Andy Purdy, Huawei’s chief security officer, warned that the US government’s tough stance on the company would hurt the country and lead to the loss of jobs as suppliers forced to look for parts elsewhere. Mr Purdy said the situation was that a large number of US companies “wanted to sell to Huawei, but the government did not allow them”, referring to an export ban.
He said the supplier was frustrated by the government’s refusal to discuss the risks it saw as a risk to Huawei. He added that his biggest concern was “the threat to American jobs”.
“We can’t have a meeting with the government right now. Our suppliers and customers are dealing with them. We’re trying to send a message to our suppliers that 130 U.S. companies, $11 billion a year, are creating more than 40,000 jobs. “
As a result of the ban, Huawei “is now making our 5G technology with zero U.S. parts.”
Mr Purdy opened the door to correct the situation and said he wanted to buy products from the US again, but now Huawei is sourcing elsewhere to ensure support for customers around the world.
“If we’re forced to do that, we’ll buy it from someone else.” That would hurt and cost the United States a lot of jobs. It would be pointless. “
In the interview, Mr. Purdy also discussed the impact of Huawei’s troubles on rural Areas of the United States and how to learn from its EU counterparts to build a broader security framework.