Huawei fights back with ‘Huawei Facts’

BY SILVI WRITER

China’s tech-giant Huawei Technologies is fighting back with more measures to become more open and transparent, amid headwinds in overseas markets in recent months.

Huawei, an independent and privately-held company that has spread its services and products to over 170 countries, recently launched Huawei Facts, a webpage aimed at letting more people understand Huawei and its corporate value.

Huawei Facts

The new webpage also listed Huawei’s response to widely circulated questions such as, “What is Huawei’s response to the decision by HSBC and Standard Chartered to withhold new banking services or funding?” and “What is Huawei doing to answer concerns about security?”

For example, in response to “Has Vodafone decided to end its relationship with Huawei?”, the company said on Huawei Facts:

“Vodafone has decided to pause deployment of Huawei equipment in its core networks in Europe. This does not mean that Vodafone’s relationship with Huawei has come to an end. We would like to make clear the core is only a small proportion of Vodafone’s 5G network roll-out and that Huawei is still supporting Vodafone’s 5G roll-out.

“Vodafone has been a long-term and strategic partner to Huawei since 2007 and we are grateful for the company’s continued support.

“We are also grateful for the company’s recognition of the role we play in the European telco market and that a much more fact-based conversation needs to take place around 5G suppliers. Nick Read, Vodafone’s CEO, was recently quoted as saying: ‘Clearly, if there were a complete ban at radio level, then it would be a huge issue for us, but it would be a huge issue for the whole European telco sector…Now is the moment to engage with the security agencies, with politicians and with Huawei to improve everyone’s understanding’.”

Huawei 5G

“Fighting back”

Instead of only focusing on the US-led crackdown on Huawei, which is believed to be its hysteria to China’s rise in technology, Huawei now is fighting back by responding to those questions and clarifying doubts, which shows its confidence in facing obstacles, the Global Times said.

In response to security concerns raised by the US government, Huawei said it has a 30-year track record of safety and security, and spends 5 percent of its research and development (R&D) budget on cybersecurity R&D.

Its major ICT competitors – Ericsson and Nokia – have not yet unveiled their spending on cybersecurity R&D on their websites.

The US government has been urging its major allies to ban Huawei from building the next generation of wireless networks, also known as 5G, claiming the company poses a security threat and violates rules and regulations in the US.

The Guangdong-based firm, which was founded in 1987 and has maintained a low-profile over the past decades, is now shifting its communications strategies and becoming more open to business partners, customers and the public, observers said.

After New Zealand authorities instructed a local telecoms operator not to use Huawei’s 5G technology, citing national security concerns, in November 2018, Huawei has not stopped moving forward in the country.

“5G without Huawei is like rugby without New Zealand,” Huawei said in its new rugby-themed advertisement in the country, which has also been placed in local newspapers.   

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