Huawei chairman says 'incredibly unfair treatment' will drive company on
Compares 5G rollout without Huawei as like 'NBA game without star players'
Huawei chairman Guo Ping has said that markets that chose to deploy 5G without the company will be like basketball games without star players, lacking "deftness, flair, and expertise".
In a letter to company employees, the chairman appeared to hit out at recent moves by some countries to block Huawei from telecom infrastructure roll out, saying that "5G markets that choose to not work with Huawei - they will be like an NBA game without star players: the game will go on, but with less deftness, flair, and expertise".
Guo Ping, who holds the chairmanship of the company on a rotating basis with two other Huawei executives, also said that the company "has never and will never present a security threat", and added that it was committed to compliance with the laws in all markets it operates in, and that "incredibly unfair treatment" will spur the company on to become number one.
The chairman's remarks appeared to address bans of Huawei from 5G rollouts in Australia and New Zealand, along with possible bans in the US, Germany, and the UK.
The letter said: "Our business performance remains strong, and this is by far the most direct form of validation that we can receive from our customers. It is also our best response to negative conjecture and market restrictions.
"Going global means complying with the laws of all countries and regions where we operate. This is the most important basis for us to survive, serve, and contribute to the world at large. We must continue to incorporate compliance requirements into all business activities through carefully aligned policy, systems, organisations, processes, culture, training, and communications.
"These requirements must be ingrained in the awareness and behavior of each and every Huawei employee. We must not be discouraged by malicious incidents or temporary setbacks, and must remain determined to achieve global leadership. Setbacks will only make us more courageous, and incredibly unfair treatment will drive us to become the world's number one."
In the New Year letter to employees, Guo Ping predicted sales revenue for the company of $108.5bn for 2018, a 21% year-on-year growth. He noted that Huawei has already signed 26 commercial contracts for 5G with global carriers, and has already shipped more than 10,000 5G base stations.
He also noted performance milestones in partnering with more than 160 cities and 211 Fortune Global 500 companies for digital transformation, shipping over 200m Huawei smartphones, and launch of over 140 cloud services. The company has also launched an AI strategy and AI processors.