On June 25, local time, Huawei officially announced that the first phase of its plan for the Cambridge campus has been approved, mainly for the development and manufacture of optoelectronics. Huawei’s Cambridge campus is located in the “silicon marsh” hinterland of Cambridge, England, where high-tech companies are clustered. The first phase of the planned land of 9 acres, a construction area of 50,000 square meters, the planned investment of 1 billion pounds, is expected to bring more than 400 jobs, when completed will become Huawei’s overseas optoelectronics business headquarters.
This investment will promote the development of high-tech industries in the region and further strengthen Cambridge’s position as a global centre of innovation.
South Cambridgeshire District Council held a long-distance construction planning meeting on the 25th, approved the construction of Huawei’s research and development center. John Batchelor, chairman of the South Cambridgeshire Building Planning Association, said the project, which is in line with local building codes, would create hundreds of jobs and boost local infrastructure and bring huge economic benefits to the area.
Brian Milnes, MP for South Cambridgeshire, also agreed, saying he believed Huawei had been in full communication with local authorities and had taken advice from all sides. The construction of the research and development centre is of great importance to the Cambridge area and the whole country, and the region will benefit from the project.
The project has been planned for more than three years. In 2017, Huawei began to locate its optoelectronics research and development and manufacturing site, and in 2018 completed the purchase of a new 500-acre South Cambridgeshire site. Start the planning application process in early 2019. It was originally a paper mill and production base west of Southon by the stationery company Spicers. This year marks Huawei’s 20th year in the UK, where it now employs 1,600 people.
Huawei said the first phase of the project will focus on the development and manufacture of optical devices and optical modules. Through research and development and manufacturing capabilities to accelerate product development and commercialization process, more efficient products to market. Optoelectronics technology is a key technology for optical fiber communication systems, and Huawei’s major investment in the UK is designed to drive the application of technology to global data centers and network infrastructure.
Zhang Jiangang, Huawei’s vice-president, said the UK had an open market environment and first-class talent, so Huawei chose to build a research and development and manufacturing base for its optoelectronics business in Cambridge. Huawei plans to establish it as the UK’s leading innovation platform for optoelectronics research, promoting the development of optical communication technology and global applications. Huawei will continue to strengthen its cooperation with universities and research institutions to support the UK’s “industrial strategy” to help the UK’s optoelectronics technology continue to lead and promote the global application of “UK technology”.
Recently, in an effort to crack down on Continued Pressure on the UK to completely deny Huawei’s participation in 5G construction, Huawei’s construction of a research and development center in the UK has also drawn the ire of the US. Keith Kraji, the US undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, has warned the UK of a “downhill” and accused Huawei of stealing technology and intellectual property from other countries, the Times of London reported.
Zhang Jiangang, Huawei’s vice-president, said the UK research and development center would focus only on the development and manufacture of optoelectronics. This was conceived by Huawei three years ago and has nothing to do with any recent U.S. action. Any reference to the project for violating unreasonable United States sanctions would be irresponsible and incorrect.
Tom Fordy, a British political commentator, argues that the UK is in a dilemma over Huawei, with a desire for investment in new technologies to boost employment and technological strength at the same time, while facing pressure from the US. He said Huawei had brought many economic benefits to the UK, and that refusing to work with Huawei simply because of political pressure would come at a huge economic cost.
Earlier this year, the UK decided to allow Huawei to participate in 5G network construction on a limited scale, but banned Huawei from providing core equipment to the network, and its non-core device participation was limited to 35%. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s compromise decision, despite US pressure, is bound to be weighed against the political and economic pros and cons, and he realises that Huawei’s involvement will do more harm than harm to the development of the BRITISH telecommunications industry.
Recently, the United States has used the name of the new crown outbreak to “smear” China, encouraging the five-eye alliance countries to boycott Chinese technology, triggering the rise of Britain’s hard-line forces against China, which has led to Prime Minister Johnson from both international and domestic pressure. In May, the British government was forced to reassess Huawei’s involvement in the country’s 5G network after the U.S. imposed new sanctions on its use of chips made with U.S. technology.
Recently, officials from Britain’s National Cyber Security Center told this newspaper that major telecommunications companies are assessing the impact of the latest U.S. sanctions on Huawei, in a move aimed at advising operators on preventive measures. The agency has written to telecom operators such as Vodafone and BT To remind them to ensure they have sufficient inventory of Huawei equipment in response to new U.S. sanctions on China’s ability to supply, Reuters reported.
A total ban on Huawei in the UK would undoubtedly damage Sino-British economic and trade relations and be costly economically costly. At present, the country’s major operators have deployed Huawei equipment in 5G network non-core systems. Vodafone said replacing existing equipment would cost the UK a lot of time and money to completely exclude Huawei, which would deprive the UK of its leadership in 5G. In addition, a report by the Uking Mobile Network Operators Association found that the UK economy would suffer losses of up to 7 billion pounds if Huawei was banned altogether. (Chief Correspondent Zhang He)