Ken Hu, deputy chairman, Huawei, said that approximately three-quarters of smartphone users in Europe rely on an Android-based phone and Huawei accounts roughly for 20 per cent of this market
The decision of USA restricting Huawei to do business in America seems to have left the industry shocked. As aftermath of the decision, Google shared that it may soon end support for Android to Huawei. Several reports claimed that Europe based telecom operators had decided to cancel or hold orders for 5G Huawei phones. Now, Ken Hu, deputy chairman, Huawei, has shared his thoughts about the restrictions.
Hu said, “In recent days, restrictions, based on ungrounded allegations, have been imposed on Huawei in order to disrupt our business operations. We believe this behavior is totally unjustified.” He was speaking at the at the Potsdam Conference on National Cybersecurity in Germany.
Interestingly, Huawei had recently announced its plans of investing 35 million euros in Paris OpenLab over next five years. The company had also mentioned France was on its way to become a global innovation hub.
Huawei’s share in the European market
In Europe, as per Huawei, approximately three-quarters of smartphone users rely on an Android-based phone. Huawei accounts roughly for 20 per cent of this market. Such reckless decisions can cause a great deal of harm to consumers and businesses in Europe. The news of Huawei launching its own Android rival OS has also been doing the rounds of several media houses lately.
Hu continued, “This sets a dangerous precedent. It goes against the values of the international business community, cuts off the global supply chain and disrupts fair competition in the market. This could happen to any other industry and company in the future if we don’t jointly confront these issues.”
He added, “I am honored to speak at this beautiful campus of the University of Potsdam. When I arrived earlier, I was told that we are at a historic site where the Berlin Wall once stood. This reminded me of the fact that we don’t want to see another wall and we don’t want to go through another painful experience. Equally, we don’t want to build a new wall in terms of trade, we don’t want to build a new wall in terms of technology either. We need an integrated global ecosystem which can help us to promote faster technological innovation and stronger economic growth. Ultimately, it is what we have to rely on in order to maintain prosperity for human society.”