If you’ve managed to catch some of the Olympic coverage on NBC, you’ve probably seen the usual advertisements from McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Visa and other corporate entities. But once in a while, you’ll see a television spot sneak into the lineup from a wholly unfamiliar company– such as the Chinese multinational Huawei.
It’s hard to understate the influence of Huawei, considering it just passed Ericsson as the largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in the world. Much of its production consists of white-label and backend technology that isn’t often seen by consumers, even though it is a $23 billion business with over 140,000 employees worldwide. But what’s making analysts nervous isn’t the company’s position in the global market; it is the possibility that Huawei technologies, at best, creates cybersecurity and intellectual-property theft concerns. At worst, critics allege that the company acts as a proxy for spying by the Chinese government.
It is simple paranoia or does Huawei present a legitimate threat to U.S. security? John Roese, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Huawei spoke on the company’s innovation efforts and challenges that come with being a relatively unknown face in the technology world.