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Huawei open to European supervision

10 February 2019
Huawei open to European supervision

Huawei remains the world's largest telecom equipment maker but spying concerns may create a significant dent in its business; without access to some of the world's richest markets, the company could eventually cede its leadership to one of Nokia or Ericsson. 'We can make observations which will be useful to either confirm or disconfirm the allegations'.

Liu said Huawei hired 12,000 people in Europe and in 2018 procured USD6.3 billion worth of goods in Europe. But it has not yet signed a 5G contract in Thailand.

MWC is expected to feature several telecom security meetings, and a second industry source said the U.S. is sending an interagency delegation of at least 20 officials and staffers.

Asked if the United States had reached out to Thailand about barring Huawei, Pichet said: "I have no knowledge of that".

But in a statement the industry ministry said there was no proof of any threat to security in this regard.

"Cybersecurity should remain as a technical issue instead of an ideological issue".

The schedule to rectify the problems outlined by Huawei in its letter was in line with the expectations of the government's oversight board, a source with knowledge of its operations said.

On top of all this, the United States recently uncovered evidence of Huawei trying to commit fraud and intellectual property theft. Germany has recently put pressure on Chinese tech giant Huawei to guarantee it will keep data secure and will not hand it over to the Chinese government.

Alibaba, Tencent, Kingsoft and JD.com have also pledged to invest in the EEC.

The letter was a response to concerns raised by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre, a body including Huawei, UK operators and Government officials.

The comments due to be delivered in a speech by Abraham Liu, Huawei's chief representative to European Union institutions, come as the company finds itself under fire over ties with the Chinese government and suspicion that Beijing could use its technology for spying, which the company denies.

Right now, the source said, USA telecom companies have "no clear guidance on how to proceed" with a 5G buildout that excludes Huawei, which controls 28 percent of the global telecom equipment market.

'We don't think about it because their products are decent and affordable, ' Pranontha told Reuters. But Thailand doesn't really have anything exciting that might be of interest to Beijing.