During the staging of the Mobile World Congress, Chinese technology corporation released a series of devices, including the folding Mate X that will go on sale sometime in June. At the event, reporters from renowned media houses across the globe had the chance to have a one-on-one with Huawei executives. The interview sessions were particularly important because the manufacturer has been under scrutiny in Western markets, where its technologies have been cited unsecure in countries such as the U.S. and its allies.
Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei was put task to address the corporation’s antitrust issues. To put this into perspective, the cases against the world’s largest telecoms equipment manufacturer have become very popular, yet a lot of people are yet to understand the details surrounding them. Specifically, the U.S. has been rallying behind its campaign against Huawei, citing cases of stolen technology and ideas from American companies such as Cisco and Motorola, and unsaid issues such the possibility that Huawei equips its devices with backdoors to spy on foreign citizens – and that it stopped the U.S. from installing spyware on its products, thusly the antitrust lawsuits.
Now, according to Ren, most of Huawei’s technologies, ranging from 5G to optical switching and optical chips, are far ahead of the competition, particularly those of American companies.
“We have a huge number of leading technologies and those technologies are really complicated, some of which only our peers can really understand. The charges that the US has made against Huawei are fairly marginal,” notes Mr. Ren.
According to the founder, Huawei did not rise to its current position by ‘stealing’ U.S. technology and ideas. In fact, Rene supports his argument by asserting that the theft allegation is outrageous because the corporation has technology that even the U.S. does not own.
Ren further suggests that people need to focus more than just Huawei’s problems and weakness. For instance, the corporation has made substantial contributions to humanity; the manufacturer owns more than 80000 patents, 11000 of which have been obtained in the U.S. and granted by U.S. law.
Tussle with the U.S.
Ren admits that there is virtually no Huawei equipment deployed in the U.S. – and this has not solved U.S.’s cybersecurity issue – else other countries would have sold the issue by banning Huawei devices and technologies.
Huawei has served more than 3 billion people in more than 170 countries for more than three decades, and during that time, no security breaches have been reported.
“What is the factual basis for the US’s charges? Our customers have experienced our networks over the past two to three decades, and consumers have the ability to make their own choices,” adds Ren.