WASHINGTON (Reuters) – the black list of the Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei is in the early stages of discussions with a number of U.S. telecom operators on the licensing of its 5G network technology, to them, a Huawei executive, told Reuters on Friday.
A FILE PHOTO of A Huawei logo is pictured at the Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, on July 22, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Aly Song, File/Photo
Vincent Pang is a senior vice president and a director of the company, said that some of the companies have taken an interest in a long-term deal or a one-time transfer or the refusal to use the name, or the quantification of the business.
“There are a number of companies talking to us, but it would be a long journey to be truly complete, of all things,” Pang explained on a visit to Washington this week. “They’ve shown an interest,” he added, saying that discussions are still only a few weeks old, and it is not at a detailed level.
The U.S. government, out of fear, for the Huawei equipment could be used to spy on customers has led to a campaign to persuade the allies to bar their 5G networks. Huawei has repeatedly denied the claim.
At this moment, there are no AMERICAN-5G suppliers and European rivals Ericsson (ERICb.PC) and a Nokia mobile PHONE.THERE are, in general, are more expensive.
In May, Huawei was the world’s biggest telecoms vendor, has been placed on a U.S. list of national security concerns, and a prohibition on the purchase of American-made parts without a special permit.
Washington has also brought criminal charges against the company, alleging the bank fraud, in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran, and the theft of trade secrets, that Huawei denies.
The rules that are required by the us Department of Commerce earlier this month, is expected to be, effectively, a ban on the operation of the U.S. telecommunications supply chain.
The idea of a one-time fee in exchange for access to the Huawei’s 5G patents, licenses, or code and the know-how was initially proposed by the CEO and founder, Ren Zhengfei, in the interview with the New York Times and the Economist from last month. However, it was clear there was no interest from US-based companies.
In an interview with Reuters last month, a State Department official expressed skepticism of the rn’s have to offer.
“It’s just not realistic, and that the carriers would take care of this equipment and then manage all of the hardware and software themselves,” the person said. “If there is a software bug that will be built into the original software, there would be no way to necessarily say that there is, and can be accessed at any point of time, even if the software code is transmitted to the mobile operators,” the official added.
For his part, Pang, declined to predict whether or not a deal could be concluded. He warned, however, that the research and development of the investments that are necessary to continue to improve the platform, and after a single transfer of the Smartphone, it would be very costly to the business.
Huawei has spent billions on the development of 5G technology, since 2009.
– Additional reporting by Ken Li, and Karen Friefeld; Editing by Chris Sanders and Sandra Maler