Zurich (Mobile Broadband Forum) MBBF: At the beginning of the congress, Ken Hu, Huawei’s deputy chairman explained to senior industry and media representatives the current state of global 5G development. Understandably, he clearly pointed out the “5G efficiency in countries that started early with consumer and industry offerings.”
In apparent manners, Hu said,
“Huawei has made great advancement, and to get the most out of 5G, we need to work collectively to meet the real difficulties ahead: site resources, spectrum and cross-sector cooperation. 5G is not just a fast form of 4G. 5G will play a very diverse role, and in our lives, we need a new way of thinking as an industry to drive forward future growth. Also, political support is extremely important”.
The trade war between the US and China
The financial markets have been under the spell of the trade dispute between the US and China for a good year now. Hardly a day goes by without a new message moving the markets in one direction or the other. The trade dispute, however, is only part of a more significant, more profound geopolitical shift. It’s about the fight for new world order and who will be the next digital superpower.
Before these political discussions, the companies of the respective countries are not sure. The second-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, Huawei, looked recently faced with fierce espionage allegations, the significant impact on the participation of the company to the 5G network expansion in Europe went with it.
Not affected by the US ban, Huawei 5G won half of the European customers
According to Reuters, despite the pressure from the US government, Huawei is still prevalent in the European market, and mobile operators in Europe are still waiting to purchase Huawei’s next-generation 5G network equipment.
Yang Chaobin, president of Huawei’s 5G product line, said in an interview that European customers have long been consistent with Huawei’s trust. In the current difficult period, the company is very grateful for this trust.
European operators have already praised Huawei’s products and services. Swiss telecommunications company Sunrise chose Huawei’s 5G equipment six months ago to establish a 5G connection network connecting a ski resort, a farm and a football field.
Germany, the largest economy in Europe, has just announced a set of proposed rules for 5G network security. It does not exclude Huawei but requires all suppliers and operators to meet common standards.
Huawei said in Zurich on Tuesday that the company has won 65 commercial contracts for 5G network construction so far, half of which are from European customers. Huawei has also announced its results for the first three quarters of this year. The company generated CNY 610.8 billion in revenue over that period, an increase of 24.4% over the previous year. The company’s net profit margin during this period was 8.7%.
Yang Chaobin said that because of the US government’s restrictions on US companies supplying parts to Huawei, Huawei’s supplier channels are now diversified enough to satisfy customers’ demand for their network equipment fully.
Of the total 400,000 5G base stations supplied by Huawei, three-quarters were provided after the US ban on listing entities in the United States.
“The list of entities has no impact on Huawei’s 5G equipment,” Yang Chaobin told Reuters. “The performance and specifications of products using our own components will only be better.”
Yang also stressed that, in essence, the security of 5G networks is a technical issue which can be resolved by the joint efforts of Huawei and its partners. However, if it is regarded as a political issue, and the network is judged according to the “origin” of a company, the network security problem will be challenging to solve. He said that Huawei is willing to discuss with various organisations, governments and industry partners around the world how to protect the network security of enterprises and users through technical means.
The United States has repeatedly warned allies that Huawei products will assist in espionage. US allies Australia and New Zealand have decided to ban Huawei. However, Germany has not listed Huawei as a threat, and the UK is still considering whether to ban Huawei equipment per the recommendations of its National Security Agency or not.
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