Minggang Zhang, Deputy Director General of Huawei France, revealed a significant financial agreement between Huawei and France. Specifically, Huawei will be able to manufacture one billion 5G products per year for Europe through a factory in France. The first Huawei factory abroad will be built in the northeastern region of Alsace in France, in the town of Brumath.
“The construction of the factory is underway; the ambition is indeed to produce one billion goods per year, with 500 long-term jobs at stake. Huawei is manufacturing in France to supply the entire European market,” said Minggang Zhang.
The Huawei factory in France has an investment cost of 200 million euros.
Huawei stated that the French factory will be built using sustainable materials and having minimal environmental impact. Specifically, it will be an “ultra-modern, state-of-the-art factory” powered by solar energy. Perhaps most interestingly, once the factory is completed, it will generate about 300 direct jobs. They expect to start manufacturing 5G equipment as early as 2025.
According to Huawei, France was chosen for its “rich and dynamic technology ecosystem, its culture of innovation, and the availability of a talented group of researchers.” While Huawei faces challenges regarding its involvement in 5G infrastructure, particularly with security concerns raised by several countries, Minggang Zhang highlighted the collaborative efforts with the National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI) to establish transparency and trust. He discussed Huawei’s commitment to meeting security standards and its ongoing collaboration with ANSSI.
Interestingly, this move comes as the company continues to face the US ban.
For example, just a few days ago, Movistar boasted that its 5G+ network will be the only one in Spain to offer an internet connection without using Huawei hardware. Specifically, it will become the only mobile network that exclusively uses European brands. For the user, this does not imply any improvement. In the past, Huawei’s infrastructure has been shown to be not only better but also more economical. The move was “suggested” by the United States, citing protection against Huawei espionage.
At a time when the United States “recommended” Europe to stop using Huawei and ZTE’s infrastructure and components, it is striking that Huawei will build a factory in France for the production of 5G products, while Movistar in Spain is finalizing everything to tender the last Huawei 5GC core, hoping that the award will go to Nokia or Ericsson.
On the other hand, the two largest operators in France, SFR and Bouygues, continue to deploy Huawei 5G base stations. This is curious since France would be forced to dismantle Huawei’s antennas in 2028. If they don’t, it’s because they expect something to change from now on.
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