Huawei has reached another milestone by beating Apple to become the world’s second largest smartphone seller according to a report from Canalys and IDC. The company sold around 54 million phones in the last quarter. That is 40% more when compared to the same period last year.
This also narrows the gap between market leader Samsung which sold more than 70 million, 10% less than last year.
“The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown,” IDC analyst Ryan Reith said in a statement.
Even though Huawei’s presence is negligible in the USA, it has managed to accomplish this feat. The lack of presence in the States is mainly because of officials concerned that its technology could be used by the Chinese government to gather intelligence. Rather, the company has repeatedly denied that its products pose security risks.
Earlier this year it failed to clinch its first partnership with a major US carrier, after talks with AT&T fizzled out at the last minute. Having the backing of a wireless carrier is key to making inroads in the United States.
Huawei is also one of several companies racing to develop capabilities for 5G, the next generation of wireless technology.
If major countries refuse or ban the use of Huawei’s telecom gear, it would significantly handicap the company’s ambition to become a global leader in 5G technology.