Huawei has come under global scrutiny after the US raised security concerns over its 5G equipment, given the company’s perceived proximity to the Chinese government.
BARCELONA: Huawei has accused the US of lobbying against it in India, but said India hadn’t expressed any concerns on the telecom equipment so far. “The US is lobbying against Huawei in India and everybody knows that,” Huawei India chief executive Jay Chen said.
Huawei has come under global scrutiny after the US raised security concerns over its 5G equipment, given the company’s perceived proximity to the Chinese government. Washington has asked its allies to ban 5G equipment from Huawei. Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia have acquiesced but others like Germany have not. Huawei has now sought evidence from the US about any illegal activities, and accused other governments of wrongdoing. Such information, if any, should at least be disclosed to telecom service providers, it said.
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo had last month reportedly cautioned allies that deploying equipment from Huawei in their countries would make it more difficult for the US to partner with them.
Replying to security-related concerns in India, Huawei’s James Wu, president for Southern-East Asia region, said the company’s local teams were having detailed dialogues and had a communications plan for the India market. “Up till now, we haven’t received any concerns from the India government … As a tech company, Huawei is ready to talk to all stakeholders in India and engage them with extensive consultations,” he added.
Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan recently said the government was yet to make a decision on whether to allow Chinese equipment makers to take part in 5G trials, saying the government would examine all security-related issues on the back of global concerns.
Chen said the telecom department was trying to carefully study cybersecurity issues which were a part of the global industry’s joint efforts to build and strengthen universal cyber security standards.
He said the company was leading in compliance with security parameters for the global 5G standard. “China’s government gave a clear clarification — they never ask about data. Chinese data law is the same as in many countries,” he added.
Chen said Huawei would be in a position to launch 5G field trials with partner telcos in India within 20 days of spectrum allocation. It also started discussions with academia and telcos to set up a 5G test bed to test the technology and identify new use cases. “We have been talking to the government. We will be the first to do it.”
(This reporter is in Barcelona to cover the Mobile World Congress at the invitation of Huawei)