As 5G rollouts begin to pick up subscribers around the world, analyst firm GlobalData has concluded that Huawei is leading the pack of vendors supplying 5G radios to telcos. Of the five equipment makers looked at — Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, ZTE, and Samsung — the Chinese giant was the only contender to get a perfect score across the categories of baseband capacity, radio unit portfolio, ease of installation, and technology evolution. “The 5G RAN market is extremely competitive in these early stages,” said Ed Gubbins, principal analyst at GlobalData. “Operators’ decisions today will direct the next decade of global telecom investment and ultimately usher in fundamental changes to the way we live and work in the 5G era.” Beyond Huawei, GlobalData said Ericsson excelled in ease of installation, while Nokia’s range and compact radios was its strongest suit. Both ZTE and Samsung were unable to gain a full mark from GlobalData, but were handed the same overall score as Ericsson and Nokia. Also see: The winner in the war on Huawei is Samsung Gubbins added that while 5G remains reliant in a 4G core, known as non-standalone 5G, telcos will stick to vendors they already use. “Standalone 5G, which requires a 5G core, will give vendors a better chance to penetrate new operator accounts and grow their global market share,” Gubbins added. “We expect the standalone 5G RAN market to start ramping up in 2020.” In a recent report, ratings agency S&P questioned whether Huawei’s claimed leadership on 5G would… [Read full story]
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