Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei has signed 22 commercial contracts for 5G and is working with more than 50 carriers on 5G commercial tests, Ryan Ding, executive director and president of carrier business group, announced during his speech at the Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) in London.

Through heavy investment and continuous innovation, Ding said the company is committed to helping carriers deploy 5G networks and driving the development of the 5G industry. “Every new generation of network comes with new challenges, and this applies to 5G commercial deployment, too,” Ding added that the company is closely collaborating with carriers to address those challenges.

According to the company’s press release, the device industry is a major driver of 5G technology development. After commercial roll-out of 5G networks, which is expected to happen next year, major smartphone makers will start offering 5G phones—this, of course, includes Huawei’s foldable phone announced in October.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.