The founding father of the Chinese language tech firm stated Huawei might switch its 5G applied sciences to different units sooner or later.
Huawei’s CEO, Ren Zhengfei stated that on the subject of 5G functions, cellphones aren’t the one units.
“The whole lot that connects folks or issues are units. That features issues like laser radar, ultrasonic radar, and Doppler radar for self-driving automobiles, in addition to family gasoline meters, water meters, TVs, and safety methods,” he stated.
“Cellphones are just one a part of the system class. So, Huawei might switch our 5G applied sciences to others sooner or later however won’t ever promote our system enterprise.”
Ren was talking on the opening ceremony of a brand new clever mining innovation lab in Taiyuan, the capital of the Chinese language province of Shanxi. This lab is targeted on bringing 5G expertise to the mining business.
Ren stated the institution of this lab isn’t a transfer to broaden Huawei’s core enterprise, however moderately utilizing its 5G expertise to offer providers for different industries.
“Huawei won’t ever pursue diversification. We’re simply providing a platform, offering soil the place every kind of crops can develop. The platform we offer for the coal business is actually the identical because the one we offer for the telecommunications and transportation industries,” he stated.
“Shanxi is doing a very good job in coal mining, with the overwhelming majority of its mines already utilizing mechanical gear. There are even a number of automated mines already. Making use of ICT will assist them obtain clever mining. For instance, there are already units to successfully stop gasoline explosions in Shanxi’s mines, however they want 4 cables in complete: two energy cables and two sign cables. Mixed with our expertise, gasoline detectors don’t want any cables anymore. They will transmit knowledge utilizing a wi-fi community,” he stated.
“If we will present glorious providers for coal mines, identical to Microsoft is offering info providers to assist plane engines, we may have created an excellent service module. Microsoft isn’t going to start out making plane engines, and we’re not going to start out mining.”
Whereas Huawei’s relationship with the US has been notably turbulent in recent times, Ren stated he hopes the brand new US administration will give you extra open insurance policies.
“As a enterprise, we don’t have the vitality to get entangled in a political whirlpool. Our heads are buried in making our personal merchandise,” he stated.
“Permitting US firms to provide items to Chinese language prospects is conducive to their very own monetary efficiency. If Huawei’s manufacturing capability expanded, that may imply US firms might promote extra. It’s a win-win scenario. I imagine the brand new administration will weigh and stability these pursuits as they contemplate their insurance policies.”
Final yr, US commerce restrictions have been placed on chip manufacturers to cease them promoting US tech to Huawei. Based on Nikkei Asian Review in September 2020, the Chinese language firm was in “survival mode” because it labored to stockpile chips earlier than suppliers have been not in a position to ship parts.
Nevertheless, Ren stated Huawei can survive with out counting on cellphone gross sales. “Our shipments of high-end telephones have declined due to lack of chip provide. However we assist the progress made by Apple’s iPhone 12,” he stated.
“Many high-end system customers in Europe use iPhones, and the best way these telephones function on our networks in Europe really is an indication we’re additionally doing properly.
“The actual fact high-end customers can use the iPhone 12 to its fullest impact on our 5G networks in Europe is a testomony to the standard of our networks. That is serving to stability opinions in direction of Huawei in Europe.”