New orders for Huawei's 4G handsets are already being stocked, Yicai.com quoted an unnamed Huawei supplier as saying, adding that Huawei is currently placing orders in small batches on a rolling basis, and there is no way to estimate the exact volume of orders.
The supplier said that according to the rhythm of the order shipment, the finished products are expected to be available in the first half of next year, and the earliest in the first quarter.
Recent reports suggest that Huawei is actively ordering 4G smartphones and related terminal components from suppliers, and that some component makers have been notified that they will resume buying motherboards and other components this month.
The report quoted Huawei employees as saying that the supply of 4G chips could address the demand for handsets and tablets in most overseas regions, which would preserve the channel in major overseas regions for future re-emergence opportunities.
"Currently, Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America are still 4G markets, and some regions only offer 4G networks, and 4G products are still competitive."
In terms of licensing, the only vendor that can provide 4G chips for Huawei is currently Qualcomm.
On November 4, Qualcomm said in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report that it had received $1.8 billion in patent fees from Huawei. Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon said at the earnings conference that Huawei has created an opportunity to expand the potential market for Qualcomm's mobile chip business (QCT). If we can get a license to sell to Huawei, it would be an entirely positive opportunity.
A week ago, a Qualcomm spokesperson said that it had obtained licenses for some of Huawei's products, including some 4G products.