KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 – Huawei is capitalising on the increasing global demand for 5G and China’s leading position in the deployment of the technology by launching a new era of Huawei 5G smartphones.
Huawei Handset Product Line, Consumer Business Group vice-president, Shawn Sheng said despite the tremendous challenge posed by the United States (US)-China trade tension, which left Huawei stuck in the middle, it managed to achieve 240 million smartphones shipment globally in 2019.
“Huawei has so far released 19 5G handset models, with prices ranging from RMB2,000 to RMB16,000 (RMB1=RM0.61)
“As of the first quarter this year, we have already shipped 15 million 5G smartphones. Our market share is 33.2 per cent globally, whereas in China, our market share is at 55.4 per cent, with potential to improve further,” he said at a live broadcast of his presentation at the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2020 today.
In terms of 5G, he said there had been rapid deployment of the technology over the last year, with China being the front liner in this segment.
He said now more than ever, with people working from home and remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need for lower latency and faster connectivity.
According to Huawei’s Global Industry Vision 2025, he said 58 per cent of the world’s population will have access to 5G while 97 per cent of large companies would use artificial intelligence.
Another speaker during the session, Qingjun Lu, the National Telemedicine and Connected Healthcare Centre of China, Healthcare 5G Network Construction Committee chairman, said 5G is more important than ever.
“We need 5G because there are a lot of data involved. In the intensive care unit, we needed to support large number of connections and massive amount of data transmissions.
“With fast deployment of 5G, healthcare records can be connected so that doctors can analyse the data without going on site or wearing protective gears,” he added.