Samsung Electronics is coming up adding resources into its telecom network equipment business seeking to get the benefit of security fears that have been limiting the role of China’s Huawei in the network equipment markets globally, according to company officials and other industry executives.
Stepping towards its plans, many of employees including high-performing managers as well as software engineers have been re-placed by the Samsung in network division from its smartphone unit; Reuters reported, citing two Samsung sources.
Samsung’s current move is showing its efforts to reinvent itself as top level supplier in 5G wireless network market and is also intending to stand at a significant place in the market where Huawei is currently holding a leading position while Nokia and Ericsson are also present as major players. And these efforts of Samsung remained successful to get the attention of the potential customers who are looking for alternate suppliers to replace Huawei.
During her visit to Japan last year, Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Chief Technology Officer of French carrier Orange, was impressed seeing the country’s pace of 5G preparations using not the Huawei due to its banning but the alternative equipment which also include Samsung which was conducting a 5G trial, a company representative told Reuters.
Orange is currently operating in 27 markets and Huawei is counted to be as its top equipment supplier for a long period of time, but after her visit, she included Samsung in company’s shortlist of alternative supplier, and this year, Orange will conduct its first French 5G trial with Samsung.
Samsung’s other clients include U.S. firms Sprint, Verizon and AT&T with which it has signed 5G network contracts and it is also a supplier to carriers in South Korea and for conducting trials of its 5G equipment has partnered with Japanese carriers.
But, Samsung is mostly a supplier of small parts of networks which covers only 3 percent of global telecom network market while Huawei is supplying about 28 percent of the same.