The company also honoured more than 100 Huawei scientists and engineers who have worked on standards and basic research.
Professor Arikan published his seminal paper on polar codes in 2008 and defined an approach that could improve the rate and reliability of data transmission. Polar codes are the world's first channel coding scheme to bring us up against the threshold of Shannon's limit, or the maximum rate that data can be sent with zero error at a particular bandwidth.
Huawei recognizd the potential of polar codes to optimize channel coding in 2010 and in 2016 3GPP, the international standards body responsible for 5G standards, adopted polar codes as the official coding scheme for the control channels of the 5G New Radio (NR) eMBB interface.
At a ceremony held in Shanghai Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei presented a medal to Professor Arikan. Professor Arikan said in an acceptance speech: "It gives me pleasure to acknowledge that, without the vision and technical contributions of Huawei directors and engineers, polar codes would not have made it from lab to a standard in less than 10 years," he said.
Huawei states that as a core patent holder for 5G standards it remains committed to the FRAND principle for all patent licensing – Fair, Reasonable, and Non-discriminatory patent licensing. Huawei aims to build a robust 5G ecosystem together with other players.
Huawei added that it plans to spend between 20 and 30 percent its annual R&D budget of between $15 billion and $20 billion on basic research alone.
Although Huawei is the world's largest telecommunications equipment supplier it is barred from selling into the United States over issues of state subsidy and security.