The US administration has banned Huawei from operating in the United States because of alleged spying operations and has asked its allies to do the same, but Moscow has launched the red carpet for the Chinese technology company, allowing it to develop 5G networks in Russia.
Analysts say the move is a sign of solidarity with Beijing against the United States, and bring high-speed Internet to users of Russian technology.
This month, Huawei opened the first 5G test area in Moscow in partnership with the main Russian telecommunications operator, MTS, to deploy the service in the rest of the capital.
Moscow authorities say the network will be part of the city’s natural infrastructure in the coming years.
The Chinese company is a leader in 5G networks compared to many Western countries, and Russia plans to deploy 5G technology in all its major cities by 2024.
When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Russia last June and at the height of the conflict between Washington and Huawei, the Russian MTS signed a contract with the Chinese company.
“We have been working in Russia for 22 years,” said Zhao Lei, CEO of Huawei’s Russian subsidiary. Thank you to our partners. We are working well here.
Huawei, a world leader in 5G technology, intends to “lead the development of 6G technology” in the future, he added.
Huawei is also the second-largest smartphone company in the world. According to a source in the middle of the 5G research in Russia, Huawei is the largest investor in the development of mobile technologies in the country, with “the largest research laboratory for all operators” in Moscow.
Huawei currently employs 400 people in Moscow and 150 in St. Petersburg in research and development of mobile phones, and it aims to hire 500 more people by the end of this year and another 1,000 over five years, according to the commercial newspaper Vedomosti.
Although experts say that the welcome of Russia to Huawei, does not mean that the Chinese company is alone in the race to develop 5G networks in Russia.
However, the immediate intervention of Russia to introduce the operating system “Arora” to the Chinese giant as an alternative to the “Android” system of Google after the US ban on Huawei, promotes the Chinese company to obtain large contracts for the operation of the 5th Generation Russian factories, if not because of the technology, it is for political reasons.
According to Sylvain Chevalier, a technology consulting associate at Bering Point, the goal is to “create an economic front against the United States.”
Russia and China were trying to break with the US monopoly on smartphone operating systems, and with regard to the spying risks warned to of which Washington, Russia was very concerned.
The head of the wireless network laboratory at the Russian Academy of Sciences Evgeny Khorov said that while using foreign mobile phones, the risks that the Russian government faces for access to data by foreign governments are equal, he there is no significant difference for Russia if it is Huawei or Ericsson or another company.
Khorov adds, “Many people use Android phones that are designed by Google, does that mean that Google has access to all data? Yes, of course, so what is the difference between Huawei and Google in this case for Russia?