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Huawei Remains No. 2 Global Smartphone Vendor Despite Tough US Sanctions

"The effect of the ban did not translate into falling shipments during this quarter, which will not be the case in the future," Pathak said

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FILE - A man uses his smartphone outside of a shop selling Huawei products at a shopping mall in Beijing, May 29, 2019. VOA

Huawei remained the No. 2 global smartphone vendor in the past quarter despite tough U.S. sanctions imposed on the Chinese technology giant, market trackers said Wednesday. The Chinese firm managed to boost its sales even as the overall market declined, remaining on the heels of sector leader Samsung and ahead of U.S.-based Apple.

According to Strategy Analytics, overall global smartphone sales fell 2.6 percent to 341 million units in the April-June period, but showed signs of stabilizing after several quarters of declines.

Samsung increased its market share to 22 percent, helped by a seven percent rise in handset sales, with growth seen in the mid-range and entry segments. The South Korean giant stayed ahead of Huawei, which was at 17 percent, and Apple at 11 percent of the market.

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FILE – The Samsung Galaxy Fold phone is shown on a screen at Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Unpacked event in San Francisco, Feb. 20, 2019. VOA

“Huawei surprised everyone and grew its global smartphone shipments by eight percent annually,” said Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston. “Huawei surged at home in China during the quarter, as the firm sought to offset regulatory uncertainty in other major regions such as North America and Western Europe.”

The research firm estimated that Apple, which released its results this week without details on unit shipments, saw an eight percent drop in iPhone sales in the quarter. “Apple is stabilizing in China due to price adjustments and buoyant trade-ins, but other major markets such as India and Europe remain challenging for the expensive iPhone,” said Woody Oh, director at Strategy Analytics.

Huawei decline predicted

A separate report by Counterpoint Research offered similar findings, showing Samsung, Huawei and Apple in the three top spots as overall sales fell.

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People walk past a Huawei retail store in Beijing, June 30, 2019. VOA

Analyst Tarun Pathak at Counterpoint said however the U.S. ban on technology sales to Huawei will have an impact in the coming months. “The effect of the ban did not translate into falling shipments during this quarter, which will not be the case in the future,” Pathak said.

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“In the coming quarters, Huawei is likely to be aggressive in its home market and register some growth there, but it will not be enough to offset the decline in its overseas shipments. This will further lead to the decline of the overall smartphone market in 2019.”

The surveys indicated Chinese makers Xiaomi and Oppo holding the fourth and fifth spots, largely due to sales in their home markets. According to Counterpoint, the combined global smartphone market share of Chinese majors Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Realme reached 42 percent, the highest it has ever been. (VOA)

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Telenor to Continue Work With Huawei for 5G Telecom Network

The company must modernise Norway's entire network in four or five years, including an upgrade to 5G

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Telenor has been working with Huawei for 10 years. Currently, the Telenor Group is testing 5G in 10 locations in Norway as well as selected areas in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Thailand and Malaysia. Wikimedia Commons

Norway’s largest mobile operator Telenor has said it would continue working with Chinese company Huawei for its fifth-generation (5G) telecom network, while adding Sweden’s Ericsson as its new supplier.

Telenor’s top management told a press conference that the company’s network is to modernise in the next four or five years, and Huawei will be involved the entire process.

Sigve Brekke, chairman and CEO of Telenor Group, said during the press conference that “we have been very pleased with the cooperation with Huawei”, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

“In order to ensure that our customers in the transition phase continue to receive a world-class mobile network, Telenor will use equipment from current supplier, Huawei, in the radio network to maintain the 4G network as well as to upgrade 5G coverage in certain locations in Norway,” said Anders Krokan, communications director of Telenor Norway.

Telenor announced Ericsson as its new 5G supplier. The reason for the cooperation with both Huawei and Ericsson is a growing customer appetite for data capacity, according to online newspaper E24.

The company must modernise Norway’s entire network in four or five years, including an upgrade to 5G, said the newspaper.

During the press conference, Telenor management was asked to confirm if they will install Huawei 5G equipment in the Norwegian network.

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Norway’s largest mobile operator Telenor has said it would continue working with Chinese company Huawei for its fifth-generation (5G) telecom network, while adding Sweden’s Ericsson as its new supplier. Wikimedia Commons

“To meet customer needs, the answer is yes. Given that this process takes four to five years, we need to make sure all our customers have a good experience,” said Petter-Borre Furberg, CEO of Telenor Norway.

“Specifically, we have demanded that suppliers from countries with whom we do not cooperate in security policy cannot account for more than 50 percent of the base stations,” the country’s Digitization Minister Nikolai Astrup told E24.

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“If companies choose suppliers from countries we do not have security policy cooperation with, the requirement was that two or more suppliers had to be selected,” he noted.

Telenor has been working with Huawei for 10 years. Currently, the Telenor Group is testing 5G in 10 locations in Norway as well as selected areas in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Thailand and Malaysia. (IANS)