Huawei moves mobile software services business to Ireland
In recent months, Huawei has moved many of its mobile software services to an Irish subsidiary called Aspiegel Limited.
Some industry insiders suggest the move, which sees the Irish unit taking responsibility for the personal data of European users, is an attempt by the company to show it has nothing to hide when it comes to the issues of security.
Huawei mobile services, known as the Huawei ID in some markets, allow users to access the company’s specially designed smartphone apps and store personal information, including payment details, in the cloud .
Services were transferred at the end of April to the Dublin-based subsidiary from the group’s headquarters in Shenzhen, with the unit responsible for the business operations and development of the group’s entire mobile service outside of mainland China, and with special emphasis on Europe. , one of its most important markets.
The move follows a recent crackdown on the company in the United States and several other markets over security concerns.
Details of the decision to move services to Dublin were disclosed during a press briefing for Irish journalists led by rotating Huawei chairman Guo Ping at the telecoms and smartphone maker headquarters in Shenzhen. , in southern China.
âThe reason Huawei based its cloud service center for Europe in Ireland is that we have sold hundreds of millions of smartphones in Europe and we need to offer aftermarket and upgrade services from platform to our consumers, âMr. Guo said.
âWhen we provide these services, we comply strictly with the GDPR. We also have a very close and transparent relationship with Irish regulators regarding all of our operations, he added.
Huawei, which this week announced plans to invest â¬ 70 million in research and development in the Republic of Ireland over the next three years, has consistently denied claims by the US government that its tech solutions could be used to spy on other countries or companies.
In his briefing with Irish journalists, Mr Guo reiterated this position. âThe attack on the United States, a global superpower, is unethical and unfounded,â he said.
âAs the world’s only superpower, the United States has mobilized resources across the country to crack down on our business. We certainly feel the pressure and pain that comes with it. However, Huawei is doing everything in its power to survive and prosper, âadded Mr. Guo.
The senior executive said he believed that after Brexit “Ireland will become a very important option for Chinese companies looking to strengthen their European presence.” The state was also well positioned to benefit from 5G and artificial intelligence (AI), he added, and said Huawei “will step up its investments in Ireland”.
Mr. Guo admitted that the company had been a bit slow in responding to cybersecurity concerns when they were initially raised.
âFrankly, we did not expect to encounter so many difficulties. We believed our business would be successful if we made strong investments in technology and worked hard to serve our customers to the best of our ability. Therefore, we haven’t really gone to great lengths to engage with the media to make sure people understand who we are, âhe said.