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Huawei Keeps Growing Despite U.S.-led Efforts to Stop It

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U.S.-led efforts to banish Chinese technology vendor Huawei have been unsuccessful, according to figures released in a new report by research company Dell’Oro Group.

Huawei steep growth arc has been slowed by Western sanctions. But it continued to hold a market share lead in the global telecom equipment supply business in 2019, controlling 28% of the market—flat with 2018. And Huawei’s revenue continued to grow at a time when Western suppliers including Cisco, Nokia and Ericsson each saw slippage.

Notably, ZTE—another Chinese company that, while less so than Huawei, has also been accused by the Trump Administration for helping the Chinese government conduct espionage—saw its market share rebound by 2% in 2018. 

“The efforts by the U.S. government to curb Huawei’s rise has so far had mixed results—we estimate Huawei’s overall telecom equipment share continued to improve in 2019, but the pace of the 2019 share growth was weaker than its average 2014-2019 share growth," Dell'Oro Group said in a note sent to media. 

Why does this matter to the OTT market? To the extent that many leading video companies are telecoms, the exclusion of a leading global supplier to the U.S. market has business implications, particularly as video becomes a more globally situated enterprise. 

Daniel Frankel
Daniel Frankel

Daniel Frankel is the managing editor of Next TV, an internet publishing vertical focused on the business of video streaming. A Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered the media and technology industries for more than two decades, Daniel has worked on staff for publications including E! Online, Electronic Media, Mediaweek, Variety, paidContent and GigaOm. You can start living a healthier life with greater wealth and prosperity by following Daniel on Twitter today!