Huawei: We're still leading the world on 5G, despite political attacks

Huawei is firing back against the US-led campaign to push it out of major markets, insisting it's still on t...

Posted: Dec 18, 2018 1:03 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2018 1:03 PM

Huawei is firing back against the US-led campaign to push it out of major markets, insisting it's still on track to lead the world in the introduction of 5G technology.

"Despite efforts in markets creating fear about Huawei, using politics to interfere with growth, customers continue to trust us and continue to work with us and build networks with our technologies," Deputy Chairman Ken Hu told reporters in the Chinese city of Dongguan on Tuesday.

5G wireless

Business and industry sectors

Business, economy and trade

Companies

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd

Technology

Telecommunications industry

Wireless industry

Wireless networks

Continents and regions

North America

The Americas

United States

Asia

China

East Asia

Telecommunications equipment

Hu was speaking during a turbulent period for the Chinese company, one of the world's biggest makers of smartphones and telecommunications equipment. Its chief financial officer is under arrest in Canada, facing possible extradition to the United States, and its products are coming under increasing scrutiny from businesses and governments over security concerns.

Despite decisions this year by Australia and New Zealand to block wireless operators from using Huawei to build their 5G networks, Hu expressed confidence that the company's technology is "significantly more advanced" than that of its rivals, giving it a head start of 12 to 18 months and the ability to attract new customers.

"It's like a running race," he said during a rare media briefing on one of the company's campuses in southern China. "We are leading." The company is on track to hit its target of more than $100 billion in revenue this year, he confirmed, up from around $92 billion in 2017.

Even the arrest in Canada of CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, on allegations she helped the company dodge US sanctions on Iran hasn't shaken its resolve. Business operations remain normal and senior executives are sticking to their international travel plans, according to Hu.

"I was on the plane just yesterday," he said.

He declined to comment on Meng's case, but expressed confidence in Huawei's trade compliance system and in "the judicial independence and fairness" of the Canadian and US legal systems. "We look forward to a just conclusion," he added.

'Irresponsible decisions'

Hu just arrived back in China from Europe, one of the regions where the company has faced renewed questions over the security of its products.

Orange (ORAN), the largest telecoms operator in France, on Friday ruled out using Huawei equipment in its core 5G network in the country. Germany's Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) said it was taking the discussion about the security of network elements from Chinese manufacturers "very seriously."

Hu said he understands the concerns from customers and authorities, but insisted there is no example of Huawei equipment "posing security threats" in the past 30 years.

The company has risen rapidly in recent decades to become the world's biggest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment. Its competitors include Sweden's Ericsson (ERIC), Finland's Nokia (NOK) and another Chinese firm, ZTE (ZTCOF), which fell foul of US authorities earlier this year.

The US government has long been wary of Huawei and has stepped up efforts this year to limit the use of its products in the United States. American officials have alleged that the Chinese government could use Huawei products for espionage — claims the company denies.

The US government has even been urging its allies to stop using Huawei equipment, according to a report last month by The Wall Street Journal.

Hu said that governments sometimes have concerns about which companies should supply 5G networks because of "legitimate" concerns about technology, which Huawei is working to address through communication and investing billions in security-related software.

But he slammed the "irresponsible decisions" by some countries that he said rely on "baseless speculations" to target a specific company out of "ideological and geopolitical considerations."

West Lafayette
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 83°
Kokomo
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 82°
Rensselaer
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 81°
Fowler
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 83°
Williamsport
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 82°
Crawfordsville
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 81°
Frankfort
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 81°
Delphi
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 82°
Monticello
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 83°
Logansport
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 83°
Staying dry today with sunny, hot conditions.
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 766351

Reported Deaths: 13965
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1052671804
Lake568691028
Allen42858698
St. Joseph37286568
Hamilton37260426
Elkhart29729470
Tippecanoe23441230
Vanderburgh23153404
Porter19568327
Johnson18807391
Hendricks18059321
Madison13518345
Clark13502198
Vigo12817255
LaPorte12558224
Monroe12529178
Delaware11124198
Howard10654237
Kosciusko9751123
Hancock8734149
Bartholomew8256157
Warrick8053157
Floyd8005181
Grant7349181
Wayne7234201
Boone7173105
Morgan6904142
Marshall6329116
Dubois6270118
Cass6085111
Dearborn600078
Noble597890
Henry5944111
Jackson515677
Shelby509897
Lawrence4914127
Gibson461596
Montgomery457592
Clinton454555
DeKalb453685
Harrison452476
Whitley415345
Huntington414081
Steuben410260
Miami405073
Jasper400455
Knox388091
Putnam384662
Wabash368783
Adams352256
Ripley351071
Jefferson341586
White339354
Daviess3089100
Wells302781
Greene292985
Decatur291693
Fayette285864
Posey280935
Scott278758
LaGrange277172
Clay273148
Washington253537
Randolph247583
Jennings238649
Spencer237931
Fountain234850
Starke229959
Owen222259
Sullivan219543
Fulton207845
Jay202832
Carroll197122
Orange190956
Perry189739
Vermillion180044
Rush177327
Tipton172347
Franklin171935
Parke154816
Pike141434
Blackford137832
Pulaski123648
Newton123036
Benton109615
Brown105943
Crawford105516
Martin92515
Warren87715
Switzerland8328
Union73510
Ohio58311
Unassigned0428

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events