Shenzhen, Jun 17 (AP/UNB) — Huawei's founder said Monday that the Chinese telecom giant's revenue will be $30 billion less than forecast over the next two years, as he compared the company to a "badly damaged plane" in the face of U.S. government actions against it.
"We never thought that the U.S.'s determination to attack Huawei would be so strong, so firm," Ren Zhengfei, who is also the CEO, said during a panel discussion at company headquarters in Shenzhen.
Ren said Huawei will reduce capacity and expects revenues of about $100 billion annually for the next two years, compared to $105 billion in 2018. In February, he said the company was targeting $125 billion in 2019.
Huawei's overseas cellphone sales will drop by 40%, Ren said, confirming a Bloomberg report published Sunday. But the Chinese market is growing rapidly, and Huawei will not allow restrictive measures to curb its research and development, he added.
Huawei is embroiled in an ongoing trade dispute between China and the U.S., which has accused Chinese companies such as Huawei of committing forced technology transfers and stealing trade secrets. Last month, the U.S. placed Huawei on its "Entity List," which effectively bars American companies from selling components to Huawei without government approval.
In December, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou — Ren's daughter — was arrested in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities. The U.S. alleges that Meng misled American banks about the company's business dealings with Iran, and that Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.
The U.S. also claims Huawei, a leader in next-generation 5G cellphone networks, is a threat to global cybersecurity because it must obey China's ruling Communist Party. While Ren denies that Huawei would share user data with the Chinese government if ordered to do so, Washington has been trying to convince its allies to exclude Huawei from their upcoming 5G rollout.
In response, Huawei brought a lawsuit in the U.S. this March challenging the constitutionality of a national security law which prevents the U.S. government and its contractors from using Huawei equipment. The complaint, filed in Plano, Texas, where Huawei's American operations are headquartered, alleges that the law singles out Huawei for punishment while denying the company due process.
Ren said Monday that there are no backdoors in its equipment that anyone could access, and that Huawei is willing to enter into a no backdoor agreement with any nation that wants one.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Huawei is asking Verizon to pay licensing fees for more than 200 of its patents. Ren said during the panel discussion that Huawei will not use its many patents as a "weapon," but did not rule out seeking royalties for usage.
He emphasized that Huawei will not stop collaborating with other countries and businesses.
The company's current situation "is not caused by American businesses, but rather by certain politicians' different perspectives," Ren said. "I think both sides will suffer. No one will win."
Dhaka, June 16(UNB)-Ren Zhengfei, Founder and CEO of Huawei- a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, will come on Facebook Live to discuss the contemporary crisis of Huawei on Monday.
The duration of the live discussion will be more than one and a half hour where he will answer the questions of two prominent thinkers; one is author, and venture capitalist George Gilder and the other is co-founder of the MIT Media Lab Professor Nicholas Negroponte.
The Facebook live program will begin at 12 pm at Huawei headquarter in Shenzhen of China. In that live program, he will clarify the misconceptions about Huawei’s recent crisis and explain his stance to the world.
The program will be telecast live on Huawei Bangladesh Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/HuaweiTechBD/) and Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) ltd. page.
Dhaka, June 15 (UNB)- Robi has launched a women focused digital lifestyle service, Ichchedana. Combining safety and security features, Ichchedana provides complete lifestyle solution for the women. Any Robi prepaid customer can register for this service by just dialing the USSD code: *123*80# for free of cost.
The launching programme was held at the Robi Corporate Office located in Gulshan-1, Dhaka. Robi’s Managing Director, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer, Pradeep Shrivastava along with senior members of the Robi management team were present at the event.
Eminent Dermatologist and noted singer, Dr. Jhumu Khan was present at the programme as the special guest. She shared her story of rising to fame at the programme to inspire the women to chase their own dreams. GSMA representative in Bangladesh, Ferdous Mottakin also spoke at the programme.
The service has security features like emergency alert through which women can send their current location alert to three pre-registered contacts set by them. For this, they just need to dial *555#. This is intended to provide a vital safety lifeline to all the women who feel vulnerable to move about.
Ichchedana users can enjoy 10 minutes as emergency minutes for free up to twice in a month to support communication with their near and dear ones in case of emergency. However, the users need to have voice usage of 65 taka every-time the user wants to use the emergency minutes.
Using the private number recharge feature, women can ensure privacy of their phone numbers at retail outlets while recharging their mobile phone number. A 12-digit dummy number provided to them will safeguard their number from people calling with malicious intent.
Ichchedana subscribers will have access to an exclusive counter in all the Walk-In-Centers of Robi across the country. Besides, Robi’s call centers will be routing the calls from the Ichchedana users to special agents.
People registering for Ichchedana will enjoy 50paisa/min to any local number for the first 30 days, one exclusive FnF with 50 paisa/ minute call-rate to any local number for unlimited period, 1GB data at only 17 taka for using Facebook once in a month for two months and enjoy free subscription to Robi’smHealth solution, Health Plus for 30 days.
Speaking at the launching programme, Robi’s Managing Director and CEO said: “Mobile phone numbers of an individual has become an identity of a person, thanks to the growth of digital lifestyle. Be it accessing various digital lifestyle services to accessing public services, the mobile number is essential. In this backdrop, Ichchedana comes with the promise of safety and security for our women in using the mobile phone. Using this package they can in true sense ignite their power within to shine in life.”
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed and Chief Commercial Officer, Pradeep Shrivastava handed over flower bouquet to the surfer girl from Cox’s Bazar, Rifa and international award winning shooter, UmmeyZakia Sultana Tumpa. Both of them worked in the TV commercial made for Ichchedana.
Dhaka, Jun 14(UNB)- Huawei's 5G intelligent and simplified core network solution won "Best 5G Core Network Technology" Award at the 5G World Summit-2019 held in London recently.
5G will bring many changes to industries and promote new industry applications and business models. Huawei's 5G intelligent and simplified core network supports all-cloud-based key technologies, such as three-layer decoupling, stateless design, cross-DC deployment, micro-services and A/B test.
This network is built on leading cloud native, connectivity and edge computing technologies. Huawei's 5G intelligent and simplified core network is the industry's first core network that supports 2G/3G/4G/5G NSA/5G SA in-depth convergence.
Ma Liang, director of the Huawei Cloud Core Network Product Mgmt. Dept., remarked, "We are honored to win this award. Huawei has continuously been investing in 5G core network R&D and has gained expertise in 5G technology. Huawei collaborates with carriers and industry partners to continuously develop 5G applications in vertical industries, enable a thriving industry ecosystem, and make full preparations for the mature commercial use of 5G.”
By June 2019, Huawei has won 46 5G commercial contracts globally and has launched a series of cross-industry collaboration based on network slicing and MEC in smart grid, VR/AR, IoV, remote surgery, smart manufacturing and other fields, greatly promoting 5G ecosystem prosperity.
Huawei will keep pursuing technological advances to better serve our customers with better solutions.
Hong Kong, June 14 (AP/UNB) (AP) — Young Hong Kong residents protesting a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to China for trial are seeking to safeguard their identities from potential retaliation by authorities employing mass data collection and sophisticated facial recognition technology.
Agnes, a second-year college student who declined to give her surname, said she donned a face mask as soon as she left a subway train in the downtown Admiralty district to join Wednesday's overnight protest by pro-democracy demonstrators.
"Everybody coming out is wearing masks because you don't know what people will do with the information," Agnes said as friends nodded in agreement. None of them would give their names, saying they worried about how school authorities would react if Hong Kong or China's central government asked for information about them.
To further protect their privacy, the group was buying single-trip train tickets with cash rather than using their stored-value electronic cash cards that forward information on travel and locations to a central repository.
The semi-autonomous Chinese territory has installed thousands of security cameras but the data is mostly kept private. In mainland China, the government openly uses the technology to track down people considered politically unreliable, particularly among Muslim Uighurs, Tibetans and other minority groups.
In addition to closed-circuit television cameras spaced throughout the city, dozens of television stations and other news outlets have been broadcasting and publishing images of protesters.
Attitudes among younger Hong Kong residents such as Agnes reflect a growing sophistication among government critics since massive 2014 protests that shut down much of the downtown area in a demand for universal suffrage but ultimately fizzled without achieving their goals. Since then, the government has sentenced many of the leaders of what has become known as "Occupy Central" or the "Umbrella Movement" to prison on vague charges of causing public disturbances or inciting other people to do so.
Hong Kong police officials on Thursday said they made 11 arrests among Wednesday's protesters and defended their right to track down those who had been sent to hospitals for treatment of injuries.
Chinese authorities were recently discovered to be maintaining real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts. Alongside their names, birthdates and places of employment, there were notes on the places that they had most recently visited, including mosques, hotels and restaurants.
The database appeared to have been recording people's movements tracked by facial recognition technology, logging more than 6.7 million coordinates in a span of 24 hours. It illustrated how far China has taken facial recognition and served as a reminder of how easily technology companies can leave supposedly private records exposed to global snoopers.
Chinese authorities have also begun deploying a new surveillance tool that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.
Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, "gait recognition" is part of a push across China to develop artificial intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concern about how far the technology will go.
Older protesters professed less concern about being caught on video at Wednesday's demonstration, saying they were already secure in their lives and careers.
"I don't give it too much thought," said Andy Lau, an engineering professor at a Hong Kong polytechnic who was passing out leaflets calling for an end to police attacks and the resignation of the current Hong Kong government amid a crowd of protesters on a pedestrian bridge opposite the Legislative Council.
However, Lau said younger protesters were well advised to guard their identities and personal data if they want to join the demonstrations.
"It's not just a problem after you cross the border into China. Even here in Hong Kong the police or school leaders can come tracking you down and knocking on your door at night," Lau said.