Huawei signs new deal to develop 5G network in Russia

Huawei signs new deal to develop 5G network in Russia

Huawei has signed a deal with telecoms company MTS to develop a 5G network in Russia over the next year.

Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, and Russian president, Vladimir Putin, signed the agreement in Moscow.

The 5G deal will see “the development of 5G technologies and the pilot launch of fifth-generation networks in 2019-2020”, MTS said in a statement on Wednesday (5th June).

Huawei’s Guo Ping, one of the company’s chairmen on rotation, was quoted in the statement as saying he was “very happy” with the new agreement “in an area of strategic importance like 5G”.

Xi has called his Russian counterpart his “close friend” during this, his eighth trip to Russia since 2012, and said that: “We will strengthen our mutual support on key issues. Protectionism and unilateral approaches are on the rise, and a policy of force and hegemonism is increasingly taking hold.”

The Kremlin website lists the new deal as a “memorandum of understanding” with pilot launches of the advanced cellular network technology will be held in 2019 and next year, according to Agence France Presse.

The US has currently blacklisted Huawei, and is attempting to discourage European countries from using the Chinese company’s technology, claiming “backdoor” technology could enable spying by the Chinese state, with Google caving to pressure and announcing back in May that it would revoke Huawei’s access to Android OS.

France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Portugal are all preparing 5G licences this year, with Europe having emerged as the frontline over which the usage of Huawei’s next-generation 5G network technology is being fought.

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