Huawei Faces New Problem in France and Germany

Huawei faces fresh challenges in Europe after France’s Orange said it would not hire the Chinese firm to build its next-generation network and Germany’s Deutsche Telekom announced it would review its vendor strategy.

The shift by the national market leaders, both partly state-owned, follows Huawei’s exclusion on national security grounds by some US allies, led by Australia, from building their fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks.

US officials have briefed allies that Huawei is ultimately at the beck and call of the Chinese state, while warning that its network equipment may contain “back doors” that could open them up to cyber espionage.

Huawei says those concerns are unfounded. Tensions have been heightened by the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer in Canada for possible extradition to the United States.

“We don’t foresee calling on Huawei for 5G,” Orange CEO Stephane Richard told reporters in Paris. “We are working with our traditional partners – they are Ericsson and Nokia.”

Richard said he considered the security concerns to be legitimate: “I absolutely understand that all of our countries, and the French authorities, are preoccupied. We are too.”

Responding, Huawei said it was not a supplier to Orange’s existing 4G network in France and would not feature in the company’s 5G plans in France. Huawei does supply Orange’s networks outside France and expects to be involved in 5G there, it said.

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Deutsche Telekom, Europe’s largest telecoms company, said it was reviewing its vendor plans given the debate on the security of Chinese network gear in Germany and the other European markets where it operates.

“Deutsche Telekom takes the global discussion about the security of network equipment from Chinese vendors very seriously,” the company said in response to a Reuters query.

Telekom already pursues a multi-vendor strategy, relying above all on equipment from Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco and Huawei. “Nevertheless we are reassessing our procurement strategy,” it said.

The shift is significant because, so far, German officials have said they see no legal basis to exclude any vendors from the buildout of fifth-generation networks in response to the warnings from Washington.

Nearly half of the German company’s revenues come, however, from its profitable and fast-growing US unit T-Mobile, which is undergoing regulatory scrutiny of its $26 billion bid to take over Sprint Corp.

A source at one competitor said: “This looks like an appeasement strategy towards the US government over the Sprint deal.”

Other German telecoms players say, meanwhile, that they are continuing talks with Chinese vendors as they draw up proposals to take part in Germany’s auction of 5G licences in early 2019.

“We are watching the discussion very closely, but we will not participate in the current speculation,” said Telefonica Deutschland, Germany’s No.3 operator that has existing relationships with Huawei and ZTE, another Chinese vendor.

United Internet, a potential new entrant that is weighing bidding for a 5G licence, said it was in talks with two vendors on its strategy – one of which is Chinese. A spokesman declined to identify the vendor but according to media reports it is ZTE.

Analysts say German telecoms operators depend heavily on Huawei, meaning it will be hard to rip out and replace its existing gear or to cope without the Chinese company, the world’s top network supplier, in building their 5G networks.

“If the Chinese companies are excluded, this would reduce the number of vendors – and that could drive costs higher,” said Hans Schotten of the Technical University in Kaiserslautern.

“For that reason, many vendors would be reluctant to do without Huawei.”

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SoftBank Telecom IPO Said to See Strong Demand Despite Huawei, Network Disruption

Domestic investors have sought nearly double the number of shares offered by SoftBank Group Corp’s soon-to-list wireless unit, two sources from a lead IPO underwriter said, underscoring strong demand for Japan’s third-largest telco.

Overseas institutional investors have sought more than three times the number of available shares, the sources said on Friday on condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to disclose the figures publicly. Domestic investors will buy more than 80 percent of the offering.

Strong retail demand for the float was further underscored by Japan’s SBI Holdings, which earlier in the day said it had sold all its allotted shares in SoftBank’s telecoms unit.

SBI is one of the lead underwriters for the domestic portion of what is set to be Japan’s largest-ever IPO. An error with its allocation of shares to investors had earlier led to rumours of lower-than-expected appetite.

The telecoms unit, SoftBank Corp, priced its IPO this week at an indicated JPY 1,500 ($13.22) per share, and said it would sell an extra 160 million shares to meet the demand, raising about $23.5 billion.

There are, however, some concerns weighing on investors’ minds ahead of the unit’s trading debut in Tokyo on December 19.

Among those is the scrutiny of SoftBank’s relationship with Huawei Technologies as governments around the world move to shut out the Chinese firm amid worries its gear could facilitate Chinese spying.

SoftBank plans to replace 4G network equipment from Huawei with hardware from other suppliers, two sources said, a process that is likely to be time-consuming and expensive.

There are also concerns around reliability of alternative suppliers after a software glitch in Ericsson equipment caused widespread network disruption for SoftBank customers last week, said one of the sources who is a senior government official.

The disruption sent SoftBank Corp CEO Ken Miyauchi rushing to the telecoms ministry to apologise. Japan is considering officially reprimanding SoftBank and telling it to ensure the disruption does not reoccur, the source said.

Shares of SoftBank Group closed down 4.6 percent on Friday, taking this month’s decline to about 11 percent. The benchmark index dropped 2 percent.

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SoftBank to Shun Huawei in Favour of Ericsson, Nokia Equipment: Report

SoftBank Group Corp plans to replace 4G network equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co with hardware from Nokia and Ericsson, Nikkei reported on Thursday, without citing sources.

The move comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of Chinese tech firms by the United States and some prominent allies over ties to the Chinese government, driven by concerns they could be used by Beijing for spying.

SoftBank, Japan’s third-largest telco, will also order equipment for its next generation 5G network from the two European suppliers instead of Huawei, Nikkei reported.

A SoftBank spokesman said the report was “based on speculation and no decision has been made”.

Nokia and Ericsson are already big suppliers to SoftBank.

It also has the longest running relationship with Huawei among Japan’s top three telcos, but the firm has previously said that the amount of equipment it uses from Chinese makers “is relatively small”.

Replacing the 4G equipment, which Nikkei reported will be done over several years, is likely to be time-consuming and expensive, industry sources have said.

The Nikkei report on the supplier switch comes as SoftBank is preparing to list its telecoms unit in Tokyo on December 19.

This week, SoftBank’s telecoms unit priced its IPO at an indicated JPY 1,500 ($13.22) per share and said would sell an extra 160 million shares to meet demand, raising about $23.5 billion in Japan’s biggest-ever IPO.

The report also comes on the heels of Japan issuing a policy document on maintaining cyber-security during procurement.

While Huawei was not explicitly named, sources have said that the policy document was aimed at preventing government procurement from the company as well as China’s ZTE Corp.

Huawei has already been locked out of the US market, and Australia and New Zealand have blocked it from building 5G networks amid concerns of its possible links with China’s government. Huawei has said Beijing has no influence over it.

Japan’s decision to keep Huawei out would add to the woes of the firm, whose chief financial officer was recently arrested by Canadian officials for extradition to the United States.

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Huawei Nova 4 Honey Red Gradient Colour Option Teased Ahead of Launch

Huawei Nova 4 Honey Red Gradient Colour Option Teased Ahead of Launch

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Huawei Nova 4 is expected to sport a 48-megapixel sensor

Earlier in the day, we reported of leaked specifications of the Huawei Nova 4. The smartphone is said to come in two variants, and the premium one is said to sport a 48-megpaixel AI sensor. The device is set to launch on December 17, and has been spotted on TENAA as well. Now, Huawei is teasing colour options of the Nova 4, and has also given us an official look of what the smartphone will look like from the back. So far, the company had been teasing the front of the device, which is going to sport the unique display hole for selfie camera design.

On Weibo, Huawei has now posted a teaser poster showing off a gradient finished back. The company is calling it Honey Red, which is essentially an amalgamation of Red and Purple colours. The device is seen sporting a triple camera setup stacked vertically and a rear fingerprint scanner as well. Of course, at launch, Huawei will launch more colour options of the Huawei Nova 4. The teaser poster also reiterates the launch date i.e. December 17, as mentioned above.

Based on the recent leak, the standard Huawei Nova 4 variant will sport a triple camera setup with one 20-megapixel sensor, second 16-megapixel sensor and a last 2-megapxel sensor. For the high-end version, the company has swapped the 20-megapixel sensor with a 48-megapixel sensor. Rest of the sensors at the back remain the same. Both the variants sport a 25-megapixel selfie camera with AI features. All of the other specifications of the two phones are also the same.

The Huawei Nova 4 is also tipped to sport a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2310 pixels) display, with an aspect ratio of 19.25:9, be powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC, pack an 8GB RAM, 128GB storage capacity, sport a 3,750mAh battery with 18W fast charging, and support 4G VoLTE connectivity. The TENAA listing suggests a 3,900mAh battery, dual-SIM support, and 156.47×74.8×8.2mm dimensions.

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Huawei Freezes Orders From Japan Supplier After CFO Arrest

The surprise December 1 arrest of Huawei Technologies’ Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is about to affect one of the Chinese company’s suppliers in Japan.

Yaskawa Electric, which supplies industrial robots for Huawei’s smartphone and telecom gear factories, saw all orders for its machines put on hold after the arrest, President Hiroshi Ogasawara said in an interview on Wednesday. Of Yaskawa’s $4 billion (JPY 448.5 billion) in revenue for the fiscal year that ended in February, 23 percent came from China.

“My people on the ground in China say that Huawei is turned upside down internally,” Ogasawara said. “All kinds of capex deals are temporarily on hold as they figure things out.”

Yaskawa’s stock fell as much as 4 percent before ending the day mostly unchanged. Shares of other factory automation companies Fanuc Corp., SMC Corp. and Nabtesco Corp. pared gains after the news emerged. A Huawei spokesman said the Chinese company makes decisions on gear purchases months in advance.

“Decisions relating to procurement for this type of equipment were made several months ago,” a spokesman said by email. “Huawei is unable to intervene in decisions made by other supply chain partners including companies with which we have outsourcing arrangements.”

Meng was arrested in Vancouver at the request of US authorities for allegedly violating sanctions related to selling technology to Iran. While her detention has become an international incident, this is the first indication that it is beginning to affect Huawei’s operations. The arrest has further undermined the international standing of the company, which was already under suspicion in the West because of its ties to the Chinese government.

Separately, the Japanese media reported earlier this week that the country’s top three carriers – NTT Docomo, SoftBank Group Corp., and KDDI Corp. – will ban telecommunications equipment by Huawei and ZTE Corp. France’s Orange SA said it does not plan to work with Huawei to build its fifth-generation mobile network.

The order freeze is making Yaskawa reconsider its outlook on the timing of demand for 5G phones and communications equipment, because Huawei was at the forefront of the technology’s rollout, Ogasawara said.

Key Insights
– Yaskawa said in October it expects memory chip manufacturers to start making capital investments related to 5G in the spring and see a boost in its own machinery orders by early next year. That outlook is now uncertain because of the events at Huawei, Ogasawara said.

– The Huawei incident and trade tensions with US are not likely to derail 5G’s rollout in China, he said. The deployment is driven by China’s national policy and orders for internal demand will make up for any losses due to trade barriers, he said.

– Yaskawa has three factories in China, all of which make machines for domestic customers.

– Global smartphone output is not likely to decline, but capital investment is likely to remain flat until 5G demand kicks in second half of 2019, Ogasawara said.

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Home Comforts — And A Curfew — For Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou On Bail

Meng Wanzhou was arrested on December 1 on a US warrant for alleged sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran

Vancouver, Canada: 

Accused of sanctions busting and forced to abide by a curfew and wear an ankle bracelet as she awaits possible extradition to the United States, China’s “Princess of Huawei” could be said to have fallen spectacularly from grace.

But Meng Wanzhou, heiress to her billionaire father’s global tech conglomerate, is managing to surround herself with a few home comforts.

Huawei’s chief financial officer was arrested on December 1 on a US warrant for alleged sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran, while changing planes in Vancouver.

She faces more than 30 years in jail if convicted, but was freed on Can$10 million bail Tuesday night pending the outcome of an extradition hearing, which could take months, or even years, if appeals are made in the case.

The following morning, Meng was spotted by AFP answering the front door of her Vancouver house to three visitors bringing flowers who arrived in a sedan with diplomatic plates.

Outside, a handful of local residents walked their dogs past a group of journalists while a security guard watched from a car down the block.

Later, Meng stepped out to offer reporters slices of pizza that she’d had ordered in (they politely declined).

Meng’s husband Liu Xiaozong in 2009 bought the six-bedroom house where she must stay in Vancouver’s Dunbar neighborhood — a leafy quiet enclave of single-family homes a few blocks from an urban forest.

Although valued at a hefty Can$5.6 million, the house — on a large corner lot with a view of the Pacific coast city’s majestic north shore mountains — does not stand out as particularly ostentatious.

Colleen McGuinness, who lives in the neighborhood, said the reaction to the executive’s arrival has been muted.

“I don’t think I’ll see her at the grocery store,” McGuinness told AFP. “She’s obviously been here before, she’s just another person in the neighborhood, but with a bit of an entourage.”

Chinese-Canadians divided

Meng’s husband Liu resided at the 28th Avenue home up until 2012 while working on a Masters degree, and the couple’s young son attended a local pre-school.

Meng’s in-laws have also spent several summers at the house, and her mother and eldest son visited too.

“While my work obligations have typically required that I travel extensively, I always try to spend at least 2-3 weeks in Vancouver every summer,” she said in court documents.

The couple bought a second home in the tony Shaughnessy neighborhood worth an estimated Can$16.3 million. It is currently being renovated.

Meng’s case has divided the Pacific coast city’s large Chinese-Canadian community.

“I was surprised at the amount of vitriol I’d gotten from supporters of Meng, saying she should be released,” Justin Fung, whose parents immigrated from Hong Kong in the 1970s, said on Twitter.

“I felt this is about the rule of law, and I was surprised at how some of these folks were speaking about human rights issues.”

Speaking to AFP, Fung said the controversy, however, is not likely to affect Meng directly: “We’re a pretty low key city, we routinely get Hollywood stars come through and people are not badgering them.”


While on bail, Meng is required to wear an electronic anklet and a security team paid by her has been assigned to monitor her movements in Vancouver. She also has an 11 pm to 7 am curfew.

Speaking through her lawyer, Meng sought to put a brave face on her situation — saying she looked forward to spending time in Vancouver with her family, and maybe applying for a doctorate program at the University of British Columbia while the extradition case plays out.

Family photos submitted to the court showed her smiling and striking poses at tourist spots around the city, including Stanley Park with the Lions Gate bridge in the background, and on a boat in False Creek.

Her lawyer, David Martin, argued that she was not a flight risk because it would otherwise “embarrass China itself.” Meng also cited health reasons for requesting bail.

“I have been working hard for 25 years and if I were to be ordered released my only simple goal is to be with my husband and my daughter,” she said. “I haven’t read a novel in years.”

As CBC News commented, “she may have time to finish War and Peace, Anna Karenina and the complete works of Marcel Proust before her extradition odyssey is done.”

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Huawei Fights US Spying Allegations on Crucial European Front

Even before the arrest of its CFO last week, pressure from the United States had forced China’s Huawei onto the back foot in markets from London to Tokyo.

But the detention of Meng Wanzhou in Canada over US allegations she misled banks about Huawei’s control of a firm operating in Iran could encourage more customers to stay away.

“The US messaging is undoubtedly having an influence (in Europe)… if not directly then definitely because it has helped create a hostile environment,” a Huawei executive told Reuters, adding that many in Huawei were “shell-shocked” by the arrest of the daughter and heir apparent of founder Ren Zhengfei.

Huawei and its lawyers have said it operates in strict compliance with applicable laws, and is confident that both the Canadian and US legal systems “will reach a just conclusion”.

Washington’s long campaign to convince the world that Huawei’s ties to Beijing make the network equipment it sells to telecoms firms a security risk has already taken its toll.

Meng’s arrest has raised concerns that European countries in particular could follow the United States, Australia and New Zealand in restricting Huawei’s access to those markets.

Huawei, which has repeatedly denied accusations it facilitates Chinese espionage operations, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Of Huawei’s 22 commercial contracts for next-generation 5G telecom networks, 14 are in Europe, where nearly every major carrier on the continent is a customer. In Britain alone, Huawei says it has spent GBP 1.3 billion ($1.65 billion) on investment and procurement over the last five years.

Europe, Middle East and Africa was Huawei’s biggest region for sales outside China last year, its annual report says, accounting for CNY 164 billion, or 27 percent, of total sales.

Huawei says it employs more than 11,000 people in Europe, including 1,900 in research and development, and spends “billions of euros per year” in procurement from the region.

Until recently its position in Europe seemed secure, with governments resisting US pressure to block Huawei.

But there have been signs of a mood change, with some German government officials arguing that Huawei should be banned, Reuters reported last month. In Britain, a critical government agency report prompted Huawei to announce that it would spend $2 billion (roughly Rs. 14,400 crores) on a security overhaul.

Meanwhile, Japan’s top telecom operators, including Softbank Group, are re-evaluating possible use of Huawei equipment for upcoming 5G networks, Kyodo News reported.

Huawei is already trying to assuage European fears, including the spending proposal to Britain’s National Cyber Security Council, the company executive said. It has also opened a laboratory to enable source code reviews in Germany and has plans to open another in at least one other European country.

And on Monday, Huawei assured the Danish government’s Defence Committee that its equipment was safe amid scrutiny of its role as a supplier to the nation’s largest telecom carrier.

Sales ban fears
Risks for customers, as well as for Huawei, are heightened by the possibility that the sanctions investigation in the United States could lead to a ban on the purchase of US components. Such a ban nearly put ZTE Corp out of business before it was lifted.

At a summit for its vendor partners in early November, Huawei published a list of 92 “core suppliers.” Of these, 33 were from the United States and include household names like Intel, Qualcomm, and Oracle, as well as lesser-known industry players like Seagate, Marvell, and Wind River.

Although Huawei has its own semiconductor division, making it somewhat less vulnerable than ZTE, even that operation depends on US design software.

“Many of the products sold to Huawei by American suppliers cannot be easily substituted with made-in-China alternatives,” Stewart Randall, who tracks China’s semiconductor industry at Shanghai-based consultancy Intralink, said.

The possibility of a ban on US companies supplying components and software further raises the risks for carriers relying on Huawei gear.

“In the worst case, if Huawei is found to have been involved, the United States will likely immediately impose an export ban on Huawei, forcing its business to come to a halt,” brokerage Jefferies said in a report.

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Trump May Intervene After Canada Gives Bail To Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou


A top executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd was granted bail by a Canadian court on Tuesday, 10 days after her arrest in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities sparked a diplomatic dispute.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, faces U.S. claims that she misled multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions.

In a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Justice William Ehrcke granted C$10 million ($7.5 million) bail to Meng, who has been jailed since her arrest on Dec. 1. The courtroom erupted in applause when the decision was announced. Meng cried and hugged her lawyers.

Among conditions of her bail, the 46-year-old executive must wear an ankle monitor and stay at home from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Five friends pledged equity in their homes and other money as a guarantee she will not flee.

If a Canadian judge rules the case against Meng is strong enough, Canada’s justice minister must next decide whether to extradite her to the United States. If so, Meng would face U.S. charges of conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions, with a maximum sentence of 30 years for each charge.

The arrest of Meng has put a further dampener on Chinese relations with the United States and Canada at a time when tensions were already high over a trade war and U.S. accusations of Chinese spying.

U.S. President Donald Trump told Reuters on Tuesday he would intervene in the U.S. Justice Department’s case against Meng if it would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with China.

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Meng’s arrest “was a mistake from the start”.

“We have already made clear our position to the United States and Canada, who should immediately correct their mistake and release Meng Wanzhou,” he told a daily news briefing.

“Any person, especially if it is a leader of the United States, or a high-level figure, who is willing to make positive efforts to push this situation towards the correct direction, then that, of course, deserves to be well received.”

China had threatened severe consequences unless Canada released Meng immediately, and analysts have said retaliation from Beijing over the arrest was likely.

The U.S. State Department is considering issuing a travel warning for its citizens, two sources said on Tuesday.

The Canadian government was considering issuing a similar warning, Canada’s CTV network reported. Reuters was not able to confirm the report.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Canadian government said that one of its citizens in China had been detained.

The International Crisis Group think-tank said on Wednesday it had received no information from Chinese officials about the detention of its employee, former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, and that it was seeking consular access to him.

The Chinese ministry spokesman, Lu, said he had nothing he could say on the details of the case, but said the ICG was not registered in China as a non-governmental organization and Kovrig could have broken Chinese law.

The Canadian government said it saw no explicit link to the Huawei case.

However, Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s former ambassador to China, asked by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp whether the Kovrig detention was a coincidence, said: “In China there are no coincidences … If they want to send you a message they will send you a message.”

Electronic monitoring

Meng, who was arrested as she was changing planes in Vancouver, has said she is innocent and will contest the allegations in the United States if she is extradited.

Tuesday was the third day of bail hearings. Meng’s defense had argued that she was not a flight risk, citing her longstanding ties to Canada, properties she owns in Vancouver and fears for her health while incarcerated.

Her family assured the court she would remain in Vancouver at one of her family houses in an affluent neighborhood. Her husband said he plans to bring the couple’s daughter to Vancouver to attend school, and Meng had said she would be grateful for the chance to read a novel after years of working hard.

“I am satisfied that on the particular facts of this case … the risk of her non-attendance in court can be reduced to an acceptable level by imposing bail conditions,” said the judge, adding that he was also persuaded by the fact that Meng was a well-educated businesswoman with no criminal record.

She must remain in Canada and be accompanied by security guards when she leaves her residence. Meng will pay a cash deposit of C$7 million, with five guarantors liable for a remaining C$3 million if she absconds.

Meng was ordered to reappear in court on Feb. 6 to make plans for further appearances.

Huawei, which makes smartphones and network equipment, said in a statement it looked forward to a “timely resolution” of the case.

“We have every confidence that the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will reach a just conclusion,” it said, adding that it complied with all laws and regulations where it operates.

The case against Meng stems from a 2013 Reuters report about Huawei’s close ties to Hong Kong-based Skycom Tech Co Ltd, which attempted to sell U.S. equipment to Iran despite U.S. and European Union bans.

Huawei is the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones, with revenue of about $92 billion last year. Unlike other big Chinese technology firms, it does much of its business overseas.

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Huawei Turns on Humour in Campaign to Win Over Germany

China’s Huawei has turned to humour to burnish its reputation in Germany, as the under-pressure networks group seeks to defend its leading position in Europe’s largest market against concerns it poses a national security threat.

Billboards posted around Berlin ask whether fifth-generation mobile services will soon be more widespread than dog poop in the capital, while as Germany’s ruling party elected a successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hamburg last week, Huawei’s stand was decked out with tongue-in-cheek slogans.

“Mutti – are we nearly in new land yet?” a sulking boy asks in one, an ironic reference to Merkel’s widely ridiculed comment in 2013 that the internet was “new land for all of us”.

Huawei is under increasing pressure outside China and its Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the company’s founder, is being held in Canada as the United States seeks her extradition for allegedly misleading international banks about Huawei’s control of a company operating in Iran.

Meng denies wrongdoing and China has demanded her release.

Some US allies have barred Huawei from their markets citing national security concerns, and the Shenzhen-based global telecoms networks market leader can ill afford to lose its foothold in Germany, where it first set up operations in 2001.

“Our target group is very much decision makers,” Patrick Berger, head of media affairs at Huawei’s Berlin office, said of the campaign, launched a month ago as some German policy makers urged Berlin to consider excluding Huawei.

This followed US warnings that Huawei’s network gear could contain ‘back doors’ that would allow Chinese spies to hack into critical network infrastructure.

Germany’s interior ministry now says that it sees no legal grounds to exclude any vendor from supplying 5G gear, while the network regulator has included no security requirements in its blueprint for a forthcoming 5G spectrum auction.

Thinking ahead
The campaign is titled ‘Huaweiterdenken’ – a compound word translatable as “Thinking ahead with Huawei” – and seeks to highlight how its technology is helping people as lifestyles change.

Competitors say, however, that it smacks of desperation in an increasingly adverse political climate.

“The one stakeholder they feel they can still influence is the public,” one telecoms industry boss said.

To soothe concerns, Huawei, which sells services to Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica Deutschland, has opened an information security lab in Bonn.

Germany’s information-security watchdog said this “significantly improved” its ability to scrutinise the information- and cyber-security of equipment.

Huawei is trialling a 5G project with Deutsche Telekom in Berlin ahead of the auction of licences in early 2019 that would unlock billions in network investments to enable connected factories, smart cities or self-driving cars.

Although some CDU leaders dropped by Huawei’s Hamburg stand, its public affairs team was not involved in any high-level meetings and the exhibition hall was separate from where Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was elected party leader.

“Our presence had nothing to do with the security debate,” Berger said. “And I can already tell you that we are going to be at the party conferences next year.”

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These cookies are used by us or by our third-party service providers to analyse how the sites are used and how they are performing. For example, these cookies track what content are most frequently visited, your viewing history and from what locations our visitors come from. If you subscribe to a newsletter or otherwise register with the Sites, these cookies may be correlated to you.

Functionality Cookies

These cookies let us operate the sites in accordance with the choices you make. These cookies permit us to “remember you” in-between visits. For instance, we will recognize your user name and remember how you customized the sites and services, for example by adjusting text size, fonts, languages and other parts of web pages that are alterable, and provide you with the same customizations during future visits.

Advertising Cookies

These cookies collect information about your activities on our sites as well as other sites to provide you targeted advertising. We may also allow our third-party service providers to use cookies on the sites for the same purposes identified above, including collecting information about your online activities over time and across different websites. The third-party service providers that generate these cookies, such as, social media platforms, have their own privacy policies, and may use their cookies to target advertisement to you on other websites, based on your visit to our sites.

How do I refuse or withdraw my consent to the use of Cookies?

If you do not want cookies to be dropped on your device, you can adjust the setting of your Internet browser to reject the setting of all or some cookies and to alert you when a cookie is placed on your device. For further information about how to do so, please refer to your browser ‘help’ / ‘tool’ or ‘edit’ section for cookie settings w.r.t your browser that may be Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox etc.
Please note that if your browser setting is already setup to block all cookies (including strictly necessary Cookies) you may not be able to access or use all or parts or functionalities of our sites.
If you want to remove previously-stored cookies, you can manually delete the cookies at any time from your browser settings. However, this will not prevent the sites from placing further cookies on your device unless and until you adjust your Internet browser setting as described above.
For more information on the development of user-profiles and the use of targeting/advertising Cookies, please see if you are located in Europe or if in the United States.

Contact us

If you have any other questions about our Cookie Policy, please contact us at:
If you require any information or clarification regarding the use of your personal information or this privacy policy or grievances with respect to use of your personal information, please email us at [email protected]

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