UAE's du Says US ban on Huawei is not a problem for 5G network

DUBAI (Reuters) - Telecom company du of the United Arab Emirates has discussed the American restrictions on Huawei with the Chinese company and believes it will not hinder its 5G network, the CEO said Wednesday.

US companies were allowed to sell most US parts and components to Huawei without special licenses in May, giving rise to concerns about the company's supply chain.

Du uses Huawei equipment in his 5G network, but Osman Sultan, CEO of the UAE company, said it had discussed the issue with Huawei and that he saw "no problem".
"We are not worried about the network implementation, the use of Huawei devices within the network," Sultan told reporters about the revenue during a conference call.

Du, which also uses Nokia 5G technology, expects to have nearly 800 active 5G mobile infrastructure sites by the end of the year.

The UAE is one of several Gulf Arab states, which are close partners of the United States, using Huawei 5G technology.

Washington says that the Chinese company's technology can be abused by Beijing for espionage and has threatened to cut off information sharing with countries that use Huawei equipment. China and Huawei reject the claims.

"There are regular tests not only by us, but also by the authorities ... and we have never received instructions or guidelines to stop the use of Huawei equipment," Sultan said.

The other telecom company in the UAE, state-controlled Etisalat, uses the Huawei and Ericsson 5G technology. It did not comment on the VS-Huawei issue.
US officials have privately expressed concerns with Emirati counterparts, according to two sources familiar with the case and a former US official, all of whom refused to be further identified due to the sensitivity of the case.

The UAE, which shares intelligence with the United States and hosts American soldiers, believes it can control the risk, one of the sources said.

Asked by Reuters about US claims that China could exploit the technology, the director general of the UAE federal regulatory authority, Hamad Obaid al-Mansouri, said "we have no information" and that other authorities were responsible for security .

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