Huawei wants to build a possible research centre in the Netherlands

Huawei wants to build a possible research centre in the Netherlands

Huawei is looking into the possibility of building a research centre in the Netherlands. That should be the case this year, although there is a chance that the centre will not be built in the end. But even if that is the case, Huawei still seems to be planning to invest millions in the Dutch market.

The NOS reports that today, after it was present at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at a roundtable discussion with spokesman Vincent Pang of Huawei. Pang emphasises that his company is happy with the openness of the Dutch market and that it is looking at the possibility of investing millions of euros.

Research center or 5G

The company is particularly interested in opening a research centre. It is not yet certain whether this centre will actually be built; Huawei is still looking for a suitable location. If you don’t find it, there’s still a chance that the research centre won’t get there. But there are other possibilities for Huawei in the Netherlands.

For example, the company already has a distribution centre and cooperates with various telecom companies. It very probably also plays a role in the roll-out of 5G networks in the Netherlands, although there is a lot of international pressure on this. The fear remains that Huawei will eventually succumb to pressure from the Chinese government to cooperate in espionage.

Although these rumours are there, Huawei invariably stresses that it will not cooperate with such requests. In fact, the company had an independent expert look at the Chinese legislation. The expert concluded that there are no obligations for the company to cooperate with espionage requests from the Chinese government.

It is still quite likely that Huawei will participate in the roll-out of 5G networks in the Netherlands. The company has developed several components that are crucial for the deployment of these networks.

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