Huawei says the company is ready to be "open and transparent" as it seeks to induce the US government into believing that national security concerns about its technology are having no basis in fact. Scanlan spoke in the middle of US sanctions that threaten to disrupt Huawei's smartphone and network equipment businesses. He also said that Huawei strongly wants to "demystify" itself to skeptical US authorities. Huawei will invite American officials to review products themselves and address issues.
"Huawei is an open and transparent company," Paul Scanlan, chief technology officer of Huawei's carrier network business unit, said.
Scanlan said Huawei has done the same for the United Kingdom, where new software is inspected at a facility and reports are prepared for the government and telecommunications operators.
"If this is what is required, give us examples of what you think would be the rule book, and we'll play by the rule book," Scanlan said of the US. "But today the challenge is, what's the rule book?" The Justice and Commerce departments did not immediately return emails seeking comment on Scanlan's remarks.
Of late, Huawei is facing a ban from the US on the grounds of national security concerns. Despite all this, Huawei still remains the second largest smartphone brand around the world. The United States is also persuading its allies to block the world's largest provider of networking gear from their new mobile networks. Meanwhile, India is yet to take a call on allowing Huawei to install its telecom equipment for 5G services due to alleged security concerns
The Trump administration has accused Huawei of being a security risk, imposing curbs in May on the company's access to US technology and components, including Google's music, maps and other smartphone services. Washington has delayed enforcement and suggested it might allow sales of some US technology. Huawei has denied accusations that it facilitates Chinese spying or installs "backdoors" in its equipment for eavesdropping. Scanlan called those concerns "scaremongering."
The interview took place two days after Huawei reported a double-digit gain in sales. This week, Huawei said that its revenue for the first nine months of the year increased by almost a quarter without being affected by a US campaign to isolate the company globally. Scanlan suggested that the scrutiny of the company over the last year may have had an unintended benefit of giving Huawei extra name recognition.
(With agency inputs)