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A busy week for Huawei EU - more exciting action ahead

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Jakub Hera Adamowicz

Jakub Hera Adamowicz

EU Media and Communication Manager, Huawei, Brussels

An important milestone this week was the European Commission coming out with its Recommendation on Cybersecurity of 5G Networks -  a major step for the European Union towards pursuing a common approach to the security of 5G network deployment across the continent.

Ahead of the presentation, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman Ken Hu met up with European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip earlier this month and underlined Huawei’s commitment to contribute to the elaboration of a “Gold Standard” on Cybersecurity.

In this logic, the European Union as the supranational organisation with the most refined know-how on legislating across countries would be in a natural position to lead legislative efforts that could draw from the experiences of the successful draw-up of the GDPR in the area of data protection.

“Huawei is a big fan of the GDPR”, reminded Ken Hu. Throughout the process of the implementation of the Recommendation presented earlier this week, Huawei remains committed to working together with all EU Institutions and with the Member States to make sure that the deployment of 5G across Europe happens with full respect of the highest cybersecurity standards.

Huawei’s Global Cyber Security & Privacy Officer John Suffolk regularly stresses that highest standards of cybersecurity can only be achieved if all actors – including regulators, suppliers and vendors – are actively committed to the same objective. In this sense, constant cooperation and dialogue are key towards raising the bar even further and setting the standards – as demonstrated by Huawei.

“Huawei has not had one single major cybersecurity incident in its history”, affirms Vincent Pang, Huawei’s President of Western Europe.

In the spirit of collaboration, Huawei and the UK government have established a mechanism that jointly oversees cybersecurity issues in that country and publishes the joint findings in an annual “Oversight Board” Report of the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC). This Thursday, the 2019 edition was published.

As the report says, “The oversight provided for in our mitigation strategy for Huawei’s presence in the UK is arguably the toughest and most rigorous in the world. This report does not, therefore, suggest that the UK networks are more vulnerable than last year”.  

Another exciting moment came this Friday when Huawei published its 2018 annual report. The company has maintained strong business growth in 2018, investing 14% of its sales revenue in R&D.

Guo Ping, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman who presented the report, underlined: “Huawei will be the most competitive in the 5G era. And countries that choose to work with Huawei will gain an advantage for the next wave of growth in the digital economy”.

At the beginning of the week we released our monthly newsletter that looks back at the opening ceremony of Huawei’s new Cybersecurity Centre on 5 March in Brussels and on the Politico AI Summit that was held in Brussels on 19 March, but also at Huawei suing the US government on 7 March. Stay tuned for our next events –details will be out very soon!