• Jiji


NEC Corp. President Takashi Niino on Thursday voiced his resolve to expand the Japanese electronics giant’s share in the global 5G infrastructure market.

The firm wants to be a “game-changer through Japan-made” technologies in the market of base stations for next-generation 5G and later-generation networks, Niino said in an online interview.

He signaled enthusiasm for changing the dynamics of the global market, 80 percent of which is occupied by Chinese and Nordic companies.

According to Niino, NEC will develop cutting-edge communications equipment with its new capital and business alliance partner, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., to take a bigger slice of the market.

China’s Huawei Technologies Co., Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia Corp. virtually control the global base station market, using their business models of providing all necessary equipment in packages. NEC’s share is smaller than 1 percent.

“We have no chance of winning against a vertical integration model in which one company backs all systems,” Niino said.

NEC will start a shift to a horizontal specialization system in which several manufacturers combine their equipment to build communication infrastructure, Niino said, adding that the change will give his company a greater opportunity.

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