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Huawei eyes keeping ties with Google despite US ban

May 26. 2019
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By Khine Kyaw
The Nation

In a bid to meet the wish of endusers to continue using Google services on their smart phones, China’s Huawei Technologies Co is currently negotiating with the US firm to find an appropriate solution amid Washington’s ban on its businesses and activities.

Bob Zhu, deputy general manager of Huawei Myanmar, told The Nation on Friday the firm would try its best to continue cooperating with Google, while preparing for the implementation of its own operating system as Plan B.

“We will keep  discussing with Google to find a proper solution for  our users to continue using Andriod systems. Once we have reached an agreement, we will continue our cooperation  with them,” he said.

“We do not want to use 100 per cent Huawei’s parts in our products. We always choose to cooperate with other partners so we can grow together. We will try our best to avoid using Huawei’s own parts in our mobile phones.”

Zhu insisted that Huawei preferred to choose Google, even if its own operating system is better than that of the US firm.

“We are trying to develop  our own operating system. But, Google Android is still our priority. If we can reach an agreement with Google, we will continue to install their systems in our products,” he said.

According to Zhu, Huawei users do not have to worry about losing access to Google services and related applications, as all Huawei phones and tablets already sold as well as those still in the market will not be affected by the US ban.

“For all products manufactured before the US ban, end users will get the same functions and services as before. These include Huawei products currently in the stock or in the market,” he said.

“We are still negotiating with Google. Whatever happens, that will only affect  new products and solutions to be produced in the future. Likewise, the current Huawei chipsets will not be affected because we have  been given  full authorisation.”

Zhu guaranteed that  all  products are safe to buy, as they will feature the same services as before. In this respect, Zhu is sure of  Huawei’s capability to maintain its leadership position in the Myanmar market.

“We are fully confident that the US ban will not affect our growth momentum. Like in many other countries, Myanmar people love to use Huawei smartphones, and the trend will go on,” he said.

“Amid the widespread rumours about Huawei, some people may hesitate to buy our products at this point. It is usual, but they will  regain their confidence in our products after our clarification. We believe people who like Huawei will continue to buy our products in the future.”

Plan B in place

With Huawei products and solutions covering nearly all aspects of the ICT era, the firm has long prepared  a Plan B, he said.

“We are well-prepared to drive our sustainable growth, even in time of  challenges. We do have a Plan B in place to offset any action that may affect our services and products. Plan B is designed to overcome a  bad situation.”

According to Zhu, Huawei has the capability to produce its own chips in the event the firm can no longer buy necessary parts from US companies.

“Our business is still growing, and we do not worry about the US ban and its impacts. But, we are still committed to cooperating with our partner companies all over the world,” he said.

Zhu said the news of some Japanese companies having joined the US  ban on Huawei was just a rumour.

“Panasonic and Toshiba have officially announced that they would keep  business cooperation with Huawei. There will be adverse effect from  the US ban,” he said.

“ As the US ban set in, rumours follow. But we just have to shrug them off and keep going.”

At the briefing, Zhu stressed the importance of Huawei’s commitment to cyber security, as more than one third of the world’s population use Huawei products to make phone calls and access to the internet. He said the US government does not have any evidence to prove that Huawei had breached its  cyber security standards.

“From the technology side, we will keep providing high security solutions and products, and we don’t have any major issue so far,” he said.

“We hope the US government considers cyber security as a technical problem, not a political problem.”

He said Huawei is not willing to get involved in the political conflicts between China and the US, with  both vying for the super power status.

“What we care is our business . We don’t want Huawei to be involved in politics,” he said.

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