By: FUMIE YAKU
SHANGHAI — Chinese telecom equipment makers claim they have overcome technical and standards-related challenges to establish themselves as global leaders in 5G, drawing customers from around the world even amid a challenging geopolitical environment.
Ken Hu, rotating chairman of Huawei Technologies, showed his confidence in the company’s superiority when he said in June that efforts to set up fifth-generation wireless networks in Europe would be delayed for two years if Huawei base stations were excluded.
Speaking with reporters at the MWC telecommunications expo here — about a month after Huawei was slapped with U.S. sanctions — Hu announced that the company had struck deals with 50 wireless carriers outside China, of which, 28 were European while 11 deals came from the Middle East. The remainder included 6 deals in the Asia Pacific. He attributed Huawei’s appeal to its cutting-edge technology and cost advantage.