On the sidelines of the recent G20 forum held last weekend in Japan, Saudi technology minister Abdullah al-swaha says his country is open to using technology and products produced by Huawei.
With a statement against the tide, therefore, Saudi Arabia sided with the Chinese giant, which could therefore have a fundamental role in the construction of the 5G network of the Middle Eastern country.
“when it comes to building our digital economy, we have two guiding principles. The first one, we’re an open economy, so we are always pro-partnership, whether it comes from the East, Europe, or from the West. The second guiding principle, as long as those companies and those solution providers comply with our technical, regulatory and cybersecurity requirements, we’re more than happy to work with them.”
Encouraging signs therefore for Huawei, which is waiting for a final decision by the US government, after the temporary revocation of the ban that will expire in August.
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It is worth to mention that Huawei has explained that its ambition to become the number one manufacturer of smartphones around the world will have to wait after recent events.
Earlier this year, the Chinese manufacturer surpassed Apple as number two in the world and said it believed it would beat Samsung “as soon as this year, or next year at the latest.”
This forecast already had in mind that their smartphones would not be sold in the United States, where the company has been finding difficulties to enter a long time, but it was before it was forbidden to trade with American companies.
While many smartphone manufacturers have suffered the effects of market saturation, Huawei has managed to achieve a relevant position thanks to devices with good features at affordable prices. In addition, in the high range, the company has managed to innovate in aspects as important as photography.
However, the good performance of the company has suffered a major setback by the decision made last month by the US Department of Commerce that prohibited US companies from doing business with Huawei, which means that the company’s phones they will no longer receive updates from Google’s Android operating system or access to their popular applications.