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Huawei ploughs ahead at Mobile World Congress

The much-awaited Mobile World Congress (MWC) is taking place in Barcelona, Spain, this week. While the unveiling of newer, smarter mobile devices never fails to amaze consumers, this year’s MWC opens under a dark cloud as the exchange of words between the US and China over network security for the next generation of mobile services comes to the fore

Besides the ongoing trade war between the US and China, US President Donald Trump’s administration has been attacking Huawei — mainly pointing to Huawei’s close ties with the Chinese government and that its equipment could be used to facilitate cyber espionage.

The US has stepped up its efforts to block China from becoming a  world leader in 5G technology to the extent of even blatantly lobbying its European allies to shut out the Chinese telecom giant from selling 5G devices.

Guo Ping, rotating CEO of Huawei, has hit back at Trump’s criticisms, repeating claims the company has made many times before that it had never allowed, and would never allow, any country to insert ‘backdoors’ into its equipment. 

According to news agency AFP, Guo Ping, at an MWC roundtable on Sunday, reiterated: “Huawei needs to abide by Chinese laws and also by the laws outside China if we operate in those countries.

“Huawei will never and dare not, and cannot, violate any rules and regulations in the countries where we operate.”

Speaking through an interpreter, he said: “I have noticed the President twitted that the US needs faster and smart 5G, or even 6G in the future; and he has realised that the US is lagging behind in this respect — and I think his message is clear and correct.” 

Huawei, on the other hand, has ploughed ahead, taking the lead on developing phones for 5G due to its involvement in developing 5G networks. 

The company has unveiled its first smartphone that features a  foldable screen, the Huawei Mate X. This announcement came just days after rival Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Fold, which will be available in April.

The Mate X’s foldable screen is placed on the outside of the smartphone, covering the front and back of the device. It is slightly larger but flatter and thinner than the Galaxy Fold.

Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, in highlighting the company’s latest devices at MWC, said: “This smartphone is not only for today’s 5G, but also for future 5G.” 

Commenting on its 5G networks, he added that according to all the results of benchmark tests on performance, the speed of Huawei’s 5G is the fastest in the world.

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