ABI Research Coverage of Huawei

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Huawei is a privately owned incumbent NEV founded and headquartered in Shenzhen, China. The company is one of the largest NEVs in the world, with more than 200,000 employees and global operations spanning more than 170 countries. Huawei offers operators a range of solutions across the telecommunication network, including cloud 5GC, RAN, transport, and OSS/BSS products.

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Huawei was recognized as the Overall Leader in our competitive ranking of 5G End-to-End Core Network Automation and Orchestration vendors. Huawei’s 5GC Autonomous Driving Network (ADN) solution provides carriers with E2E automated delivery capabilities—including automated software delivery, network design, checking, execution, verification, dial testing, and monitoring—thereby serving a wide range of use cases such as new deployment, capacity expansion, upgrading, and service provisioning scenarios of core network NEs and telco clouds.

Huawei is a Top Innovator in the 5G End-to-End Core Network Automation and Orchestration market. Huawei offers a very competitive set of automation solutions that cover centralized orchestration of PNFs, VNFs, and CNFs, a common data layer or inventory, Network Function (NF) LCM, 5G NS, and provisioning and assurance capabilities, as well as multi-generational support for seamless network evolutions. Huawei does also offer additional value-added services such as intelligent O&M capabilities with cross-layer fault identification, and an intelligent Disaster Recovery (DR) solution that uses digital twin technology to help operators restore services quickly in the event of an outage

Huawei is a Top Implementer in the 5G End-to-End Core Network Automation and Orchestration market, largely due to its strong number of real-world implementations of its solution, as well as its solution’s proven ability to support the largest 5G SA networks in the world, in China. Huawei provides CSPs with a strong suite of security solutions, with features such as data protection, multi-tenancy, host intrusion detection, micro-segmentation, and others. Huawei has also established an OSS Interoperability Initiative Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with multiple vendors based on IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and NFV MANO frameworks, thereby proving its commitment to openness.

Huawei Cloud IoT leads in providing a broad array of embedded software like device agents, as well as leadership in diagnostics and business rules. The company tied for first place with Nokia in innovation and was in first place in the general ranking.

At the core of Huawei’s implementation strategy is establishing a clear partnership ecosystem based on an actionable roadmap for would-be partners to sign and test their devices or platforms with Huawei Cloud IoT’s systems. Huawei’s ability to invest substantially in Huawei Cloud IoT allows the company to bundle additional services like cloud storage and device shadows for commercial flexibility. Huawei’s platform is interoperable, thus delivering a robust set of tools that enable customers to implement an IoT solution based on their needs.

Huawei is undoubtedly a leader in the innovation criteria based on its robust remote configurability, business rules and group policy capabilities, tying for first place with Nokia. Huawei then ranked first for implementation based on its ability to ease the onboarding process beyond just LwM2M-compliant devices and incorporate a broad catalog of hardware. It then excels in securing the onboarding process by providing a variety of choices to customers and has both an extensive partnership ecosystem and a robust and interoperable device management service.

Huawei developed Adaptive High Resolution (AHR) to improve network experience and capacity. The AHR algorithm has three main pillars: a) a High Accuracy Channel Estimation algorithm for accurate beamforming and system interference mitigation; b) an innovative User & Channel & Service (UCS) adaptive algorithm to optimize user experience; and c) high-resolution beams to improve multi-device pairing capabilities and boost system capacity. As a result, the average user experienced data rate increased by 35% and cell capacity increases by 50%.

Huawei was recognized as the Overall Leader in ABI Research's competitive ranking of the Passive Base Station Antenna Market. The company continues to invest in its antenna portfolio; for example, in new antenna design and platforms, to help Communication Service Providers (CSPs) prepare for the future by enabling sustainable and high-performing antenna operations, as well as by supporting seamless upgrades and performance evaluation capabilities.

Huawei continues to innovate its passive base station antennas to cater to current and future requirements by CSPs. The company launched its X2 antenna platform, which supports four lowband arrays by leveraging innovative features such as foldable arrays, sector beam deflection, and Three-Dimensional (3D) adjustable designs. Huawei’s Signal Direct Injection Feed (SDIF) is also an advanced antenna technology unique to the company and helps CSPs derive higher efficiency and gain.

Huawei was named a Top Implementer in ABI Research's Passive Base Station Antenna Market competitive ranking. The company received strong scores for major contract wins, regional geographical penetration, and overall market share.

Huawei has a dominant market share in many emerging markets, particularly in North America and Latin America. Aside from the extreme competitive pricing of its Wi-Fi CPE, it is primarily the strength of its relationships with service providers in these markets that has helped it secure this preeminent position. One key area of strength for Huawei compared to many other vendors is the company’s strong supply chain management, which has mitigated the effects of the myriad supply chain challengers vendors have faced over the past several years.

Huawei brings many unique innovations to the Wi-Fi industry, and thus has been ranked as the second most innovative vendor in this assessment. Unlike other ranked vendors, Huawei designs its own home networking chipsets, which the company takes advantage of to unleash additional Chipset Synergy features. Huawei has also developed many unique value-added features in-house, as well as a proprietary protocol, Wi-Fi 6 Advanced, which incorporates additional features not found in the official IEEE standard, such as multi-Access Point (AP) functionality. To top it off, Huawei is also typically one of the first vendors to introduce the latest Wi-Fi technologies to the market.

Huawei has been identified as a Top Implementer in our assessment of Residential Wi-Fi CPE Vendors. The aggressive pricing and strong relationships with service providers in Africa and Latin America have enabled it to dominate those markets, while the technological leadership that the company maintains helps it present a very competitive value proposition to service providers in Europe . Huawei also operates a comparatively resilient supply chain, with a high degree of control over manufacturing and strong distribution networks globally .

ABI Research named Huawei a Leader among WLAN for Campus Area Networks providers. Standout strengths in this domain include the iMaster NCE-Campus platform, optimized for managing campus environments, its highly advanced WLAN equipment, which incorporates many proprietary technologies, and the unique campus architecture introduced with CloudCampus 3.0. Huawei’s solutions are also notable for their comprehensive range and high cost-effectiveness.

Huawei was named a Top Innovator in ABI Research's WLAN for Campus Area Networks competitive ranking. There are countless examples of Huawei leading innovation in the field of WLAN, including that it was one of the first to bring Wi-Fi 7 to market, and that it developed Wi-Fi 6-Advanced, which incorporates additional features not found in the official IEEE standard. But what really helped differentiate Huawei from the competition and allowed it to come out on top for innovation in the ranking was the level of campus-targeted innovations and solution optimization that it has undertaken for campus environments.

Huawei is a Top Implementer WLAN for Campus Area Networks. Huawei has developed a highly competitive E2E solution for campus networking. At its core is its range of WLAN solutions for all campus verticals and deployment scenarios, which are cost-effective and compact. Customers can also derive great value in the company’s CloudCampus 3.0 architecture and iMaster NCE-Campus network management platform, as together they offer industry-leading flexibility, scalability, automation, and orchestration.

ABI Research Competitive Rankings of Huawei

Coverage of Huawei by Technology Area

Huawei in 5G, 6G & Open RAN

Huawei in Sustainability For Telco Markets

Huawei in Southeast Asia Digital Transformation

Huawei in Distributed & Edge Computing

Huawei in Telco Cybersecurity

Huawei in Electric Vehicles

Huawei in 5G Markets

Huawei in IoT Cybersecurity

Huawei in Trusted Device Solutions

Huawei in Consumer Technologies

Huawei in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & Wireless Connectivity

Huawei in Wi-Fi & WLAN Technologies & Markets

Huawei in Satellite Communications

Huawei in Sustainability For Industrial Markets

Huawei in Sustainability Software Markets

Huawei in AI & Machine Learning

Huawei in 5G & 6G Cloud-Native Systems

Huawei in Industrial & Manufacturing Technologies

Huawei in IoT Hardware & Devices

Huawei in 5G Devices, Smartphones & Wearables

Huawei in Location Technologies

Huawei in Metaverse Markets & Technologies

Huawei in Cellular Standards & Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Huawei in IoT Networks & Services

Huawei in Augmented & Virtual Reality

Huawei in Circularity Technologies & Programs

Huawei in Citizen Digital Identity

Huawei in Digital Payment Technologies

Huawei in Industrial, Collaborative & Commercial Robotics

Huawei in Industrial Cybersecurity

Huawei in Smart Mobility & Automotive

Huawei in Smart Urban Infrastructure