Huawei: Chinese tech giant with big ambitions

 

BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones travelled to China to find out more about the company and to meet its senior director in Shenzhen

Here are my reports about one of the biggest names in Chinese industry, Huawei, which is a hi-tech giant, employing tens of thousands of highly-skilled engineers.

But in the US, the telecoms firm is widely regarded with suspicion and seen by some as an agent of China's Communist Party.

I travelled to China to find out more about the company and to meet its senior director in Shenzhen.

Chief Engineer Gabor Schreck gave the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones a tour of Huawei's manufacturing facility in Songshan Lake, Shenzhen

 
Rory Cellan-Jones, Technology correspondent Article written by Rory Cellan-Jones Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent

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    Comment number 10.

    HuaWei is an extension of the Bank of China. They offer financing potential customers find hard to refuse - “No worries you pay when you want”. Companies offering HuaWei their proprietary gear are well received, ground into oblivion on price, then left at the door only to find HuaWei coming along with similar technology a few months on.

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    Comment number 9.

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    The answer to my question about shares was anxious looks between the Chinese management present and after some rapid Chinese chat which I did not catch, a very firm but courteous 'no it was not possible'.

    I will not go into the detailed reasons given!

    Us 'white ghosts' still can't invest (can we?)

    Try asking Rory!

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    Comment number 8.

    Years ago I attended one of the first trade product information meetings in a central London hotel given by Huawei's Chinese management.

    It was pretty obvious that they were more than well placed to be successful - a protected home market support by the Red Army and 20000 programmers! Something the likes of Cisco etc couldn't hope to match!

    At the end I asked if I could buy shares in Huawei!

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    Comment number 7.

    @1 feathersword Fantastic point. Most people aren't aware of Cisco's reliance upon gagging orders to protect their behaviour and that of their kit. I wouldn't trust either of these companies, nor Apple, Google, Facebook...hang on...where's it going stop? Most big companies simply cannot be trusted any longer. Some are in it for the dosh, but Huawei...

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    Comment number 6.

    This story is more than worrying! It does sound like science fiction!
    Are these the first products to report back to the manufacture?
    What about all the Computer hardware, Mobile Phones, Tablets,
    Smart TV's etc.
    Companies that has a feed back system in place including the Social sites, including many other Websites!
    Are there 'sleeper' systems hidden? Just waiting for registration by a buyer?????

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    Comment number 5.

    As far as I know nothing has been proven, speculation by media and politicians does not mean proof.

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    Comment number 4.

    What changes have come to Skype since the purchase by Microsoft? Liberal or conservative, American governments still feel they need a Cold War more than reasonable global commercial competition.

    Our Congressional hacks aren't even up to that level of modernity.

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    Comment number 3.

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    The concerns are genuine, Huawai products have been proven to contact and send out data to various IP addresses without the users consent, what is not known is what exactly this data is. It could be perfectly innocent, but more likely it's some clever Chinese man within Huawai, collecting browsing statistics to sell on to advertising companies.

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    Comment number 2.

    America's concerns are born from protectionism; those same concerns were raised against Japan, South-Korea and just about anywhere else that directly competes with US manufacturers. Considering Google and Facebook have both been exposed for unauthorised interception of customers data one has to wonder why the US government isn't concerned about that.

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    Comment number 1.

    Huawei's kit and code is all tested by GCHQ before being allowed into the UK networks. We either trust GCHQ to do a job or we dont. If Rifkinds committee comes up with the same conclusion as the US Govt then its clear the security committee doesnt trust GCHQ either. Also why has no one asked or checked if Cisco has 'cyber doors' in its equipment reporting back to the CIA? We trust the US Govt? NOT

 

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