Russia is the latest country on the list of Huawei’s clients. The Chinese telecom equipment giant has collaborated with the largest Russian telecom service provider MTS to offer 5G network in two cities. The title of the first ever player to be offering 5G services in the country goes to the Swedish telecom equipment provider Ericsson and Russian telecom service provider Tele2. However, the area that has been covered by Ericsson and Tele2 os very small in Moscow’s busiest street.
Huawei and MTS are planning to launching 5G services in larger parts of Moscow as well as in the city of Kronshtadt. The plan for Moscow is small as of now but the city of Kronshtadt in the Kotlin Islands will get almost a citywide coverage, the largest in the country yet. This will not only introduce a large number of people to the 5G network but also prove the point that it is not only the large metropolitan areas that can be the first beneficiaries of the the latest and greatest of technology.
The talks of this collaboration started after Chinese president Xi JinPing’s visit to Russia and meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in June this year. This comes as a counter to USA’s efforts to isolate Huawei. Interestingly, the US has for long, been a critique of the ways that Huawei carries out its businesses. Huawei has been banned by the US and has been a hot topic of debate in most part of Europe. Amidst the controversy, the company is trying to keep a steady growth especially in its aim to become the largest player in the world in terms of 5G technology.
The 5G technologies will help Russia enter the race towards a faster and better internet connectivity not just in terms of speed but also lower latency and wider usage. Currently, the possibilities of internet seems to be somewhat caged due to the limited speeds of the existing 4G technologies. 5G, on the other hand, will allow people to perform a lot of different acts that is only possible with the advent of 5G such as smart city projects and autonomous driving.
In a test in the city of Kronshtadt, the 5G enabled devices reached download speeds of over 1.2 Gbps, which is a massive upgrade from 4G speeds. The usage of such speeds will enhance the sectors such as smart consumer durables and consumer electronics, telecommunication, health and medicine, research and development, automation, automobile and transportation, aviation and so on.
Huawei is the largest telecom equipment manufacturer in the world and is one the most affordable options too. This makes them a viable option for most of the countries across the world despite USA’s ban and urge to discontinue its usage. The trade war between the US and China has already proven to be quite devastating for the business in both the countries ut Huawei has been proved to be one of the major losers in this political spat. The smartphone business is going downhill due to the separation from Google and the newer models from Huawei will be released without Android and its native applications.
In such a situation, the safest bet for the company is to focus on its core business, which is the telecom equipment manufacturing. Major markets such as India and Europe including Russia has shown interest in developing their 5G networks with the help of Huawei and thus, the company is grabbing the opportunity with both hands.