Huawei moves towards software development following US restrictions
The leadership of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is pushing the company towards software development amid the crippling crackdown by many Western countries against the use of company hardware.
“First, we must dare to lead the world in pure software,” Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei wrote in an internal memo reviewed by The Hill. “Second, in areas where software overlaps with hardware, we need to focus on optimizing the software to complement the hardware.”
The memo, first reported on Monday by Reuters, was based on notes from two meetings Zhengfei held with scientists and software experts in April, but was only published internally this week.
Zhengfei alluded to restrictions on the company aimed at preventing Huawei from doing business in the United States, writing that by moving into the software development space, “the United States will have very little control over our. future development and we will have a great deal of autonomy. ”
In order to achieve the goal of transitioning to software development, Zhengfei stressed the need for the company to “embrace the talents of the world” and recruit globally.
“We must dare to bring together the best talent in this field,” Zhengfei wrote. “While the United States excludes people, we can absorb a large number of talented people and experienced experts from abroad, including non-Chinese. We need to stay calm and collected, and take one step at a time. “
A Huawei spokesperson confirmed the switch to software, telling The Hill on Monday that the company was forced to move away from the hardware due to what they described as “decoupling” efforts by other countries. that divided the world on telecommunications products.
“If decoupling continues and Huawei is forced to rely on markets like China, Asia and Africa, Huawei will survive,” the spokesperson told The Hill on Monday afternoon. “But the world will be a divided world.”
“Restrictions on hardware exports are forcing Huawei to turn to software and devote more resources and effort, which could lead to a stronger and better Huawei. Recent uncontrolled trends mean that the ICT industry will be more divided, which is not good for businesses, manufacturers and consumers in China, the United States and around the world. “
The push for software development comes after many countries, including the United States, strongly objected to the use of Huawei equipment over security concerns related to the potential Huawei is linked to the Chinese government.
The Trump administration has severely cracked down on Huawei, one of the world’s largest suppliers of 5G equipment, and added it to the Commerce Department’s “entity list”, effectively blacklisting Huawei.
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Moreover, Trump signed a law prohibiting the use of federal funds to purchase Huawei equipment, and the Federal Communications Commission officially designated Huawei as threat to national security Last year.
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“A lot of people have said, will Huawei stay on the entity list? I have no reason to believe it won’t, but we are in the midst of a comprehensive review of Chinese policy, ”Raimondo told reporters at the White House. “We’re in the thick of it right now. We work as aggressively as possible; we don’t waste time on it.