Huawei Says It Has Begun Producing 5G Base Stations Without US Parts

Imperial sanctions not even a speed bump on 5G

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] said it has started making 5G base stations without U.S. components and that total production of 5G base stations should more than double next year as more countries introduce the technology.

The company will start mass production of U.S. component-free 5G base stations next month, founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei told a forum on Thursday.

“We carried out the testing in August and September, and from October on we will start scale production,” Ren said, adding that initially it would begin making 5,000 U.S. component-free 5G base stations a month.

Annual production next year is expected to hit 1.5 million units, compared with 600,000 estimated for this year which includes those made with U.S. components and those without.

The world’s largest telecoms gear maker has been on a U.S. trade blacklist since May over concerns its equipment could be used by Beijing to spy. Huawei has repeatedly denied such allegations but has taken steps to minimize the impact.

The sanctions have resulted in the loss of access to key technologies and the latest version of its Mate 30 flagship phone, for example, will not come with Google Mobile Services.

Will Zhang, Huawei’s president of corporate strategy, told Reuters the performance of the U.S.-free base stations was “no worse” and the company “has had positive surprises”. He declined to give details.

Ren said Huawei would still like to use U.S. components if possible because the company has “emotional ties” with long-time U.S. suppliers.

Ren said this month he is open to selling the firm’s 5G technology – including patents, code, blueprints and production know-how – to Western firms for a one-off fee.

On Thursday he went further, saying Huawei was willing to license its 5G mobile technology to a U.S. company, and that he was not afraid of creating a rival by making Huawei’s technology available to competitors.

The offer could also include chip design know-how, he added.

Huawei, also the world’s No.2 smartphone vendor, has said the U.S. ban could push its smartphone unit’s revenue lower by about $10 billion this year.

Source: Reuters

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  2. JustPassingThrough says

    hey another successful example of the “art of the deal” in action.
    mega MAGA morons

  3. AriusArmenian says

    US elites are demented to think they will spike the growth of China.
    China will not submit to the West – it remembers what the western powers previously did to keep it down and they would do it again if they could.
    But those days are over. A coalescing multifarious East is rising that will not bend its knee to the West. For the East defeat is not an option.

    The West is led by its last great power but it is in its late stage of decline. It is rotting from its head down and feet up.

  4. Ray Douglas says

    If the US sanctions reduce Huawei revenue by $10 billion then giving them the blueprint and patents will put them out of business. I just don’t think the Chinese are that stupid.

  5. Undecider says

    Less 5G is better.

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