Interview: Huawei aims to resolve cyber security controversy in Czech Republic in "friendly and reasonable" way

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-16 23:29:27|Editor: Chengcheng
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by Yang Xiaohong and Wang Zichen

PRAGUE, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Radoslaw Kedzia, CEO for Huawei in the Czech Republic, said Huawei's aim is to resolve current cyber security controversy in the country in a "friendly and reasonable" way.

In a recent exclusive interview with Xinhua, Kedzia said Huawei is a responsible player in the Czech market with advanced 5G technology and Huawei's best choice is a win-win outcome.

"I still believe exclusion of Huawei from the market will damage the whole market," said Kedzia.

He confirmed that his company received a reply letter from the National Cyber and Information Security Agency(NUKIB) on Thursday.

Because the letter was "as vague as its previous warning", Kedzia said Huawei needs more time to analyze it and then decide what the next step would be.

He doesn't exclude the options such as seeking arbitration, but he added that Huawei doesn't want to be aggressive and every possibilities would be thoroughly considered before making decisions.

Kedzia said that Huawei is still trying to reach out to the NUKIB for constructive discussion. Huawei plans to open a cyber security center in Brussels in March, and NUKIB was also invited, but the firm hasn't received NUKIB's reply yet.

In December 2018, the NUKIB issued a warning over Huawei's products, saying it represented potential national security threat to the country's critical infrastructure.

Huawei has categorically rejected NUKIB's allegations.

"We have operated in the market for 15 years, all our systems have been tested by our customers. And we never have had any security problem or any technical problem," said Kedzia.

He said right after the NUKIB warning was issued, Huawei has contacted all its key customers, asking for their thoughts.

"Basically their response was that they understand it's not really about cyber security. There're some other reasons for it," said Kedziaj, "They were confused ...(as) the warning is not specific, there's no evidence or analysis about the risks."

He admitted that after the warning was issued, some government departments have withdrawn their cooperation with Huawei and blocked Huawei from their network construction tendering procedure.

But after thorough discussion with the officials, some of them are changing their minds, said Kedzia, citing the Ministry of Justice as an example. The Justice Ministry later said it was aware of the warning, but it doesn't mean to automatically exclude anyone, according to Kedzia.

"So we also receive some voices of reason, "said Kedzia.