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With decision on 5G toolbox, EU supports Huawei

By Kevin Liu | 10/02/20, 10:06 AM CET

Huawei’s 5G security recommendations complement EU toolbox

On January 29th, the European Commission published its Communication on Secure 5G Deployment in the EU, its so-called toolbox, outlining guidance for member states in the establishment of European 5G networks. Huawei welcomes this non-biased, fact-based decision as the EU has added clarity to the regulatory process. 

In December 2019, Huawei had already published its own recommendations on 5G cyber security. We believe that the Commission’s toolbox complements and confirms our own recommendations and serves as a recognition of Huawei’s ongoing commitment to the highest standards of cyber security.

Multi-vendor market and fair competition are key to 5G success

We agree with the EU Commission’s recent decision that a diverse vendor market and fair competition are essential for network reliability and innovation, as well as ensuring consumers have access to the best possible technology.

We are also reassured by the recent decision of the UK government to allow Huawei in its 5G roll-out. This evidence-based decision will result in a more advanced, more secure and more-cost-effective telecoms infrastructure that is fit for the future. Furthermore, it gives the UK access to world-leading technology and ensures a competitive market.

We have supplied cutting-edge technology to telecoms operators in the UK for more than 15 years. We will build on this strong track record, supporting our customers as they invest in their 5G networks, boosting economic growth and helping Europe continue to compete globally.

Cyber security remains top priority for Huawei

Huawei’s position on cyber security has been consistent since our founding over three decades ago. There has been much debate about Chinese intelligence law and how it affects our company. Some groups of lawmakers claim that Chinese law allows the government to force companies to collect intelligence on its behalf via so-called backdoors. This is simply not true. 

The Chinese government has been explicitly clear about his, as have multiple independent legal scholars and practitioners: Government requests for company assistance must be in accordance with the law. There is no Chinese law authorizing the state intelligence agency to require a telecommunications equipment manufacturer to collect intelligence information, implant backdoors or disable customer networks. 

Let us be clear: The Chinese government does not interfere with our business or the security of our products. If any were made to force us to do so – from any country or organization – we would reject it outright. We have been very clear on this point: If we are ever put in a position that jeopardizes our independence, the security of our products, customer networks, or security of foreign nation states, we would rather shut down the company than violate our principles.

Cyber security is the top priority at Huawei. We are committed to supporting the secure and stable operations of customer networks. Since its founding, Huawei has operated in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over three billion people around the world. Our equipment has never caused a large-scale network breakdown, and we have never experienced any serious cyber security breach. Huawei has never done anything to jeopardize the security of our customers’ networks or devices, and thus no evidence of such actions exists.

Unfortunately, cyber security is increasingly entangled with geopolitical issues, trade barriers, and declining trust between nations. However, politically motivated suspicion does not address challenges to enhance cyber security. Frequently, cyber security is used as an excuse to erect trade barriers, and this has further obscured the real issues.

Huawei supports Europe’s efforts for digital sovereignty

This year is the 20th anniversary of Huawei in Europe, Europe and Huawei have already achieved a lot in the last 20 years in the 3G and 4G eras. We successfully helped Europe to launch its first 4G network. Now we are ready to bring the same success to Europe in the 5G era. Digital Sovereignty can and should be a win-win situation for both Huawei and Europe.

In doing so, it is about staying true to principles of openness, competitiveness and fair trade – values which Huawei shares. These principles have contributed to interconnected, global markets for which 5G is perfectly designed.

About Kevin Liu 

Kevin Liu was appointed President of Public Affairs and Communications Department, Western Europe, Huawei Technologies in June 2019. Mr.Liu has nearly 20 years of extensive experience and remarkable expertise in strategic design, business management and ICT business environment management domain.

Mr Liu joined the company in 2004 as Account Manager. Over the years, he has worked in different roles across the globe, including as Managing Director of Huawei Hangzhou subsidiary in China. Before taking the role of Vice-President for the West European Region, he served as CEO of Huawei Romania. Mr Liu graduated from Hohai University of China in 2000, after earning a Bachelor degree in Information Technology.