Huawei Has Not Discussed 5G Chipsets With Apple: Chairman

Huawei Technologies, one of many world’s largest smartphone makers, has not had talks with Apple about supplying it with 5G chipsets, Rotating Chairman Ken Hu stated on Tuesday. Hu made the comment on the firm’s annual international analyst summit at its headquarters in Shenzhen in southern China.

His remark comes after founder Ren Zhengfei advised CNBC that Huawei was “open” to promoting its fifth era (5G) chips to Apple.

“We have not had discussions with Apple on this issue,” Hu stated, reiterating that Huawei doesn’t plan to develop into a chipset vendor presently.

He additionally stated he seemed ahead to Apple’s competitors within the 5G telephone market. Hu stated Huawei had secured 40 industrial contracts to construct 5G telecommunications infrastructure as on the finish of March, up from a beforehand disclosed tally of greater than 30. Huawei’s outlook has come beneath a cloud over the previous yr with the United States voicing issues that its gear may very well be utilized by the Chinese authorities for espionage.

Washington has additionally urged allies to ban Huawei from constructing 5G cell networks. Huawei has dismissed the safety issues as unfounded. Huawei can also be the world’s largest telecommunications gear maker.

Its in-house semiconductor arm, HiSilicon, additionally designs chipsets which can be utilized in its merchandise

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei stated in an interview with CNBC this week that the corporate is “open to” promoting its 5G modem chips to Apple, with out elaborating.

His feedback got here after repeated denials from Huawei that it had any intention of changing into a chip vendor to compete in opposition to the likes of Qualcomm and Intel.

Huawei in January launched its 5G modem Balong 5000, which it stated is the business’s strongest, in addition to a 5G base station chipset dubbed Tiangang. The firm final month reported a 25 % rise in web revenue in 2018 to CNY 59.three billion ($9 billion), at the same time as income from its community gear enterprise fell 1.three % to CNY 294 billion on account of telecommunications business funding cycles.

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