Huawei demands ‘fair attitude’ from US

Chinese telco firm invites regulator probe following thwarted US expansion plans

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Huawei demands ‘fair attitude’ from US "If they want to do an investigation, they should just do it"
By  Daniel Shane Published  December 7, 2011

Huawei, the world's second largest seller of telecoms infrastructure, has demanded US authorities show a "fair and open attitude" to Chinese companies, following successive frustrations in its bid to penetrate the US market.

In an interview with Network Middle East magazine, Huawei's global president of marketing for its enterprise business, David He, called on investigators to formally probe the Shenzhen, China-based company, which insists it poses no threat to US interests.

"We hope the US will hold an open and fair attitude to Chinese companies, including Huawei, and if they want to do some investigation they should do it," He said, speaking through an interpreter. "The current situation though is that they have said they would like to do an investigation officially, but they didn't take any action."

Huawei, whose $28 billion per year sales are trumped only by Ericsson in the telco sector, has previously fallen foul of US regulators. In 2008, the company was forced to abandon a takeover of US networking business 3COM after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, which evaluates the national security implications of foreign investments, made clear it was likely to block any deal.

Earlier this year, a $2 million proposal to buy US virtualisation start-up 3Leaf was scuppered in similar circumstances.

The issue reared its head again in November 2011, when a US intelligence committee announced it would begin investigating Huawei and ZTE, another hardware business based in China, for threats either company may or may not pose to national security and economic interests.

A major point of contention for the Americans previously has been the background of Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, who is known to have held ties with the Chinese military in the past, although Huawei insists there is nothing unusual about this fact."This is a critical issue," He reiterated, speaking of the company's predicament with the US. "Huawei is a commercial corporation and we're hoping that countries, including the US, will show a fair attitude."

In recent years, Huawei has embarked on significant international expansion, and now has a large presence serving operators, governments and private enterprises in emerging markets, including the Middle East and Africa.

The company says it is aiming for its enterprise division to contribute approximately $15 billion towards overall revenues within the next three years.

2177 days ago
Vinod Mehra

Huawei and ZETA are a threat or boon for the US economy?
Till date they have been receiving a step motherly treatment from the US government

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