Huawei may be banned in the US, but the Chinese tech giant is finding support elsewhere this time. Russia, who have had a rather excellent relationship with Huawei as of late, have opened their doors for Huawei to develop 5G networks in the country. This effectively makes Huawei the pioneers for 5G tech in Russia, leaving others in the dust.
Apparently, things have already begun happening, and they’re going swimmingly well. Just earlier this month, Huawei opened its first 5G test zone in Moscow in partnership Russian operator MTS, with the goal of rolling out the service to the rest of the capital soon. Moscow authorities say the network will become part of the city’s normal infrastructure within the next few years.
This is a particularly excellent deal for Huawei, as Russia plans to deploy 5G in all of its main cities by 2024. When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Russia in June – at the height of Washington’s conflict with Huawei – Russia’s main operator MTS signed a contract with the Chinese company.
“We have been working in Russia for 22 years. Thanks to our partners, we live well here,” claimed Huawei’s very own Zhao Lei, adding that the company is already looking towards 6G development for their future endeavors.
Analysts say the move is as much a show of solidarity with Beijing against the US as it is a drive to bring ultra high-speed internet to Russian tech users. Tell us your thoughts on the matter down in the comments below, and stay tuned on Gizmochina for all your tech news.UP NEXT: Huawei has already begun working on 6G reports CEO, Ren Zhengfei