Huawei outranked Samsung in mobile device sales in Q2 2020
Sales of mobile devices of the Chinese company Huawei in the second quarter of 2020 for the first time exceeded the figures of the South Korean manufacturer Samsung. As follows from the data of the analytical company Canalys, Huawei thus took the first place in this indicator during the reporting period.
According to its data, Huawei sold 55.8 million devices, which is 5% lower year-on-year than in the previous year. At the same time, Samsung, which took second place, sold 53.7 million gadgets, reducing sales figures compared to the second quarter of 2019 by almost a third.
The Canalys report notes that the level of foreign deliveries to the Chinese Corporation in the second quarter of last year fell by almost 27%, including due to restrictions imposed on Huawei by the United States. At the same time, Canalys informs, the company has strengthened its dominant position in the rapidly recovering Chinese market after the coronavirus pandemic, where sales of smartphones from this manufacturer exceeded 70%.
Representatives of the analytical company, however, suggest that it will be difficult for the Chinese telecommunications Corporation to maintain a leading position in the rating. "It will be difficult for Huawei to maintain its leadership in the long term. Its main channel partners in key regions, such as Europe, are increasingly wary of choosing Huawei, purchasing fewer models [of mobile devices] and attracting new companies to reduce risks," the company's press release quoted its representative as saying.
Huawei Corporation was founded in 1987. It produces telecommunications equipment, as well as consumer devices and smartphones. The company's products and services are available in more than 170 countries. It rejects all Washington's accusations against it.
Restrictions on Huawei
The US Federal Communications Commission on June 30 declared Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE a threat to the country's national security.
On May 15, 2019, US President Donald Trump signed an Executive order imposing a state of emergency to protect the country's information and communication infrastructure from external threats. As a result, the US Department of Commerce has blacklisted Huawei since May 17 because of the threat to national security, which severely limited the company's ability to purchase high-tech equipment in the United States.
On may 20 last year, the Ministry of trade issued Huawei a temporary General license for 90 days, which renewed the right to maintain networks and provide software updates for the company's mobile devices. Subsequently, the US authorities renewed the license several times. In August 2018, Trump signed an Executive order that banned US government departments from using equipment manufactured by Huawei and ZTE. In August 2019, a ban on the purchase and use by American government agencies of telecommunications equipment from Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei came into force in the United States.