Huawei hits back at claims it’s a national security threat controlled by Beijing
The Australian chairman of Huawei has hit back at claims his company is effectively controlled by Beijing and poses a national security risk.
The Federal Government is currently considering whether the company should be allowed to participate in the construction of Australia’s 5G mobile network, due to be completed next year.
Six years ago, the company was blocked from any involvement in the rollout of the National Broadband Network, due to concerns about a Chinese company having access to critical infrastructure.
Similar national security concerns also prompted to Federal Government to foot the bill for a high-speed internet cable between Australia and the Solomon Islands.
These concerns continue today with some federal politicians — including Labor MP Michael Danby — calling for the Huawei and another Chinese company, ZTE, to banned from any involvement in the 5G network.
“Both Huawei and ZTE must report to a Communist Party cell at the top of their organisations,” Mr Danby told Federal Parliament.
“Let me issue a clarion call to this Parliament: Australians 5G network must not be sold to these telcos.”
But Huawei’s John Lord said Mr Danby was wrong and his company would do all it could to assure authorities it was not a risk.
“Huawei is owned by employees,” Mr Lord said.
“We have 170,000 employees in the world but it’s only owned by 80,000 because we haven’t got enough shares.
“There is no ownership by the Government whatsoever — we would term our form of ownership a cooperative in western societies.”
Huawei willing to give intelligence agencies oversight
Huawei does not want to be a sole operator of the network, but instead to provide technology to Optus, Vodafone, TPG and Telstra.
Mr Lord said the company operated in 170 companies and could not afford to play politics.
“We believe that companies like Huawei are privately owned, not owned by any committee or any government, and should be looked at and put into a competitive tendering,” he said.
“We’re happy to have our equipment tested, we’re happy to have it analysed.”
Mr Lord said the company would also be willing to provide Australian intelligence agencies oversight of its operations, as it has done in the United Kingdom.
“That was the way to enter the market and be as open as possible and that’s what we’re offering around the world,” Mr Lord said.
(Story By ABC News Australia, Edited by Huawei Central)
Awaits US license to launch 5G phones: Huawei
Why Huawei is not launching 5G phones? The Huawei chief answered questions on this matter, saying that the company awaits a U.S. supply license to bring 5G phones.
Xu Zhijun said that Huawei is waiting for the U.S. department of commerce’s license to get 5G technologies for new phones and launch them among consumers.
Back in 2019, Huawei was enlisted in the U.S. commerce department blacklist. Since then, the company cannot buy new technologies for its smartphones such as chips and Google services. Huawei also lost access to its own Kirin chipsets, as the TSMC also denied printing new ones.
That’s why, the lack of 5G RF and chip components barred the company from producing 5G phones. This forced Huawei to build only 4G devices. Its recent flagships including P60 and Mate X3 also come with only 4G access.
Xu Zhijun says that the smartphone business is mostly affected by the U.S. sanctions and it caused a massive drop in Huawei’s smartphone market share. With current access to 4G chips, Huuawei can only make 4G smartphones, he mentioned.
Despite these questions, Xu confidently said that there are people who are willing to still buy a 4G phone. As Huawei has greatly improved its camera, foldable screen, and other parts of its devices.
To cover up, Huawei’s latest flaghip is opened with big demand in China, and Huawei pre-selling a good amount of units ahead of an official sale. Without 5G, Huawei phones are focusing on other aspects of user experience such as build quality and better software features.
Last year, Xu Zhijun stressed that 5G is a big issue for Huawei devices but the company will not give up on its mobile business. At that time, Mr. Xu also expected a recovery from this loss may take several years.
In future, users won’t buy phones without 6G: Huawei
Huawei is currently working on the next generation of mobile network technology called 5.5G. However, the Chinese tech maker said that future smartphone consumers won’t buy new phones without 6G technology.
The latest statement made by Huawei’s Rotating chairman comes after the 2022 annual business report. He said that Huawei will deploy 5.5G around the world somewhere in 2025.
This next-gen network technology will improve the user experience from various perspectives. Also, it will revolutionize the digitalization of all businesses.
However, the Huawei chief also talked about 6G. Xu explained that no one knows about 6G and currently, it’s just a concept.
Meanwhile, it’s a goal for the industry and Huawei is working with industry partners to define 6G along with its research and development.
The Huawei chief then turned his view on the future of 6G. He told that 6G will be unnecessary in the face of low innovation and then, maybe we can live with 5.5G technology for a long time.
The Huawei chief elaborates that the company still hopes that the future network will arrive otherwise, there will be no growth in the mobile network and as a result, users will not buy new phones without 6G.
He also pointed out the current decline in the smartphone market and that there’s a large space left to be filled with innovation.
“Everyone still hopes that 6G will come, but whether it will come and when it will come, we still have to wait for the answer,” said Xu Zhijun.
For an expected timeline, Mr. Zhijun said that people waiting for 6G will have to wait, as it should come up by 2030. There’s a lot more to know about this new mobile network, as there are many countries that are still struggling with 5G installation.
Huawei will never give up: Meng Wanzhou
During the 2022 Annual Business Report, Huawei CFO and Next Rotating Chairwoman, Meng Wanzhou said that Huawei will continue to operate in the hardest difficulties and the company will never give up.
Mrs. Meng will take over Huawei as the rotating chairwoman on April 1st, as it will be her first tenure as Huawei’s top leader. Meng Wanzhou said as long as Huawei continues to struggle, every minute of our time and every effort will not be wasted, we will never give up.
“We may not be able to succeed but we live to death, how can we not be benevolent?” she added.
These are pretty strong words from the Huawei leader as she remains optimistic for a bright future.
Huawei says its operation is now stable and the company has achieved global sales revenue of 642.3 billion yuan, while a net profit of 35.6 billion yuan. From this Huawei’s carrier business, enterprise business, and device business gained sales revenue of 284 billion yuan, 133.2 billion yuan, and 214.5 billion yuan respectively.
In 2022, R&D invested 161.5 billion yuan, accounting for 25.1% of the company’s entire 2022 revenue. On the flip side, the cumulative R&D expenses invested in ten years will exceed 977.3 billion yuan.
During the press note, Xu Zhijun, Huawei’s current rotating chairman, said that 2023 is a critical year for Huawei’s survival and development.
Xu Zhijun said that the upcoming year and the following are critical for Huawei. The key direction of Huawei’s strategy is to create growth opportunities, enhance development resilience, build differentiated advantages, win by quality, and ensure high-quality business continuity and product competitiveness.
He also mentioned that Huawei should seize the opportunities of digitalization in all walks of life to achieve effective growth. Huawei will also get advantages of its industrial portfolio and strong resilience, and strive to build a foundation for the digital economy and promote green and sustainable development.
In the face of challenges, Huawei is working with its partner to overcome difficulties.