Huawei revenue soars despite US allegations and restrictions

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Huawei has revealed its first-ever quarterly results, once again highlighting major growth for the Chinese tech giant.

The reports, part of Huawei's continued push to be more open to the wider industry, show that first-quarter revenues rose 39 percent year on year to reach 179.7 billion Chinese yuan ($26.76 billion)

The growth was mainly fueled by focus on ICT infrastructure and smart devices as well as boosting the efficiency and quality of its operations.

Smartphones and more

The firm shipped 59 million smartphones in the quarter and added revenue of 179.7 billion yuan ($26.8 billion), despite still not being able to sell devices in the US.

Last year, Huawei, the third largest smartphone manufacturer after Samsung and Apple, shipped 206 million units, inching closer to Apple’s 208.8 million units, according to research firm Gartner’s data.

Overall, Huawei’s smartphone shipments rose 33.6 per cent year on year in 2018, the fastest growth rate in the industry - in contrast, Samsung shipments declined eight per cent and Apple shipments by 3.2 per cent.

According to Huawei's financial statement, other business segments like PCs, wearables, and smart home also gained traction from global consumers for its leading, innovative products and user experiences.

The Chinese player is also a big name in the 5G network equipment supplier and it is entering the cloud and artificial intelligence market in a big way. Huawei is also one of the few smartphones manufactures, after Samsung and Oppo, to showcase 5G mobile devices.

Charles Yang, president of Huawei Middle East, told TechRadar Middle East, that Huawei will not be put off by the false accusations by the US and will push ahead with its 5G rollout and investments in the Middle East as well as globally.

Huawei has 283 global partners and 57 regional partners for 5G and expects to have one million bases stations globally by 2020.

Yang added that cybersecurity is a top priority for the company that has served three billion users in 170 countries (1,500 carrier networks) and never had any network security incident.

According to online market intelligence platform IPlytics, the Chinese company leads the race in the number of 5G standard technical contributions by a company. Huawei held 11,423 patents in 2018, followed by Ericsson with 10,351 and Nokia with 6,878, the other two big networks equipment makers.

With Huawei investing $15 billion in R&D in 2018 and ranks among the top five, it has a clear strategic positioning in the 5G race and has the capacity to mass produce 5G chips, 5G mobile routers and CPE (customer-premises equipment), a wireless router for home.

Mike Moore
Deputy Editor, TechRadar Pro

Mike Moore is Deputy Editor at TechRadar Pro. He has worked as a B2B and B2C tech journalist for nearly a decade, including at one of the UK's leading national newspapers and fellow Future title ITProPortal, and when he's not keeping track of all the latest enterprise and workplace trends, can most likely be found watching, following or taking part in some kind of sport.