SHENZEN, China – Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said on Wednesday the 5G network to be set up by the tech giant in Spain will be the best in Europe, allaying fears that Madrid was losing confidence in the technology of the Chinese company.
In a meeting with media groups, including EFE, at the company headquarters in Shenzhen, the Huawei founder said he wanted to step down as the company chief but the United States affected him so hard that he was forced to be involved even more, particularly in the area of public relations.
“We are convinced that Spain’s 5G network will the best in Europe, will be an example for the entire continent,” Ren said.
He said the Spanish telecom company, Telefonica, had its complete backing to launch Huawei’s 5G network in the entire Latin America.
Asked about the notice issued by the Spanish Ministry of Defense to its employees, advising against the use of Huawei devices for intranet, Ren said they were not aware of such ban and had not received any official communication on the matter.
“I do not believe that Spain is losing confidence in Huawei’s technology,” he said.
Zen also sought to assuage the fears that Huawei would face more difficulties in case the US decided not to extend a license that allows American companies to continue doing business with the Chinese company which has been on an economic blacklist since May over national security concerns,
Ren acknowledged that manufacturing a processor “is a very complicated task,” and said they have been able to develop their own chips, not only for the central processor but also graphic and Artificial Intelligence ones.
The extensions did not matter to them anymore, he said, adding the company can continue growing.
He stressed that Harmony, an operating system developed by Huawei, was completely an open-source code that all the countries will be able to use it to protect their digital sovereignty.
Ren said without US companies such as Google, they would be able to continue offering their clients, “the best technological solutions.”
He, however, admitted that they would prefer not to exclude their US providers from which they continue buying components in “large quantities.”
“The development of the components by us is not a long term strategy, we are very committed to globalization,” Ren said, and added that he did not believe in technological disconnect between the US and China.
“Today, we are in a digital world where one cannot make divisions like the Berlin Wall. It would be very bad for the United States whose companies are the best but will not be able to sell their products in another bloc which would cause them great losses,” Ren said.
Regarding the detention of his daughter and company CFO Meng Wanzhou, at the request of the US, in Canada, Ren said it had not affected him much and added that he has not visited her in the North American country where she is out on bail.