Huawei: Europe can trust us more than ever

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Huawei: Europe can trust us more than ever

Now is the time to shape the world’s 5G landscape

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12/5/19, 12:29 PM CET

Updated 12/5/19, 12:58 PM CET

The world currently has a serious trust problem. We need to work together to build more mutual understanding and manage differences. We need to break down the complicated problem into specific issues.

Leave trade to trade, leave politics to politics, and technology to technology. If everything is mixed up, it’s impossible to solve. To find a solution, we need to work together. Because we live in a super-connected world, particularly in trade and technology. We need to build a mutual understanding of what trust means. We need transparency, shared standards, verification. Facts. All the conditions of trust. We need to figure out how to build shared interests while managing our differences. It’s not going to happen overnight. So, we need to keep the conversation going.

Huawei wants to help Europe achieve technological leadership while enabling it to achieve its digital sovereignty by safeguarding data protection and privacy rights, and by improving cybersecurity. Huawei shares Europe’s vision of technology benefiting consumers and citizens. Since the company was founded 30 years ago, it has been working to bring digitalization and connectivity to all.

But Europe is more than just one of our most important markets, it is truly our second home. Huawei’s commitment to a stronger Europe is not only a matter of the past and the present: it’s also its future. This year alone, we announced bold investments in Germany, Romania, France, Spain and the U.K.; plus a €70 million research and development investment in Ireland. Our investment in Europe will continue to grow. We are here to stay for good.

Now the world is on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution driven by 5G technology, artificial intelligence and technological innovation — and Huawei is well placed to contribute to this huge change.

Huawei started operating in Europe 20 years ago. During these two decades, it has created almost 170,000 jobs in Europe directly or indirectly, reduced the urban-rural divide, and boosted Europe’s research and innovation ecosystem. The company has 23 research facilities and partners with leading universities all over the Continent. Last year, Huawei contributed €12.8 billion to Europe’s GDP and €5.6 billion in tax. Working with the new European Commission — Huawei as an established part of the European ecosystem and the world’s 5G leader — wants to help make Europe fit for the digital age.

To achieve this goal, Europe must be a leader on the road to a digital future. We are at a crossroads of geopolitical contests. Those who embrace the potential of 5G will be in charge not only of their digital future, but also of the world’s. 5G has the capability to help tackle many of the challenges ahead — and with Europe in the driving seat, 5G will certainly be a force for good.

New technologies such as 5G, big data, artificial intelligence and the internet of things will bring new opportunities. But more than this, thanks to 5G technology, it’s estimated that Europe could have the highest GDP growth in the world in the coming years. In many respects, Europe has led the way so far. The introduction of its General Data Protection Regulation is a perfect example of global governance. European values on fairness and citizens’ rights are the gold standard when it comes to cybersecurity and data protection. Europe is the natural 5G leader: it has the most advanced operators and a world-leading industrial base. This, married with the best 5G innovators — with Huawei as a full partner — means that Europe can shape the world’s 5G landscape.

5G technology, when applied everywhere, will bring great benefits to society, not least because 5G is green. Not only is 5G much more energy efficient than previous generations of mobile communications technology — it uses just 10 percent of the electricity that 4G needs to transmit the same amount of data — but it will also lead to solutions that will reduce CO₂ emissions and help governments to meet their environmental targets as established by the Paris Agreement.

Europe clearly leads in the fight against climate change — and, thanks to its cutting-edge solutions, Huawei is already leading the way in the drive for a greener Europe. Huawei has pledged to slash per-connection carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2025. If achieved, this would make ICT one of the world’s most energy-efficient industries.

Authors:
Abraham Liu, Huawei’s chief representative to the EU Institutions 

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