Europe will find it difficult to achieve many of its goals, such as the Green Deal, without AI. And without a fully developed, multi-party 5G ecosystem, Europe will fall further behind, writes Abraham Liu.
Abraham Liu is Huawei’s Chief Representative to the EU Institutions
Over the past few months, Huawei has been the target of some pretty harsh attacks by a foreign administration on its reputation, trust, and its reliability. But these attacks are also attacks on Europe’s ability to choose its own digital destiny.
The 5G and ICT industry supply chain is one of the most integrated supply chains in the world. Ours is truly a global industry. Companies source from, and sell to, other companies and countries almost everywhere in the world, and they establish offices and research facilities where their markets are – irrespective of nationality.
Huawei, as shown by the opening of our Cybersecurity Transparency Centres in Europe, wants to work with its partners and regulators to improve cybersecurity and contribute to global security standards, internationally agreed processes and best practices.
Indeed we welcome the German and French governments’ approach to cybersecurity and 5G deployment which we believe should be the gold-standard for everyone. Verify and check all of us; based on facts, fair competition and a level playing field. Don’t just trust.
It is all of our duties to ensure that the strictest security standards are upheld all the way down our supply chains, and here at Huawei, our business processes ensure exactly that.
EU digital sovereignty
And I believe that this level playing field approach – with fair and open competition – the very essence of fair trade – is what will give Europe true Digital Sovereignty in the future.
Digital sovereignty is more than the General Data Protection Regulation – excellent though that regulation is – or drafting an ethical framework for Artificial Intelligence, it is about decision-making by the EU and its Member State governments.
It is about staying true to principles of openness, competitiveness and fair trade – values which Huawei shares.
Healthy competition helps all vendors become more innovative and competitive, and Huawei can help Europe in this through our willingness to share and transfer our most innovative technologies such as:
Kunpeng, the industry’s highest-performing ARM-based server or Ascend, the world’s most powerful AI processor; or our Harmony Operating System, which will be an alternative to iOS and Android.
For Europe, not to seize this opportunity would be a tragedy, and a betrayal of the great industrial and innovation history that this continent has. It would be giving up the possibility of leading the 4th Industrial Revolution in the development of the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence. Because, without a fully developed, multi-party 5G ecosystem, Europe will fall further behind.
It would not receive the full benefits a technology-driven economy and society can deliver.
And Europe would find it difficult to achieve other goals, too, such as its Green Deal. AI can bring huge advantages to smart industry and smart living which in turn can reduce the burden on the planet’s scarce resources and fragile climate situation.
Next year Huawei will have been in Europe for 20 trusted years. I want us to continue to work together so that Europe and its citizens and industries have true choice in the future, and can shape the digital world based on our common shared values and goals.