18 April 2019
Huawei’s rotating Chairman Ken Hu has clarified that the company has had no discussion with Apple regarding the supply of 5G chip sets. His clarification has come in days after a report emerged suggesting that the Chinese company has had a discussion with Apple to supply 5G modems.
The remark made during the company’s annual global analyst summit at Shenzhen, China. He said, “We have not had discussions with Apple on this issue.” He also echoed company’s vision of not becoming a chip set manufacturer and looks forward to Apple’s competition in the 5G phone market.
Though Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei in an interview to CNBC had earlier called Apple a great company and mentioned that it was ‘open’ to selling 5G chip sets to Apple without elaborating it further. Current chairman Hu also reiterated the same feeling and said “5G is in an exciting era preparing for its full bloom. We think at this time Apple should definitely play a very important role in it and Apple should not be absent from it.”
Hu also announced that the company has secured 40 commercial contracts to build 5G telecommunications infrastructures, which is more than the earlier disclosed count of 30. Huawei, one of the world’s largest telecommunication company, has an in-house chip manufacturing company named HiSilicon. The Chinese company calls its 5G chip set, Balong 5000, as industry’s most powerful 5G chip set.
Both, Huawei and Apple have not had a great last year. While Huawei has been repeatedly accused by the United states government for spying and has asked its allies to ban Huawei from building 5G infrastructure. Apple on the other hand saw its sales number dropping considerably. It has been fighting an ugly legal battle with chip-maker Qualcomm, Apple has little hopes that Intel will be able to supply 5G modem by 2020 leaving Apple in a catch twenty-two situation with all its major rival having launched one 5G phone at least.