by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – HUAWEI Technologies is investing at least $2 billion as part of a commitment to addressing cybersecurity.
Executives said the investment would be used primarily for legacy code refactoring, training or upskilling of research and design (R&D)
Eric Xu, Huawei Deputy Chairman of the Board and Rotating Chief Executive Officer, said this would enable, in the next three to five years, build products that would be trusted by governments and customers.
This, he said, would support and sustain Huawei’s long-term development.
Xu spoke as he addressed international media in the United Kingdom (UK).
He cited the firm’s collaborative partnerships with the UK Government as a key indicator of the commitment to maintain global ethical standards relating to technology solutions and applications.
Following some recent bad publicity, Xu said some politicians had turned either 5G or cybersecurity into political or ideological discussions, which he believed were not sustainable.
“I believe technology is technology. Ultimately, it will depend on
scientists and engineers to make it happen,” Xu said.
Huawei has worked with the UK government in putting in place the Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (CSEC) to address security concerns.
“Huawei’s collaboration with the UK government and also the UK industry has been a role model of China-UK cooperation,” Xu said.
– CAJ News