Huawei is expanding its influence close to the US coastline, by partnering with Cuban firm Etecsa and launching smartphones in Cuba. As you know, over the past year Cuba has received many lifted bans and embargos, encouraging new and more affordable products to reach the island.
Etecsa will acquire Huawei phones with guarantees, as well as parts and will get technical training to enable repairs. The same carrier is going to improve voice quality in calls by working with Huawei on solutions within the telecom segment. Huawei operates in over 170 countries and has been present in Cuba for over a decade. Cuba and China have also been close, with trade between the countries being worth $1.59 billion for the first 9 months of the year.
Over 40 Chinese companies are taking part in this week’s Havana International Fair, the biggest business event in the country. As Huawei is also getting traction in USA and Europe, there seems to be no stopping in the Chinese telecom giant. A pivotal part of their growth will depend on how fast they develop 5G solutions, with Nokia/Alcatel Lucent and Ericsson breathing down on their necks.