Securing The Age Of 5G
Security Advisor Middle East|May 2019
Securing The Age Of 5G

HUAWEI MIDDLE EAST’S PRESIDENT CHARLES YANG GIVES HIS TAKE ON BUILDING SAFER NETWORKS AND SECURING THE PATH TO AN INTELLIGENT WORLD.

How will Huawei work to ensure security concerns expressed by the US around 5G do not affect its customers and partners in the Middle East? Although Huawei has been banned from the US and Australia, we believe different countries and carriers have their own ideas and policies. The UK, France, Germany, Italy and Portugal— among others—are welcoming Huawei in their own way. Countries like Hungary even sees Huawei as strategic partner despite security concerns. We believe the facts tell the true story.

By the end of March, we had signed 40 commercial contracts for 70,000 5G base stations across the world. All countries and carriers can make their own judgement. It may be that true cybersecurity can only be achieved through Huawei. 5G is actually more secure than 4G. One example is encryption. 4G uses 128-bit encryption, while 5G uses 256-bit encryption. In order for 5G to be compromised by its encryption being broken, it needs 2 billion years.

5G concerns were largely due to accusations that the US made which were never proved with solid evidence. They have put Huawei under the microscope and are using all of the power at their disposal to contain our business, including political and diplomatic pressure, selective use of the law, and launching an all-out smear campaign. It’s without precedent. It’s not often you see actions like this from a big country against a company. We believe fairness needs to be proven in what they claim and that truth will be observed over time. It needs to be proven with evidence.

Despite all this, we continue to have faith in the openness and fairness of the US judicial system. As these legal proceedings unfold, we trust the truth will eventually be known.

In terms of cybersecurity, we need to refer to the past 30 years. We’ve served over 3 billion users in over 170 countries and maintained good performance and stability. There are no backdoors installed into Huawei equipment and we’ll never engage in espionage activities. Since we have operated in the Middle East for 20 years, our customers trust and understand Huawei, and that’s why our business here has not been impacted by these accusations.

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