With the fifth generation of mobile networks expected to be available soon, Huawei wants to be the first one to announce this with mobile chips and smartphones.
According to DigiTimes, Huawei acting CEO Eric Xu spoke during MWC Shanghai 2018 that the company will launch commercial 5G solutions and 5G chips for smartphones in March 2019. Huawei will also launch 5G-compatible smartphones in June 2019.
These rollouts appear rather aggressive, particularly since carriers are still within the period of 5G testing. Huawei attributed the speedy rollouts to the launch of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project’s (3GPP) Release 16 specification, that the corporate said can accelerate the development of 5G networks and services.
Huawei did not say which smartphones would be 5G-smartphone. The June 2019 release date means a P-series smartphone wouldn’t qualify. Instead, a Mate-series smartphone may will be a more likely 5G ready, and would be available before the end of 2019.
We don’t know when consumers will get to use 5G. In the U.S., Verizon plans to focus on home use in a very few markets by the end of this year. T-Mobile, however, plans to launch its 5G network in 30 cities by the end of 2018.
Sprint might not need to trouble with 5G, since its “merger” with T-Mobile can probably undergo. AT&T plans to launch 5G in 12 locations by the end of 2018 and other locations in 2019.
More considerably, will Huawei’s relationships with some countries stop the corporate from totally realizing its 5G ambitions? Australia, as an example, is considering a 5G ban on Huawei.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government aforesaid Huawei didn’t give enough info concerning its relationship with the Chinese government. One or two lawmakers even demanded for Google to rethink its relationship with Huawei. At least Huawei managed to get Europe’s blessing and launch 5G base stations within the continent.