If the Huawei suffers the effects of United States sanctions on its cell phones, which cannot come with Google apps, at least the telecommunications equipment arm is more relieved. Founder Ren Zhengfei said that, starting in October, he will start manufacturing 5G base stations (ERBs) without relying on any American components.
Zhengfei says Huawei tested the manufacture of 5G base stations without parts in the United States in August and September. Mass production starts in October with an estimated 5,000 antennas per month. Corporate strategy president Will Zhang tells the Reuters that the new equipment does not have inferior performance and that the company had “positive surprises” in the tests.
In 2020, the expectation is to reach an annual production of 1.5 million base stations, more than double the 600 thousand forecast for this year – also considering those that have already been produced in the last months with American components.
Since May, Huawei has been blacklisted for companies that may threaten the security of the United States. The American government accuses Huawei of violating trade embargoes, negotiating with countries like Iran, which resulted in the arrest of the company’s financial director; and suspects that the Chinese government is using the company for espionage activities, something the company denies.
To try to circumvent the sanctions, Huawei came to announce that would be willing to license its 5G technology, such as patents, source codes and manufacturing expertise, to a western company – the trio of telecommunications giants is also formed by Ericsson and Nokia. It is estimated that Huawei holds about 20% of 5G-related patents in the world, more than all American company registrations combined.
Huawei has a strong presence among Brazilian operators, having manufactured 70 thousand of the 86 thousand radio antennas in operation in the country, according to Anatel estimates. The company is also responsible for about two-thirds of 5G networks deployed outside China.