According to media reports, the 83rd 3GPP Plenary Session was held in Shenzhen recently, and Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei, defeated the representative nominated by Qualcomm and was elected President of the 5G Global Standards Association.
According to reports, due to the significant number of Huawei patents and the pioneering contribution of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei towards 5G technology, he was supported by 79 countries and obtained an impressive number of votes. Ren Zhengfei’s choice shows that Huawei is at the top of the 5G technology value chain, its main technology dominating 5G development globally. As an innovator of 5G technology, Huawei will have greater authority over the elaboration of global standards.
Entering the area of Big Data, the fourth generation of the industrial revolution represented by artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, the co-opting power of soft technology has become the core value of the technology. The generally accepted opinion in the industry is that top companies will sell standards, secondary companies will sell brands, and tier-3 companies will sell products. As for Huawei, it has already made first-class products and brands in five different fields, and now its standards have also become first-class. Three first-class overlays will strengthen Huawei’s coopting power. Standards are market leaders, and Huawei 5G technology will be transferred to research and development, elaborating and updating industry standards, which will play a decisive role in building the industrial chain, supply chain and service chain.
Taking as an example the unification of the market in Ancient China, when the Qin Dynasty implemented universal standards (the same roads for carriages, the same writing for all). The same carriage roads restricted the right to set standards for ancient carriages. As a result of the establishment of unified standards for vehicles and roads, other manufacturers must obtain market access rights in accordance with these standards, and buyers must buy in accordance with these standards to take into account compatibility and subsequent adaptability. Another example would be the global supply chain of pandemic prevention materials, and there is also an invisible set of standards, a game in which European standards, US standards and winning bids demonstrate their skills. As China is the physical owner of the related products and technologies, Chinese standards compete with European and American standards on the same stage, so some countries that initially rejected the winning bids in the future will accept them.
The standard is the relay and the windmill. The power of Huawei 5G standards translates into market competitiveness. According to Huawei’s latest financial report, the company launched the industry’s first full end-to-end range of 5G commercial products based on 3GPP standards and conducted 5G tests through 182 operators worldwide. Last year, Huawei signed more than 30 commercial 5G contracts and more than 40,000 5G base stations were shipped worldwide. External communication data show that Huawei is almost 20-30% cheaper than its competitors in terms of equipment prices, which is why Huawei is more popular in the market. Over 30 contracts signed with Huawei now account for almost half of the global market. Even the United States, which is stifling Huawei, has recently announced that it will allow domestic enterprises to cooperate with Huawei to participate in the elaboration of 5G technical standards.
By Huang Qingshan