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Huawei leading in worldwide 5G patents (5G news: 5GWorldPro.com)

Today, at the Chinese International Data Expo, held in Guiyang, Lu Yong, vice president of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., said that Huawei’s 2018 revenue exceeded 720 billion yuan and its R&D investment was more than 100 billion yuan. Last year, Huawei’s R&D investment ranked fifth surpassing American companies like Intel and Apple’s R&D investment. Lu Yong said, “Only this long-term, high-intensity focused R&D investment will ensure that we continue to lead in such a high-tech industry.” He also said that Huawei’s 5G patents are more than that of all American companies put together. 

Mr. Lu said that Huawei has over 16,000 5G standard patents ranking first in the world and accounting for 20%. All companies in the United States account for less than 15% of 5G core patents. “China believes that we have the largest 4G network in the world, and we have every reason to believe that China will also have the world’s largest 5G network.” Lu Yong believes that with such a large market space and cyberspace, 5G can make China realize the digitalization of thousands of industries, and truly realize the transformation of 5G digitalization.

As judged by individual company filings, the big winner of the 5G generation is Huawei, which holds over 15% of the world’s 5G patents, while Finland’s Nokia has nearly 14%. Korea’s Samsung is just under 13%, with key rival LG at over 12%. The top U.S. company, Qualcomm, has just over 8% of the standard essential 5G patent filings, roughly equivalent to Sweden’s Ericsson, but behind the 11.7% share of China’s ZTE. Intel holds over a 5% share, with a variety of Chinese and Japanese innovators grabbing smaller pieces of the 5G pie.

Assuming that the final patent percentages shake out similarly to the filings, many of the earliest 5G pioneers will be handsomely rewarded with patent revenues regardless of whether they’re supplying the specific base stations and chips individual customers are buying. This should enable China’s Huawei and ZTE to make up somewhat for the sales they’ll lose in foreign markets, while giving all of the innovators a guaranteed revenue stream that could be used to discount their individual products for sale to carriers and 5G device customers.


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