On a Friday afternoon in June, a group of Huawei employees to cross a replica of the Old bridge of Heidelberg on the way to a Cafeteria near a false Treaty of Versailles castle. On the 120-acre area of the new corporate campus in the mountains above the city of Shenzhen in Southeast China replicas of buildings from twelve European cities. You show how much of the company’s founder Zhengfei Ren estimates that Europe’s culture.

But now the outfitter is the world’s largest network on the old continent, faced with a particular challenge: in the Midst of the trade war with the U.S. the Chinese company applies for a place in Europe for contracts for the construction of the 5G network.

dispute with the US

Washington accuses Huawei, it will help the government in Beijing, other countries spy. The United States put pressure on its European allies, therefore, not with the Chinese company to cooperate. So they have had only limited success. Huawei and Beijing reject the allegations.

When it comes to the right company for the Expansion of the 5G-infrastructure, weigh, European governments and telecommunications companies your options carefully. Your decision can have a significant economic impact. The 5G technology is up to 100 Times faster than 4G. You should among other things, provide super-quick Connections for digitized factories, driver-less cars and smart household appliances.

It is a question of billions. A Lot Of Billion.

“The leading 5G-a company will earn in the course of the next ten years, hundreds of billions of dollars. Many new Jobs in the entire sector of wireless technology,” it says in an expert report for the US Department of defense.

Huawei had in the past year, with 40 per cent, the largest market share among the Network equipment vendors in Europe, Middle East and Africa, followed by the Swedish company Ericsson with 36, China’s ZTE with 11, and Nokia from Finland with 10 percent But in may, the company suffered a setback, as the Washington Huawei on a black list of companies continued, with which US companies only under special conditions to trading will be able to do.

In June, reduced the revenue forecast for Huawei in the next two years to $ 30 billion. In the first Half of the turnover of the group grew significantly. Specific information about how the business by the US-Santionen already suffered, made Huawei in the presentation of the Figures this week, however. There are still plugs a lot of holes, said Board of Directors chief Liang Hua. For this, the company is going to invest massively.

transparency instead of mood of crisis

With his business partners in Europe, could not do Huawei a lot more than to count on the vote of Confidence the past 15 years, and to ensure greater transparency, says the company. To this end, Huawei settled in places such as Brussels, Bonn or in the UK Banbury several centres for cyber security, where governments its products can test.

“I have been working for 20 years for this company and I would say that this is the worst and the most difficult time for Huawei,” says the managing Director for Western Europe, Vincent Peng. The mood of the staff was but more well.

First networks already in construction

A Committee of the British Parliament came recently to the conclusion that there is no technical reasons for banning Huawei. Operators were instructed Huawei for security reasons, to keep the “core” of their networks. Thus, some wireless service providers have begun already in the UK, with the Development of its 5G services with Huawei accessories.

Huawei also has 5G of contracts in Italy, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and other European countries, where the company has, according to his spokesman, Joe Kelly non-disclosure agreements. Overall, the company has more than 50 5G-treaties around the world, 28 of them in Europe.

countries such as Germany are still unsure whether you want to Huawei entrust their mobile networks. Unlike Australia, new Zealand, or Japan but has made so far, no European state at the request of the United States towards a ban. “The(European) countries do not like it when someone dictates you what you should do if it has a negative impact on the quality of their technical infrastructure,” says strategy Professor Michael Jacobides from the London Business School.

the division between East and West

According to the opinion of German experts is ahead of Huawei in the 5G technology, the competition for around two years. The Manager of the company, cause billions in investments in research and development in the past few years. The US accuses Huawei, meanwhile, to have business secrets of competitors such as T-Mobile stolen.

Should the US campaign against Huawei’s success, this could lead to an “Iron technology-curtain”, with different Standards between the East and the West, experts warn. In the midst of all the excitement of European countries have been trying, meanwhile, to compensate. The Europeans wanted to keep the political door is open, says Marcus Gloger, a Partner at the consultancy firm Strategy& in Germany. In this country, nobody wanted a “division of the world into a Western and an Eastern hemisphere.”

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