Huawei opens Brussels security lab in bid to reassure EU

BRUSSELS — Chinese tech giant Huawei is opening a cybersecurity lab in Brussels as it tries to win over European leaders in its fight against U.S. allegations that it poses a national security risk.

Company executives on Tuesday inaugurated the Huawei European Cybersecurity Center, which will allow customers to review the source code that runs its network gear.

Huawei is the world’s biggest maker of telecom infrastructure for new high-speed 5G networks. However, the U.S. has been lobbying allies to shun Huawei because of fears that its equipment could facilitate digital espionage by China’s communist leaders.

The new lab gives Huawei a venue to reassure EU policymakers about its cybersecurity credentials.

It opened a similar centre in Germany in November and funds a government-run British testing site.

Published at Tue, 05 Mar 2019 09:46:52 +0000

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (/ˈhwɑːˌweɪ/simplified Chinese华为traditional Chinese華為pinyinAbout this soundHuáwéi) is a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics manufacturer, headquartered in Shenzhen.

Ren Zhengfei, a former military engineer in the People’s Liberation Army, founded Huawei in 1987. At the time of its establishment, Huawei focused on manufacturing phone switches, but has since expanded to include building telecommunications networks, providing operational and consulting services and equipment to enterprises inside and outside of China, and manufacturing communications devices for the consumer market.[3][4] Huawei had over 170,000 employees as of September 2017, around 76,000 of them engaged in research and development (R&D).[5][6] It has 21 R&D institutes in countries including China, the United States,[7] Canada,[8] the United Kingdom,[9] PakistanFinland, France, Belgium, (Germany), ColombiaSweden, Ireland, India,[10] Russia, Israel, and Turkey.[11][12] As of 2017 the company invested US$13.8 billion in R&D, up from US$5 billion in 2013.[13][14]

Huawei has deployed its products and services in more than 170 countries, and as of 2011 it served 45 of the 50 largest telecomoperators.[15][need quotation to verify] Its networks, numbering over 1,500, reaches one third of the world’s population.[16] Huawei overtook Ericsson in 2012 as the largest telecommunications-equipment manufacturer in the world,[17] and overtook Apple in 2018 as the second-largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world, behind Samsung Electronics.[18] It ranks 72nd on the Fortune Global 500 list.[19] In December 2018, Huawei reported that its annual revenue had risen to US$108.5 billion in 2018 (a 21% increase over 2017), surpassing $100 billion for the first time in company history.[20]

Although successful internationally, Huawei has faced difficulties in some markets, due to allegations – particularly from the United States government – that its telecom infrastructure equipment may contain backdoors that could enable unauthorised surveillance by the Chinese government and the People’s Liberation Army (citing, in particular, its founder having previously worked for the Army). Cybersecurity concerns over Huawei intensified with the development of 5G wireless networks, with calls to prevent the company from providing equipment for them, and to prevent use of products by Huawei, or fellow Chinese telecom ZTE, by government entities. While the company has argued that its products posed “no greater cybersecurity risk” than those of any other vendors, several major U.S. wireless carriers, as well as retailer Best Buy, began to drop Huawei’s products in early 2018. In April, Huawei stated that it would pull out of the U.S. consumer market, as the government scrutiny had impacted its marketability there.

In December 2018, Huawei’s vice-chairperson and CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada on 1 December 2018, at the request of the United States, which accuses her of violating US sanctions against Iran.[21] The U.S. Department of Justice filed formal charges of fraud, obstruction of justice, and theft of trade secrets against Huawei in January 2019.

Privately held company, employee-owned
IndustryTelecommunications equipment
Networking equipment
Consumer electronics
Founded1987; 32 years ago


Area served
Key people
Liang Hua (chairman of the board) 
Ren Zhengfei (CEO and founder) 
Meng Wanzhou (Vice-chair, CFO)
Zhou Daiqi (Party secretary
Guo Ping (Rotating chairman of the board)
Xu Zhijun (Rotating chairman of the Board)
Hu Houkun (Rotating chairman of the Board)
ProductsMobile and fixed broadband networksconsultancy and managed servicesmultimediatechnology, smartphonestablet computersdongles
RevenueIncrease CN¥603.621 billion US$92.549 billion (2017)[1]
Increase CN¥56.384 billion US$8.645 billion (2017)[1]
Increase CN¥47.455 billion US$7.276 billion (2017)[1]
Total assetsIncrease CN¥505.225 billion US$77.462 billion (2017)[1]
Total equityIncrease CN¥175.616 billion US$26.926 billion (2017)[1]
  • Huawei Investment & Holding Co., Ltd (1987 – present)
  • Unclear[2]
Number of employees
c. 180,000 (2017)