The Strategist

Huawei delivers record number of smartphones

12/25/2018 - 10:16

Chinese technology giant Huawei Technologies announced that in 2018 it supplied more than 200 million smartphones — more than ever before — despite pressure from the United States and other countries, The Washington Post reports.

Kārlis Dambrāns
Kārlis Dambrāns
Huawei, the world's second-largest smartphone maker, said its phone shipments grew by more than 30% over last year. The record deliveries are largely due to the high demand for P20, Honor 10 and Mate 20 smartphones. Earlier this year, Huawei surpassed Apple by the number of smartphones supplied, and lost only to Samsung.

Meanwhile, the Chinese company - the world's largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment - faced obstacles in several developed countries, because Chinese technology companies are under the scrutiny of Washington. The United States suspects them of having connections with the Chinese government and fears that they may be used by Beijing for covert espionage.

On December 1, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, chief financial officer of the company Wangzhou Meng, was arrested in Canada. On December 12, she was released from custody on bail of 10 million Canadian dollars (about $ 7.5 million), but still remains in Canada. The US authorities are trying to secure her extradition to the US in connection with suspicions of violation of US sanctions against Iran. Beijing insisted on her release and suggested that her arrest was part of US efforts to gain an advantage in the trade conflict with China.

Washington is also trying to persuade allied provider companies to stop using Huawei equipment. In August, Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE prohibited supply of technological equipment for mobile 5G networks to Australia for national security reasons. In November, New Zealand authorities banned local telecommunications company Spark New Zealand from using Huawei Technologies equipment in a new 5G network. The British telecommunications company BT Group announced that within two years it will get rid of Huawei equipment from the main 4G network. In addition, in December, Japan actually banned government purchases of equipment from Huawei and ZTE. Huawei and the Chinese government called these decisions politically motivated and denied any violations by the Chinese company.