Huawei media statement regarding the remarks of European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip

7 December 2018

Huawei is surprised and disappointed by the comments made about Huawei by European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip at today’s press conference on AI in Brussels. During the press conference, Vice President Ansip responded to a question regarding Huawei’s role in some European driverless cars and 5G projects in the context of security allegations against the company.

We categorically reject any allegation that we might pose a security threat. We are open to a dialogue with Vice President Andrus Ansip to address these misunderstandings and intend to continue our longstanding cooperation with the European Commission as a private, employee owned company.

We are part of the solution, not part of the problem. Huawei has never been asked by any government to build any backdoors or interrupt any networks, and we would never tolerate such behaviour by any of our staff.

Cyber security has always been our top priority and we have a proven track record of providing secure products and solutions for our customers in Europe and around the world. Today, the ICT supply chain is highly globalised. Cyber security needs to be addressed jointly at a global level, and equipment vendors should not be treated differently based on their country of origin.

Singling out one vendor does nothing to help the industry identify and address cyber security threats more effectively.
 
We stand ready to provide any information and are committed to maintaining an open dialogue with our European partners on security-related issues.
 
About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – Huawei is committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Huawei's end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, Huawei creates lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.

At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. Huawei invests heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. Huawei has more than 180,000 employees and operates in over 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

In Europe, Huawei currently employs over 11,000 employees and runs 2 regional offices and 18 R&D sites. So far, Huawei has established 240 technical cooperation projects and has partnered with over 150 universities across Europe.

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