Huawei urges carriers to stick with its 5G gear after UK ban

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TAIPEI — China’s Huawei Technologies on Monday urged global carriers to stick with it and continue buying its networking gear if they want to stay ahead in the 5G race. It is the company’s first public comment since the British government made a dramatic U-turn and banned the world’s biggest telecom equipment maker from its next-generation network.”First, carriers should prioritize user experience and spend money where it’s needed most to maximize the value of existing networks. … Carriers should make the most of existing 4G and [fiber communication] networks, and integrate them with new 5G networks through holistic coordination and precise planning,” Huawei Rotating Chairman Guo Ping said at the opening of the company’s online Better World Summit. “5G deployment plans should prioritize hotspots and key industry applications. This is the only way for carriers to unlock the full potential of 5G.”There are already more than 90 million 5G users worldwide and more than 700,000 5G base stations have been deployed, according to Guo, with the latter number expected to grow to more than 1.5 million by the end of this year. “As global 5G deployment begins to wrap up, we need to strengthen our focus on industry applications. This will help …

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