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For The First Time: Oppo becomes number 1 smartphone brand in China, Huawei slips

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Huawei has been a leader in the smartphone market in China and the company is one number one choice among Chinese smartphone consumers. However, the U.S. sanctions have hit hard on Huawei’s smartphone business in the global market and the same effects can be seen on the domestic ground.

According to the latest report coming from CounterPointResearch, Oppo, a Chinese smartphone marker, has prevailed in the top spot in the market with over 20% of smartphone market share in January 2021. On the other hand, Huawei, Apple, and Xiaomi remain competitive at 16%.

The data further reveals that Oppo’s sales grew 33% month-on-month (MoM) and 26% year-on-year (YoY) during the month.

This is a big shift and helped Oppo from the continued decline in Huawei’s smartphone business. However, the decline could be a result of a number of activities that happen in the past including:

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Causes responsible for Huawei’s decline:

Huawei has been sanctioned by the U.S. Commerce Department since May 2019 and not allowed to purchase required components and technologies to build new products including the chipset and other important parts.

Also, Huawei can’t certify new products with Google Mobile Services (GMS), which is the main cause for its declining sales in the global market. On the other hand, GMS is not required in the Chinese smartphone market but the lack of meeting the production yield is still there due to the shortage of components.

To make the most of its depleting inventory of components, Huawei has shifted its focus more towards the premium segment, only selling products with higher margins. This has further left a gap in the mid-segment of the market.

The report also reveals that not only Oppo, but other smartphone companies including Xiaomi, Vivo, and Apple are also enjoying increasing market shares both online and offline. At its peak, Huawei had more than 10,000 retail.

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To be mentioned, we cannot deny that the company has also separated from its former subsidiary, Honor, which helped it to sell more devices and kept Huawei’s position secured in the Chinese smartphone market.

Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.

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Huawei launched SingleBAND intelligent multi-frequency fusion solution

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On 18th October Huawei launched its SingleBAND intelligent multi-frequency fusion solution at the 2021 Global MBB Forum. This solution integrates two innovative technologies to achieve the best overall network performance and contribute to the 5Gigaverse ecosystem.

Huawei SingleBAND solution offers edge cutting attributes such as flexible frequency decoupling, full-band multi-beam, three-dimensional coordination, and intelligent base stations. It mainly targets to increases the spectrum’s value. Let’s explore the two concepts on which the Huawei SingleBAND solution is based.

Multi-frequency Integration of One Network Concept:

As well known, 5G will demand more frequency bands alongside versatile bandwidths. It’ll increase the coverage performance between TDD and FDD bands. In addition, the multi-frequency integration on one network using efficient coordination of multi-frequency network resources will be able to achieve mutual assistance between multiple frequency bands.

As mentioned earlier, there are two innovative technologies applied to this solution. The first one is flexible decoupling of all frequency bands to help ubiquitous gigabit experience. Meanwhile, the second one is a full-band multi-beam three-dimensional coordinated scheduling to increase the capacity of the entire network. A brief description of both is given below-

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First Innovative Technology:

The first technology is flexible decoupling that carries 5G NR uplink services using the Sub-3G spectrum. It enchanted the overall TDD uplink and downlink coverage. To be more precise, the supplementary uplink carrier bandwidth of 100MHz delivers a higher uplink rate 1.1Gbps for each user. In addition, the average user experience gain is recorded by 30%.

Second Innovative Technology:

The second technology that has been integrated into this solution is multi-antenna. It helped in realizing multi-user pairing through a single frequency band. Moving ahead, the full-band multi-beam three-dimensional coordinated scheduling has improved the network capacity by 25%.

Intelligent Base Stations: Upgrade of Regular Multi-Frequency Technology

The intelligent base stations are able to forecast the air interface signal strength, spectrum efficiency, beam, and other conditions. It brings accuracy and an increase in traditional multi-frequency characteristics. Moreover, a total of 20% progress has been seen in the multi-frequency network’s average user experience.

At the event, Huawei SingleRAN Domain President- Jiang Xudong commented, there is no end to innovations.  Huawei proposes the SingleBAND intelligent solution target to conquer the current challenges of complex networks in the 5G epoch.

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Huawei concluded the 7th “Internet+” contest with 13 finalists of the company

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On 18th October, the 7th China International “Internet +” College Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship contest finally reaches its end with 13 finalists of Huawei. A total of 9.56 million people from 121 countries and signed up for this competition with an academic organizations count of 4347.

There were overall 50 finalists including 13 Huawei proposition teams specializing in Kunpeng, Shengteng AI, Huawei Cloud, CT, and OpenHarmony technologies. In addition, the company provided guidance and essential insights for these projects. In the end, Huawei won the Outstanding Organization Award from the Internet Contest host for its active participation.

Huawei’s participation in the Contest:

The Shenzhen-based firm made a great contribution to this event and presented the high integration of subject knowledge and industry practice. Its core technologies including  Kunpeng, Shengteng AI, Huawei Cloud, CT, Consumer Cloud, and OpenHarmony. and other cutting-edge fields have been explored by about  337 1205 college teams.

Furthermore, the company is determined to give one-on-one expert guidance and in-depth guidance on key tasks for the participating teams. Using its high-quality projects with dual values ​​of technology and business the participants presented many theoretical foundations of industry applications and computing.

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Apart from this, Huawei also appears in the exhibition area and displayed its prototype entitled “Kunpeng Spreading Wings and Ascending Miles”. Its purpose was to display the basic software and hardware technologies of Kunpeng and Shengteng AI.

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China International “Internet+” Contest:

This is one of the largest and most prominent college student innovation and entrepreneurship events in China. It targets to deepens the reformation of innovation and business education for the students. It brings the students and industry leaders together to be aware of key areas in the closes connection between intelligence, technology, and project resources of universities and social development.

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Huawei completes the XMC-3E ODU microwave field test in corporation with Hohhot Unicom

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Recently, Huawei and Hohhot Unicom jointly completed the first XMC-3E ODU microwave field test in Hohhot, China. A 112MHz large channel and 4096QAM high-profile mode have been used in this test that succeed in realizing a 1.37Gbps ODU single channel bandwidth.

It’s a nearly double rate of the bandwidth in the traditional ODU. Huawei conducted this microwave field test in Naobao village to provide them with ultra-wide and minimal carrying solutions.

To be mention, the XMC-3E ODU microwave used in this test has been honored with Red Dot Design and the iF Design Award in June this year. It has been selected for its outstanding industrial design and high-performance capabilities.

XMC-3E ODU Microwave:

This solution of the compy integrates a large channel of 112MHz to deliver the highest modulation mode of 8192QAM. Meanwhile, it preserves its simplistic design with twofold spectrum efficiency in comparison with the traditional ODU bandwidth.

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Simultaneously, its cognitive handle design and quick-lock mounting parts are easy to maintain and provide an effortless deployment. In addition, it also delivers improved efficiency with higher safety measurements.

First Test Field:

As mentioned earlier, the first test was carried out in the Naobao village of Hohhot province in China. It is inhabited in the northeast of Hohhot which is 18 kilometers away from the urban area. However, it’s a really famous place in terms of tourism and has a history of over 300 years.

Field Test Results:

The main motive of Hohhot Unicom is to maximize the bandwidth capability and stability of a single-channel ODU. Thus, the company has cooperated with the leading tech provider Huawei. The test results show a 112MHz channel for 4096QAM modulation without enabling the bandwidth acceleration.

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Moreover, the plant can achieve a 1.37Gbps maximum bandwidth rate while maintaining a stabilized output. This solution is based on Huawei’s original high transmission power ODU that has increased power of 1.5dBm in a range of 10km.

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