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Huawei wins 5G customers in Europe

Huawei has been officially listed in the US list for nearly five months. Huawei has also been under a lot of pressure during this period. Not only has the sales process in the US been blocked, but Huawei 5G development has also been boycotted by some countries such as the United States (Japan, Australia, Poland, etc.)

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Huawei ‘s 5G strength

Of 65 commercial deals that Huawei has signed, half are with European customers building ultra-fast fifth-generation networks, the global networks market leader said on Tuesday at a client conference in Zurich.

This shows European customers’ long-term and consistent trust in Huawei – we are really grateful for their trust in this difficult time,” Yang Chaobin, head of Huawei’s 5G business, told Reuters in an interview.

Visitors heard positive testimony from several operators, including Switzerland’s Sunrise – which has connected a ski resort, farms and even a soccer stadium to its Huawei-powered 5G network that went live six months ago.

The contrast could not be more striking between industry enthusiasm for Huawei’s products and U.S. allegations – denied by the company – that its gear contains ‘back doors’ open to cyber spies.

Somewhere between stand European governments and regulators, trying to reconcile those U.S. warnings with opposing arguments that the standards the industry is developing for 5G provide sufficient safeguards.

From a technical perspective, security is something we can solve,” Chaobin told a separate news briefing. “But if you look at security as a political issue, and judging the security of a vendor based on its origin, then it’s very difficult to solve.”

Germany, Europe’s largest economy, has just published a proposed set of rules on 5G network security that stops short of singling out China or Huawei as threats; instead requiring all vendors and operators to meet common criteria.

By contrast, Britain is still mulling whether to follow the advice of its National Security Council to ban Huawei – a step already taken by English-speaking U.S. allies Australia and New Zealand.

 

Of a total of 400,000 5G base stations it has supplied, three-quarters have been supplied since the U.S. ban.

The entity listing has had no impact on Huawei’s 5G equipment whatsoever,” Yang told Reuters. “The performance and specification of the products with our own components will only be better.”

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