Huawei Secures Deal To Roll Out 5G In Russia

Posted: Jun 6 2019, 6:28am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 6 2019, 7:55am CDT , in Technology News


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Huawei secures deal to roll out 5G in Russia
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The deal is a victory for the Chinese tech company that recently lost deals in the U.S.

Despite growing criticisms over the company and its products in the United States, Huawei has still secured another deal, this time with Washington’s “geopolitical rival,” Russia.

Huawei signed a deal with Russian telecommunications firm MTS to roll out 5G network in Russia by 2020, The Guardian reported, citing information from Agence France-Presse and the Associated Press.

The Chinese tech company reportedly signed the deal at the sidelines of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meeting in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

“We will strengthen our mutual support on key issues,” Xi reportedly said at the meeting.

However, the reported agreement contradicts with a report by The New York Times a few weeks ago, which said the Russian government, through its affiliated news agency, is exaggerating the negative health implications of 5G networks in order to sway people’s excitement over the most advanced fifth generation cellular network technology.

Nonetheless, the deal is a victory for Huawei as the company recently lost deals with companies such as Google, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Intel and Vodafone after U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning U.S. companies from doing business with the Chinese tech giant. However, the ban could still challenge Huawei as it needs to secure contracts with semiconductor suppliers to support its construction of infrastructures for its 5G network.

Huawei has since denied allegations hurled by the U.S. government, including claims of espionage.

Apart from its smartphone business, which is what the company is widely known for, Huawei also offers artificial intelligence, cloud, blockchain, and internet of things offerings, among many other technologies.

Huawei has yet to confirm reports about its partnership with Russia.

The news comes as China was reported to have granted licenses to operate 5G in the country. Reuters said China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, as well as state-owned broadcaster China Broadcasting Network are the four providers that were selected by Beijing, with Huawei expected to support the planned rollout.

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