Huawei CEO speaks out over US cyber security concerns

09 May 2013 |


Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO at Huawei Technologies, has spoken to the media in defence of the company's position in US cyber security.

Speaking to local reporters in New Zealand, where Huawei recently won a contract to roll out a 4G/LTE network, Zhengfei said: "Huawei has no connection to the cyber-security issues the US has encountered in the past, current and future."

"Huawei equipment is almost non-existent in networks currently running in the US. We have never sold any key equipment to major US carriers, nor have we sold any equipment to any US government agency."

Huawei has suffered from the concerns of several US firms in the last year, with Sprint and Softbank abandoning the company earlier this year, and Zhengfei has been silent on the issue until now.

As the second-largest equipment maker across the globe, after Ericsson, Huawei has also been prohibited from supplying products to the governments of Australia and Canada, according to Reuters.

Earlier this year, Huawei further emphasised the distance between itself and US cyber security, as the company’s EVP confirmed that it was no longer interested in the US market.