Huawei endorses its commitment to its Latin American partners in Mexico

Huawei, more than just having a relevant role in the supply of ICT infrastructure and smart devices, seeks to actively collaborate with partners in order to promote and achieve shared success in all parts of the world where it operates.

Huawei not only will not die but will continue to launch innovative products
Huawei not only will not die but will continue to launch innovative products

This is how Huawei seeks to continue creating value and promote the development of the industry, through a healthy ecosystem with the intention of positively impacting local communities, said Zou Zhilei, President of Huawei Latin America, adding that the world industry today in The day is deeply globalized, and the emergence of global supply chains has brought benefits to countries and regions.

During the Huawei Latin America 2019 Suppliers Conference, Zou mentioned that the rapid development and technological achievements have positioned the company as leaders in 5G, but this has also caused some fear in some countries. "Everyone asks me: Will this have a deadly impact? My answer is 'no' because there is no wall that blocks development. Not only will we prevail, but we will live very well after this, "he added.

In the last ten years, Huawei has established a solid system of business continuity, not only in microchips, operating systems or other aspects but in a wide range of research and development, where there have always been large investments. Huawei's investment in research and development last year reached USD 15 billion and is expected to increase to USD 100 billion over the next five years. As facilitators in the global supply chain, the company has responded in several extreme situations thanks to the backup plans that guarantee the common value of the business with the partners.

Likewise, for the next 5 years, Huawei foresees an investment of around USD 200 billion in its ecosystem of partners around the world, seeking to achieve mutual trust and win-win agreements with partners and customers. In the Latin American region, the company has established several facilities, such as a logistics center, two subcontracted factories, three supply centers, 121 component warehouses, and 32 logistics warehouses. Through all this, the company can connect 587 suppliers and, together with them, Huawei is linked to the global industry chain, creating value for the entire region.

Huawei has invested and accumulated experience and knowledge in technological innovation. An example of this is 5G, an area in which Huawei is a leader and has a two-year lead compared to competitors. Huawei has obtained 46 commercial contracts for 5G in 30 countries, and the first shipments exceeded 12,000 base stations worldwide, placing them at the top of the world ranking. In Latin America, the company has been cooperating with local governments and regulatory entities to share best practices and promote global 5G standards.

In his speech during the opening of the regional conference, Ernesto Acevedo Fernández, Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Ministry of Economy, said that Mexico is grateful for Huawei's contribution in technology for all Mexicans.

"From the Ministry of Economy, we appreciate the contribution of Huawei in innovation and technologies to take advantage of the advantages offered by our country and confidence in Mexican talent," said Acevedo Fernandez. "We consider it essential that the Mexican industry participates much more intensively in the links of the global production chains that generate more value, that is why we encourage and strengthen the creation of human capital as specialized knowledge".

For his part, Mario Fromow, Commissioner of the Federal Institute of Telecommunications of Mexico, said that to guarantee that Mexicans have access to Internet servers, it is necessary to achieve a close collaboration between the public and private sectors, and considered that it is an effort where Huawei can play a relevant role.

"Huawei is one of the most innovative and most talented companies in the world, with its research and technology development laboratories an international benchmark, which has allowed Huawei to position itself as a leader in the technologies that will support the 5G ecosystem, with disruptive applications and services for the benefit of industry and users."

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Huawei registers its new operating system in Mexico

The Chinese company, Huawei Technologies, applied to the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) for the trademark registration of its operating system, HongMeng.

The registration of the IMPI exposes two applications, with the files 2214249 and 2214250 under the HongMeng brand. The requests for registration that have not yet been answered by the body presided by Juan Lozano were made on May 30.

Underclass 9, the nominative type application involves scientific, navigational, photographic, cinematographic devices, smartphones, electronic tablets, video cameras, downloadable emoticons for smartphones, among others.

Meanwhile, under class 42, the Shenzhen-based company applied for the registration of the brand for the design and development of computer equipment and software, design of telecommunications equipment and apparatus, design of computer systems, software consulting, development and design of databases, among others.

Since August of last year, the company had applied to register the system with the Trademark Office of the State Intellectual Property Office of China. The brand was approved on May 14, 2019.

It is known that China has also registered in Canada, Spain, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Turkey, the Philippines, among others.

It was in mid-May that the commercial war between the United States and China ended up affecting Huawei, as Google decided to uninstall the Android operating system from their devices; Added to this measure were platforms such as Facebook and chip manufacturers.

Despite US warnings, Huawei's influence on the Mexican network is growing

For months, the United States has been pushing for an effort around the world for telephony companies to close the doors of their high-speed networks to the equipment of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. 

In its territory, AT&T has already fulfilled the requirement, but in Mexico, the telephone company depends to a large extent on Huawei to support its cellular telephone network. The equipment is in many of the towers of AT&T throughout the Republic, and according to a spokesman for the US multinational, the Trump administration has not asked them to withdraw them.

"When we upgraded our network in Mexico to 4G LTE, we replaced Huawei in our central network with equipment from the same supplier that we used in the United States because it gave us consistency in design and prices at scale," AT&T Mexico spokesperson informed. "We hope to harmonize our networks in the same way when we ascend to 5G in Mexico."

The AMLO government has also not issued a national ban on Huawei's equipment. In fact, according to Jorge Bravo, general manager of the specialized media Digital Policy & Law, "the shared network that the Mexican government is developing in collaboration with the IP already has two big winners: Nokia and Huawei, the main suppliers of the hardware". And Trumps Government has not provided evidence that using Huawei equipment in their high-speed networks represents a risk of cybersecurity.

The arrest last December of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO and daughter of the founder, led to the cover of all newspapers a lawsuit that had months in the express pot. The administration of Donald Trump, increasingly suspicious of the activities of the Chinese telecommunications giant, accused the company of violating the sanctions that weigh on Iran. Since then, the US has issued a ban on companies in its territory using Huawei equipment to develop the 5G broadband network. The Americans also asked their allies in the world not to use the Chinese equipment for fear that the government of Xi Jinping will use it to spy on the West. Countries such as Australia and Japan joined the petition, however, in Europe, they were more skeptical.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said last March that there were two things she did not believe in: "First, to discuss these publicly sensitive security questions, and second, to exclude a company simply because it comes from a certain country.". France also did not close the door of its network to Huawei.

"Huawei contributed the infrastructure of Iusacell and Nextel," explains Bravo. "AT&T buys it and inherits both the debt and the network, AT&T had already made a statement and said it would not continue with the installation of the Chinese technology network, however, what happened today makes a lot of sense, because what China sells is the same, but cheaper, it allows telecom operators a lot of savings because it is a technology with possibly the same quality, but cheaper, without a doubt, AT&T Mexico, and any other operator, has to save on infrastructure deployment costs to be competitive AT&T Mexico I think you are seeing the response from countries like Spain, Germany, Poland, which are capable of managing the security risk by hiring the Chinese team and not banning it."

Numerous international policy analysts have pointed out that Trump's position before international institutions, his attacks against the United Nations, NATO, the Group of 7, have taken away credibility in matters of global security. Perhaps a more traditional US government would have been more successful in stopping the global penetration of Huawei, but for Bravo, the problem boils down to a matter of market dominance. Security is a pretext, and the governments of the world know it.

"For the US it is a matter of commercial war, they know that the 5th generation of broadband networks [5G] will be the driving force of their economy, of the economy of the whole world. business models that will operate on that network," says the specialist.

"Banning or limiting or delaying the deployment of 5G networks in Europe, Asia, and Latin America gives them a competitive advantage to create those business models: Netflix, Google, or companies that may not even exist yet, they want to have them. Therefore, while the rest of the world is falling behind, do not deploy with low infrastructure costs, because it is possible that they will achieve it".

Bravo points out, however, that there is indeed a Chinese law that requires their companies to collaborate in terms of cybersecurity and share their information with the Chinese government.

"That law exists, anyone could have fears in that sense, but the fear of the US is rather economic, that China, Asia, and Europe can develop these business models. The issue of cybersecurity is the best excuse to cause fear. The EU does not present the evidence and offers evidence since it seems to be the pretext of a matter with an economic background."

Europe knows that following the EU line could be very expensive in terms of the development of its own infrastructure. "I think Europe is being cautious is smart, obviously take care of their interests," says Bravo.

For the analyst and professor of the UNAM, the matter is complex. Huawei has a stake in Latin America of between 6 and 7% and a very aggressive expansionist policy in the region. "It wants to convince the operators that its technology is of quality, and I think it has already achieved it, they want to penetrate more and they are interested in modifying the regulation, the legislation and the investments being made. This company is very interested in Latin America and surely have strategies to grow more."

Regarding the position of the AMLO Government, Bravo points out that caution is the best policy.

"We have the most complex neighbor we can have, but as long as there is no evidence of security risks, you can not make an express prohibition like the one requested by the US The networks reach the US, Canada, and also a direct roaming with America. Central You have a regional operator throughout Latin America, which is América Móvil, you have the largest virtual mobile operator in the US through Trackphone, clearly, Mexico is interconnected and globalized."

On the other hand, Bravo said that, as broadband is the key infrastructure of the 21st century, "Mexico should have more open and frank public policies, promote connectivity and technological neutrality where it does not benefit or discriminate against any actor. The public is very scarce, it must focus on the neediest, those who do not have connectivity in rural areas because private operators will not arrive there".

Source: La Politica Online