Telecom Review secured an exclusive interview with ZTE Director of Wireless Innovation Solutions, Summer Chen, in order to find out where the company stood in relation to implementing 5G technologies and establish what projects it's currently working on to ensure the transition from 4G to 5G.

Read more: ZTE’s Summer Chen confident the vendor will be first to deploy 5G technologies

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong (center) is surrounded by the press

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Samsung shocked the world in September last year when it suspended sales of its flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 7 as reports of exploding batteries threatened to damage the reputation of the South Korean technology giant. The fiasco hit Samsung hard, after a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 cost the company an estimated $5.3 billion, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. But even though the odds were stacked against the smartphone manufacturer, Samsung is showing signs of making a stunning comeback.

Read more: Samsung post-fiasco: beleaguered has-been or comeback king?

Roland Sladek, vice president of International Media Affairs at Huawei

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At IFA 2016 in Berlin this September, Huawei Consumer Business Group unveiled the Huawei Nova and the Huawei Nova Plus, the first smartphones in a new series designed to meet the needs of a more diverse customer-range. As the world's third largest smartphone vendor, Huawei is spreading its wings, says Roland Sladek, vice president of International Media Affairs at Huawei, who recently spoke to Telecom Review about the challenges Huawei faces in penetrating new markets like the United States, to see through its ambition to be the top premium smartphone distributor in the world.

Read more: Huawei's VP of International Media Affairs says company aims to be no. 1 in smartphone market