Huawei sees massive handset growth outside China

In the second quarter of this year, Huawei says it has seen rapid increases of handset shipments beyond its traditional Chinese stronghold.

Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei announced today its growth in smartphone shipments for the first half of 2014 has increased 62 percent when comparted to same time last year.

The company said its consumer business group made 34.27 million smartphone shipments for 1H 2014, out of 64.21 million total consumer devices shipped.

Huawei pinned the increase on the launch of its Ascend P7 and Mate 2 4G handsets made during the half, claiming the P7 was approaching 2 million units moved.

For the second quarter of the year, Huawei said it had seen 550 percent growth in the Middle East and Africa, 275 percent in Latin America, 180 percent in Asia-Pacific, and 120 percent in Europe.

"Huawei shipped a total of 20.56 million smartphones to markets in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, an increase of 85% compared to last year," the company said. "Huawei also held majority smartphone market share in selected markets in Asia and Latin America."

While the Chinese giant has seen growth, by comparison, Apple shipped almost 95 million iPhones during the first half of the year, and analysts suggest Samsung moved 89 million smartphones for the first quarter of 2014 alone.

Huawei's networking equipment business is currently suffering a ban on its equipment by the United States, Australian, and United Kingdom governments, who cite fears of telecommunications tapping devices being installed in Huawei's equipment. The company has previously called on its critics to "put up or shut up" .

"We agree cybersecurity and protecting networks are important, but not the application of different standards and rules to a vendor based on where its headquarters is located," Huawei vice president of international media affairs, Scott Sykes told ZDNet last year .

"All vendors should be held to the same standards and rules, otherwise it's just protectionism and discrimination. It does nothing to improve security."