Banning Huawei from the development of 5G network in Poland might lead to a delay in the launch of the network. Andreas Maierhofer, CEO of the Polish arm of T-Mobile viewed that shunning Huawei equipment from 5G networks can create more difficulties as numerous telecom operators employ the company’s equipment.
“If you exclude a market leader, and Huawei is a market leader in new technology, and knowing that you have almost all operators having Huawei equipment, this will bring some difficulties, this is clear. This could end up in a delay,” stated Maierhofer, according to a Reuters report.
The Polish government is trying to shun the Chinese tech giant’s equipment from its future 5G network. Huawei is facing increased scrutiny after the U.S. alleged that the company’ equipment serves as a backdoor for the Chinese government to gather data on other countries. The tech firm has denied all spying allegations.
Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the company’s CEO Ren Zhengfei and the heir apparent, was arrested in Canada on the request of U.S. This escalated tensions between the U.S and China as both countries are already knee deep in a trade war. Wanzhou was arrested on charges of breaching U.S. Iran sanctions. U.S. is in the process of submitting a formal filing for an extradition request to the Canadian government.
Zhengfei told media the move to arrest his daughter was politically motivated. Notably, after the arrest of Wanzhou Poland arrested a Huawei employee on spying allegations. According to local media reports, the employee was a former ISA officer.
However, the Chinese tech giant hasn’t lost its grit amid this nasty crisis. It is still eyeing to become the best tech companies in the world. “The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced,” said Zhengfei.
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