Huawei CEO talks to the press for the first time in 26 years

Normally quiet Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei spoke to the media for the first time in 26 years on Thursday, according to a report in Business Insider. In a statement given to New Zealand reporters, the CEO for the Chinese telecom maker defended his company against accusations that it is aligned with the Chinese government.

“Huawei has no connection to the cyber-security issues the U.S. has encountered in the past, current and future, said Ren. “Huawei equipment is almost non-existent in networks currently running in the U.S. We have never sold any key equipment to major U.S. carriers, nor have we sold any equipment to any U.S. government agency.”

Huawei is the world’s second largest telecom equipment maker in the world, but it has failed to break into the US market. Congress has blocked the company from installing phone and data networks in the US because it views the Chinese company as a threat to national security. Australia and Canada also bar Huawei equipment on its government networks.

[Via Business Insider]

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