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Huawei outlines commitment to UK's telecoms infrastructure with open letter ads

David Murphy

Chinese telecoms firm Huawei, which has been embroiled in a long-running row over whether it's kit should be allowed to be used in building out the UK's 5G network, has outlined its commitment to helping bring fast reliable mobile and full fibre broadband networks to every part of the UK. 

It has written an open letter to the British Public, published as a full-page ad in several UK newspapers, including the Guardian, The Times, The Daily telegraph, The I, The Sun, The Mirror, The Daily Mail and a number of regional titles. The letter outlines the company’s commitment to help Britain achieve its Gigabit Broadband goal.

The letter reads:

Dear Britain,
Keeping in contact with friends, loved ones and colleagues shouldn’t be hard. That’s why we’re making it easier to stay in touch.

For nearly 20 years, we’ve supplied the UK’s mobile and broadband companies with 3G and 4G. But some now question our role in helping Britain lead the way in 5G.

We want you to know we are as committed as ever to providing your network operator with the best equipment so you can share photos, stream movies, get together online and much more.

While many in cities have fast, reliable connections, others are not so lucky. We know a poor connection makes working from home, or running a small business, harder than it should be.

New 5G and full-fibre broadband networks will fix these problems and we’re working to bring high speed connections to every part of the country.

We’re also playing our part in creating jobs, training the engineers of tomorrow, investing in new technology and supporting universities.

We’re here to help you enjoy better, faster connections – quickly, affordably and securely.

That’s our commitment to you.

Visit Huawei.com/UK for more.

In a separate statement, Huawei vice president, Victor Zhang, said: “Huawei grew up in the UK. We’ve been here for 20 years and were integral in building the 3G and 4G networks we all use every day. Today’s letter underlines Huawei’s ongoing commitment to improving connectivity for everyone in the UK.

"As a private company, 100 per cent owned by employees, our priority has been to help mobile and broadband companies build a better connected UK. Britain needs the best possible technologies, more choice, innovation and more suppliers, all of which means more secure and more resilient networks. This is fundamental to achieving the government’s Gigabit broadband target by 2025. This is our commitment to the UK.”