Huawei bags huge 5G contracts despite US ban

Huawei bags huge 5G contracts despite US ban


The controversial Chinese telecom giant Huawei claims it has obtained 46 commercial 5G contracts in 30 countries so far and shipped more than one lakh 5G stations globally, emerging as a top player in the race for setting up the superfast telecommunications system despite the American ban on use of its 5G services.

The firm headquartered in Shenzhen, which is under immense pressure after the US issued the ban warning that Huawei systems could be manipulated by Beijing to spy on other countries and disrupt critical communications, made the announcement on Thursday in a press statement.

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Thursday granted commercial-use 5G licences to four state-owned telecom giants to start rolling out 5G services, signalling Beijing's determination to be the global leader in setting up superfast wireless networks.

It issued licences to China Broadcasting Network and the country's top three telecom operators -- China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom.

The company said it was well prepared for China's 5G commercial use. In February last year, it made the world's first 5G call and launched the first 5G terminal device.