Chinese tech giant, Huawei, claim it has began to manufacture 5G base stations made entirely of components that are not of US origin. CEO Ren Zhengfei is reported to have said at a forum lat week that testing of those components began in August and scale production would kick off this October.
“We carried out the testing in August and September, and from October on we will start scale production,”
Huawei was placed on a ban list by the US government, effectively barred from sourcing both hardware and software components from US companies.
Huawei has set a target of producing 5,000 5G base stations per month. This development is good news for the company’s networks equipment business, which is world leading.
On the smartphone front, Huawei still faces the challenge of providing a way for consumers to install and use Google Mobile Services on its smartphones, as Google has stopped issuing fresh licences for the company’s new phones. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro, for example, does not come with Google services installed. Not a lot of mobile users outside China are enthusiastic about buying one.