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Huawei dismisses security concerns in Korea over 5G drive



SHANGHAI – Top officials at Chinese network equipment giant Huawei Technologies have firmly rejected concerns about the cybersecurity risks of their products and have pledged to support South Korea in the fifth generation telecommunications industry.

"South Korean mobile operators demand much stricter requirements for the security of their 5G networks, and we strive to meet their needs," said Shawn Meng, CEO of Huawei Korea, at a press conference for Korean reporters on the Tuesday before the opening Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

"We have a high awareness of Korea's growing security concerns and we are serious about the issue," Meng said. "One important fact is that there was no accident or security incident worldwide during Huawei's growth."

From left: Huawei Korea CEO Shawn Meng, Communications President Joy Tan and Chief Marketing Officer Peter Zhou speak at a press conference in Shanghai on Tuesday. (Huawei Korea)

In light of growing concerns about potential risks of snooping or theft of classified information through the use of Chinese network equipment, Huawei is offering the supply of 5G systems to Korean telecommunications companies planning to commercialize next-generation mobile services by March 2019.

Huawei has partnered with LG Uplus, the third largest provider in the Korean telecommunications industry, since the 4G network. It is now competing with global competitors such as Nokia, Ericsson and Korea's Samsung Electronics to sell 5G network systems to the country's two largest mobile operators – SK Telecom and KT.

"We discuss security measures that are much stricter than those required for current 4G network systems," Meng said. "Security experts from Korean mobile operators are well aware of Huawei's security technologies and have tested our solutions extensively, and the passing of security tests by Korean telecommunications companies could mean that our security solutions are great."

Peter Zhou, senior marketing officer of Huawei, said that the company always adheres above all to technological safety standards.

"3GPP has set much stricter security standards for the 5G standards than 3G and 4G, which will define 5G as much safer network services," Zhou said. "We agree that security will be the center of 5G, considering that more and more IoT devices are wirelessly connected in the era."

A Look at the Huawei R & D Center in Shanghai (Huawei Korea)

In Response to Suspicion Some lawmakers in the US and security experts who accuse Huawei of using sensitive data such as military intelligence from other countries on behalf of the Chinese government sinking by making hidden backdoors in their network systems have officially challenged this by the company's chief communications officer claims.

"The Chinese government has never asked for communication information from Huawei," said Joy Tan, president of corporate communications.

To alleviate concerns, Huawei opened its R & D center in Pudong, Shanghai, to the Korean press for the first time.

Unlike most research and development centers, which are closely monitored by other companies, the Huawei R & D center in the city was crowded with around 100 visitors from around the world.

Yu Wenbin, senior product manager, discusses Huawei's fifth-generation network trading systems on Tuesday in an exhibition hall at the Shanghai R & D center. (19659004) "Every year, more than 3,000 visitors, more than 50 percent of whom are foreigners, visit the Shanghai R & D Center to learn about Huawei's vision and technology for the next-generation network," said Yu Wenbin. Senior Product Manager at the Center.

Founded in 1996, the R & D team, with more than 10,000 employees, develops core equipment for the 5G systems, various solutions and related services.

"We are building the 5G ground RAN as cleanly as possible by combining two antennas into one and minimizing the number of boxes on the 5G tower with a multi-band Unified RRU," said Yu. "For such network devices, the smaller the better, but the capacity should continue to improve."

Huawei has so far developed a commercial 5G system that supports up to 200 megahertz of bandwidth in the 3.5-gigahertz spectrum and 200-watts in case of power failure, with the highest capacity among competitors, Yu said.

By Song Su-hyun, Korea Herald Correspondent (song@heraldcorp.com)


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