Huawei has no links with Chinese Govt: founder Zhengfei
Company to focus on markets receptive to Huawei investment and infrastructure
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has refuted claims that the company he founded 32 years ago is under the sway of the Chinese Government.
In a rare press conference arranged by the company at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, Zhengfei denied allegations by some Western countries that the Chinese government could spy on foreign nations by infiltrating Huawei’s 5G networks.
In the first place, he said, the government would never make such a request: China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially stated that no law in China requires any company to install backdoors for the government. “Neither Huawei, nor I personally, have ever received any requests from any government to provide improper information,” Zhengfei stated.
Huawei’s position as a fully privately owned company allowed it greater flexibility than its competitors, and that Huawei is not in any way under the authority of the Communist Party of China, Zhengfei said. “There is no external institution or government department that owns our shares, not even one cent's worth. Because we are not a public company, so we can work truly for our ideals, and for the greater good of society. Public companies tend to focus more on their financial numbers.
“When it comes to cyber security and privacy protection, we are committed to siding with our customers. We will never harm any nation or any individual,” he added.
Zhengfei was bullish about Huawei’s prospects, and said the company would continue to focus on the many markets that are welcoming to Huawei’s investment and infrastructure. “Some countries have decided not to buy equipment from Huawei. Therefore, we can shift our focus to better serve countries that welcome Huawei.” He vowed that Huawei will continue to invest in R&D to ensure that their customers have access to the most advanced and innovative products currently on the market.
Zhengfei said Huawei remains highly competitive in the 5G market globally. The company has landed 30-plus commercial contracts as of today, and shipped 25,000 5G base stations, in addition to possessing ownership of 2,570 5G patents. Over the next five years, Huawei pledged to invest a total of more than 100 billion US dollars into R&D. He commented, “I believe that, as long as we develop very compelling products, there will be customers who will buy them. If your products are not good, no matter how strong you go for publicity, nobody will buy them.”
He noted that Huawei had some key advantages over the combination, including a combined offering of 5G infrastructure equipment and microwave technology. “Huawei is the only company in the world that can integrate 5G base stations with the most advanced microwave technology. With that capability, Huawei’s 5G base stations do not require fibre connections. Instead, they can use superfast microwave to support ultra-wide bandwidth backhauls. This is a compelling solution that makes a lot of economic sense for regions around the globe,” Zhengfei said.
Zhengfei attributed Huawei’s success to investment in research and development. Currently, Huawei’s R&D investment averages 15–20 billion US dollars per year. That puts Huawei in the top five position across all industries in the world in terms of R&D spending. In total, Huawei has been granted 87,805 patents. In the United States, the company has registered 11,152 core technology patents and is actively involved in 360+ standards bodies, where it has made more than 54,000 proposals.
Finally, when questioned about his daughter’s arrest in Canada on charges of illegally maintaining business ties with Iran under a front company, he commented that he had full faith his daughter would be treated fairly: “I trust that the legal systems of Canada and the United States are open, just, and fair, and will reach a just conclusion. We will make our judgment after all the evidence is made public.” He added that should any Huawei employee violate local laws anywhere in the world, whether he be Chinese or non-Chinese, Huawei would always cooperate with the investigations.