Perhaps for the first time in a year since the shakedown of Huawei towards boycotting it from an international stage, Huawei have decided to take their gloves off and perhaps go full commando. In an open letter to the public, the Chinese telecom giant says that it is “as committed as ever” to provide “the best equipment” to the UK’s 5G mobile and full-fiber network solutions.
The UK government led by Boris Johnson have taken a firm stand to reduce the telecom giant’s presence in their 5G network to less than 35% till 2023 and then completely reducing it to nothing afterwards. Huawei’s local boss expects the U.K to act in the people’s interest. Huawei’s complete isolation could have international repercussions on firms and productions plants based in China.
The first instance comes from London-headquartered bank HSBC who fears that they may face reprisals in China if the U.K makes an unwarranted move on Huawei. The Sunday Times reports that China’s ambassador to the U.K recently quoted that Beijing views the matter “as a litmus test of whether Britain is a true and faithful matter”.
Victor Zang, Vice president of Huawei and head of UK operations told BBC that an advertisement campaign would present facts to the people and clear all the “noise” surrounding the company. He said he hoped the UK would take an “evidence and fact-based approach” and warned of huge economic impact if greater connectivity was delayed by the company’s exclusion, potentially running into the tens of billions of pounds of lost productivity benefits.
“We need to work closely to address the issue, but we need to take action to accelerate the broadband deployment,” he said. “We don’t have time to delay this.”
Watch out for future developments.