China Mobile has ordered the first (small) batch of 5G base stations, splitting the 500 units between Huawei (half), Ericsson (110), ZTE (80), Nokia (30), and Datang/Fiberhome (30.)

Datang was the pioneer in TD-SCDMA, the standard developed in China. They have a strong patent position in 5G as well. They fell on hard times and the government merged them with Fiberhome in Chengdu.

Datang has been appearing at meetings but this is the first 5G sale I’ve seen. Fiberhome should not be underrated; they have been competing with Huawei for more than a decade and are still standing.