In June, Huawei said its equipment was behind two-thirds of the commercially launched 5G networks outside China.

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai last month, Ryan Ding, president of Huawei’s carrier business group, announced Huawei had nabbed 50 commercial 5G contracts outside its home base from countries including South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Finland.

He said that the Shenzhen-based firm had shipped more than 150,000 base stations. This includes South Africa’s mobile data-only network operator, Rain. Leading 5G vendors Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia have emerged as the top 3 global 5G RAN vendors according to a report by Strategy Analytics, a global technology and media analyst agency.

The report titled “Comparison and 2023 5G Global Market Potential for leading 5G RAN Vendors Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia”, ranks Huawei as the leader in terms of equipment performance, portfolio of radio access network products, contribution to industry standards, R&D investment, and delivery capabilities.

The report shows the three global vendors are leading in commercializing 5G, and compared with other vendors, Huawei’s 5G network is faster and lower latency.

According to IPlytics GmbH, Huawei is the No.1 in terms of the number of 5G Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), the number of 5G standards contributions and the number of employees attending 5G standard meetings. Ericsson and Nokia are also in the leading companies in these aspects.

Strategy Analytics reports also shows that all three leading ICT infrastructure vendors are ranked among the worlds top 50 companies for R&D investment according to The 2018 EU R&D Investment Scoreboard, with Huawei ranks 5.

The report says Huawei has maintained steady growth in its R&D investment, which will have long term impacts on programs like 5G technology research and product development.