Allaying concerns of Indian authorities on security issues related to foreign telecom equipment makers,Chinese company Huawei said it is a part of the solution and not the problem.
“We do notice these concerns and we believe that from technology,value addition and partnership point of views,we are part of the solution and not the problem,” Huawei India Senior Vice President Yao Weimin told reporters.
In 2010,the Home Ministry reportedly refused to clear telecom equipment contracts allotted to Chinese companies on security concerns. Last year,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also expressed concern on Chinese telecom equipment imported
in large quantities.
Recently,Australia had blocked Huawei from tendering for a prestigious USD 38 billion nation-wide broadband contract due to cyber attacks originating from China.
Referring to such instances,Weimin said it is a legitimate concern by any government or user to address the security issues and to develop capacities and solutions.
“It is a legitimate concern by any government or user to address this security issue to jointly develop capacities and solutions especially from security point of view. That is what we mean when we say we are part of the solution,” Weimin said.
Huawei has been working closely with customers to develop these kinds of solutions,he added.
Despite the uncertainties in the Indian telecom sector after the Supreme Court (SC) quashed 122 2G licences,Huawei said it remains committed to the country.
“We notice that India has been experiencing challenging times. We are evaluating this development and we hope that the issues will be resolved and India will continue to grow in a healthy and sustainable development,” he said.
Huawei counts most telecom operators in the country among its clients,including Uninor and Sistema Shyam,whose licences were also cancelled as part of the SC judgement.
Huawei said it has invested more than USD 150 million in India for an R&D centre at Bangalore and a manufacturing facility at Chennai.
“We are confident in investing in India in the long run,” he added.