said Serkan Okandan, Veon’s chief financial officer. Russian telecom is in turmoil.

A decision on Huawei’s future in Canada might be coming soon: Here’s how we got here

The government has taken months to decide whether Huawei should be given access to Canada’s 5G network
By Nida Zafar
January 21, 2022

The federal government holds the fate of Huawei’s 5G future in Canada in its hands.

For months, the government has said that an announcement regarding whether the Chinese telecom company will be able to provide infrastructure for Canada’s 5G network is coming. However, there is no clear indication as to when it will actually deliver a decision.

There are concerns the company is tied to the Chinese government, and questions have been raised about potential privacy impacts if Huawei is allowed to provide equipment related to Canada’s 5G infrastructure.

The existence of the supposed ties isn’t the only issue. All of Canada’s allies in the Five Eyes, an intelligence-sharing alliance, have banned or restricted the use of Huawei equipment on their 5G networks. If Canada decides to allow Huawei in its 5G network, it’ll likely face backlash from the alliance.

Two Canadian businessmen in China were arrested soon after. While the Chinese government has long denied the arrests were in retaliation to actions taken against Wanzhou, they stated the outcome for the Canadians wouldn’t be good if Wanzhou were to be extradited to the U.S.

All of this transpired while Canadian telecom companies hung in limbo, unsure whether or not they’d be allowed to use Huawei equipment, including what they had already installed.

Bell and Telus have used Huawei equipment in their networks and previously asked the federal government to pay for that equipment if it bans Huawei and forces them to replace it. Both carriers have announced partnerships with Ericsson and Nokia for 5G — Rogers has had a 5G partnership with Ericsson since 2018.

Huawei’s recent history with Canada is problematic, and it may play a role in the government’s final verdict. Here’s everything you need to know about the factors that might influence the decision:

December 1st, 2018: Wanzhou is arrested in Vancouver at the request of the U.S. on allegations she violated trade sanctions in Iran.

Huawei boss hopes for better relations with US
10 February, 2021

Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei said he hopes the new US administration will take a softer approach towards the Chinese telecoms giant.
However, he doesn’t expect much to change over the short-term.
Mr Ren’s comments come as he challenges the Federal Communications Commission’s designation of Huawei as a threat to national security.
The company has long denied US claims that its equipment could be used for spying.
Huawei is one of a handful of Chinese tech firms that were targeted by former US president Donald Trump on the grounds of national security.
US government sanctions have stopped Huawei from accessing vital chipsets, a move which has hurt the company’s handset business.
Huawei has also been locked out of the development of 5G in a number of countries, including the UK.
Open trade
Mr Ren expressed hope for a new approach from US policymakers, saying a more open trade relationship would benefit both the US and Huawei.
“I hope the new US administration will come up with more open policies that are in the interests of US companies and the US economy as a whole,” he said.
However, he appeared to think little would change over the short-term, despite the change of administration in Washington.
The culture secretary says providers must remove all of Huawei’s 5G kit from their networks by 2027.
Huawei is currently on the US Department of Commerce’s Entity List, which restricts its access to items produced with US technology and software.
“I think it’s very unlikely that the US will remove us from the Entity List. I won’t say it’s impossible, but it’s extremely unlikely,” Mr Ren said.
Mr Ren’s comments come as Huawei files a legal challenge against designating Huawei as a security threat.
Analysis box by Karishma Vaswani, Asia business correspondent
China hopes for a reset in a post-Trump world
These are the first comments from a major Chinese company on the US-China spat in a post-Trump world.
They highlight just how much China Inc is hoping for a reset of US-China relations in a Biden era.
There’s possibly no greater symbol of that rivalry than Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei.
Huawei has consistently denied allegations of being a national security threat and it was no different this time.
But while the Chinese firm appeared to extend an olive branch to the new American president, there was also a distinct warning to the US: trying to keep China down won’t work.
Mr Ren – who is famously fond of historical references to drive home his points – warned the US risks repeating the same mistake the UK did, when “in the mid-18th century the UK adopted a closed-off policy towards the US, which pushed the US to rise as the most powerful country in the world.”
The Huawei boss says blocking Huawei and China could lead to “an unexpected outcome.”
But Mr Ren was also conciliatory – and said he hoped for more open policies towards Chinese companies in a new Biden era, saying this would help American companies and the US economy.
Other Chinese firms have also appealed to the new administration.
Last month, Chinese telecoms firms asked the New York stock exchange to rethink their planned delisting, in the latest back and forth about whether they should be allowed to trade in the US.
It’s hard to see how those appeals will be granted.
So far, President Biden’s nominees for top economic and diplomatic posts have indicated that his administration will continue to take a tough line on China.
His pick as budget director Neera Tanden was critical of China at her confirmation hearings on Tuesday.
Ms Tanden told senators “It is important that we marshal allies to put pressure on China to ensure that they have a fair trading system where American companies can truly compete against China.”
She also told the committee she shared concerns about threats to US supply lines posed by Chinese products, including Huawei’s.

Huawei and China Mobile may look to the stars for 6G
By Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Friday 30 April, 2021

According to a report, the two Chinese companies have plans to launch a pair of 6G test satellites later this year

While 5G is undoubtedly the major focus for almost all mobile operators and related equipment vendors around the world today – and surely will be for many years to come – numerous companies are nonetheless looking to get a head-start in 6G.

According to a report from the Global Times, Huawei and China Mobile are set to launch a pair of satellites in July this year with the aims of testing burgeoning 6G technologies. In the past, Huawei has said that it would need to launch around 10,000 small satellites to provide 6G services worldwide.

Exactly what these tests may entail remains a mystery, but the use of satellites for 6G seems natural enough. 6G will use higher frequencies even higher than those of mmWave 5G in order to convey data at speeds several times faster than its technological predecessor, going beyond 100 Gbps.

However, terahertz frequencies will struggle to travel long distances or penetrate obstacles, with even water in the Earth’s atmosphere a strong absorber of this type of radiation. As a result, this could limit the range of terrestrial 6G deployments, with satellites suggested as a reasonable alternative, though they too are not without their own challenges.

In fact, this is not the first time China will have seen the launch of satellites related to the future of mobile technology. In November 2020, China launched what it called the first 6G satellite in the world, Tianyan-5, co-developed by Chengdu Guoxing Aerospace Technology, and Beijing Weina Xingkong Technology, aiming to test high-frequency terahertz communications technology.

Of course, what exactly 6G has yet to be properly defined. In the past year, numerous companies have demonstrated their interest in leading the way with the new technology and the process of defining exactly how it should work. Samsung, for example, has suggested research into the new technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that commercialization of 6G could come as early as 2028.

Naturally, there is a geopolitical element to this move too. Telecommunications are becoming increasingly politicized in the modern world, becoming a battlefield for tech supremacy and global influence. China has already demonstrated its interest in being a world leader in 6G, as it arguably is in 5G, and other major players on the world stage are doing likewise.

Earlier this year, the European Commission announced that it was setting aside €900 million for 6G research and, just last month, the Next G Alliance, including AT&T, Ericsson, Nokia, and VMware, said they had begun work on a North American roadmap for 6G.

Currently, the industry estimates that 6G will mature around 2030, potentially enabling science-fiction-like experiences such as direct brain-computer interfacing and ‘teleportation of the senses’, making it possible for cyberspace to support human thought and action in real-time through wearable devices and micro-devices mounted on the human body.

Who will be the first to make major strides in this embryonic technology remains to be seen.

Huawei claims to be involved in half of global 5G networks
By Juan Pedro Tomás
FEBRUARY 22, 2021 5G, APAC, Business, Carriers, EMEA, Network Infrastructure, Wireless

Chinese vendor Huawei claimed the company has built over half of the 140 commercial 5G networks deployed in 59 countries so far, Ryan Ding, president of Huawei’s Carrier Business Group, said at a pre-briefing for MWC Shanghai 2021.

“5G developed faster than we had expected. More than 140 commercial 5G networks have been deployed in 59 countries. In China, more than 68% of smartphones shipped in 2020 were 5G phones. More than 200 5G modules and industrial devices are now available, supporting 5G application in a broad range of industries,” the executive said.

“2020 has been a difficult year. During this time, Huawei worked closely with our customers,” Ding said. “In 2020, Huawei supported the stable operations of over 300 networks across more than 170 countries and helped operators provide online services and minimize the impact of the pandemic on their business. Working with Huawei, operators attracted 22 million new wireless home broadband users worldwide. Thanks to this, people can easily access telemedicine services and work from home,” he added.

The executive also highlighted that 5G technology is becoming part of core production processes in industries. Looking ahead, Ding is bullish about the outlook for industrial applications this year, noting the adoption of 5G had made “production safer, more intelligent and more efficient” in domestic coal mining, steel making, and manufacturing sectors.

Ding also noted that 5G applications have been deployed in more than 20 industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, education and logistics. ”5G is no longer for early adopters, it is improving our daily lives. 2021 will be the first year with large-scale 5G industry applications,” he said. “Huawei will have exhibitions and in-depth discussions on these topics with industry stakeholders online and offline at the upcoming MWC Shanghai. We will keep innovating to help our customers build the best 5G networks and achieve greater business success.”

During the briefing, Ritchie Peng, president of Huawei’s 5G Product Line, said 5G users globally reached 200 million, while 800,000 5G sites have been rolled out worldwide.

Huawei’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei recently said that the firm believes that it will be extremely unlikely that the new U.S. administration would lift the current restrictions imposed by former President Donald Trump.

“I think it’s very unlikely that the U.S. will remove us from the Entity List. I won’t say it’s impossible, but it’s extremely unlikely. We basically aren’t considering it a possibility,” Ren said, adding that Huawei remains committed to producing good products and solutions.

In May 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce added Huawei to its Entity List, a decision that effectively banned the company from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval.

Under the order, Huawei needs a U.S. government license to buy components from U.S. suppliers.

Huawei taps its 5G treasure trove
By Robyn Mak
Mar 17, 2021

ROYALTY STATUS. Huawei is playing its trump card. China’s telecommunications giant expects up to $1.3 billion in revenue between 2019 and 2021 from licensing intellectual property. It will charge a “reasonable” royalty capped at $2.50 for every smartphone that uses its next-generation wireless technology.

Huawei and its rivals historically exchanged access to each others’ patents. But U.S sanctions crippled the group’s smartphone and electronics unit, which generated $72 billion in sales in 2019. Meanwhile, governments from the European Union to India are shunning Chinese-made network equipment due to security concerns.
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Huawei owns roughly a fifth of the essential 5G patents, according to research firm IPlytics. So its technology will probably be in most of the latest handsets. Rival Qualcomm reckons 5G smartphone shipments for 2020 and this year could total 775 million, implying up to $1.9 billion in handset royalties alone for Huawei. With ever more devices connecting to 5G, the company’s royalties could unveil a treasure trove.

Russia’s MTS launches pilot 5G network using Huawei equipment

The company’s subscribers using 5G-compatible smartphones will be able to connect to 5G Internet at speeds up to 1.5 Gbps, according to the company’s
press release.
March 10, 2021

Russian telecoms operator MTS on Wednesday launched the country’s first user pilot 5G network in the 4.9GHz band across 14 locations in Moscow using Chinese Huawei’s telecom equipment.

The company’s subscribers using 5G-compatible smartphones will be able to connect to 5G Internet at speeds up to 1.5 Gbps, according to the company’s press release.

However, users will not be able to independently connect to pilot zones, the company said and added that the selection of participants in the pilot project using smartphones with support for the n79 range will be carried out basis analysis of data in their movement, proximity to pilot locations, internet traffic, among others.

The Russian telco further said the number of 5G zones and consequently, the coverage will increase over time. But it did not specify further details.

It should be noted that, at the end of February, MTS together with Skoltech, expanded the 5G coverage in Skolkovo, deploying a pilot network for the International Medical Cluster (MMK).

At the first stage, the two companies will enable round-the-clock video surveillance over the 5G network while at the second stage, they will provide indoor 5G coverage.

With the latest development, MTS is piloting 5G at Nikolsky passage, Vetoshny lane; Lubyanskaya square, Bolshaya Lubyanka street, Central Children’s Store; Nikolskaya street, St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya hotel; Bolshaya Dmitrovka street, Teatralny proezd, Kuznetsky Most, Central Department Store, Petrovsky Passage, among others.

Huawei open to transfer 5G technology for global innovation including source code
“We are open to transferring all of our 5G technologies, not just licensing production to others. This will include source programmes and source code to all the hardware design secrets as well as the know-how, and the chip design,” Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said at the opening ceremony of the intelligent mining innovation lab in Taiyuan.
PTI February 11, 2021, 07:57 IST

NEW DELHI/BEIJING Chinese telecom major Huawei on Wednesday said that it is open to transfer 5G technology, including the source code, hardware design secrets etc to facilitate global innovation. Huawei holds the maximum number of patents for 5G technology and is followed by US chip maker Qualcomm, according to industry reports.

“We are open to transferring all of our 5G technologies, not just licensing production to others. This will include source programmes and source code to all the hardware design secrets as well as the know-how, and the chip design,” Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said at the opening ceremony of the intelligent mining innovation lab in Taiyuan.

The United States, Australia, the UK and some European countries have barred Huawei equipment alleging security threat from them.

Calling for open trade policies, Zhengfei said, “Both the US and China need to develop their economies, as this is good for our society and financial balance. Everyone needs this. As humanity keeps making progress, no company can develop a globalized industry alone. It requires concerted efforts around the world.”

Indian government has also proposed telecom companies to keep source code, the main software that controls function of an equipment, in an escrow account for security purposes.

Huawei 5G adoption faster than expected in industrial processes
Reporter: PR Wire
Editor: PR Wire

Shenzhen, China (ANTARA) In the lead-up to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2021 from February 23 – 25, 2021 as scheduled, global ICT provider, Huawei said that it saw the 5G has progressed rapidly while some industries have started to adopt 5G in their core production processes.

“5G developed faster than we had expected. More than 140 commercial 5G networks have been deployed in 59 countries,” said Ryan Ding, Executive Director and President of Carrier Business Group Huawei at Huawei’s online media and analyst pre-briefing for the MWC Shanghai 2021.

According to Mr. Ding, Huawei worked closely with customers to navigate through difficult 2020 by supporting the stable operations of over 300 networks across more than 170 countries.

It also helped operators provide online services and minimize the impact of the pandemic on their business. Working with Huawei, operators attracted 22 million new wireless home broadband users worldwide.

“Thanks to this, people can easily access telemedicine services and work from home,” Mr Ding said. He also said the ecosystem is also maturing.

Mr. Ding continued, In China, more than 68% of smartphones shipped in 2020 were 5G phones. “More than 200 5G modules and industrial devices are now available, supporting 5G application in a broad range of industries,” Mr. Ding said.

Huawei helped operators build the best networks. According to the 2020 reports from third parties, including IHS, P3, OpenSignal and Meqyas, the best 5G networks in Seoul, Amsterdam,

Madrid, Zurich, Hong Kong and Riyadh were all the networks built by Huawei. Mr. Ding stressed that great network experience is the foundation of business success, and that these 6 cities are just a tip of the iceberg in terms of Huawei’s collaborative innovation with operators. For instance, by deploying Huawei’s 64T64R AAUs and leading multi-antenna algorithms, LG U+ achieved higher spectrum efficiency and network experience more than 25% better than other operators. With Huawei’s Blade AAU, which can operate in both Sub3G and C-Band, Sunrise shortened site acquisition time from 24 months to 6 months, and was only operator with 5 straight outstanding ratings in Switzerland.

Mr. Ding was optimistic about the prospect of large-scale deployment of 5G industrial applications in 2021 since 5G is becoming part of core production processes in industries.

5G applications have been deployed in more than 20 industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, education and logistics.

5G is no longer for early adopters, it is improving our daily lives. 2021 will be the first year with large-scale 5G industry applications. Operators will need new capabilities in network planning, deployment, maintenance, optimization, and operations, in order to achieve “0 to 1”, and replicate success from 1 to many. Huawei will have exhibitions and in-depth discussions on these topics with industry stakeholders online and offline at the upcoming MWC Shanghai.

We will keep innovating to help our customers build the best 5G networks and achieve greater business success,” Mr. Ding said.

He pointed to examples in China where 5G industrial applications are already proving their worth, such as in coal mining, steel making and manufacturing, where the adoption of 5G has made production safer, more intelligent, and more efficient.

Elsewhere, sharing similar optimism, Mr. Ritchie Peng, President of Huawei’s 5G Product Line, said the deployment of 5G is accelerating worldwide.

“The number of 5G users globally has reached 200 million, and 800,000 5G sites have been constructed worldwide. The overall user experience has been improved by more than tenfold, and entry-level 5G terminals are already available at a price as low as US$350,” Mr Ritchie said.

He attributed a number of factors driving the rapid growth of 5G networks across the industry chain, particularly to the sustained innovation by telecom carriers on services; device vendors on product forms and new applications; and system equipment vendors on systems, algorithms, and solutions; as well as industry customers on vertical applications.

Carriers outside China can quickly deploy 5G Massive MIMO at sites that do not have enough space for new antennas thanks partly to the success of China’s network to scaled deployment of Massive MIMO on TDD medium bands that provide a large bandwidth, through which 5G networks can provide huge capacity and ensure continuous coverage.

Huawei’s innovative 5G medium-band products and solutions are helping operators provide high-quality 5G network services, as shown in the third-party tests conducted in South Korea,

Germany, Austria, Saudi Arabia, and other countries and regions, during which even if carriers do not have an advantage in spectrum, their user experience still leads by10% to 50% with the same 5G devices.

Huawei tests 5G unmanned vehicle in Thailand smart hospital
By Bryan Rilloraza

Huawei, the Thailand National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Communication (NBTC) and Siriraj Hospital, recently initiated its “Unmanned Vehicle Pilot Project Driving Thai Healthcare to 5G Era” to pioneer the use of unmanned vehicles for the first time in a smart hospital in this ASEAN country.

The self-driving delivery vehicle takes advantage of 5G technology from Huawei to bring about contactless delivery solution of medical supplies, which will elevate the medical system to 5G era by applying world-class technology and innovation to drive medical services and the healthcare industry.

Such technology can replace manpower in logistics services as it can operate in complex environments. The autonomous car offers safe, convenient and cost-effective solutions while reducing workload for healthcare worker and improving patient safety. The 5G technology integration will then be progressively applied in the national health system for Smart Hospital transformation in near future.

“The NBTC has been utilizing 5G technology with remote medical services by connecting with Community Health Promotion Hospital and large local hospitals in piloting remote treatment of four diseases – such as eye diseases, skin diseases, blood pressure abnormalities and diabetes. Moreover, the remote medical care has also expanded to local prisons, namely Khao Bin Central Prison and Ratchaburi Central Prison in Ratchaburi province, to give easier medical access to people and prisoners in remote areas. The ongoing projects by the NBTC aim to drive greater benefits of 5G innovation into different aspects of life across the country,” said Takorn Tantasith, Secretary-General of the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

“Thailand has the advantages of the successful 5G auction and of being one of the 5G leaders in ASEAN. The NBTC recognizes the competitive advantages and promotes integration of 5G technology in different sectors to close the digital divide in the country. This is to get Thailand ready for digital transformation in driving our daily life, work and manufacturing forward,” added the Secretary-General of the NBTC.

After the first test trial in Siriraj Hospital, the oldest and largest hospital in Thailand at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, the NBTC will evaluate the benefits and efficiency of the 5G-enable unmanned vehicle before maximizing results from this pilot project to leverage the unmanned vehicle in different uses, as well as in other hospitals.

Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, said, “As a result of COVID-19 situation, the safety of patients and medical workers must be prioritized, including effective use of resources. Siriraj Hospital places importance on taking full advantage of digital technology in order to holistically increase the efficiency of medical services and operations. The pilot project of 5G unmanned vehicle will enhance the central logistics system within the hospital. At the initial stage, it will be used to transport and distribute medicines for contactless delivery which will help reduce workload and infection risks of frontline workers. This is another important step to improve the quality of healthcare services for long-term development and sustainability.”

Mr. Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Thailand, said that, “As a global leading company in technology, Huawei is honored and delighted to continuously take part in assisting Thai medical staff. The pilot project of driverless vehicle for Siriraj Hospital will operate under Huawei’s 5G technology to help transport medical supplies within the hospital. This pilot project exemplifies the accelerated digitalization of Thailand’s medical services as 5G will play a key role in the next generation of healthcare. The 5G applications in the public health domain could also inspire businesses in other sectors to leverage 5G’s popularity and explore new applications of the technology. Most significantly, 5G technology will be the key driving force to recover the Thai economy and drive new economic and societal growth for the country across every aspect.”

Huawei’s 5G deal with Indonesia spearheads Southeast Asia pushEconomically neutral region crucial to expansion after Western roadblock
KOYA JIBIKI and TAKASHI KAWAKAMI, Nikkei staff writers
December 2, 2020

JAKARTA/GUANGZHOU – Largely shunned in the West, Huawei Technologies has ramped up its activities in Southeast Asia where governments have maintained a neutral economic stance amid tensions between the U.S. and China.

The Chinese telecommunication equipment leader recently entered an agreement with Indonesia to develop talent in 5G technology and related fields. The company will assist in training 100,000 people to become proficient in digital technology, such as in the cloud and 5G sectors. Huawei will deploy its internal know-how in employee training, based on the memorandum of understanding.

For Indonesia, the memorandum is the first of its kind that the government has entered into.

“With Huawei’s help, we expect to bring the level of our human resources up to international standards,” said a source close to the Indonesian presidential office. Huawei will also collaborate with an Indonesian government agency that is pushing forward development of artificial intelligence and 5G.

The supplier will also provide technological cooperation to Indosat Ooredoo, the second-largest telecom company in Indonesia, in the installation of 5G infrastructure in the Jakarta capital region and other areas. The network will be powered by SRv6, a segment routing standard that boosts connectivity. The country will be the site of the first commercial application of SRv6 in the Asia-Pacific region.

Although Indonesia has squared off politically against China over disputes in the South China Sea, the two sides share favorable relations on the economic front. China is Indonesia’s largest trading partner, for one.

Considering Indonesia is dealing with its own independence movement within its borders, the government has been silent concerning human rights issues in Beijing’s national security law imposed on Hong Kong and the treatment of the country’s Muslim minority Uighur population.

Both Ericsson and Nokia have launched proving tests for 5G networks in Indonesia. However, “Huawei equipment are 20-30% less costly, and the quality is advancing,” said a person close to Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the state-owned telecom.

In Thailand, Huawei established a 5G research center this September that is supporting technical development by startups. Huawei is also spending 700 million baht ($23 million) to build its third data center in Thailand next year, according to local media.

This activity comes amid blowback Huawei faces from the West. The British government said Monday it will not allow the installation of new Huawei equipment starting September next year.

This comes on top of the prohibition against the procurement of the company’s equipment, which goes into effect in January. All Huawei hardware are due to be removed by 2027.

Great Britain this January had originally decided to allow Huawei to enter the 5G market on a limited basis, but switched course due to pressure from the U.S. and in response to the national security legislation Beijing imposed on Hong Kong. Elsewhere in Europe, France is gearing up for a de facto ban on Huawei equipment by 2028.

The same dynamic has spread to a few places in Southeast Asia. In Singapore, the top three telecoms picked Ericsson and Nokia over Huawei as the main suppliers of 5G equipment. Vietnam’s state-owned carrier Viettel has apparently turned its back on Huawei as well.

Even accounting for those setbacks, the pushback against Huawei is weaker in Southeast Asia compared with the U.S. and Europe. There is little resistance to Huawei in Africa as well, but countries there lag in 5G development.

Capital expenditures by telecom operators in Southeast Asia will total $66 billion between 2020 and 2025, according to London-based industry group GSMA. The scale pales in comparison to $282 billion for North America and $181 billion for Europe. But for Huawei, Southeast Asia will be crucial to growth.

“Southeast Asia has been and will remain an important market for Huawei,” said Remy Pascal, principal analyst at the British market intelligence company Omdia. Pascal cites the “good growth potential” and the large number of Huawei clients in the region.

Huawei currently leads in terms of telecom infrastructure. The company commanded a 44% global share in the second quarter, according to Omdia, or more than double Ericsson’s slice. Huawei has benefited from China’s head start in 5G investment, as well as the extensive demand in the domain.

On the other hand, the business environment has been deteriorating for Huawei. In markets such as Japan, the U.S. and Europe, Huawei’s share will inevitably plummet with the rise of 5G investment.

For Huawei’s smartphone segment, shipments are starting to stall in the wake of the limitations on chip procurement imposed by the U.S.

Huawei maintains that there will be no disruptions in its telecom infrastructure business. The equipment does not use semiconductors as sophisticated as those found in smartphones, and there is enough inventory for the components. Huawei’s ability to harness demand in China and tap into Southeast Asia’s potential will hold the key to cushioning the downturn.

“Southeast Asia does not have a unified position regarding Huawei,” said Pascal, touching on the potential for the region to represent a growing share of Huawei’s business. “In that sense, you can say that Southeast Asia will be even more important for Huawei in the future.”

Efforts To Make 5G More ‘Open’ With Less Huawei Have Attracted Dozens Of Chinese Vendors
-Roslyn Layton

Mobile cellular networks are costly to build. In 2019, the world’s mobile operators earned just over $1 trillion and spent $30 billion on Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment, some 3 percent of revenue. To reduce cost, mobile operators leverage the pool of network equipment vendors, for example by developing new interfaces in network equipment to lower barriers to entry, under the industry term OpenRAN or Open Radio Access Network. OpenRAN is not a per se standard but a collection of technological features purported to allow different vendors to supply 5G networks with “standardized open interfaces” specified by the O-RAN ALLIANCE. Note that O-RAN only addresses internal RAN components. The industry still relies on 3GPP, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, to build an end-to-end mobile cellular network and to connect end-user devices. OpenRAN has become a hot topic in tech policy as an antidote to Huawei equipment in mobile networks, but dozens of Chinese companies have joined the O-RAN ALLIANCE where they can influence OpenRAN standards and manufacturing.

As unsavory practices and relationships between Huawei and the Chinese government have been revealed, many nation state leaders have demanded the removal of Huawei equipment from communications networks. Huawei itself has not succeeded to demonstrate that it is an employee-owned company free from Chinese government control. China’s practice of civil military fusion means that all economic inputs can be commandeered for military purposes. Its de facto information policy asserts sovereignty over the internet and can thus enjoin any Chinese firm or subject to participate in surveillance and espionage. This means that restricting Huawei alone is not sufficient to secure 5G; the presence of any Chinese product in the network poses a security risk.

The O-RAN ALLIANCE was established in 2018 by Deutsche Telekom, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, AT&T, and China Mobile and has grown to 237 mobile operators and network equipment providers. The US has 82 members; China, 44 (3 from Hong Kong); Taiwan, 20; Japan, 14; United Kingdom, 10; India, 10; and Germany, 7. Notably such organizations try to maximize membership and not exclude any company or country, especially those predicated on the notion of “openness”. However unlike democratic countries which have independent judiciaries and constitutionally protected domains for enterprise, the Chinese Communist Party is thoroughly integrated with every commercial entity, especially information technology and telecommunications which are part of the China 2025 Plan. This suggests that one or more of 44 Chinese member companies could be compromised.

The conundrum of engagement with restricted Chinese entities does not end there. Citing security concerns, the Federal Communications Commission rejected a US operating license to China Mobile and may revoke approval for China Telecom for its failure to demonstrate that it is not influenced the Chinese government. Other O-RAN ALLIANCE members include Inspur, Lenovo, Tsinghua, and ZTE, companies the US government restricts for security reasons given their ties to the Chinese government and/or military. The O-RAN ALLIANCE did not return a request for comment.
Some mobile operators cite OpenRAN to avoid ripping and replacing Huawei equipment

While many mobile operators are taking precautions to protect their customers by removing Huawei equipment, Vodafone, Telefonica, and Deutsche Telekom have resisted. They posit the promise of OpenRAN (with the O-RAN ALLIANCE specification) to justify a delay of rip and replace efforts, knowing that OpenRAN products will not be available for some years. Thus, these three operators can extend the life of Huawei in their 5G networks with the promise of using so called “open” equipment which could be influenced by Chinese government standards. Separately the cost to rip and replace Huawei in European networks is minimal, about $7 per European mobile subscriber. The mobile operators which have switched out Huawei equipment have not experience increased cost or delay to the rollout of 5G. No US mobile operators use Huawei in 5G, and all have pledged not to use such equipment as part of the State Department’s Clean 5G initiative. It also seems that OpenRAN itself will not be a security guarantee; operators (and security experts) will still have to perform due diligence on vendors, likely even more numerous in the future.

Huawei Reaches 5G Critical Mass With Germany Approval
November 30, 2020

Germany will allow Huawei to develop part of its 5G network, the Handelsblatt business daily reported last week after consulting a new bill that Angela Merkel’s government will submit to the Bundestag next month.

Japan and South Korea politely but firmly refused to exclude the Chinese telecommunications giant from their networks in October. Among the world’s major economies, only the US, UK, India and Taiwan are planning to block Huawei 5G equipment.

Huawei now has the inside track in the race to develop “Fourth Industrial Revolution” applications that harness the capabilities of 5G, including automatically programmed industrial robots, remote-controlled mining, “smart city” traffic management. », Telemedicine and pandemic control.

For example, Huawei plans to add the digitized medical histories and real-time health monitoring of half a billion people outside of China to its cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) systems during the 2020s. In addition, China’s dominance in 5G gives it a head start in the development of 6G broadband in the next phase.

The German decision not to block a particular equipment supplier from its 5G build was widely expected after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the US presidential election. Biden advisers have said in the past that it is unrealistic to try to exclude billions of Huawei users from global communications networks.

A recent report titled “Meeting the Challenge of China: A New US Strategy for Technology Competition” from the Asia Society and the University of Southern California, said: “Although a ban on Huawei is possible in some key countries, especially allies and partners, this is a global networking challenge that requires multifaceted solutions. Since Chinese components, user terminals and software will be mixed up among the billions of connected 5G end users around the world, a total ban on the global market from Huawei and other Chinese suppliers is impractical.

Some of the report’s authors are potential officials in the Biden administration.

Japanese media reported in mid-October that Tokyo had rejected US demands to exclude Huawei from its 5G network and told Washington it would take its own security measures to ensure the safety of data transmitted through Huawei hardware. .

South Korean news agency Yonhap said a senior South Korean official told a high-level US delegation: “We have made it clear that if a private telecommunications company uses equipment from a specific company , it’s up to this company to decide.

“Russian 5G will be made in China,” Russian business daily Kommersant reported in September after Russian mobile provider MTS switched from Nokia to Huawei to upgrade Moscow’s mobile network. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Xi Jinping signed a framework agreement on 5G cooperation, including for joint research and development, at the 2019 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Excluding Huawei’s 5G equipment from Germany would have caused major disruption as new 5G networks need to be integrated with existing 4G equipment. Huawei represents 65% of the 4G infrastructure of Deutsche Telekom, Germany’s leading provider of mobile services, as well as 55% of Vodaphone equipment and 50% of Telefonica’s equipment.

Earlier this month, German officials described the Huawei decision as a cliffhanger, as German industrial lobbyists argued with German security officials who were reluctant to take the wrath of the U.S. intelligence community. Trump’s loss at the polls appears to have tipped the scales in favor of the industry lobby, which wants to work with China.

In Sweden, where Huawei’s biggest competitor Ericsson is located, the national telecommunications regulator postponed a 5G spectrum auction after a Swedish appeals court granted Huawei’s petition to reconsider the ban by the government to use its broadband equipment.

Ericsson himself has criticized the government ban. China is one of Ericsson’s largest markets, and the company’s largest and most modern production facility opened in Nanjing last year. Ericsson is expected to build up to 10% of China’s vast 5G network, with 10 million base stations in place by 2024.

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