Huawei ranked first in the 5G telecom equipment market in Q1 with a 35.7% market share, well ahead of the second place holder Ericsson's 24.6%.
The third to fifth places were Nokia (15.8 percent), ZTE (13.2 percent) and Samsung (9.3 percent), respectively.
Compared to Q4 2019 figures, Huawei's market share grew by 0.4 percentage points and Ericsson's by 0.8 percentage points. Nokia slipped by 4.5 percentage points, ZTE grew by 3 percentage points and Samsung slipped by 1.2 percentage points.
According to Dell'Oro Group's previously published Q4 2018 to Q4 2019 5G telecoms data, even against the backdrop of US sanctions, Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei's market share still maintained its steady growth and managed to overtake Samsung for the top spot in the second quarter of last year.
According to data revealed in February this year by Huawei's Managing Director and President of Carrier BG, Ding Yun, as of then, Huawei had gained 91 5G commercial contract, 5G Massive MIMO AAU (Active Antenna) Unit) module shipped more than 600,000 units worldwide.
Another Chinese major telecom equipment maker, ZTE, also performed well.
While ZTE had almost zero market share in 5G telecom equipment at the time of the first quarter of 2019, since the second quarter of 2019 it began to see rapid growth.
In the third quarter of 2019, ZTE even exploded to get 9.7% of the market share, and in the following two quarters it also kept Continued rapid growth.
By the time of the first quarter of this year, it had taken ZTE, which started from zero, just one year to overtake Samsung, which had first-mover advantage, to take the 13.2% market share, ranking fourth.
According to Dell'Oro Group data, ZTE's 5G base station shipments started in Q2 2019 .
And according to previous data released by ZTE, as of September 2019, ZTE has won 35 commercial 5G contracts around the world. 5G cooperation with more than 60 operators around the world, and more than 50,000 5G base stations have been shipped globally.
By the end of 2019, ZTE has shipped more than 100,000 5G base stations.
It's worth mentioning that the 5G base stations currently shipped in large numbers are powered by ZTE's self-developed 7nm 5G base station chips.
In July last year, ZTE executive director and president Xu Ziyang said in a media interview that in terms of 5G base station chips, ZTE 7nm process (base station) chips have been designed and mass produced, while 5nm process 5G chips are being developed.
The latest information also shows that ZTE's 5nm base station chips are also in the technology introduction stage and are expected to be mass-produced commercially next year. And this is expected to further boost ZTE's continued market share growth in 5G telecom equipment.
In addition, Huawei and ZTE's 5G telecom market share continued to grow thanks to the acceleration of China's 5G investment and construction.
On June 6 this year, at the first anniversary of 5G licensing online summit, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released data showing that on the first anniversary of the commercialization of 5G China's basic telecom companies are building more than 250,000 5G base stations.
By the end of this year, China is expected to build more than 600,000 5G base stations, covering cities above the prefecture level nationwide.