Finding common ground

Written by Abraham Liu on 23 October 2019 in Thought Leader
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Europe and Huawei share common values, writes Abraham Liu.

Abraham Liu | Photo credit: Huawei


Huawei has been a trusted partner in Europe for over 18 good years now. It is one of our most important markets.

And we see our future here as well. It is Europe’s values of openness, innovation, and the rule of law that have made it the powerhouse of mobile communications it is today.

We at Huawei share these values. Innovative European companies have brought 2G, 3G, and 4G to European citizens and the wider world.

The lifting of mobile roaming charges has helped Europe’s competitiveness and has benefited European consumers.


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And the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation is an excellent initiative which reinforces the core European value of the protection of citizens’ privacy.

We believe the model applied in GDPR can also be applied to cybersecurity, helping Europe to continue to be a leader in the 5G era.

I believe Europe and Huawei share the same vision when it comes to technology: that it should benefit consumers and citizens.

Since the company was founded 30 years ago, we have been working to bring digitalization and connectivity to everybody.

We don’t believe it’s a luxury – we believe it’s a fundamental right. But with rights of course, come responsibilities.

This is why we actively encourage all stakeholders, no matter who, to take responsibility for improving cyber-security, and the standards of that security together, in a partnership.

"We want your trust – we understand it is important. I firmly believe that over the last 20 years in Europe we have been both a trusted and trustworthy partner"

And it’s also the reason we have made cyber-security our top priority at Huawei. Cyber security is a shared responsibility.

Huawei has an excellent record all over the world. We comply willingly with all local regulations and laws.

This is why we welcomed the EU coordinated 5G risk assessment released on the 9th of October. We believe it is an important step towards developing a common, fact–based approach to cyber security and delivering safe networks across Europe.

As the process moves into the next phase, we will work closely with everyone to help mitigate any risks that may be identified and put peoples’ minds at rest. We want your trust – we understand it is important.

I firmly believe that over the last 20 years in Europe we have been both a trusted and trustworthy partner.

But just as important as trust is verification. This is why we want to work with, and are open to suggestions from all European Governments, customers and partners. Verify us, don’t just trust us.

We are on the verge of a 4th Industrial Revolution. A revolution driven by 5G technology, Artificial Intelligence and technological innovation, unimaginable just a few years ago.

The possibilities are endless – as are the benefits for consumers. Huawei can bring something special to this moment – the most advanced 5G technology available.

Together with Europe’s tech-industry environment it can unleash Europe’s true potential.

It is my wish – and my belief - that within the next 20 years, the leading global companies in the tech field will be European – and we will have achieved this together, as partners.

This Thought Leader is sponsored by Huawei

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Abraham Liu is Huawei’s Chief Representative to the European Institutions

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